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)
This is my favorite audio book ever. The reading is great and the story itself is really fun and interesting. I've never read Gaiman before, but I definitely plan to get more of his stuff!
An amazing tale on levels -- well written and well performed. It features comedy and adventure, tinged with a wonderful sweetness. Highly recommended.
This was a great listen. Kept me interested through the entire story. If you liked fantasy as a kid but can't find something to satisfy that interest as an adult, give this a try.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've heard in a while. The story is a clever mix of humor, fantasy, and mystery. However, the best thing about the audiobook is the narration, which is fantastic. Highly recommended!
Neil Gaiman's book is lovely and wonderful, and Lenny Henry's narration is pure magic. There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe how much fun this book was!
Further information on Lenny Henry, the brillant narrator of this great book. He plays "Chef", the PBS weekly rendition about an upscale English restaurant. I recognized his voice immediately. Book is also excellent and fits Henry's style to a T.
Gaiman succeeds again in mixing legend, magic, mystery and amazement. Perfect narration, and his prose fits superbly in Audible format.
Read American Gods and Sandman Graphic Novels, now Anansi Boys. Lenny Henry is one of the best narrators, bring the characters to life. Gaiman always keeps me guessing and suprized. A great book and a great reader!
The story is entertaining and occasionally slightly funny. However, the narrator really ruins it for me. I can't tell if he's doing an Eastern American, Jamacan, Louisiana or South eastern US accent for all of the non-british characters. It makes my eye twitch and ruins any sort of atmosphere the story itself is trying to create.
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