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Anansi Boys Audiobook

Anansi Boys

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Publisher's Summary

God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed, before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun, just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

©2005 Neil Gaiman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 2006
  • Alex Award, 2006

" "Excellent." (Stephen King)
"It's Gaiman's focus on Charlie and Charlie's attempts to return to normalcy that make the story so winning...along with gleeful, hurtling prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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    latara 01-02-13
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    "Entertaining"
    What did you like best about Anansi Boys? What did you like least?

    Charlie's development and maturity


    If you’ve listened to books by Neil Gaiman before, how does this one compare?

    Just a fun read but nowhere as good as the full cast and in depth story of American gods


    What does Lenny Henry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The amazing accents and attitudes


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    Maja Miloslavsky Sunnyvale, California 12-05-12
    Maja Miloslavsky Sunnyvale, California 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantasy fun"
    If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, whimsical, fable


    What other book might you compare Anansi Boys to and why?

    It made me think of Terry Pratchett books although it is closer to reality. The characters are fantastical but the plot and relationships are easy to relate to the real world.


    What does Lenny Henry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents! He is marvelous and really gives the feeling of the characters. I particularly enjoyed how he portrayed the old ladies.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sometimes you need a brother to be complete.


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    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 11-30-12
    Thomas atlanta, georgia, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I thought this story was light humor and fun. easy listen and sounded just fine, even though i don't like a man reading a woman's part. Sounds a little creepy.

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    Tytania891 11-22-12
    Tytania891 11-22-12
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    "The Narrator Makes the Story Come Alive"

    This is the audiobook medium at its very best. Lenny Henry narrates with lively enthusiasm and a brilliant gift for the many voices of the story. A tropical music soundtrack adds atmosphere to Neil Gaiman's witty, poetic retelling of the legend of Anansi and his children.

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    Christine 11-19-12
    Christine 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant Narration for a Great Story"

    Read this book a while ago but decided to listen to it on Audio. Brilliant. It is wonderful to hear Fat Charlie and Spider and the rest of the characters come to life with such flare! Can't recommend it enough! Love Neil Gaiman's work and Lenny Henry brought a special gift to the reading of the book.

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    MaryBeth 10-31-12
    MaryBeth 10-31-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Rollicking Fun!"
    Would you listen to Anansi Boys again? Why?

    Yes. It was interesting to learn how all the characters intertwined and try to guess what would happen next. The surprises were delightful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While I did not care for the character of Rosie's mother, I thought she was artfully developed.I liked Maeve Livingston. She turned out to be quite different from the initial impression painted by Graham Coates as a clingy demanding woman.


    Have you listened to any of Lenny Henry’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Just as good.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed the ending with tiger and Graham Coates getting what they deserved in a just but unexpected manner!

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    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 10-30-12
    Sandra Arlington, VA, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Unabashed praise"

    The narrator, Lenny Henry, captures each character's essence and vulnerability. He is magic to listen to. A Gaiman story is always a magical and terrifying experience, but Henry's narration brings it home.

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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-28-12
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved IT!"

    This was one of the best stories that I have listened to thus far by Mr. Gaiman. I loved the enthusiasm, and the characters were so much fun that I hated to see the story come to an end. I don't generally listen to books more than once but this is one that I can see myself listening to over again. It is laugh out loud good humor in parts and so captivating that there is no putting this one down. Outstanding! Simply outstanding!

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    Kaitlin 10-20-12
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    "LOVED IT!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anansi Boys to be better than the print version?

    In this case, I think it was. Lenny Henry definitely made the characters that much more fun to listen too. It was a delight.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had all the elements a good book should have. Romance, Humor, Adventure, and Drama.


    Which character – as performed by Lenny Henry – was your favorite?

    The dragon, hands down the dragon. haha


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a fun book, worth the credit/money completely! Go listen to it !

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    John Merville, BC, Canada 10-01-12
    John Merville, BC, Canada 10-01-12
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    "Masterful Storytelling"

    A masterful story masterfully told. Gaiman's terrific story filled with humorous insights into relationships and daily living coupled with Lenny Henry's voice acting creating a large cast of distinctive characters. Well worth your time to listen to.

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