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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"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.
"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.
"Your spider senses will tingle..."
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.
That's a hard one to answer without risking spoilers... but you'll know it when you hear it!
Neil Gaiman hooks me every time. This on was extra special because Lenny Henry is a great story teller.
"Not my cup of tea"
Yes - I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman, as a rule, and I was quite happy with the narration.
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.
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.
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
"Lenny the voice"
An entertaining performance from Lenny Henry man of a thousand voices. Good story well told if anything it was too long.
"A brilliant read, brilliantly read."
It has to be among my favourites, Lenny Henry really brought it to life.
I really enjoyed the character of Spider and the journey he went on as a person.
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.
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.
An enjoyable story that grows from something seemingly simplistic into a well woven web (see what I did there!) of interlocking stories.
"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.
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