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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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    Irving McLean, VA, USA 11-18-05
    Irving McLean, VA, USA 11-18-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Outstanding"

    This is one of the best audiobooks I've heard in a while. The story is a clever mix of humor, fantasy, and mystery. However, the best thing about the audiobook is the narration, which is fantastic. Highly recommended!

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    Tammy Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 11-12-05
    Tammy Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 11-12-05
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    "Fantastic Book & Reader"

    Neil Gaiman's book is lovely and wonderful, and Lenny Henry's narration is pure magic. There are not enough adjectives in the world to describe how much fun this book was!

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    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 10-19-05
    Dolores L. Loftin Sun Lakes, AZ, US 10-19-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Anansi Boys"

    Further information on Lenny Henry, the brillant narrator of this great book. He plays "Chef", the PBS weekly rendition about an upscale English restaurant. I recognized his voice immediately. Book is also excellent and fits Henry's style to a T.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Nicholson Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-17-05
    Charlotte Nicholson Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 10-17-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Must Hear"

    Gaiman succeeds again in mixing legend, magic, mystery and amazement. Perfect narration, and his prose fits superbly in Audible format.

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    Jordan Venice, CA, USA 10-05-05
    Jordan Venice, CA, USA 10-05-05
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    "Could not stop listening."

    Read American Gods and Sandman Graphic Novels, now Anansi Boys. Lenny Henry is one of the best narrators, bring the characters to life. Gaiman always keeps me guessing and suprized. A great book and a great reader!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara GREENVILLE, WI, United States 07-17-10
    Barbara GREENVILLE, WI, United States 07-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining enough but...."

    The story is entertaining and occasionally slightly funny. However, the narrator really ruins it for me. I can't tell if he's doing an Eastern American, Jamacan, Louisiana or South eastern US accent for all of the non-british characters. It makes my eye twitch and ruins any sort of atmosphere the story itself is trying to create.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristopher LOCKPORT, IL, United States 05-08-13
    Kristopher LOCKPORT, IL, United States 05-08-13
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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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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