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
" "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)
It is among my favorite audio books
I particularly liked the fact that the two brothers were two sides of the same person.
Lenny Henry brings a lightness to the book and also brings the various characters to life.
I hate tag lines
How it weaves the traditional stories of Anansi into the main story line.
Spider. I'd love to be Spider. :-)
The performance by Lenny Henry is *INSPIRED*. He adds such three-dimensionality to the reading, his voices are fantastic, and I love his Jamaican lilt! Its musical and warm and lovingly done.
I loved the way Lenny Henry read this book. His pitch was spot on.
I loved the transformation of Fat Charlie. I also loved hearing the stories of Anansi tricking the other gods.
First time hearing a performance by Lenny Henry. I will keep an eye out for his work in the future.
I laughed my butt off at points in this book.
Neil Gaiman is a master story teller. As I was listening to this story I imagined myself retelling parts to my children and the delight it would bring to their faces. I could actually feel and taste the places he was describing. I will read more from Mr. Gaiman; I have slept on this author for sure. He is brilliant.
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While it wasn't my favorite of Neil Gaiman's stories, still it was a story by Neil Gaiman and therefore very enjoyable. I loved the narrator, particularly when he voiced Spider. He continually reminded me of Eddie Murphy. My one complaint, which isn't really much of a complaint, is that his one voice for one of the elderly ladies hurt my ears when I was wearing headphones; it was just the right pitch.
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.
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