Anansi Boys (Unabridged)
by Neil Gaiman
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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."
One of the best audiobooks out there
Lenny Henry is brilliant narrating one of Neil Gaiman's best and funniest books. This won an Audie in 2002 and deserved it! I've listened to it twice, which I have done with only one other audiobook (Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, which is also extraordinary.) Happy listening!
This is fun book. It is light and interesting. I recommend it.
A very entertaining book read by an excellent reader
This is one of Gaiman's most entertaining stories - it lacks the heaviness of Graveyard Book and American Gods but is less fanciful than Stardust. But Gaiman doesn't need any more praise.
Lenny Hall, the reader, is outstanding. He handles a wide variety of accents brilliantly, from Oxbridge to middle-class Brit to American hipster to Caribbean. His rendition of old West Indian ladies is not to be missed!