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.
Storyline was fantastic, mirroring old folk tales about gods, and the performance by Lenny Henry was nothing short of astonishing. This was a much lighter story than American Gods, but no less engrossing.
Make sure you add this to your audiobook collection. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't love this book, whether you've read American Gods or not.
I am a Neil Gaiman fan but this is my least favorite of the books The Graveyard, Neverwhere and Stardust. It was a great read but it is not a re-read for me - which Stardust was. The narrator was very good. It has been well over a year since I rea it I am primarily responding to an Audible email proclaiming it to be
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
I had never delved much into this genre before but I was pleasantly surprised and extremely entertained by Anansi Boys. Narrator was excellent. This book was recommended to me by a friend. I wish I could find his reviews on this website so I could follow him.
It's certainly in my Top 5 overall, out of more than 50 sci-fi and fantasy audiobooks. (Rivals include Game of Thrones, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Cryptonomicon and Neverwhere.)
The story is pure Neil Gaiman. If you know his work, you know what I mean. If you don't, well, it's like a fairy tale for adults. For smart adults, who enjoy wit and surprise and whimsy and compassion, even as their protagonists squirm with discomfort.
The early scenes with Spider were perfect. All of the scenes with the Caribbean grannies were delightful.
It's not a moving novel, and I say this with high praise. Cabernet sauvignon is moving; champagne is uplifting. Both can be transcendent. This is a transcendent champagne.
An audiobook has added potential for both delight and disappointment that a paper book does not. Listen, for instance, to Neil Gaiman reading his own screenplay Neverwhere and you might agree that the author's reading adds so much more than the printed words themselves might.
In Anansi Boys, the narrator Lenny Henry is hands down the best narrator I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. I don't think Neil Gaiman himself could have surpassed Mr. Henry's performance in reading the novel. And my money says that Mr. Gaiman wouldn't disagree.
Nevertheless, I would still pay money for the privilege to find out the differences between the two. That's how much I liked this audiobook.
Liked American Gods, but loved Anansi Boys. A lot (most?) of the credit has to go to Lenny Henry, who is fantastic.
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.