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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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    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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    emjay 12-27-16
    emjay 12-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A perfect collaboration"

    In this story, Neil Gaman does what he always does...which is write a terrific tale...and Lenny Henry gives it life with his knack for accents and characterization. This story does not possess the gravity of many of Mr. Gaiman's stories, but is light, humorous, clever and satisfying.

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    John Jackson North Carolina 12-26-16
    John Jackson North Carolina 12-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Engaging and Timeless"

    Anansi Boys is a story about stories, about songs, and the weaving of worlds. Despite featuring a character called Spider, even this arachnophobe found the story engaging, capturing my interest so thoroughly that I found myself annoyed with interruptions. I'm only sad that I can never again experience this story for the first time again. I don't think it's a problem - Anansi's Boys have so timeless a story that it will never grow old.

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    Jordan 12-11-16
    Jordan 12-11-16
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    "Good but not amazing."
    Any additional comments?

    Anansi Boys is full of Gaiman's typical charming and comical style, but it is lacking the satirical edge that makes his other books so good. I thought American Gods (same universe as this story) was the more compelling book.

    This isn't bad, and it is a fun easy read. The main character is very relatable, the type of character you can't help but cheer for, and the folklore that is mixed in is a nice touch. The narrator is EXCELLENT. I've already checked out what other books he has done and am looking forward to hearing more of his stuff.

    If you have already read some of Gaiman's books, know that you love his style (I mean how couldn't you?), and are look for more, I can definitely recommend it. Its short and easy to read so its not exactly a big commitment.

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    Barbara J Hawk 12-03-16
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    "Wonderful journey through imagination"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. The story took me on a journey to past civilizations folklore and weaved them into present time. Neil Gaiman is a genius at this, and of all of his books I have read (listened to), this is by far my favorite.

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    Elizabeth Parkhurst 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story, great narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this audio book. Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer and perfectly weaved the fantasy and real world together. Anansi Boys has been one of my favorite books for years but Lenny Henry's performance added greatly to the story.


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    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 11-25-16
    Louis Dalmeny, SK, Canada 11-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it"

    Gaiman doing what he does best: A measure of humour, a measure of horror, two measures of wonder, well baked mixed and baked to perfection.

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    CritterMomma 11-17-16
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    "Fabulous story and good narration."

    The only thing I didn't care for was the intermittent music. It just seemed to distract from the story a and at times ruin the feel.

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    Beth Canady 11-14-16
    Beth Canady 11-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "fantastic! "

    fantastic, I wish for this to become a mini series after American Gods finishes it's run on tv. would.be a fantastic movie.

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    Alyssum_ 11-11-16
    Alyssum_ 11-11-16
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    "just alright"

    It was just alright. Not as fantastical as I expected. Slightly disappointed. My first Gaiman book was a Bod story, and I know of Starsdust- so I was expecting a story along those themes. Not a bad book, just doesn't stand out much to me.

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