This is a delightfully performed and masterfully written book that draws on the genre of myth to create an enchanting and meaningful story.
My favorite character was Anansi.
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This performer used has great island dialects and enthusiasm. The story, however, was a bit simple. It did not challenge me much.
This was one of the first audio books I ever listened to, and is still one of the best. Not only is it Neil Gaiman (who is a sometimes uneven author, though at his worst is still better than most writers out there), but Lenny Henry does a note-perfect narration. The production sets a high standard for what an audio book should be, and while there are many great audible books out there, this is the best I've heard so far.
It is among my favorite audio books
I particularly liked the fact that the two brothers were two sides of the same person.
Lenny Henry brings a lightness to the book and also brings the various characters to life.
I hate tag lines
How it weaves the traditional stories of Anansi into the main story line.
Spider. I'd love to be Spider. :-)
The performance by Lenny Henry is *INSPIRED*. He adds such three-dimensionality to the reading, his voices are fantastic, and I love his Jamaican lilt! Its musical and warm and lovingly done.
I loved the way Lenny Henry read this book. His pitch was spot on.
I loved the transformation of Fat Charlie. I also loved hearing the stories of Anansi tricking the other gods.
First time hearing a performance by Lenny Henry. I will keep an eye out for his work in the future.
I laughed my butt off at points in this book.
Neil Gaiman is a master story teller. As I was listening to this story I imagined myself retelling parts to my children and the delight it would bring to their faces. I could actually feel and taste the places he was describing. I will read more from Mr. Gaiman; I have slept on this author for sure. He is brilliant.
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While it wasn't my favorite of Neil Gaiman's stories, still it was a story by Neil Gaiman and therefore very enjoyable. I loved the narrator, particularly when he voiced Spider. He continually reminded me of Eddie Murphy. My one complaint, which isn't really much of a complaint, is that his one voice for one of the elderly ladies hurt my ears when I was wearing headphones; it was just the right pitch.
This book took me by surprise. It is witty, creative, different, and extremely well narrated. I'm glad I took a chance on this one!
I have never read, or listened, to a book with such a unique plot and cast of characters.
The narration was one of my favorite things about this audio book experience. The variety of accents required to tell the story were well executed, and the timing and delivery of the dialogue was fantastic. I especially loved the scenes where Spider and Fat Charlie argue, and Charlie's exchanges with the "old ladies." You defintely benefit by listening to a book with so many accents and dialogues rather than reading it. I wish I could give the narrator 10 stars!
This is not a book I would normally have read, but based on the reviews and my desire to branch out a bit, I took a chance. It was completely worth it, and I will seek out additional titles by this author and by the narrator.
Take a wonderful, entertaining, thought provoking story, add an incredible narration and you have one the most entertaining audio books out there. My all time favorite audiobook....
Close to the top of the list.
The Song of the South recording by Disney. It is a retelling of the story of Breir Rabbit and the Tar Baby. They are both the story of Anansi. Gaiman's telling is just way more respectful and imaginative!
I didn't know Lenny Henry had other performances but, I will now look him up... thanks for the prompt, Audible!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is one of my favorite books to listen to. I have re-visited it many times.
It was a stroke of genius that Neil Gaiman did not read the book himself but, had Lenny Henry read it. Normally, I love hearing Gaiman read his own books but, this one is so much better having picked the perfect person to do all the Carribean accents.