I just finished ‘reading’ American Gods by Neil Gaimon. I actually read it the first time around 2001 – I was originally attracted by the cover and the title, and the plot synopsis on the back cover set the hook. I LOVED this book; the story, the characters, the settings, all of it seemed to be so alive and so mysterious.
This time, I picked up the book from Audible.com on the recommendation of Leo Laporte – part of his TWIT network shoutout/promos are for Audible.com, and he said that American Gods was even better in the audio book style. At the time, I knew that American Gods was a great story, and I imagined someone reading it, perhaps with a little appropriate inflection here and there and thought that might be a cool way to read the book again.
I have to say now, that it was an amazing experience. The narrator is George Guidall, and his reading performance is an equal to ANY theatrical performance; stage or otherwise. He not only provides inflection, but he brings the characters to life, brings the story to life in such a way that I could barely turn it off.
I’ve signed up for the 2 credits a month subscription and I have the new book by Guy Gavriel Kay “Under Heaven”, narrated by Simon Vance , queued up on my Ipod in the car. Maybe I’ll drive to Florida, so I can get some more reading done 8)