I give this story 4 stars. It really should not have been touted as a sequel to American Gods. I was expecting more about Shadow. I love Neil Gaiman's books so as it stood it was a good story, but not nearly as good as American Gods
Yes. Neil Gaiman creates complete characters while making us think about what makes us human. However, Lenny Henry's narration brought characters to life with haunting facility. It's amazing that he can go from male to female, from American to Island to English accents. He was an entire ensemble.
This was easier to get through than American Gods.
The narrator's treatment of accents and speech patterns did a wonderful job of making the characters come alive. It made an enjoyable story something special.
I loved the way that the main character had to give himself permission to be true to himself to save the day.
This audio ranks in the top ten - liked the story with its twists turns and fun, eccentric characters. But the performance by Lenny Henry was the BEST I've heard to date.
All of the little old Jamaican ladies were so believable and hilarious.
Have not heard Lenny Henry before this one.
Liverpool meets vodoo
The story was excellent, but what made this audiobook so special was the excellent narrator. If I could award him ten stars, I would.
In terms of great narration, I would highly recommend The Cuckoo's Calling, The Book Thief, The Signature of All Things, The Goldfinch, and Neil Gaiman reading his own The Ocean at the End of the Lane. All these books were tremendously enhanced by their readers.
Have not but definitely would.
No. I just loved the cohesive story.
You do not have to have "read" American Gods to "read" this book.
Bibliophile, yogi wanna be, makeup loving housewife!
Yes. I loved the narrator and the story was hilarious.
Fat Charlie's growth.
I haven't but I would love to find addition books narrated by him.
I don't want to give any spoilers but when different characters discovered what love truly was to them.
This is not my usual genre...the story being a rather outrageous and farfetched fantasy while i prefer mysteries and general fiction...but it was overall very entertaining and laugh-outloud funny in places. Lenny Henry is one of the best narrators i've come across--almost on par with Humphrey Bower, who i feel sets the audio reader gold standard, and i've listened to well over 300 audiobooks. Overall a fun book and worth the credit.
Lenny Henry does an amazing job reading this wonderful, and very funny book. I read (and loved) this book in print, but the audiobook adds an extra dimension to the story.
The reader was fun to listen to. He nailed the island accents that the story needed to give you the almost tropical vibe it has.
The Anansi character is the most interesting. Fun, funny, witty, sensual and crafty, full of life, and seemingly carefree. Gaiman's personification of Anansi the African spider-god was a bullseye.
The reader was superb and matched the content wonderfully. I dont know if it could have been read any better!
This book deals with the relationships of fathers and sons and even brothers. This book is not supposed to make you cry.
The relationship between fathers and sons and the journey of the son to understand who and what his father is and be at ease with that relationship and their history is universal, touching, and infinitely relevant.
One of the best audio books. The story is wonderful and the characters and dialogue funny and droll. The narrator provides great voices and accents from men and women from the Caribbean and England, and individualizes each character.
The father, Anansi was great - selfish and charming.