This book can perhaps be described as the opposite of a gritty crime novel. The reader/listener starts out in the normal world, and is convincingly introduced to supernatural happenings, people, and places. I found the story delightfully imaginative and could hardly tear myself away.
I find Neil Gaiman books either really good or really... not. This book was one of my favorites. The characters were colorful without being over the top. The humor was dark but not bleak. His supernatural world was believable. And the plot had twists but never veered completely off course.
This is a good book. The author was able to create a very good plot without weighing it down with unnecessary elements. If I had one qualm it was that I was not 100% behind the author's writing style, but I have to say that I very much enjoyed this story.
If you don't love the bloodline of Anansi, your heart's a lump of coal and your sense of humor has atrophied. This is a wonderful manifestation of Gaiman's quirky genius. He's erudite without ever even approaching pretentious. He's intensely moral, but takes on human frailty with humor and compassion. Plus, Lenny Henry is truly perfect and captures the Caribbean cum British accents that-at least to my American ear-seems perfect and gives an added dimension to listening without intruding on your sense of the story. He's up there with Jim Dale and Stephen Fry.)
Anansi Boys is a great, fun book and Lenny Henry is the perfect narrator. He captures the accents and humour in the book very well and really brings the characters to life.
This story moves along and is interesting, fun and easy to keep up with. But the narrator is the jewel in this audio. A wonderful talent for changing gender and nationality without a hitch, or an unbelievable voice in the bunch. I looked to see what else he has done, nothing else but a childrens book. :-( I will SO be watching for this narrator again!
I've just started reading (and listening) to Neil Gaiman and this was a great place to start. I really like his writing style; pragmatic and matter of fact as he writes about magical or ridiculous twists. I also very much enjoyed Lenny Henry's narration. I listen to Audiobooks during my daily commute and more than once this story had me sitting in the driveway to hear just a little bit more.