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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman Audiobook {3.5 Stars}

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
Narrated by Lenny Henry
(American Gods #2)
Published by HarperCollins on Sept. 20th, 2005
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy
Page Length: 336 pages
Audio Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
How I got my copy: Purchased
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One of fiction's most audaciously original talents, Neil Gaiman now gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. Not to mention a lime.

Anansi Boys
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."

3.5 Stars


(Instead of normal format, I’m just going to give you this paragraph because I really like it and it captures my feelings perfectly.)

I have a strange relationship with Neil Gaiman. I loved American Gods, but that is the only book of his that I have loved and I read it when I was studying abroad and homesick so I’m not sure how much that factored in. I was told that the audiobook of Anansi Boys was great, so I got it a while ago and finally got around to listening to it. The narration is fantastic though a little ridiculous at times. The story… the story is fun and strange and mythical and slow and basically classic Gaiman. The man never met a plot he couldn’t twist strangely as far as I can tell. There were times when I was really bored and times that I laughed out loud and had to rewind to play the segment for my husband’s amusement. I just don’t know man, it’s Gaiman.


Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

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  1. I have mixed feelings about Gaiman myself! I want to love his writing. I think he’s brilliantly clever and an amazing speaker and I love his nonfiction essay collection. So far, his fiction just hasn’t lived up to the hype for me. Somehow it always leaves me expecting more. It’s kind of nice to hear from someone else who doesn’t just love everything he’s written.
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