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)
I had no idea what this book was about, I saw that it had perfect reviews by audible listners so I decided to give it a try. This was the best decision I have made on audible. The story and narration are excellant. I could not stop listening, filled with suspense, intrigue and a lot of laughs. perfect pick.
This is one of my two favorite listens ever. (_David Copperfield_, with Frederick Davidson, is the other.)
This is also one of the few books I've found with NO negative reviews. (Although I suspect someone will now store one just to ruin this fine book's perfect record.)
The book is funny, scary, unexpected, inventive and cool. The narrator does an amazing job with Charlie's lower class accent and Spider's ultra-hip urban black American accent, as well as all the other characters' voices. He even sings well! Although many people write about "LOL"ing, I seldom either do it or write it. In this case, however, I frequently embarassed myself by laughing out loud on the bus and the street. I liked _American Gods_, but found it a little dark for my taste. I LOVED this book.
The story was pretty interesting and unique. The narrator stole the show though. He kept me engrossed and switched between American and British accents. I will look for more books by both the author and narrator. I listened to this book while commuting and found myself sitting in the car waiting for a breaking point. And now I know why birds eat spiders.
Beautifully narrated, with all the streetwise Black, British and Caribbean inflections that added so much to the story. I read Neal Gaiman's Sandman series in the 80's and love his dark supernatural bent. I am now talking to spiders, expecting some slick and lovely god-man to show up. My only complaint - I wasn't ready to leave his world when it was done. Culture Shock!
This audiobook was a joy to listen to. The story itself is very creative and engaging; and the narration is superb. Because of the excellent narration, this book is probably better listened-to than read. It's one of the best audible downloads I've purchased so far!
This is certainly not my favorite book by Neil Gaiman, but, it was a lot of fun to hear and made a several hour trip just that much quicker.
I do not often enter reviews. This book and American Gods (by the same author) are special. They are new, different and refreshing. Kind of like when the Vampire Lestat series and the Harry Potter series were new and refreshing when they first showed up. I enjoyed watching this story line grow and evolve and very much look forward to more.
I was sucked into this book from the very start. The writer’s style and language keep you captivated throughout the book. The characters are vivid and defined and the narrator was awesome. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to checking out other Neil Gaiman books.
I was amazed as the writer jumped in and out of reality seamlessly, and my mind went with him. It was really alot of fun to listen to and escape reality for a while.
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