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)
Absolutely, and I have. It is a fabulous, layered, funny story that's wonderfully told. Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller and with Lenny Henry he's found an excellent "partner in voice."
Fat Charlie was my favorite character. He was everyman and I loved his journey of discovery not just that he WAS a god, but that he COULD BE a god. Fat Charlie was so much more than the every day accountant he thought he was or the man he thought he could be.
Lenny Henry brought the reader to a new level of imagination for each character he captured -- human, god, animal or otherwise. I really enjoyed his performance, especially the shift from shy Fat Charlie to slick, easy Spider. And special props to him for his portrayal of the older women.
As much as I loved Lenny Henry's performance... I'd have loved to have listened to Neil Gaiman read this too. I've listened to other authors read their own books on "tape" and wished they had used an actor, but I think Gaiman has the range and story telling ability to pull it off.
Thanks for bringing us Anansi Boys. It is my favorite audio book so far.
Charlie's development and maturity
Just a fun read but nowhere as good as the full cast and in depth story of American gods
The amazing accents and attitudes
Fun, whimsical, fable
It made me think of Terry Pratchett books although it is closer to reality. The characters are fantastical but the plot and relationships are easy to relate to the real world.
The accents! He is marvelous and really gives the feeling of the characters. I particularly enjoyed how he portrayed the old ladies.
Sometimes you need a brother to be complete.
I thought this story was light humor and fun. easy listen and sounded just fine, even though i don't like a man reading a woman's part. Sounds a little creepy.
This is the audiobook medium at its very best. Lenny Henry narrates with lively enthusiasm and a brilliant gift for the many voices of the story. A tropical music soundtrack adds atmosphere to Neil Gaiman's witty, poetic retelling of the legend of Anansi and his children.
Read this book a while ago but decided to listen to it on Audio. Brilliant. It is wonderful to hear Fat Charlie and Spider and the rest of the characters come to life with such flare! Can't recommend it enough! Love Neil Gaiman's work and Lenny Henry brought a special gift to the reading of the book.
Yes. It was interesting to learn how all the characters intertwined and try to guess what would happen next. The surprises were delightful.
While I did not care for the character of Rosie's mother, I thought she was artfully developed.I liked Maeve Livingston. She turned out to be quite different from the initial impression painted by Graham Coates as a clingy demanding woman.
Yes. Just as good.
I truly enjoyed the ending with tiger and Graham Coates getting what they deserved in a just but unexpected manner!
The narrator, Lenny Henry, captures each character's essence and vulnerability. He is magic to listen to. A Gaiman story is always a magical and terrifying experience, but Henry's narration brings it home.
This was one of the best stories that I have listened to thus far by Mr. Gaiman. I loved the enthusiasm, and the characters were so much fun that I hated to see the story come to an end. I don't generally listen to books more than once but this is one that I can see myself listening to over again. It is laugh out loud good humor in parts and so captivating that there is no putting this one down. Outstanding! Simply outstanding!
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