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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Anansi brought up to date

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-07

This is a wonderful tale of personal conflict, sibling rivalry, the younger generation versus the older, love, cultural roots and more. I lost count of how may stories were included in this one. An enjoyable fantasy which makes great use of the familiar to make sense of the lead character Charlie's life. Lenny Henry read well enough for me not to remember that he was the narrator. (No outlandish laughter!) I was disappointed when I got to the end. I enjoyed the fact that Charlie's real world life ran parallel to his fantasy life. This book make you feel if you turn around quickly you may catch a glimpse of something of another world... It was refreshing to hear an modern take of the anansi story. A great book for leaving the bills, responsibilities and other such matters behind for a few hours

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The Magician's Guild
    The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One
    
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        Richard Aspel
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
    46 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Magician's Guild

  • The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One
  • By: Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by: Richard Aspel
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Each year, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city streets of vagrants. They know that no ordinary low-life can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they think. Somea, angry and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, throws a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. She is amazed when it sails unrestricted through the barrier and knocks a magician unconscious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Initaly slow, but well worth the effot.

  • By L. E. Armstrong on 01-06-06

A three course feast of a book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-07

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story slowly unfolds, describing the different worlds of the magicians and The Slum Dwellers and the fears and prejudice they have towards each other. The main character Somea is force to straddle both. Throughout this exciting life threatening adventure, she has to question her assumptions, ponder on who can be trusted and where she would fit in best.
Just when its starts to become clear to her that there is good and bad on both sides, and that she can contribute to better community understanding etc the story ends with worst problems and dangers, which leaves you dying to read the next book.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. This led to me listening to it at every available opportunity, in the car, in the kitchen, in bed and sneakily in the office. Its not a book that has a special effects on every page, this make the story more convincing an escape from the real world.