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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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    Kathryn United States 09-25-12
    Kathryn United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!"
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a delightfully performed and masterfully written book that draws on the genre of myth to create an enchanting and meaningful story.


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

    My favorite character was Anansi.


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    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-19-12
    Jack St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-19-12

    Blind Vietnam veteran. Antique weapons collector. Outdoor enthusiast. Florida State University graduate with Business major. Owner of home health agency. registered nurse.

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    "Wonderfully Humorous, Ethnic Story"

    This performer used has great island dialects and enthusiasm. The story, however, was a bit simple. It did not challenge me much.

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    Trent Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 09-10-12
    Trent Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, Canada 09-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A Near-perfect experience"

    This was one of the first audio books I ever listened to, and is still one of the best. Not only is it Neil Gaiman (who is a sometimes uneven author, though at his worst is still better than most writers out there), but Lenny Henry does a note-perfect narration. The production sets a high standard for what an audio book should be, and while there are many great audible books out there, this is the best I've heard so far.

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    S. Edmondson 09-04-12
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    "Another great book by Neil Gaiman"
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is among my favorite audio books


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I particularly liked the fact that the two brothers were two sides of the same person.


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

    Lenny Henry brings a lightness to the book and also brings the various characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I hate tag lines


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

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    N. Lai USA 09-03-12
    N. Lai USA 09-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Stellar perfromance"
    What did you love best about Anansi Boys?

    How it weaves the traditional stories of Anansi into the main story line.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Spider. I'd love to be Spider. :-)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Darrell FAIRHOPE, AL, United States 08-10-12
    Darrell FAIRHOPE, AL, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anansi Boys to be better than the print version?

    I loved the way Lenny Henry read this book. His pitch was spot on.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the transformation of Fat Charlie. I also loved hearing the stories of Anansi tricking the other gods.


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

    First time hearing a performance by Lenny Henry. I will keep an eye out for his work in the future.


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

    I laughed my butt off at points in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Sara Laughs Reading, PA 08-10-12
    Sara Laughs Reading, PA 08-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Not my favorite Gaiman"
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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.

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    Melanie Fredericksburg VA, United States 06-19-12
    Melanie Fredericksburg VA, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "wonderfully refreshing, exceptionally narrated"
    What did you love best about Anansi Boys?

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Linda Lansdale, PA, United States 05-01-12
    Linda Lansdale, PA, United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2002
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    "One of the best"
    What did you love best about Anansi Boys?

    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....


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    Nina Seattle, WA, United States 04-04-12
    Nina Seattle, WA, United States 04-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Lenny Henry was a brilliant choice for reader!"
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Close to the top of the list.


    What other book might you compare Anansi Boys to and why?

    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!


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

    I didn't know Lenny Henry had other performances but, I will now look him up... thanks for the prompt, Audible!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

    It is one of my favorite books to listen to. I have re-visited it many times.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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