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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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    Sieh MATTAPAN, MA, United States 07-10-13
    Sieh MATTAPAN, MA, United States 07-10-13
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    "Fun story"
    What made the experience of listening to Anansi Boys the most enjoyable?

    The reader was fun to listen to. He nailed the island accents that the story needed to give you the almost tropical vibe it has.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Anansi character is the most interesting. Fun, funny, witty, sensual and crafty, full of life, and seemingly carefree. Gaiman's personification of Anansi the African spider-god was a bullseye.


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

    The reader was superb and matched the content wonderfully. I dont know if it could have been read any better!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book deals with the relationships of fathers and sons and even brothers. This book is not supposed to make you cry.


    Any additional comments?

    The relationship between fathers and sons and the journey of the son to understand who and what his father is and be at ease with that relationship and their history is universal, touching, and infinitely relevant.

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    April Reeve 06-14-13
    April Reeve 06-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Fabulous Surprise"
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audio books. The story is wonderful and the characters and dialogue funny and droll. The narrator provides great voices and accents from men and women from the Caribbean and England, and individualizes each character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father, Anansi was great - selfish and charming.


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    Cheryl 06-13-13
    Cheryl 06-13-13

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    "Disappointed - but well written and narrated"

    This is well written and well narrated, but rather boring. Perhaps I've spent too many years listening to other types of books with higher drama. Even the first book in this series of god books was more engaging. If I compare this to the Piers Anthony god series it falls way way short. I read those over ten years ago and still find myself thinking about skeins of yarn and Mother Earth. I won't remember this book 2 months from now.

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    Regina 05-22-13
    Regina 05-22-13
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    "Must read/listen for Neil Gaiman fans"
    If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, quick, and did I say funny?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dad, Anansi. My father in law is Jamaican and his sense of humor is spot on.


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

    I have never listened to Lenny Henry as a reader but I did enjoy his series--Chef.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


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    Emeritus 03-27-13
    Emeritus 03-27-13

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    "The best reader I have ever heard in 15 years"

    I don't know Gaiman's work but really enjoyed the whimsy and humor and imagination of this story. It has a quirkiness that makes for an enjoyable "read" but Lenny Henry's reading - really it is a performance - is out of this world. His accents are wonderful, you can conjure all the images from his voice from the strange brothers, the little old Carribean ladies, the phantasmagoric animals. Just wonderful and some of it made me smile for miles of walking.

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    Ryan 03-22-13
    Ryan 03-22-13
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    "Really great narration"
    What did you love best about Anansi Boys?

    The story was straightforward, but it was highly entertaining.


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

    The narrator of the Anansi stories.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was pretty funny throughout.


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    C. Thompson 03-05-13
    C. Thompson 03-05-13
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    "Wonderful tale"
    If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Fat Charlie Nancy!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anansi Boys?

    Karaoke.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Four stars only because Gaiman has done better, specifically American Gods in this same universe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Crumpton 02-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of Gaiman's best"

    I'll confess that this isn't my favorite Gaiman book. I really enjoy his methodologically based books but I prefer the characters whose background I am familiar with. I'm not sure that I had ever heard of Anansi before I heard Gaiman's references to him and that made the characters a little less familiar and comfortable to me.

    However, Gaiman does a good job of filling out the history of Anansi and some of his rivals. The characters are very interesting and grow on you quickly.

    I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone but if you're new to Gaiman and new to Anansi then you may enjoy one of Gaiman's other titles first.

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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 02-17-13
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 02-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "solid storytelling"
    Any additional comments?

    This one is described as a sequel to American gods, (Which was an excellent book) and while it plays in the same world, it's not really connected. Myth and legend told for a modern audience. A lovably innocent protagonist, haplessly dragged into a world of magic and gods by accident. His father a selfish, good natured and totally goofy god. His brother, an equally goofy pain in the neck who won't go away. The way Gaiman mixes myth with the modern world is a real treat to read. And he weaves in a subtle thread of absurdity that will make you laugh out loud. Add to all this a really excellent narrator, who would give Jim Dale a run for his money, and you got a winner.
    I think American Gods was a better book, but the narration was far better in Anansi boys.
    You don't need to read them both in the order they were published, but you do need to read them both.
    I had never heard of Neil Gaiman until I joined audible about 2 years ago. This is the second novel of his that I have enjoyed, and you can be sure there will be more in my library before too long.

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    R. Baker-Schmidt Maryland 01-29-13
    R. Baker-Schmidt Maryland 01-29-13

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    "Best audio book I've experienced."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, and I have. It is a fabulous, layered, funny story that's wonderfully told. Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller and with Lenny Henry he's found an excellent "partner in voice."


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fat Charlie was my favorite character. He was everyman and I loved his journey of discovery not just that he WAS a god, but that he COULD BE a god. Fat Charlie was so much more than the every day accountant he thought he was or the man he thought he could be.


    What about Lenny Henry’s performance did you like?

    Lenny Henry brought the reader to a new level of imagination for each character he captured -- human, god, animal or otherwise. I really enjoyed his performance, especially the shift from shy Fat Charlie to slick, easy Spider. And special props to him for his portrayal of the older women.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I loved Lenny Henry's performance... I'd have loved to have listened to Neil Gaiman read this too. I've listened to other authors read their own books on "tape" and wished they had used an actor, but I think Gaiman has the range and story telling ability to pull it off.


    Thanks for bringing us Anansi Boys. It is my favorite audio book so far.

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