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)
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!
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!
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.
Gaiman succeeds again in mixing legend, magic, mystery and amazement. Perfect narration, and his prose fits superbly in Audible format.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Criticisms aside it is a good book and an enjoyable listen worth a credit.
Why bother this is a bunch of drivel...lame..lame..lame
disgust.Totally bogus, lame dialog
This guy should retire, A total ripoff
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.
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