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.
"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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I wasn't sure I would enjoy Lenny Henry as a narrator but he fits well. some of the accents are a little off but it doesn't detract
"Slow burn to a brilliant ending"
I loved this. A slower start than say Neverwhere or American Gods, but it hooks you. The characters are rich and the narrative is excellent, twisting and turning. I wouldn't call is a sequel to American Gods. It connects to that world but is its own story, well because "all the stories are Anansi's stories."
"Amazing book and narration"
Classic Gaiman. Funny charming and interesting. An amazing book all around. The narration is superb too.
I desided to read this book due souly on the fact that Neil Gaiman had writen it so I didnt really know what it was about and to be frank i wasnt disapointed at all fantastic book. If I am honest Lenny Henry was the icing on the cake
This is not my usual genre of book but it was recommended by a friend so I thought I would give it a go.
An endearing mix of one part Douglas Adams, a dash of Terry Pratchett with humour, fraud, farce and family, contemporary characters and African mythology.
Lenny Henry's narration is perfect.
The book is both magical and pragmatic, it captured my attention and made me laugh aloud. I wish I hadn't listened to it so I could listen to it anew all over again. I loved it.
"A wonderful story, with an exceptional performance"
This Audio book is brilliant!
The simplicity of a timeless story, over-layed with Neil Gaiman's imagination and Lenny Henry's outstanding performance, made this a real joy to listen to.
"A good listen to loose yourself in"
I love the beginning or this and the ending, it was rather slow in the middle and the animals were a little annoying. The delivery of the narration was awesome .
"Caught in Gaiman's Web! Terrific."
"Anansi Boys" is splendiforous and has just became one of my favourite books ever. As with "Neverwhere" the events happen in two parallel worlds, reality and fantasy, as Mr Gaiman slowly unwraps all the hidden surprises.
There are so many stories and myths woven together in "Anansi Boys" and none of them disappoint. The mythological stories of spider, tiger, monkey and the bird lady are pure fun. This along with how the main characters undergo such fantastic transformations bring a wonderful outcome and make it an amazing story.
Lenny Henry is a genius. He has become one of my favourite narrators and I hope to come across more of the books he reads. I'm especially impressed by Lenny imitating female voices which does not always work when done by others. He embraces the bird character with so much passion and fun that your imagination gets the wings.
The story starts with extraordinary characters each going through their own personal transformations and becoming capable of things you never imagined. The brotherly relationship between Fat Charlie and Spider paints us a full rainbow of emotions. It's Gaiman after all!
Wonderfully read!! I will miss the characters. A must read! I could not stop listening.
"Great books wonderfully read"
Lenny Henry really made this book come alive. A fine audiobook that I will listen to again.
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