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)
What can I say... You've got to listen to this to believe it (or not)... It's an amazing tale... thoroughly enjoyed to the end... I never wanted to set it aside or check out another book... it was magical... entertaining... and everything you could ask for in a fantasy book... All the characters were well defined and made a strong impression on the story... nothing wasted... Great Book... Well worth you time...
I like audiobooks, but i usually prefer print. I like to listen to audio only when i can't be reading (i.e. on a walk, in the car, etc.). However, this is an exception. The narration is so entertaining, that I would prefer to listen to this, rather than reading it. If you like myth, folklore, modern fantasy, and/or Neil Gaiman, this is something you don't want to miss.
Gaiman is excellent as usual, and the reader handles the voices and accents wonderfully. I have recommended both book and audio to many people and read/listened to it myself multiple times.
This is one of the BEST books I've listened to! Such a great story, that I felt very lucky to have picked it out! I have been a fan of Gaiman for a while, although it is hard to tell sometimes if his books are meant for adults or children. Either way the books are almost always excellent. I read and liked American Gods, and I heard this book was a sequel so I got it. You definately dont have to have read American Gods, as the books are more like they're just of the same sort of theme than actual sequels.( They had absolutely no story connections at all) I was REALLY happy I did, because I enjoyed every word of this book. There was something about the story, the characters, & the narrator that all came together to make one of the most enjoyable stories I've heard/read in quite a while! Gaiman has managed to make this story full of folk lore, adventure, and every ingredient that makes a good story. I was especially impressed with how funny this book was w/out taking away from the seriousness of the main characters plight. many authors can either manage funny OR dramatically serious, but Gaiman put them both together so well that its amazing. If you like a good story, U HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!!
I really enjoyed this. Well narrated and well written. I have liked, on some level, everything by him that I've read but this is near the top of my favorites. Good story, good humor and some nice twists at the end. As mentioned, the narration, I thought was excellent. Lenny Henry did a nice job of bringing the story and characters to life.
This quirky & thoroughly enjoyable tale by Gaiman is one part Joseph Campbell, one part Mark Twain. My only complaint about Gaiman is that he hasn't written more books. Terrific narration and audio production!
I loved American Gods. It was delightful to find Mr Nansi back from Gods in this book as well. Well narrated
I loved this story. I read it in paper form, and I loved the story so much that I ended up buying the audio. The narrator adds so much to the story. It was a 5 star story, and the narration adds another 5 stars.
Compulsive reader, compulsive listener.
I'm a bibliophile and do read a lot of books in print. I'll never, EVER read this one. The combination of Lenny Henry extraordinary performance and Neil Gaiman's brilliant writing create a whole that is even better than the parts.
The story itself is touching and funny and terrifying by turns. Don't expect an American Gods sequel. The mood and feel is equally GOOD, but it's quite a different story. (Though the Guidall performance is excellent).
Lenny Henry's performance, though I hate to use a cliche, is just masterful. There's no other expression for it. His vocal characterizations are clear and distinct. He handles the Atlantic-jumping accents with the greatest of facility, making you almost forget it's being narrated by just one person.
It's one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Treat yourself. You won't be sorry.
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