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Anansi Boys Audiobook

Anansi Boys

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Publisher's Summary

God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed, before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun, just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

©2005 Neil Gaiman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 2006
  • Alex Award, 2006

" "Excellent." (Stephen King)
"It's Gaiman's focus on Charlie and Charlie's attempts to return to normalcy that make the story so winning...along with gleeful, hurtling prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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    05-13-17
    05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I think this may be my favourite Neil Gaiman book."

    It's smart, clever, and really funny. The voices are done perfectly. While not as big as American Gods or as dark as Coraline, it's fun, exciting, mysterious and really funny.

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    Gayle 05-13-17
    Gayle 05-13-17
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    "Guess I Don't "Get" Gaiman"

    So many people love Neil Gaiman's books, and when I read the positive reviews, I want to read and love them too. But I guess I just don't "get" him. The story seems to have the two main characters bouncing from place to place. It all eventually ties together, but whether I care or feel satisfied at the resolution is questionable.

    I'll give the book a 3.0. I did find it interesting enough to finish, but I didn't care that much about how either Fat Charlie or Spider fared. (I did also read American Gods and found this to be similar in the "jumping around" and my trying to figure out the meaning of it all.)

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    Laura Glaeser 05-12-17
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    "I did not want the story to end!"

    this is a truly unique and charming story that I would recommend to everyone! I loved the characters and myths the dreamlike aspects and the plot. the narrator is very talented as well!

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    "Caribbean Gods"

    All I knew was that this was a continuation of American Gods. While that is a masterpiece, in many ways this book is a gentler and more enjoyable book.

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    Goldenrodfarm 05-12-17

    bdangelo@fairpoint.net

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    "No worth the effort"
    What would have made Anansi Boys better?

    This story skipped and jumped from mundane fat Charlie to what I guess are folk tails with no explanation. Both fat Charlie and his brother were unlikeable characters for different reasons, one because he was a boring person, in a cutout job, with a just plain nasty future MIL, and a fluffy fiancé, the other because he took advantage of fat Charlie within the disguise of helping him change his personality. People don't change personalities. Neither character were portrayed in depth but were cardboard cutouts being shifted around. About 3/4 of the way through I had all I could take and returned the book to audible.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Who knows


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lenny Henry’s performances?

    Yes, his voice was the only way I made it as far as I did


    What character would you cut from Anansi Boys?

    All of them


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    C.P. Dalton 05-12-17
    C.P. Dalton 05-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Breathless, breakneck narration ruins pacing"

    As I'd read Neverwhere & American Gods before starting this audiobook, I knew exactly what to expect of Gaiman's writing going into "Anansi Boys." He has a peculiar aptitude for describing the general awfulness & awkwardness of the human condition, while never losing sight of the sublime Beyond of our mental otherworlds, whence gods & myths originated (and have lately ceased to do so, mostly due to self-serving Boomer trademark law extensions preventing renowned cultural figures from passing into the broader public discourse).

    Sadly, the overall production quality, or lack thereof, in this audiobook rendition mashes Gaiman's willful bifurcation of mundane & magickal into one another, and we end up with an iridescent beige soup of contradictions & contraindications. Lenny Henry reads at a mile-a-minute, breakneck pace that would make the Micro Machines guy proud, sacrificing mood, nuanced inflection, pauses for effect, and any breathing room between sentences or paragraphs whatsoever - this audiobook is the polar opposite of Richard Poe's brilliant performance of Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian."

    Henry has a more-than-decent character range, but his working-class English diction & pronunciation means that certain words & phonemes get slurred into sloppy mush. The fact that pronunciation is a constant, niggling issue for the English should surprise nobody besides the English themselves, though - my main gripe with Henry is that he was either pressured or consciously chose to blow through the reading as quickly as he possibly could, as I said before. I'm sure he's an entirely decent fellow, though.

    On top of this lack of proper restfulness where the text demands, the publisher has chosen to insert the most banal, generic Caribbeanesque elevator music in between chapters - the same stock audio that was used in the audiobook version of Kurt Vonnegut's "Cat's Cradle." Gaiman is certainly no stock writer, nor does he lend himself (at least figuratively) to stock music - compare/contrast Harlan Ellison's numerous audiobook stories, specifically his reading of "On the Downhill Side," whose musical afterword is very particularly bespoke, in true Ellison fashion.

    These nuisances combine to detract from an otherwise well-crafted, mythological & anthropological history-spanning narrative, and tarnish the overall experience as a result - too many publishers treat audiobooks as an afterthought, and since Gaiman is not as adamantly uncompromising as Ellison (though from a glance, he seems kinder), he's not one to go kicking doors down when his artistic vision undergoes any meddling by the tone-deaf.

    Skip the audiobook; get "Anansi Boys" in hardcover.

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    Andrew Richland WA 05-11-17
    Andrew Richland WA 05-11-17 Member Since 2017

    I love it all

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    "Great narrator"

    One of the best I have heard in all of my listening. I will look for more of his!

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    "quirky story but entertaining"

    not sure i really understood the whole story but enjoyed it. narrator was great. some lol moments

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    John EL CAJON, CA, United States 05-10-17
    John EL CAJON, CA, United States 05-10-17 Member Since 2002
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    "A children's book for adults. It just makes me happy!"

    Warm and smooth, like a Caribbean breeze. Neil Gaiman has the ability to write for adults the way adults would want to write for their children. Don't write over their heads. Get to the point, and the point is be happy.

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    Rick Garner North Little Rock, AR 05-09-17
    Rick Garner North Little Rock, AR 05-09-17 Member Since 2014

    Finzleft

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    "Another fine tale from Neil Gaiman."

    Neil is definitely a storyteller for our time. And this is his story of a storyteller. A god who preforms his magic by singing his tales. It delighted me for the entire story.

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