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Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys

Geschrieben von Neil Gaiman

Erzählt von Lenny Henry


Anansi Boys

Geschrieben von Neil Gaiman

Erzählt von Lenny Henry

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4.5/5 (709 Bewertungen)
Länge:
10 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Sep 20, 2005
ISBN:
9780060889821
Format:
Hörbuch

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Beschreibung

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

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Sep 20, 2005
ISBN:
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Über den Autor

Neil Gaiman is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults whose award-winning titles include Norse Mythology, American Gods, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Coraline, and The Sandman graphic novels. Neil Gaiman is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR and Professor in the Arts at Bard College.


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  • (5/5)
    Working my way through the Gaiman canon, I have to say that this book was definitely on the less creepy side. I appreciated that. Anansi Boys has a kinda similar premise to American Gods: gods of mythologies walk the earth. This book follows Anansi's sons, Charlie and Spider. There was a bit twist in the second half that was fairly predictable, but still worthwhile and gave the book some extra layers of life advice in the end. Anansi has all the best prankster qualities that reminds you of the best dad jokes. I think that's what made Anansi Boys less creepy than other Gaiman works. Pranks always make things better. And stories. Anansi is the keeper of the stories, and this one was a great story.
  • (4/5)
    I strongly suspect that reading this would would be very different from hearing it. Lenny Henry's narration was simply outstanding. This is the first book I've heard him read, but I truly hope it's not the last. Frankly, I think I'd pick up just about anything if he's reading/narrating it.

    Anansi Boys starts strong and stays rich and deep. Like in American Gods, the mythical and mundane dance together throughout. The characters, even the archetypes, have depth and texture. The plot makes extravagant promises which it fulfills nicely, with a generous helping of surprises at the end.

  • (3/5)
    Very entertaining. Needs an extra half star. Easy to read but with good, solid content and well written and structured. Can't say much about it without spoilers.
  • (4/5)
    Gaiman never disappoints. Love the words. Seem to have multiple potential endings--the one thing that seems to be an issue for me with Gaiman's work. The imagery at the end was particularly impressive.
  • (5/5)
    I don't know why but I'd always though of Neil Gaiman as a young adult or children's author. But, of course, his books appeal to all level of audience. This is a reimagined story of Anansi the spider and his two sons.I really loved this book. I listened to the Audible audiobook and the narration was fantastic. Sometimes you get a narrator who is so in character that you are swept away by the story. And that was the case with this production.Along with his usual vivid storytelling and imaginings, this book is packed with likeable characters who are so different from one another that you don't even have a chance to get bored with any of them. The story is fast-paced and entertaining. Strongly recommend!
  • (5/5)
    Anansi Boys is one of the most humorous and wonderfully crafted books I have read in ages. Neil Gaiman is in phenomenal form here and the book is like a dream combination of Robert Rankin's off-the-wall humor, Terry Pratchett's wit and Neil Gaiman's take on life, the universe and everything.

    There is not a single moment that I was bored or zoned out while reading Anansi Boys. Every single page is dripping with character and every sentence drags you onwards without pausing for breath.

    I can highly recommend this to anyone who is in any way in the slightest a Gaiman fan as well as anyone who is in search of a gripping, funny, serious, wonderful story of family, gods and fantastical stories.
  • (5/5)
    Fun, fast read.
  • (4/5)
    Loved the humor and typical Gaiman uniqueness in story telling.
  • (4/5)
    Anansi Boys follows Fat Charlie, though he does not like to be called "Fat Charlie", as he discovers the truth about his father and the brother he never knew he had. Charlie's life was quiet and, if truth be told, boring. He worked a boring job and had a pretty boring life. When his fiancee, Rosie, encourages him to invite his father to their upcoming wedding, Fat Charlie learns that his father is dead. Mr. Nancy's death becomes the catalyst for all of Fat Charlie's adventures. Mrs. Higgler, an old woman and Charlie's former neighbor, explains all about his family's history. Charlie is the son of a god only he did not get "any of that god-business". The brother that Charlie didn't know he had got all of the magic. She tells Charlie to ask a spider if he would ever like to meet this mysterious brother.Everything goes down hill from there. Fat Charlie's mysterious and magical brother, Spider, shows up to begin his relationship with Charlie, the brother he did know about!Neil Gaiman's novel is funny, witty, charming and exciting. The relationship between Charlie and Spider is comical and touching. The brothers' relationship reminded me of my relationship with my sister. They fight in a way that only siblings can. While the relationship between the brothers is prominent, the book follows several other storylines as well. The book includes a cast of characters, such as Rosie, Charlie's do-good fiancee, who doesn't seem to know which brother is her fiance; Grahame Coats, Charlie's boss who loves to speak in idioms; Maeve Livingstone, a client Graham Coats is swindling; Mrs. Callyanne Higgler, an old woman who knows a bit of magic and a lot about Fat Charlie's family.
  • (4/5)
    Fat Charlie thinks his life is completely in order and that he has left his embarrassing family behind. Then he discovers that his father has died. But more importantly the news that he has a brother, and that they are the sons of a god. Thus begins an intricately woven story that challenges Fat Charlie and his brother, Spider, pitting them against life, each other, love, and the elder gods as they struggle to find their places in the world as the sons of a (mostly) deceased god. This is a wonderful story with complex and engaging characters and imaginative myths recounting the exploits of the elder gods, including Anansi, the boys' father. Both boys must discover themselves and their heritage before they can find their places in the world. Gaiman builds on mythology he created for "American Gods" and if you enjoyed it, then this is a must read.
  • (4/5)
    fun and fast
  • (4/5)
    Funny, clever, heartwarming.
  • (3/5)
    I enjoyed reading this book, for the most part. Its a 'fun' read, but that's about all I can say about it. At points I found it just a little too light, considering how serious parts of it were. I also thought all of the characters were just a little bit shallow. Considering how much hangs on the specific nature of Charlie, Spider, Rosie and the others, they needed a bit more depth. Its definitely worth reading, but not really great reading either. I definitely enjoyed both American Gods and Stardust better, though I can't really explain why I like American Gods so much, I just do.
  • (4/5)
    I say this with the upmost respect, Neil Gaiman is quite possibly the greatest story teller of our generation. Not necessarily the greatest author, but reading his books are like sitting around a campfire. They are so fantastical. Anansi Boys may be my favorite so far. The tone and pacing were perfect. I flew through this book on the back of a spider.

    I would like to add that I both read and listened to this book. The narrator was awesome and really brought the characters to life.
  • (5/5)
    Wonderful follow up novel for [American Gods].
  • (5/5)
    Astounding in its wit and charm, "Anansi Boys" is a pleasant and whimsical departure from its predecessor.
  • (5/5)
    When Fat Charlie's father dies he lIearns that he has a brother. A brother who is a god, just like his father, Anansi. And all he has to do to meet him is to tell a spider. Unfortunately for Fat Charlie Nancy ( who's not really fat) his ordered world is about to be turned upside down.Fun read, very well written.
  • (4/5)
    Very good. Not as deep as American Gods, but moves more quickly.
  • (4/5)
    Audio book, narrator was good, story was entertaining. Anansi is a name for Spider. This is about a god. The story is set in England, but also Florida and the Caribbean. It's kind of nonsense book of brothers and finding the right woman to marry.
  • (4/5)
    I don't read much fiction, and I have quite a phobia about spiders. I would have bet real money that I would never read - much less enjoy - a work of fiction with even the most tenuous connection to spiders. I bought Anansi Boys as a gift for my nephew, based on favorable reviews in LT. Didn't have time to subject it to my usual 50-page test because Powell's was closing, but I thought I should at least preview it, to make sure it wasn't totally unsuitable. When I got it home, I carefully set aside the dust jacket, so I wouldn't mess it up (and so I wouldn't have to touch the drawing of a cobweb) and began to read. Instead of stopping at 50 pages, I read through the entire book in one weekend. This is even more unusual than reading fiction about spiders - I always have several books in progress, and usually read only a chapter before switching to something else. I did have two bad moments, when I turned a page and found a huge drawing of a spider. I barely managed to refrain from throwing the book across the room. Aside from that, this book was quite enjoyable. I will probably read another by Mr. Gaiman sometime - as long as spiders are not involved.
  • (5/5)
    Funny and charming, and very nice production and accent. Recommended
  • (5/5)
    First rate narration + excellent storytelling = 5*
    Loved this more than the graveyard book- it was funnier
  • (5/5)
    Best audiobook performance and story I've heard in a long time. Well done, you!
  • (5/5)
    Great spinoff of American Gods. Amazing performance by the reader.
  • (4/5)
    It made me laugh, made me remember the days of reading Anansi stories to my kids. It was a little scrambled to me but good overall.
  • (5/5)
    Great work as usual from Neil Gaiman. Loved the poetic ending!
  • (1/5)
    Please i want to download the slide..I was asked to sign up..I have done that but can't still download the slide..I have paid!

  • (5/5)
    Another wonderfully entertaining story by Neil Gaiman. Fun story. Great performance. Gaiman has yet to let me down.
  • (5/5)
    Life of Pi meets lion king kissed by Island voodo breezes.
  • (5/5)
    Not what I expected but loved it! A sequel would be nice ?