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Anansi Boys | [Neil Gaiman]

Anansi Boys

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."
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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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    Kristopher LOCKPORT, IL, United States 05-08-13
    Kristopher LOCKPORT, IL, United States 05-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It's Gaiman, so it's good."
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Anansi Boys was pretty average. Which isn't to say it was bad but it is probably the least entertaining book i've read and/or listened to from Gaiman. That's not an insult either. It just isn't as good as Neverwhere, American Gods or the Graveyard book. The whole love triangle thing is really probably the weakest point of the story for me. I won't go into details but it's just really silly and shallow imho and not something I expect from Gaiman.


    What about Lenny Henry’s performance did you like?

    I read a few reviews saying that the narrator was just the best they have ever heard. I completely disagree and think that maybe these listeners haven't listened to many audiobooks. He was certainly adequate and was appropriate for the role but there are many narrators that I would rank far above Lenny Henry. Off the top of my head Neil Gaiman himself, Nick Podehl who does an amazing job in the Kingkiller Chronicles, and just recently I listened to the Night Circus narrated by Jim Dale who I believe did the Harry Potter (i've not listened to those), are all superior.


    Any additional comments?

    Criticisms aside it is a good book and an enjoyable listen worth a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Gladstone, New Jersey, United States 01-17-12
    Linda Gladstone, New Jersey, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Absolutely Dreadful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Why bother this is a bunch of drivel...lame..lame..lame


    Has Anansi Boys turned you off from other books in this genre?

    yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lenny Henry?

    anyone


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disgust.Totally bogus, lame dialog


    Any additional comments?

    This guy should retire, A total ripoff

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-01-11
    Catherine SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 11-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "If you love Neil Gaiman you'll love Anansi Boys"

    I can't recommend it to everyone ... you have to be a fan of this kind of writer, e.g., Jasper Ffjord, Terry Brooks, etc. But if you are (and obviously I am) this is a rollicking, funny, intriguing piece of writing and the narration is spot on. I hated for it to end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-21-08
    David Los Angeles, CA, USA 01-21-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent reader"

    Excellent reader

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    Barbara Ventura, CA, United States 05-19-06
    Barbara Ventura, CA, United States 05-19-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent!"

    Really a great listen, not only because of the excellent writing, but a really great narrator. It was a pleasure to listen. I would absolutely recommend this book for some fun listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louis M Miami, FL, USA 10-23-05
    Louis M Miami, FL, USA 10-23-05
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    "Great narration!"

    Lenny Henry does a fantastic job of narrating this book! Even Stephen Briggs (diskworld series) will have a hard time topping this work of art!

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    David Preston, WA, USA 07-24-08
    David Preston, WA, USA 07-24-08
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    "Worth the price for the narrator alone"

    Voice characterizations were non-obtrusive and you could immediately know who was speaking by his own unique performance of that character. Excellent

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    Brendan Segraves Austin, TX USA 09-06-06
    Brendan Segraves Austin, TX USA 09-06-06 Member Since 2004

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    "fun, but not great"

    A found his earlier book, American Gods, more original and compelling. This book didn't have much of a plot but was okay overall.

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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 08-24-08
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 08-24-08 Member Since 2007
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    Not bad, not great. If your lost on what to burn a credit on and you have been looking for a long time then pick this. Otherwise keep looking.

    0 of 12 people found this review helpful
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