Anansi Boys Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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A darkly comic family fable and companion novel to American Gods.
THE NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER AND COMPANION NOVEL TO AMERICAN GODS.
Everything changes for Fat Charlie Nancy, the South London boy so called by his father, the day his dad drops dead while doing karaoke.
Charlie didn't know his estranged father was a god - Anansi the trickster, master of mischief and social disorder. He never knew he had a brother either.
Now brother Spider is on his doorstep, about to make life more interesting...and a lot more dangerous. It's a meeting that will take Fat Charlie from his London home to Florida, the Caribbean, and the very beginning of the world itself. Or the end of the world, depending on which way you're looking.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 6 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||25 October 2006|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 15,324 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
2,069 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
2,357 in Military Fantasy (Books)
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Charlie Nancy has been living in London since he was 10 years old, after his mum walked out on his dad. He had never liked his dad, and reckoned this was the best decision she'd ever made - the pair seem to have had little in common. Charlie's father was an absolute charmer - outgoing, full of swagger and mischief, a wonderful singer and an utter charmer. Charlie, meanwhile, has no confidence in himself whatsoever. (Having grown up being called 'Fat Charlie' - thanks to his dad - can't have helped).
Charlie now lives in London and works at the Grahame Coats Agency. (They provide financial services to the rich. Coats, the boss, is an absolute crook who is swindling his clients). Charlie's engaged to Rosie, who - despite Charlie's reasonable objections - wants to invite her prospective father in law to the wedding. He agrees to search for his dad and, with the first phone call he makes, finds out that the old man has just died. He travels out to America for the funeral where he discovers that his father was actually Anansi, the trickster spider god. He also has a brother he'd known nothing about - one who has inherited at least some of his father's abilities, and is about to bring some mayhem to his life.
"Anansi Boys" was slightly different to what I had expected - a shorter book than "American Gods", lighter in tone and funnier. There's no need to read "American Gods" first - although there is a connection between the books, one doesn't follow on from the other. An enjoyable, light-hearted easily read book - certainly recommended.
I'd read stories about Anansi the spider years ago, and Gaiman uses the old tales to spin a delectably wicked web of incredibly complex but believable design. Long story short? Fat Charlie Nancy loses his parents, gains a brother, learns about life, love and loss and lives happily ever after. Sounds simple, doesn't it? And the premise IS simple, it's just terribly Gaimanesque.
Escapism at its best.
Gaiman has such humour, so evocative of Terry Pratchett, yet also never fails to endear us to his characters. In this one, the wise, yet mercurial Afro-Caribbean ladies who are the neighbours of his father who has (allegedly) passed away, are real gems.
I love the different setting of this story, the twists, the new ground explored. There is something unexpected and ancient about African origin stories. So yes, a good read if you want something different.
I loved the premise of the book, discovering your wastrel of a father is a God and you have a brother you don’t remember who’s also a God. I thought this was original.
I loved reading about Charlie’s life when Spider invades it. There are some really funny moments when Spider swans in and just takes over, seducing Charlie’s fiancée, pretending to be Charlie at work and uncovering some dodgy going’s on and generally just getting in the way.
Charlie finds Spider threatening and wants him to go away. However, it’s at this point when things really get out of control. I really enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns. The book starts to get quite dark which I wasn’t expecting at all.