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3.00001215229253 out of 53.00001215229253 out of 53.00001215229253 out of 53.00001215229253 out of 53.00001215229253 out of 5 3.00 (82,289 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Lenny Henry Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780060889821
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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 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.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium.”

    Stephen King

  • “With gentle humor and likable characters, Neil Gaiman has spun the trickster tale into the modern world with great result. Anansi Boys is a fun read that leaves one with a proper respect for the eternal forces of irony and silliness.”

    Christopher Moore, New York Times bestselling author of Fool and Lamb

  • “Deliciously compulsive…Grade: A.”

    Washington Post

  • “Delightful, funny and affecting…the literary equivalent of a hole in one.”

    Washington Post book World

  • “A thoughtful, atmospheric novel.”

    Times (London)

  • “Somehow manages to be both really scary and really funny at the same time.”

    Newsweek

  • “Funny and subversive…Gaiman’s mastery of language carries the reader through to a satisfying conclusion.”

    USA Today

  • “Genre-busting…very creative and very funny.”

    Christian Science Monitor

  • “Gaiman hardwires his comedy of misrule with a crackpot energy that, when successfully channelled, lights up the imagination.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “[Gaiman] gives his flair for comedy free rein without losing his appreciation for the darker aspects of world mythology.”

    San Francisco Chronicle 

  • “An off-kilter blend of reality and fantasy.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

  • “Witty and engaging.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “The most accomplished of Gaiman’s novels…Urbane and sophisticated.”

    Time Out London

  • “A clever, quick-witted book.”

    Oklahoman

  • “A remarkably funny book.”

    Toronto Star

  • “A madcap, screwball world that is partly absurd, occassionally humane and always entertaining.”

    Pittsburgh Tribune

  • “A droll comedy of manners with elements of mystery, thriller and romance thrown in…Charming.”

    Vancouver Sun

  • “Another lovely story as only Gaiman can tell it; necessary and recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Gaiman is] the folksy, witty, foolishly wise narrator to perfection.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Readers who enjoyed American Gods…will fall madly in love with Anansi Boys.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “Ebullient…The Gaiman faithful will devour it gratefully.”

    Sacramento Bee

  • “Ebullient…ingenious…enormously entertaining throughout.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A#1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel
  • Winner of the 2006 Mythopoeic Award
  • Winner of the 2006 British Fantasy Award
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2006 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Winner of the 2006 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cyrus | 2/19/2014

    " A born loser discovers that he's the son of an African god. Fun, and occasionally quite funny, but fell into predictability which lessened the effect of the compelling writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dan | 2/15/2014

    " It takes a lot for me to close a book halfway through and never pick it up again. I stayed with some real dogs simply because I felt like I'd already invested my time and should see it through to the end. I couldn't even manage that here. Pretty much a complete waste of several hours I'll never get back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blair | 2/9/2014

    " My first Neal Gaiman - it was awesome. Great story, fabulous characters. Adding the rest of him to my "to-read." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerardo Iannaccone | 2/2/2014

    " Everybody has issues with at least one person in their family. Charlie Nancy for example has issues with his father. Unlike us Charlie Nancy's father is the African spider god, the god of mischief Anansi. In this wild romp Charlie Nancy's mundane world gets turned upside down the moment he learns the truth about who he is and more importantly who his family is. This book is about coming to grips with all the little eccentricities that make a family a family and learning to love them despite that. It all began with a song ... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Canda | 2/1/2014

    " This book felt like a dream that you may have had except this time you actually remember the dream. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/1/2014

    " Neil Gaiman's combination of modern realism and gothic fantasy is addicting, witty, and transporting. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anita | 1/19/2014

    " I listened to 15 minutes of this audiobook and decided it was not for me. I was confused and bored during that time. It's just not a style of literature that I like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Steele | 1/19/2014

    " I loved it, but the first part was a little jarring. Plus... I was still in Neverwhere mode. Lol. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marta | 1/15/2014

    " My 500th book read! I think Neil Gaiman deserves to be the one, as he is really a genius. Nevertheless, I liked this one a little bit less than Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book, I'm not sure why... In any case, if I could write as Gaiman can I would be the happiest person of the world... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 1/7/2014

    " Well, it's a Gaiman book. Enough said. Purely magical to read. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/30/2013

    " Awesome audiobook! Great voice in every sense. Two brothers, one an absolute Muggle and one a classic trickster. Humor, wisdom, myth, and a very sharp woman detective . . . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Findlay | 12/16/2013

    " Not bad,def worth a look. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 12/3/2013

    " The audio version is great because the reader is so engaging. Not sure i would have liked it as much in print only. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alessandra | 11/19/2013

    " The humor reminded me of Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I love the way old myths are woven into the present day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joellen | 7/18/2013

    " Neil is an amazing writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pop Mythology | 6/5/2013

    " In terms of prose, it's one of Gaiman's better written books both in its pacing and language. The ending is anti-climactic. I appreciated that the main characters are black but it's taken for granted and not explicitly mentioned the way most literature does with it's non-white characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jax Sanders | 4/4/2013

    " Clever and engaging. I also laughed out loud over my book, which is something I haven't done in ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy | 2/6/2013

    " Fantastic book- Will definitely be reading more Gaiman. The reader for this audio book is one of the best I have ever heard! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hazel | 9/27/2012

    " as always, a brilliant story by Neil Gaiman "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/27/2012

    " Very funny and interesting story - laughed out loud many times, but what I REALLY enjoyed was Lenny Henry's narration. I've done a lot of audiobooks, and I'm a pretty good narrator myself, but he's the best I've heard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodie Landes | 7/13/2012

    " Not nearly as good as American Gods, but it kept my attention long enough to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 7/6/2012

    " Not in the same league as American Gods, but in the same vein (Gods living amongst us). The story evolves nicely and the characters are fun, so worth the time to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Nac | 11/28/2011

    " Loved it! A nice easy read after George R.R. Martin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 5/31/2011

    " This was enjoyable but not close to American Gods - it actually made me appreciate AG more. I'm not sure how to pinpoint what was missing but I do still intend on reading more Gaiman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dian | 5/25/2011

    " This is the first Neil Gaiman story I've actually read. I enjoyed it plenty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leisha Wharfield | 5/22/2011

    " Don't you love Fat Charlie, who isn't really fat, and the magic he inherits from his father? Just read it, and/or listen to it, more than once, as I did, and it will be a perennial favorite, something you wish to read on the beach again and again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jonas | 5/20/2011

    " An outstanding contemporary fantasy. The real and the mythological merged in a clever story about momving out from your father's shadow and learning of yourself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/18/2011

    " I don't think I fully understand it, but I liked it. It reminds me of the books by Kenyan authors that James read aloud to me in 2001. A jumble of realism and fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 5/8/2011

    " This was laugh out loud funny, but not quite as good a read as American Gods. On the other Hans, American Gods was far darker. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Angelica | 5/8/2011

    " This book is so funny. I loved it! Laughted from the beginning to the end. Love Neil Gaiman's writting! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha | 5/8/2011

    " The funniest thing I have ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Edgar | 5/6/2011

    " "Anansi Boys" is a spin-off novel from "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman. The book follows the magical and strange adventures of the two sons of "Mr. Nancy" (Anansi). Entertaining, fun read, perfect for a weekend getaway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 5/5/2011

    " Tough going in places, but it's a large idea of a story to get across. Well worth a read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel | 5/3/2011

    " A disappointing entry from Neil Gaiman. The attempts at humor just don't work, and so all we're left with are two-dimensional characters without much interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/29/2011

    " Brilliant storytelling. There is NOTHING, not to like about this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 4/25/2011

    " Very whimsical, funny in bursts, and strangely Vonnegut-esque. I often found myself thinking of Kilgore Trout and Dwayne Hoover. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gyozo | 4/23/2011

    " American Gods spinoff, and a really good at that "

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About the Author
Author Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, and he has also penned many books for readers of all ages, including American Gods, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and M Is for Magic. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living postmodern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. He has written multiple New York Times bestselling books and is a Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFX, and Locus Award-winner. He has also worked in support of First Amendment rights and was awarded the Defender of Liberty Award in August 1997 by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his efforts. Born and raised in England, Neil now lives near Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has somehow reached his fifties and tends to always need a haircut.

About the Narrator

Lenny Henry began his career in the entertainment industry in 1975 and since then has gone on to appear in such programs as The Lenny Henry Show and Chef!.