I do love Neil Gaiman's books but hadn't yet read this one on paper. After listening to Anansi Boys, I want to experience all his other novels in audio form. For me, Lenny Henry's narration added a whole extra dimension of joy, and slowing down my experience of the book made me realise how wonderful Neil Gaiman's language and observation is.
Lenny Henry is the perfect narrator for this story; his pacing, his rendition of the characters' voices and thoughts, and the way he can bring both the humour and the awkwardness to life, delighted me.
I haven't read the print version so can't comment on whether the audio version is better. Tina Fey's narration was brilliant, though.
I was expecting it to be simply funny; a story about Ms Fey's life full of jokes. It was definitely funny but it was more than that. There was real experience and advice, told jokingly but actually useful advice, and I have come to admire her as more than just a very funny person.
Apart from her clear diction and good use of pacing and volume (to be expected from an actor) I enjoyed her little asides about the audiobook creation process, as a special treat to listeners.
Not really - that would end the fun too soon. I listened in small doses, to stretch out the enjoyment longer.
I really wanted to like this. I tried to listen to it, I really did. But the sound quality is so unbearably bad that I couldn't take it for more than a few minutes at a time.
I can't comment on the actual content, because I only listened to about ten minutes of it before abandoning the attempt.
I listened to the format 4 version, streamed from my computer to a decent stereo and also on my iPhone. Maybe other formats are better; I hope other commenters will note which format they listened to.
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