- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 19 hours and 39 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: June 21, 2011
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005745I4C
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American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) Audiobook – Unabridged
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My one gripe is that all characters speak in Words of Wisdom mode very frequently, and at times it's distracting, but since the story is like a fairy tale it doesn't feel entirely wrong. It's like it's being narrated, and the audiobook enhanced the effect greatly, making it easier to accept.
I'd recommend it without reservations.
I do not like everything Neil Gaiman writes but the stories I do like are so profound and moving that they stick with me for quite a while. Stardust is one of those.
A few years ago, I picked up the Kindle edition, and never got around to rereading it. Until this week. I decided it was time, and I read it in three evenings.
I normally try to about rereading books, because the rarely hold up to a second reading. The mystery is gone, and you can see the strings that the author is pulling to make the shadows dance.
Not so with this one. I am as entranced now as I was a decade ago.
I also spent many hours researching the old gods in the book and made copious notes about those. There is so much depth here and I have gotten new insights from each reading.
I'm now watching the Starz series based on this book and thoroughly enjoying that, too.
It was about more than belief, for it made a great social commentary that would be a disservice not to explore. I found the story sad--very sad-- yet hopeful at the same time. But, more than anything, the author offers society a way to glance at its hostility and violence and consider its doom. In other words, the tale doesn't simply highlight an issue, but makes an argument for a way to resolve it.
Ultimately, it is a story about love and concern for each other. A story about good will and honor.
Gaiman breaks all kinds of rules in Stardust. (As an "emerging" novelist myself, I've been studying these rules). The story starts with the hero's very conception! That's something so David-Copperfield-antiquated that a modern writer rarely attempts it. Stardust also has quite a bit of summary, a.k.a. telling instead of showing--eek!.
However, it also has a lot of tried and true storytelling elements: a great hook, some fabulously nasty villains and a "quest" plot where the hero goes in search of an object to help him win true love. The hero gets what he wants but not in the way you might expect--all good stuff.
But by far the greatest reason Stardust is such fun to read--and I'm beginning to suspect this is true for most of Gaiman's books--is the quality and originality of its imagined world. So much fantasy these days just rips off a page from Tolkien's world or a traditional fairy tale, but Gaiman manages to make Stardust's magical world feel familiar while at the same time creating characters and situations that are quite different.
So check Stardust out. I highly recommend it. Oh and the movie adaptation isn't bad either...
(This review and others can also be found on my blog at sarazaske.wordpress.com)