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Anansi Boys Audiobook

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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  • Dave
    7/24/15
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    "Great narration with a good story"
    What did you like most about Anansi Boys?

    I have previously read Neil Gaiman books and not really got into them. This story however had a good sense of humour and fun throughout (it reminded me of Good Omens, a book Neil Gaiman wrote with Terry Pratchett).


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anansi Boys?

    Hmmm... spoilers! Actually some of the best moments were relatively early when the main character, Fat Charlie, encounters Spider and much of his life is flipped upside-down.


    What does Lenny Henry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He's a brilliant narrator and perfect for this. I understand that Neil Gaiman requested him for the audiobook and his voices fit perfectly. I don't think I'd have enjoyed it anywhere near as much without his crazy voices and emotion.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh mostly, but there were some serious moments as well.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is not perfect, in particular the main villain's motivation is rather weak and he is almost entirely one dimensional. However I've enjoyed listening to this more than any other audiobook before or after and strongly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    7/18/15
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    "Really enjoyed the narration"

    Really enjoyed Lenny Henry's narration - he made the characters real. Unusual story that you wanted to keep listening too. Great imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby
    6/26/15
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    "Your spider senses will tingle..."
    Would you listen to Anansi Boys again? Why?

    Definitely. An engaging story, though it did seem to just hiccup in rhythm once or twice, and very listenable to narration from Lenny Henry. I do like it when narrators make the effort to give characters distinctive, and recognisable, voices, it really adds to the overall experience.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    That's a hard one to answer without risking spoilers... but you'll know it when you hear it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Stockwood, Bristol, United Kingdom
    5/31/15
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    "Loved it"

    Neil Gaiman hooks me every time. This on was extra special because Lenny Henry is a great story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    4/25/15
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    "Not my cup of tea"
    Would you try another book written by Neil Gaiman or narrated by Lenny Henry?

    Yes - I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman, as a rule, and I was quite happy with the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I really couldn't get into Anansi Boys. I really don't enjoy stories or films where anyone is embarrassed, because it makes me cringe, and the first hour is all about how embarrassing Fat Charlie's dad was.
    I didn't finish listening to this, but I wouldn't rule out ever going back and listening to the rest of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/17/15
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    "Excellent"

    This is a fantastic listen, Neil Gaiman has written a charming and funny book with characters you can enjoy and root for, it has enough twists to be interesting yet easy to follow. Lenny Henry excels in his delivery he has a wonderful range of voices, reads at a good pace and has a wonderfully warm tone. Would thoroughly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • VESTA FOSU
    4/2/15
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    "Amazing!just magical!"

    I grew up with Ananse stories and this just reminds me of falling asleep to all those tales, thinking of his craftiness and greed. I love this book. Would totally recommend it. Sad it's finished

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jimmmy
    3/29/15
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    "Lenny the voice"

    An entertaining performance from Lenny Henry man of a thousand voices. Good story well told if anything it was too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    3/26/15
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    "A brilliant read, brilliantly read."
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It has to be among my favourites, Lenny Henry really brought it to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the character of Spider and the journey he went on as a person.


    Which character – as performed by Lenny Henry – was your favourite?

    The range of voices was superb (apart from Rosie, I wasn't much sold on her voice) but the old ladies were particularly well voiced.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Some parts made me smile a lot. There weren't many stand out moments but it was very enjoyable all the same. The climax was very satisfying.


    Any additional comments?

    An enjoyable story that grows from something seemingly simplistic into a well woven web (see what I did there!) of interlocking stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    deal, United Kingdom
    3/26/15
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    "I love this book."

    I've been a Neil Gaiman fan for years and have already read this book, however, having Lenny Henry read it is perfect. Only he could do the characters voices justice and it makes listening to this an absolute joy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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