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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

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3/5 (6,762 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
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Released:
Sep 20, 2005
ISBN:
9780060889821
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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

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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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  • (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)
    Anansi Boys is one of the most humorous and wonderfully crafted books I have read in ages. Neil Gaiman is in phenomenal form here and the book is like a dream combination of Robert Rankin's off-the-wall humor, Terry Pratchett's wit and Neil Gaiman's take on life, the universe and everything.

    There is not a single moment that I was bored or zoned out while reading Anansi Boys. Every single page is dripping with character and every sentence drags you onwards without pausing for breath.

    I can highly recommend this to anyone who is in any way in the slightest a Gaiman fan as well as anyone who is in search of a gripping, funny, serious, wonderful story of family, gods and fantastical stories.
  • (5/5)
    Fun, fast read.
  • (4/5)
    Loved the humor and typical Gaiman uniqueness in story telling.
  • (4/5)
    Anansi Boys follows Fat Charlie, though he does not like to be called "Fat Charlie", as he discovers the truth about his father and the brother he never knew he had. Charlie's life was quiet and, if truth be told, boring. He worked a boring job and had a pretty boring life. When his fiancee, Rosie, encourages him to invite his father to their upcoming wedding, Fat Charlie learns that his father is dead. Mr. Nancy's death becomes the catalyst for all of Fat Charlie's adventures. Mrs. Higgler, an old woman and Charlie's former neighbor, explains all about his family's history. Charlie is the son of a god only he did not get "any of that god-business". The brother that Charlie didn't know he had got all of the magic. She tells Charlie to ask a spider if he would ever like to meet this mysterious brother.Everything goes down hill from there. Fat Charlie's mysterious and magical brother, Spider, shows up to begin his relationship with Charlie, the brother he did know about!Neil Gaiman's novel is funny, witty, charming and exciting. The relationship between Charlie and Spider is comical and touching. The brothers' relationship reminded me of my relationship with my sister. They fight in a way that only siblings can. While the relationship between the brothers is prominent, the book follows several other storylines as well. The book includes a cast of characters, such as Rosie, Charlie's do-good fiancee, who doesn't seem to know which brother is her fiance; Grahame Coats, Charlie's boss who loves to speak in idioms; Maeve Livingstone, a client Graham Coats is swindling; Mrs. Callyanne Higgler, an old woman who knows a bit of magic and a lot about Fat Charlie's family.