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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.”


  • “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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 ... "

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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!.