Anansi Boys : American Gods

  • by Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by Lenny Henry
  • Series: American Gods
  • 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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."

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What the Critics Say



Locus Award, 2006

Alex Award, 2006


" "Excellent." (Stephen King)
"It's Gaiman's focus on Charlie and Charlie's attempts to return to normalcy that make the story so winning...along with gleeful, hurtling prose." (Publishers Weekly)

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Surprised and Engrossed!

If you could sum up Anansi Boys in three words, what would they be?

exciting, fun, captivating


What was one of the most memorable moments of Anansi Boys?

not just one! Besides getting sucked into the story Immediately and finding "Fat Charlie" an interesting character, I loved meeting Mrs Higgler and then Mrs Dunwiddy! I could not get enough of these older people with their stories (within a story.)


Which scene was your favorite?

Again, there was not one favorite. I think I loved every scene! I suppose I got a kick out of Spider, how he appeared, learning about him, the travels to St Andrews and every thing that happened there. I absolutely LOVED Anansi (Fat Charlies father!) He was pure joy! This narrator made this book absolutely delicious for me!


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have wanted to, but it was nice having it for more than one sitting! I loved going back to it to find out what was happening! I made my spouse endure some of it in the car and even though he didn't want to, he got sucked in too! And at that point it was in the last quarter of the book!!


Any additional comments?

This was a really special, magical, smart book! I highly recommend it to everyone!

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- Hypatia and the Fox-Dragon

Loved it

With a lighter tone than American Gods, this sort-of sequel is so much fun. Great narration, as well.
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- Jill Matrix

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2005
  • Publisher: HarperAudio