Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys

Downloadable Audiobook - 2005
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When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, 20 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. Because 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. And all of a sudden, things start getting very interesting for Fat Charlie. Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.
Publisher: [North Kingstown, R.I.] : BBC Audiobooks America, 2005.
ISBN: 9780792744467
0792744462
Additional Contributors: Henry, Lenny
Summary: When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, 20 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. Because 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. And all of a sudden, things start getting very interesting for Fat Charlie. Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.

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slpl_tpearson
Sep 14, 2016

Loved this audio book--narrator Lenny Henry handles a large cast of characters and accents with nary a misstep.

Lizzie84 Feb 18, 2016

This is by far my favourite audiobook so far. Lenny Henry is an amazing performer. He has a different voice for every character and I was entertained until the very end. Neil Gaiman writes a great book full of imagination and stories within stories are told here with fun characters. Put this on your must listen to list.

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Giddyfeet
Nov 23, 2015

Best and one of the funniest audios I have ever heard! Light creative comedy, for every age.

librarylizzard Dec 22, 2014

The only negative thing I have to say about this book on audio is that it isn't read by the author. Gaiman has an enchanting voice and those books he narrates are made more spectacular thereby. That aside, Lenny Henry does a fine job and I was drawn into the story immediately.

Melding African folklore (Anansi is the spirit typically embodied as a spider) and the modern world results in the magical/non-magical dichotomy that runs through most of Gaiman's work. It follows "Fat" Charlie (of the human world) and his brother Spider (of the magical) as they come to terms with each other and their father, the infamous Anansi. The story is at turns suspenseful, heart-wrenching, and immensely satisfying. Whether you've read Gaiman before or not this one is sure to please.

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VictorAjibojiboye
Apr 18, 2014

This book was so good, i like read four times.

JCLChristiH Feb 22, 2014

If you enjoy the twist on Greek mythology of the Percy Jackson series you should like this story that brings the African Anansi the spider stories a new dimension.

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jmdeinken
Dec 10, 2012

Have to say this one was a bit different for me, but kept me coming back to listen for more!! Loved how everything comes together in the end--even had a couple laugh out loud moments on the last disk. Lenny Henry is an awesome narrator and definitely brings this story to life with his great management of all the different characters--each with a "voice" all their own!! 7 out of 10 for me.

jdaigle3 Nov 26, 2012

Anansi Boys features some very interesting twists and turns. Some have you cringing and others have you laughing out loud in real-life. Also, some "voices" for Audiobooks are not especially natural or enjoyable to read. The voice of this edition was excellent!

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bxrlover
Jun 27, 2012

This is the second Gaiman book that I have read (both as audiobooks) and having read the epic "Neverwhere" first, was afraid to set my expectations too high lest I be disappointed. I now feel guilty for ever having doubted this brilliant author.

I understand that Anansi Boys is a spin off from American Gods, which I have yet to read, and as such, the characters and concept were completely new to me. It feels lighter than Neverwhere, but every bit as enchanting, original and witty.Having some background knowledge of Jamaican culture myself, the story was especially appealing to me. Much of this, it must be said, has to be attributed to the unparalled narration of Lenny Henry. I have read many, many audiobooks and never heard such a versatile voice before. If there is an Oscar equivalent for such a thing, I nominate this man for it.

Although I think that I would have enjoyed it every bit as much had I read it as a novel vs listened to it,I highly recommend the audiobook version for interested readers,as I think it makes an excellent story even better

RobertEals Apr 26, 2012

I like Neil Gaiman, in general his writing is fabulous. But the narrator Lenny Henry made this book even better, he does all the voices and accents perfectly.

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