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Anansi Boys

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Neil Gaiman

Narrated By: Lenny Henry

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: September 2005

Duration: 10 hours 5 minutes


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


  • Doreen B

    Simply amazing! I absolutely adored this book.. The characters were so fully developed and entertaining. What a wonderful world Neil Gaiman created, I was so enthralled, I really hated to stop listening. Narration was delightful, just perfect!!!!

  • Sandra B

    Lenny Henry was amazing. I hope to find more titles read by him, I wish there were more books by Gaimen read by him. I loved the story and loved the narration. 5 stars!

  • John C

    "Anansi Boys" was a deeply enjoyable novel made even better by Lenny Henry's masterful use of dialect and tone to capture the different characters represented. Unlike some other audiobooks where I found the pacing or diction a bit wanting, Mr. Henry kept the flow fast where it needed to be and kept plenty of pauses and inflection to help keep things focused. In particular, I never had to guess what character was speaking or whether there was a shift from narrator to anecdotal quote to character lines. In terms of content, this was more narrow in scope and major figures than "American Gods" (which I also loved), but I found it generally more uplifting and satisfying. That's not to say there isn't plenty of drama and tension; at times, I hated having to pause and delay gratification of finding out how one or another character was going to get out of some sort of crazy mess. But in the end, it just felt good. A side and somewhat more personal note: Though heavily rooted in the rich Afro-Caribbean mythology that Gaiman has drawn on to form this branch of his gods horror/adventure fantasy and blending some very vivid imagery and poetry, this is ultimately a tale about families and, in particular, about Father/Son/Sibling relationships. Having recently lost a father that was at times inspirational, highly embarrassing and almost always extremely difficult to deal with or understand, I found the interactions and feelings explored between Anansi, Spider and Charlie to be incredibly poignant and relatable. In this, above all, Gaiman really knocked this one out of the park for me.

  • brittany b

    omg yes! now i want to re-listen to american gods again

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  • Brian Dias

    Definitely recommend it, off in a light hearted manner but gains some depth as it progresses.

  • Doc

    As good, if not better than American Gods! This narrator was born to read this novel. I am blown away by how gradual the pull was. before I realized it, I was completely engrossed in this book, and kept listening beyong my commute!!! Very impresive...

  • Dewey Stevens

    I'm already a Gaiman fan, and this story doesn't disappoint. Lenny Henry is brilliant, I only wish I could find more stories that he's narrated. Unfortunately I think this is it.

  • Denise

    Exellent voices, fab story if you are a Gaimen fan...

  • Anonymous

    I've never written a review, but I just had to on this book. It was so fun to listen to, great narrator/performer! And the imagery described by the author was fantastic.