The book itself is an instant classic. A smaller world than that of American Gods, but no less captivating. The narration here by Lenny Henry is pitch perfect. It's amazing how well he switches between narration and characters' voices. The book itself is a great read but this audio is equally enjoyable.
The performance was spot on. All the different voices made the story ascend words and acquire breath. However, it was a bit slow going in the beginning. Development was slower than other Gaiman stories. Little loose ends and a rounded story that leaves some to the imagination and some explained. Overall, a typically written Gaiman piece, and that said delightful and mysterious.
Lenny Henry does a masterful job of telling this hilarious buddy comedy of the somewhat reluctant sons of the god Anansi. Set in modern times, the characters are real enough to touch, and it doesn't take long before you long to book a trip to St. Andrews to hopefully catch Spider or Charlie in action.
Neil is a masterful storyteller and this is pure fun with meaning. Great narration, fun characters and a bit of magic as always.
I have never read the print version, but I can imagine that the audio version is better due to the narrators amazing ability to portray characters distinctly.
When Charlie goes to the caves and meets many of his fathers friends and enemies.
Henry did an amazing job in portraying each character with distinct voices and accents as applicable.
I like the whole danged thing. It's really well written and engaging. The way it starts out you think, oh god another 'I hate my Father' book...but it grabs you!
Too many to name.
No I havent' and having heard 'American Gods' with George Guidot I was worried about the narrator...but I've got to say that Lenny was perfect for this book...absolutely perfect!
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I've read a bunch of Gaiman books and I absolutely put this one and American Gods at the top of my list. Seriously I think I've listened to this one a dozen times...it's that entertaining.
Unpredictable, engaging, and worth the money!
I hesitated to purchase this book because I absolutely love how Neil Gaiman narrates his own books and I wasn't sure anyone else could read his book as well as he. But this narrator was PERFECT for this book and I think Mr. Gaiman made a good call. The narrator reads at a perfect pace, gives each character a distinctive voice or accent, and makes the novel, which is excellent, an immense pleasure to listen to. I will definitely listen to this one again!
Light-hearted but with depth this is the best Neil Gaiman I've read to date. The story is good natured - the characters likeable. Based on West African myths but set in London, Florida, and a fictional Caribbean island called St. Andrews.
Lenny Henry is superb, shifting among British and island accents.
Rarely do I give a book give stars but this one merits it.
I recently finished reading "American Gods" and this spinoff was just what I needed!
I couldn't choose one because I enjoyed the entire book. Neil Gaiman is a gifted storyteller and I've not once been disappointed with one of his books. This is an all around great listen.
I loved ALL of his character portrayals. There really wasn't a bad one in the bunch. He's very accomplished on varying the voices to make them quite distinct. But if I were pressed to pick my favorite it's Carrie Ann Higgler. I think it's because she reminded me of my own grandmother. LOL
Yes! If I could have I would have listened to it straight through.
This is the best audio book I've listened to so far.
One of the most memorable moments is one near the end when Fat Charlie goes up on the stage to distract the gunner. Despite his stage fright he actually sings, and then proposes to a friend. But while he does all this, the depiction of his inner thoughts are simply terrific.
Lenny Henry's performance was the best performance I've ever heard in an audio book. He voices a women, a man, a cowardly man, a grandma, an old man and many many more characters and does an incredibly hilarious and believable voice. Amazing job!
Sometimes your biggest enemy is yourself.
Contrary to my first Neil Gaiman story, which was American Gods, Anansi Boys had a much lighter tone and a playful theme.