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Anansi Boys | [Neil Gaiman]

Anansi Boys

If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't gone and dropped dead at a karaoke night, Fat Charlie Nancy would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would also have no idea that he has a brother (called Spider) who is also a god. And now this brother is trying to take over his life, and is generally doing a much better job of being him.
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Publisher's Summary

If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't gone and dropped dead at a karaoke night, Fat Charlie Nancy would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would also have no idea that he has a brother (called Spider) who is also a god. And now this brother is trying to take over his life, and is generally doing a much better job of being him.

Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo – and together they unleash a bitter and twisted force to destroy Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins, will Fat Charlie Nancy get his life back, or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain?

©2005 Neil Gaiman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story...Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit." (Susanna Clarke)
"Lenny Henry...is absolutely the perfect choice to read Anansi Boys....An absolutely top-notch performance, one that makes a terrific book even better." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mixing farce and fantasy, epic mythology and domestic drama, Gaiman's novel is a clever piece of storytelling and a celebration of the magic of make-believe." (Independent on Sunday)

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  • sean
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    11/13/11
    Overall
    "Great Story with Excellent Narration"

    I have read the story before, as with most Gaiman works it is a really good read. This was only the second audiobook I have tried and was recommended to me by a freind, I am not usually a fan of Lenny Henry but his work here is brilliant, he really made the book come alive with his characters, especially his Graham Coates. Excellent book made even better by excellent narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Schmumly
    3/16/11
    Overall
    "So fantastic"

    I LOVED this book! It hooks you in with the wonderful anecdotes about Anansi and actually made me laugh so much that I could barely drive my car. It is clever, innocent and shows an intense love of story telling and such a great sense of interwoven metaphor that you can almost skip in and out of the over meaning without missing a beat. YOU MUST LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Piranha
    UK
    4/18/10
    Overall
    "Supernaturally funny business"

    I really loved this audiobook. I do like Neil Gaiman's writing and also enjoyed "Stardust" as an audiobook, but this is even better, largely because of Lenny Henry's perfect narration. There are some laugh out loud one liners, some tensely dramatic moments and a very satisfying conclusion. Give it a try, and you too will find yourself talking to house spiders.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    CorshamUnited Kingdom
    12/14/09
    Overall
    "Unfounded fears"

    I love Neil Gaiman's work and because of this one of my biggest fears on downloading this was Lenny Henry's narration. I really needn't have worried. His characterisations are superb and really enthuse the story making each character believable and audibly different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    11/11/09
    Overall
    "The best audiobook I have ever heard"

    It's a great story that much is for certain but Lenny Henry's narration brings it alive on so many levels.

    I have listened to this book at least 3 times all the way through and have heard large chunks of it more times because my kids were obsessed by it.

    Outstanding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor Banwell
    Tokyo
    8/3/09
    Overall
    "Lenny Henry reads really well"

    I too was a bit worried when I saw Lenny Henry was the narrator, but there is really no need. He does the accents brilliantly and, I suspect, better than Neil would have, which is perhaps why he was asked.

    The story is brilliant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    South Darenth, Dartford Kent, United Kingdom
    7/18/09
    Overall
    "Anansi Boys"

    Just brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    6/17/09
    Overall
    "very suprised"

    a superb story, told by a brilliant narrator. Gentle, funny, inventive, well-paced, vivid characters, a great blend of the real and supernatural.
    I can't stand listening to Lenny Henry at all under normal circumstances - but he really brought this fantastic tale to life.
    Downloading more Gaiman for another fix

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AJ
    London, U.K.
    11/2/08
    Overall
    "Fantastic."

    Best audio book so far. Love Neil Gaiman and Lenny Henry's narration brings the book to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • George
    CroyUnited Kingdom
    5/26/08
    Overall
    "unknown"

    I would never have looked at this title under normal circumstances, but as it was read by Lenny Henry decided to give it a try. I am pleased that I did, I found it was an enjoyable fantasy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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