Anansi Boys

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation
Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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A brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling and much-loved novel.

When his father dies, Fat Charlie Nancy discovers that not only was the late Mr Nancy actually the god Anansi, but he also has a long-lost brother, Spider, who is everything Fat Charlie is not. When Spider begins to take over Fat Charlie's life, his flat and even his fiancée, Rosie, Fat Charlie is forced to make a pact that lands him in trouble with the gods themselves....

Anansi Boys is a story of love, laughter, music and murder, old gods and new tricks that takes Fat Charlie from his home in South London to Florida, the Caribbean, and the very Beginning of the World itself. Or the End of the World. Depending on which direction you're coming from.

Jacob Anderson stars as Charlie, and he has written and performed a specially commissioned song - 'Charlie's Song' - which forms part of the magical fabric of Anansi Boys.

Dramatised for Radio 4 by the award-winning Dirk Maggs (Neverwhere, Good Omens, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), the stellar cast of this series also includes Joseph Marcell, Lenny Henry, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Angela Wynter, Josiah Choto, Adjoa Andoh, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Ariyon Bakare, Earl Cameron, Ronke Adekoluejo, Sheila Atim and Pippa Bennett-Warner, as well as a cameo appearance from Neil Gaiman himself.

©2017 Neil Gaiman (P)2017 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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slow to start but well worth it

The characters are very well cast and it's a solid adaptation of the novel. The first couple of episodes are a bit turgid, but Bird is *terrifying* and it comes to a satisfying conclusion. I particularly liked the voices for Rose, Daisy, and Mrs Noah.

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  • Nigel
  • 02-04-18

Click the 'buy' button.

Fabulous. If you have previously enjoyed a Neil Gaiman story which combined myth + reality click that 'buy' button.

Cast, story and sound design are all spot on. Already listened to this twice and would recommend doing this as you'll pick up elements of the story you may have missed during the first listen.

[5 x 27 minutes episodes] + [1 x 57 minute episode]

And if you enjoy this take a look at other Neil Gaiman stories dramatised by the BBC: Good Omens, Neverwhere, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back, and Stardust.

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  • Neil
  • 03-03-18

excellent dramatization

quality production from the BBC, of an excellent and entertaining story. well be replaying it often.

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  • Libby from London
  • 02-25-18

Brilliant and Funny Performances

I loved the performances which were very entertaining and made the most of the script. This spin off from American Gods was amusing and I enjoyed it but often I felt it was aimed at a young audience.

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  • Dan Ware
  • 12-17-19

Excellent story with great actors!

The story is a classic for me, having read the book on its initial release I have always loved the story.

I don’t know what it is that makes Lenny Henry the perfect role for Anansi but he is ideal. This version is brilliant but it is short - I really cannot fault any of the actors, they all played their part as I pictured the characters many years ago! The hard work of Dirk Maggs’ crew shines through here.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 10-13-19

Brilliant Dramatisation

Absolutely loved this radio dramatisation of a book I have already read and listened to the unabridged book several times without tiring of it. As one of my favourite Neil Gaiman titles, this adaption lacked nothing from the original and the voice actors were all perfect in their roles.

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  • L E Saull
  • 09-24-19

Excellent Adaptation

I really enjoyed this adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s book, there is even a cameo from the man himself. Great performances from all the cast and I especially loved the three older West Indian ladies, I felt there was a nod to Terry Pratchett’s witches there.

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  • Nat94
  • 05-20-19

story is okay, the performance makes it

Story is okay, the performance makes it worth a listen. An easy story to dip in and out of

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  • Director
  • 05-10-19

absotively absorbing story telling

invokes the imaginations of a seven year old in even the most hard worn realistic adults.

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  • Robert
  • 02-07-19

Stunning

I don't know why it took me so long to get around to listening to this. It's such a stunningly produced dramatisation (expect nothing less from Dirk Maggs), the performances are as good as you'd expect from a cast like this, and the story is a superb mix of colourful mythology and the real-world with some particularly endearing characters. Loved it!

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  • Gourley S.
  • 01-15-19

Fantastic cast and production

A really great production, with an incredibly strong voice cast. It may, as a dramatisation be short in comparison to many narrations on Audible, but what's lacking in length is more than made up for in quality. Highly enjoyable listening experience; a motion picture for the ears.