I've listened to this audiobook three times now. It is an extremely entertaining story, told with style. The characters are flamboyant and full of life. And by borrowing from African mythic characters, such as Anansi himself, Neil breathes a new kind of life into them. It's simply a smashingly well-crafted fantasy story set in our modern-day, non-fantasy world.
Lenny Henry's narration is, without a doubt, the best I've ever heard. While Neil's prose breathes life into the African animal gods, Henry's narration breathes another kind of life into Niel's entire cast of characters. His presentation is absolutely flawless. Every character has its own voice and none of them are of the "irritating storyteller" variety. And the voices he gives to the old Carribbean women who inhabit major portions of this tale are delightful.
The review title says it all: buy it now! You won't be disappointed.
No one can narrate a story like Neil Gaiman! The story was wonderful and not as disturbing as his previous book "American Gods." I could have skipped American Gods, but this story of a similar concept was great.
I love audiobooks and have enjoyed many by author, Neil Gaiman, but I just could not get into Anansi Boys. I'm not sure whether it was the story line or the narration that caused my boredom. It was the first (and so far, the only audiobook) that I did not have the heart to finish. I so really wanted to finish it and enjoy it, but I found myself not caring what happened to the characters. I stopped midway through. I did not find out till later that this book was based on a previous book, American Gods. Maybe had I started with that one first, I would be giving a different review. Very disappointed.
What can I say... You've got to listen to this to believe it (or not)... It's an amazing tale... thoroughly enjoyed to the end... I never wanted to set it aside or check out another book... it was magical... entertaining... and everything you could ask for in a fantasy book... All the characters were well defined and made a strong impression on the story... nothing wasted... Great Book... Well worth you time...
I have enjoyed several of Neil Gaiman's books, but this one is seriously painful. I should have come to expect this but Anansi Boys has brought to a new level the amount of 'dumping on' one main character can take. This novel is painful, much more painful the Gaiman's previous books. If you feel like being mad for several hours please purchase this book. I'm disappointed since I liked Gaiman's books a great deal up to this point but Anansi Boys can only be described as painful. Read at your own risk.
I like audiobooks, but i usually prefer print. I like to listen to audio only when i can't be reading (i.e. on a walk, in the car, etc.). However, this is an exception. The narration is so entertaining, that I would prefer to listen to this, rather than reading it. If you like myth, folklore, modern fantasy, and/or Neil Gaiman, this is something you don't want to miss.
Gaiman is excellent as usual, and the reader handles the voices and accents wonderfully. I have recommended both book and audio to many people and read/listened to it myself multiple times.
This is one of the BEST books I've listened to! Such a great story, that I felt very lucky to have picked it out! I have been a fan of Gaiman for a while, although it is hard to tell sometimes if his books are meant for adults or children. Either way the books are almost always excellent. I read and liked American Gods, and I heard this book was a sequel so I got it. You definately dont have to have read American Gods, as the books are more like they're just of the same sort of theme than actual sequels.( They had absolutely no story connections at all) I was REALLY happy I did, because I enjoyed every word of this book. There was something about the story, the characters, & the narrator that all came together to make one of the most enjoyable stories I've heard/read in quite a while! Gaiman has managed to make this story full of folk lore, adventure, and every ingredient that makes a good story. I was especially impressed with how funny this book was w/out taking away from the seriousness of the main characters plight. many authors can either manage funny OR dramatically serious, but Gaiman put them both together so well that its amazing. If you like a good story, U HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!!