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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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  • Loni
    3/14/15
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    "Lenny Henry's performance shines"
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan and have read nearly everything he's published. I love his work so much that I've wanted to experience my favourites again in audio book form. Some audio books really fall flat, but the Neil Gaiman ones have been excellent so far. After listening to the brilliant audio version of American Gods I just had to give Anansi Boys a go. Lenny Henry shines in his performance of this book. Lenny Henry's vocal agility with different voices and the natural ease and rhythm he brings to the Caribbean accents in the book make him an inspired and appropriate choice as narrator. I absolutely loved it! This one will be listened to again and again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    2/24/15
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    "Anansi Boys"

    Really good book. Fantastic made ordinary (well not ordinary, but written as if what happened might happen, in an unusual kind of way - well, I know what I mean!!). I didn't know Lenny Henry could read so well. His voices were superb. It was like listening to a play. I will definitely look for books that he is reading in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Crawford
    Maidstone, UK
    2/20/15
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    "Hugely enjoyable"

    Lenny Henry's narration is great. His character voices bring the book alive. Really lifted my journeys to and fro work every day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Spencer
    1/22/15
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    "a great story fantastically narrated"

    Hearing Lenny Henry narrate was a real treat. the story has familiar Gaiman elements, it had me giggling, worried, badly and tense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beeab
    1/15/15
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    "Best audio book I've ever heard"
    If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely flipping brilliant!


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

    Lenny Henry's reading of it. I've not been a huge fan of his over the years but he totally blew me away with his reading of this.


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

    All of them - so beautifully bought to life by Lenny Henry.


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

    Yes - made me laugh and immersed in a wonderful world. Brilliant writing by Neil Gaiman.


    Any additional comments?

    Will not disappoint - do yourself a favour and download it now! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • eleonora
    manchester, United Kingdom
    8/16/14
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    "fab as usual!"
    Where does Anansi Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i just love neil gaiman, so this book is fab. lenny henry is an amazing narrator


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

    all of them for me, but anytime the old ladies get together it's funny


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

    the voices, that caribbean twang that seems to slightly morph with every character but is always there, he's just a master at it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes! and almost did


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty
    8/7/14
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    "Classic Gaimen brilliantly narrated"
    If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Enchanting, entertaining and whimsical.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a brilliantly woven story told through intriguing and funny characters. You get caught up in their journey and become attached to them even those that you start the story disliking, a tale of love, murder magic and old time deities. Neil Gaimen really does live up to the hype.

    Lenny Henry also does a fantastic job really bringing the story to life with his narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to the whole thing over a weekend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • elizabeth
    ALFORD, United Kingdom
    7/30/14
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    "Just Great"
    If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

    Really good listen


    What about Lenny Henry’s performance did you like?

    Everything he was perfect


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Make time because once you start this you will want to listen to it all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Teddy
    London
    1/27/14
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    "Too well written and read"

    Unfortunately this book is so well written, and read, that I couldn't get very far into the story. The level of embarrassment experienced by the main protagonist is so well described that it made me cringe to listen to it and, after the first few incidents, I couldn't stand listening to him go through yet another one, so stopped listening to the book.

    Teddy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Frodsham, United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "Hilarious story and very well read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Anansi Boys to be better than the print version?

    I can't really comment on this as I have not read the print version, but Lenny Henry's narration was so spot on it would be hard to imagine that the print version could be better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was just a good romp of a story, funny and sweet and very genial.


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

    A real feel for the characterisation.


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

    Definitely laugh out loud, poor Fat Charlie's endless trials and tribulations were a constant source of amusement.


    Any additional comments?

    The Anansi Boys is a good, fun listen and suitable for everyone. It is superbly narrated and well worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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