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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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Once again, Neil Gaiman does not disappoint

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An African folk tale brought to the present, a little magic, a few bad guys, self discovery on the part of many - Anansi Boys is well-written and entertaining. Lenny Henry does a wonderful job reading the audio version - he has a terrific voice for this story.

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Good story but aggravating at times.

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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.

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Great listen!

This was a fantastic book! It was a much lighter story than American Gods, yet still captivating. Lenny Henry did an amazing job bringing each character to life. I loved the Anansi stories throughout, even though I remember them as Brer Rabbit. Highly recommend!

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A lighthearted addendum to American God

Did you ever read Neil Gaiman's collaboration with Terry Pratchett? It's called Good Omens, and it's a brilliant, funny, slapstick farce about heaven, hell, and us silly humans caught in between.
Anansi Boys is technically an addition to the universe of American Gods, but tone-wise, it's a spiritual step-child of Good Omens.
It's an absurdist farce that touches upon the larger themes of our small lives.
It's funny, thoughtful, serious, and touching at times. At other times it manages to transcend all of that and gets downright profound on you.
It was a great read when it first came out, and British comedian Lenny Henry does a great job of reading it here.
Everyone should read American Gods. It's really one of the world's Great novels. It will leave you wanting more, and that's where Anansi Boys comes in.
It's more.

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  • J
  • Oak Park, IL, United States
  • 06-12-17

Must Read

Neil Gaiman is a master of imagery and he showcases his skills in this story.

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another gaiman great

what a story teller Neil is, never disappoints his fans young and old. narration was great on this one

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Old Gods

Love the blend of old gods and the present. Love the magic. The story flowed and twisted and moved and connected.

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Great Performance

I'm pretty new to audiobooks, and have been listening here and there to a number of them, but none of them have really stuck -- this is the first I've made it all the way through with, and it's one part Neil Gaiman's phenomenal storytelling, two parts the quality of the performance. I literally cannot imagine reading this book any other way, and the voice acting adds so much to the story. Definitely recommended!

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I loved this story from start to finish

This was a captivating tale truly about "Anansi" Boy(s), i found myself never wanting to take my headphones off as I listened to the tale, bringing back to my childhood when I would tales of Anasi and his trickery over all the other animals again and again. The voices were fantastic and I couldn't be anymore satisfied with an audiobook ❤

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  • CR
  • Frisco, TX
  • 06-08-17

better than American Gods

over all i liked the story and pace better than American Gods but can't say it's quite 5 stars. while i liked the little tunes between major chapters, I'm not generally a fan of sound effects between chapters and would have preferred them left out.