Audible Spotlight: Neil Gaiman Novels in Full-Cast Recordings

Neil Gaiman is one of those authors whose own readings of his work are exceptional. Even so, there’s extra pleasure to be had in these full-cast productions. It’s like having an old-time radio drama played out for you, and it brings the book to life in whole new way.

Luckily for fans of Neil Gaiman, his publishers have released three of his fan-favorite books in unabridged, full cast Audible editions with stellar performances. Note that in all three cases, the Audible edition is offered at a discount for those who already own the Kindle book. Also note that purchasing the Kindle book + Audible edition of American Gods or The Graveyard Book costs less than buying each Audible edition alone.

If you’re not currently an Audible member, click the ‘Free With Audible Trial’ link for any of these and get one of them for FREE during your 30-day free trial. Note that even if you cancel at the end of the 30-day trial period, the free Audible book remains in your library. It’s a great way to try an otherwise pricey audiobook.

American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition – A Full Cast Production (4/5 stars, currently priced at $30.95 or one Audible member credit)

Cast: Neil Gaiman (Foreword), Dennis Boutsikaris (Narrator), Daniel Oreskes (Narrator), Ron McLarty (Narrator), Sarah Jones (Narrator)

First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now, discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author’s preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

A storm is coming….

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. It is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own.

Along the way, Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Relevant and prescient, American Gods has been lauded for its brilliant synthesis of “mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose” (Washington Post Book World)…

 

Good Omens: The BBC Radio 4 dramitisation (5/5 stars, currently priced at $14.95 or one Audible member credit)

Cast: Neil Gaiman (Author), Terry Pratchett (Author), Full Cast (Narrator), Peter Serafinowicz (Narrator), Mark Heap (Narrator)

Neil Gaiman was the WINNER of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes.

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse – War, Famine, Pollution and Death – are assembling. Witchfinder Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor’s cryptic predictions.

Atlantis is rising; fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything, that is, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they’ve got to find and kill the one who will bring it about: the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…

Adapted, sound designed and co-directed by Dirk Maggs (Neverwhere, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) this first ever dramatisation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel features a large cast including Peter Serafinowicz, Mark Heap, Josie Lawrence and Paterson Joseph.

 

The Graveyard Book: Full-Cast Production (4.5/5 stars, currently priced at $19.95 or one Audible member credit)

Cast: Neil Gaiman (Author, Narrator), Derek Jacobi (Narrator), Robert Madge (Narrator), Clare Corbett (Narrator), Miriam Margolyes (Narrator), Andrew Scott (Narrator), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Narrator)

A brand-new full-cast audio edition of a perennial favorite – The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which has sold over one million copies. Special content in this edition includes the story behind The Graveyard Book, written and performed by Neil Gaiman.

The Graveyard Book is the winner of the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal (the only novel to ever win both awards), the Hugo Award for Best Novel, the Locus Award for Young Adult Book, and Audiobook of the Year. This full-cast audio edition is performed by Neil Gaiman, Derek Jacobi, Robert Madge, Clare Corbett, Miriam Margolyes, Andrew Scott, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Emilia Fox, Reece Shearsmith, Lenny Henry, Elizabeth Bennett, Allan Corduner, Sean Baker, Tim Dann, Adjoa Andoh, Jenny Gannon, Dan Weyman, and Daniel Brocklebank.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family…

Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book by beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman is sure to enthrall listeners of all ages.

 

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