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Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys

Written by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Lenny Henry


Anansi Boys

Written by Neil Gaiman

Narrated by Lenny Henry

ratings:
4.5/5 (613 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
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Released:
Sep 20, 2005
ISBN:
9780060889821
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Audiobook

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Description

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 bestseller 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."

Performed by Lenny Henry

Publisher:
Released:
Sep 20, 2005
ISBN:
9780060889821
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

Neil Gaiman is the celebrated author of books, graphic novels, short stories, films, and television for readers of all ages. Some of his most notable titles include the highly lauded #1 New York Times bestseller Norse Mythology; the groundbreaking and award-winning Sandman comic series; The Graveyard Book (the first book ever to win both the Newbery and Carnegie Medals); American Gods, winner of many awards and recently adapted into the Emmy-nominated Starz TV series (the second season slated to air in 2019); The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which was the UK’s National Book Award 2013 Book of the Year. Good Omens, which he wrote with Terry Pratchett a very long time ago (but not quite as long ago as Don’t Panic) and for which Gaiman wrote the screenplay, will air on Amazon and the BBC in 2019. Author photo by Beowulf Sheehan



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  • (4/5)
    The premise: ganked from publisher's website: 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.My Rating: ExcellentThere's really not a whole lot I can say about this book, other than I enjoyed it tremendously, which is not something I say often about Neil Gaiman's work. It's most definitely NOT a sequel to American Gods, so if that's what you're looking for, put it out of your head. It's also something of a comedic novel, with a sense of humor that's very tongue-in-cheek, and the narrative holds quite a bit of charisma that makes reading Anansi Boys an enjoyable experience. I love how the various plot threads all come together and how the various plots end up resolving themselves, because while some things I could see coming, I did get so engaged that I started questioning how the book would end, and that can be fun, especially in a book that has a comedic touch. You'll be good to go as long as you approach this expecting something lighthearted, as long as you KNOW this is NOT a sequel to American Gods and therefore don't make any unfair comparisons. It took me a long time to get around to reading this, but I'm glad I waited. My expectations were set just right, and I had a grand ole time with the book.Spoilers, yay or nay?: Nay. It's such a fun book to read that I don't want to spoil any surprises, so feel free to read the full review, which is linked to my blog below. As always, comments and discussion are most welcome!REVIEW: Neil Gaiman's ANANSI BOYSHappy Reading!
  • (5/5)
    Working my way through the Gaiman canon, I have to say that this book was definitely on the less creepy side. I appreciated that. Anansi Boys has a kinda similar premise to American Gods: gods of mythologies walk the earth. This book follows Anansi's sons, Charlie and Spider. There was a bit twist in the second half that was fairly predictable, but still worthwhile and gave the book some extra layers of life advice in the end. Anansi has all the best prankster qualities that reminds you of the best dad jokes. I think that's what made Anansi Boys less creepy than other Gaiman works. Pranks always make things better. And stories. Anansi is the keeper of the stories, and this one was a great story.
  • (4/5)
    I strongly suspect that reading this would would be very different from hearing it. Lenny Henry's narration was simply outstanding. This is the first book I've heard him read, but I truly hope it's not the last. Frankly, I think I'd pick up just about anything if he's reading/narrating it.

    Anansi Boys starts strong and stays rich and deep. Like in American Gods, the mythical and mundane dance together throughout. The characters, even the archetypes, have depth and texture. The plot makes extravagant promises which it fulfills nicely, with a generous helping of surprises at the end.

  • (3/5)
    Very entertaining. Needs an extra half star. Easy to read but with good, solid content and well written and structured. Can't say much about it without spoilers.
  • (4/5)
    Gaiman never disappoints. Love the words. Seem to have multiple potential endings--the one thing that seems to be an issue for me with Gaiman's work. The imagery at the end was particularly impressive.
  • (5/5)
    I don't know why but I'd always though of Neil Gaiman as a young adult or children's author. But, of course, his books appeal to all level of audience. This is a reimagined story of Anansi the spider and his two sons.I really loved this book. I listened to the Audible audiobook and the narration was fantastic. Sometimes you get a narrator who is so in character that you are swept away by the story. And that was the case with this production.Along with his usual vivid storytelling and imaginings, this book is packed with likeable characters who are so different from one another that you don't even have a chance to get bored with any of them. The story is fast-paced and entertaining. Strongly recommend!