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 did not think I'd like the narration for some reason, being that Lenny is a comedian and haven't seen him do any serious material. But he surprised me and I really recommend listening to this!
"Gaiman at his best again."
I absolutely love this book as I do other Neil Gaiman's creations. It is a clear spoof of "American Gods" (or maybe it was the first of the two) so I had to have it in my audiobook collection too.
I was not disappointed. Great performance with a great Mr. Livingstone's Yorkshire accent, great story which makes a great audiobook.
I really had to stick with this audio for about the first 3 - 4 hours. Unfortunately, as much as I like Lenny Henry, I didn't like the performance and feel it may have detracted from my overall enjoyment.
I would like to add that this is the first fiction audio book I have listened to, so it may just be the format that I don't like.
If you're in 2 minds about this audio then I would suggest buying the book and reading.
Enthralling from start to finish, couldn't put it down. Yet another Gaiman work of genius.
"Clever, funny and well performed"
Caiman is a master of comic and complex fantasy and Lenny Henry an amazing voice actor and comedian who portrays every character perfectly.
So what happens when your Dad is a God your brother is a Demi-God and you suffer from severe embarrassment? The awnser includes a Lime.
Loved this book and Lenny Henry was the perfect narrator. My favourite Neil Gaiman to date
"Charming and funny."
I am not a fan of Lenny Henry usually but his narration is brilliant.
This book is warm, enjoyable and made me smile. Kind of like a pair of cosy slippers. Gainman is spot on here.
"The Curate's Egg; good in places"
A good story from Mr Gaiman though, for me at least, the ending is a little weak and seems to go for longer than necessary.
Lenny Henry makes a brave stab at reading Anansi Boys and his vocal talents are without doubt. However, he does seem to rush through the text and really needs to slow things down. A slower pace would have made this audiobook more enjoyable.
The other strange thing about this particular audiobook that I haven't noticed on the others in my library were the numerable large silences that seem to be at the end of a scene or chapter. I accept that a pause is necessary but these go on for much longer than one would expect and lead one to think one's playback device had paused or stopped for some reason. Most disconcerting and it distracted from the story.
Absolutely brilliant! Delightful characters, splendid story. Gentle humour, such a wonderful listen - Lenny Henry really did this justice, I enjoyed every minute of listening to this.
"Great narration with a good story"
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).
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.
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.
Laugh mostly, but there were some serious moments as well.
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.
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