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)
Lenny Henry is a great narrator. The makes the different voices for each of the characters and they are hilarious. The book is very funny and full of the wacky turns Gaiman is know for. Very smartly written. It really put a smile on my face many times throughout the book. He may be my new favorite author,
Fat Charlie and the 4 old women the help him along his journey.
I have not and I was happily pleased with his performance and would love to hear another book by him.
When Charlie is mourning at the wrong grave. He so embarrassed and its hilarious.
Great, great book along with American goods.
Story is wonderful, but all told the thing that sticks with me is that damn lime.
He did a marvelous job with the voice characterizations. I really like Neil Gaiman's voice for his audio books, but in this case I think Lenny was a better choice.
If only I had time to do such.
Highly recommended. Wonderful story, wonderful audiobook. Best marks all around.
The narration was so much fun to listen to, I loved all the voices of the characters.
When Spider had to fight Tiger after he was captured by the bird woman
any scene with Fat Charlie and Mrs Higgler made me laugh
I give this story 4 stars. It really should not have been touted as a sequel to American Gods. I was expecting more about Shadow. I love Neil Gaiman's books so as it stood it was a good story, but not nearly as good as American Gods
Yes. Neil Gaiman creates complete characters while making us think about what makes us human. However, Lenny Henry's narration brought characters to life with haunting facility. It's amazing that he can go from male to female, from American to Island to English accents. He was an entire ensemble.
This was easier to get through than American Gods.
The narrator's treatment of accents and speech patterns did a wonderful job of making the characters come alive. It made an enjoyable story something special.
I loved the way that the main character had to give himself permission to be true to himself to save the day.
This audio ranks in the top ten - liked the story with its twists turns and fun, eccentric characters. But the performance by Lenny Henry was the BEST I've heard to date.
All of the little old Jamaican ladies were so believable and hilarious.
Have not heard Lenny Henry before this one.
Liverpool meets vodoo
The story was excellent, but what made this audiobook so special was the excellent narrator. If I could award him ten stars, I would.
In terms of great narration, I would highly recommend The Cuckoo's Calling, The Book Thief, The Signature of All Things, The Goldfinch, and Neil Gaiman reading his own The Ocean at the End of the Lane. All these books were tremendously enhanced by their readers.
Have not but definitely would.
No. I just loved the cohesive story.
You do not have to have "read" American Gods to "read" this book.
Bibliophile, yogi wanna be, makeup loving housewife!
Yes. I loved the narrator and the story was hilarious.
Fat Charlie's growth.
I haven't but I would love to find addition books narrated by him.
I don't want to give any spoilers but when different characters discovered what love truly was to them.
This is not my usual genre...the story being a rather outrageous and farfetched fantasy while i prefer mysteries and general fiction...but it was overall very entertaining and laugh-outloud funny in places. Lenny Henry is one of the best narrators i've come across--almost on par with Humphrey Bower, who i feel sets the audio reader gold standard, and i've listened to well over 300 audiobooks. Overall a fun book and worth the credit.
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