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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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    Michael 02-13-17
    Michael 02-13-17
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    "Wonderful story narrated beautifully"

    I listen to this story once every couple years. The reader performs in a way that makes each character seem real and distinct from one another. This story always leaves me with feelings of warmth and joy.

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    Jay 02-09-17
    Jay 02-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lenny Henry may be the best narrator I've heard!"

    Great story and fantastic narrating! Can't wait to hear more of Lenny Henry. Nice work.

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    Tiffany 02-04-17
    Tiffany 02-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Abso-tively Marvelous"

    This book is an old favorite, made even more exquisite with Lenny Henry's fantastic voice. I've read it many times, and will likely listen to it many times more. If you're a fan of modern mythology (whether or not you've already read Gaiman's wonderful "American Gods"), I can't recommend this tale strongly enough.

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    M. V. Bramley Norwich 01-20-17
    M. V. Bramley Norwich 01-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Lenny Henry really elevated my least favourite Gaiman novel."

    I was never a huge fan of Anansi Boys, partly because I love American Gods and remember expecting this book to share more in common (Gaiman's Anansi appeared in American Gods first. This book is a big tonal departure from Gaiman's solo outings and I found it more reminiscent of Good Omens, which he coauthored with Terry Pratchett. Strangely this felt less personal than Good Omens and a lot more like Neil Gaiman was writing a Pratchett book than something uniquely him.

    I'd also point out that this book hasn't aged as well as Gaiman's others from around the same time or before. There are stories playing off the idea of sexual consent in a jokey way, which was par the course in 2006, but doesn't work today. It's a small point of note though and the book certainly has more to recommend it.

    Lenny Henry might have been the missing ingredient, at least for me. He gave one of the best solo audio book performances I've ever heard, tapping into his vast archive of accents and impressions, bringing the book to life in the way that only a comedic veteran could.

    Good things happen when these two collaborate (see; Neverwhere) and I recommend this audio book wholeheartedly.

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    SAL 01-19-17
    SAL 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A heading is required"

    Interesting enough story to keep reading, but I really hated Spider until about two thirds through the book. I am not a fan of characters who have it all, do it all, always get what they want and make a hobby out of ruining other people's lives. So although the intro to Charles' life and even the prelude of Spider's life was intriguing the whole Spider part was bittersweet, but I went online and found out I'm not the only person that felt that way and to just keep reading. So I did...

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    STEPHEN DOUGHERTY 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    its hard to give 5 stars when A.G. had a full cast, but that is not the fault of the actor. Quite a good job, if i could id give 4.5 i would.

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    Mr. Cottle 01-15-17
    Mr. Cottle 01-15-17
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    "Blown away by Larry Henry"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yep. Neil Gaiman always spins a good yarn.


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

    The lime.


    What about Lenny Henry’s performance did you like?

    His characters were so well defined and voiced. Masterful storytelling.


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

    No. This was enjoyed over many, many walks.


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    Amazon Customer OR, USA 01-14-17
    Amazon Customer OR, USA 01-14-17 Member Since 2016

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    "so fun and not at all what I expected!"

    I wish it was longer.... the characters were amazing and I loved every word!!! the plot and the events kept me wanting to keep listening. the narrator is outstanding. I am going to look for more of his work. thanks for the fun ride!

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    Amazon Customer 01-12-17
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    "Enchanting"

    Gaiman paints a beautiful world and Lenny Henry sings it to life. The stories of Anansi and the Anansi boys are palpable. Every thrill, embarrassment, fear, and love comes through Gaiman's words to be manifested by Henry's skillful interpretation. This is one I will repeat many times.

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    Hilary 01-09-17
    Hilary 01-09-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Read with mellow perfection, leaves you smiling"

    Many of Neil Gaiman's stories border on the macabre and his humour is often a little grim. Anansi Boys is a world away from this style, but brim full of his neat turns of phrase and evocative description. A joyful change, packed with fun, leaving me with the satisfied smugness you indulge in when you discover yet another book that made life feel particularly good and smiling.

    A modern day folk story of two brothers, Fat Charlie and Spider, sons of Mr Nancy who have been separated since they were very young. So young that Fat Charlie had not known about his brother until he meets some old ladies at his father's funeral.

    At the same time he also learns that Mr Anansi was in reality the mischievous Spider God, Anansi, but only his brother Spider inherited the God-powers. Once they meet and interact in each others' lives more weird and wonderful human and animal god characters intervene and complicate events. What follows is a colourful riot of outrageously improbable misadventure.

    I was lucky enough to come to this as an audible book with an outstanding narrator who worked further magic on the prose and dialogue. Lenny Henry read this with mellow perfection and exactly the right voice, accent and intonation for each of the many characters. Highly recommended.

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    'Daisy looked at him with an expression Jesus might have had, if someone had told him they were probably allergic to bread and fish and could he do them a quick chicken salad…..'

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