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A new, six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's mythical fantasy about the trickster god Anansi and his unsuspecting son Charlie. Starring Jacob Anderson and Lenny Henry. A new, six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's mythical fantasy about the trickster god Anansi and his unsuspecting son Charlie. Starring Jacob Anderson and Lenny Henry.


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A new, six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's mythical fantasy about the trickster god Anansi and his unsuspecting son Charlie. Starring Jacob Anderson and Lenny Henry. A new, six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman's mythical fantasy about the trickster god Anansi and his unsuspecting son Charlie. Starring Jacob Anderson and Lenny Henry.

30 review for Anansi Boys: BBC Dramatisation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nasia

    Great adaptation, I didn't want it to end. Neil Gaiman is my go-to author whenever I feel like I'm in a reading slump. Great adaptation, I didn't want it to end. Neil Gaiman is my go-to author whenever I feel like I'm in a reading slump.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kerri

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09g... 🕷️Absolutely brilliant. If you have any interest in listening to this, make the most of it currently being free. At the time of writing, it has 13 days left. The first five episodes are just under thirty minutes each, the final episode just under an hour. I loved it! The voice cast is amazing -- every single person was incredible to listen to. I think I will probably buy this on Audible at some point as I would like to be able to listen to it whenever, but https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09g... 🕷️Absolutely brilliant. If you have any interest in listening to this, make the most of it currently being free. At the time of writing, it has 13 days left. The first five episodes are just under thirty minutes each, the final episode just under an hour. I loved it! The voice cast is amazing -- every single person was incredible to listen to. I think I will probably buy this on Audible at some point as I would like to be able to listen to it whenever, but it was lovely to be able to access it from the BBC's website. I got completely caught up in this --- it was engaging, funny, touching. A great adaptation. Also, Jacob Anderson's (he voices Fat Charlie Nancy) song from the final episode is excellent. I am listening to it again as I write this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Regina

    I had already read this story but wanted to hear the BBC's full cast radio/audiodrama that was put out last month. So happy I came across this. As in previous BBC productions of Neil Gaiman's stories, this was wonderful. May they continue to keep up this tradition of my favourite form of story-telling, rich in expression that allows the imagination to complete the full picture in one's mind. Well done, BBC! Well done. I had already read this story but wanted to hear the BBC's full cast radio/audiodrama that was put out last month. So happy I came across this. As in previous BBC productions of Neil Gaiman's stories, this was wonderful. May they continue to keep up this tradition of my favourite form of story-telling, rich in expression that allows the imagination to complete the full picture in one's mind. Well done, BBC! Well done.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    BBC Radio 4 dramatisation broadcast in December 2017. As always with Dirk Maggs' adaptations, this one is very true to the book and the casting is fantastic - Lenny Henry in particular. Highly recommended to fans of the original book. BBC Radio 4 dramatisation broadcast in December 2017. As always with Dirk Maggs' adaptations, this one is very true to the book and the casting is fantastic - Lenny Henry in particular. Highly recommended to fans of the original book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    A.M.

    A full cast production offered free online by BBC in December 2017. A previous production was only an hour long and cut so much out of the book Gaiman didn’t like it. This version is utterly fabulous. Jacob Anderson (known to many as greyworm) plays Fat Charlie and he also wrote and played the theme. (wow!) Charlie flies all the way to Florida from England and shows up to the wrong funeral; but gets to the right one just in time to toss some dirt in on his father Anansi’s coffin. Old Mrs Higgler te A full cast production offered free online by BBC in December 2017. A previous production was only an hour long and cut so much out of the book Gaiman didn’t like it. This version is utterly fabulous. Jacob Anderson (known to many as greyworm) plays Fat Charlie and he also wrote and played the theme. (wow!) Charlie flies all the way to Florida from England and shows up to the wrong funeral; but gets to the right one just in time to toss some dirt in on his father Anansi’s coffin. Old Mrs Higgler tells him, ‘Just tell a spider if you want to get a message to your father; he’s a god.’ So Charlie tells a spider he’d like to talk to his brother. And then a sharp dressed man knocks on his door… and his life falls apart. *** Spider uses magic to impersonate Charlie; both at work and with his girlfriend, Rosie. Episode 3: Spider makes Rosie think he is Charlie and they have sex; which Charlie hasn’t ever done. [Wait… what? Charlie, honey… why did you ask a girl to marry you, when you haven’t even had sex? Wtf, dude?] In desperation, Charlie heads back to Florida. The ladies try to tell him that the brothers are like the limbs of a starfish… but Charlie doesn’t get it. Grahame Coates, Charlie’s boss, is meanwhile stealing from his clients and setting Charlie up to take the fall. And Charlie is mostly thinking about Daisy, the PC who slept over one night. Lucky for him, she’s the one assigned to investigate the fraud. Back in Florida, Charlie’s old neighbour, Mrs Dunwiddy tells him she split Spider off him in an attempt to remove the magic and nuisance from him. Each has grown into a whole person, like the starfish. Everyone ends up in St Andrews for the finale. 5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    I sometimes worry that the nuances of a book can be lost when adapted into a radio dramatisation but, once again, Dirk Maggs has produced a masterpiece. The story of Anansi Boys, set in the American Gods universe, follows the God Anansi (played wonderfully by Lenny Henry) and his two sons, Fat Charlie and Spider. When Fat Charlie finds out he has, and then summons his brother, his life starts to fall apart in ways he couldn't have even imagined. Expect the usual merging of fantasy and reality tha I sometimes worry that the nuances of a book can be lost when adapted into a radio dramatisation but, once again, Dirk Maggs has produced a masterpiece. The story of Anansi Boys, set in the American Gods universe, follows the God Anansi (played wonderfully by Lenny Henry) and his two sons, Fat Charlie and Spider. When Fat Charlie finds out he has, and then summons his brother, his life starts to fall apart in ways he couldn't have even imagined. Expect the usual merging of fantasy and reality that you expect from Neil Gaiman, who has his usual cameo.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kiki van Dijk

    I listened to this full-cast dramatisation before reading the novel, which is very clear if you look at my understanding of this story: I was confused. There were quite a few characters and some voices were difficult to understand as they growled instead of speaking clearly. Also, there were a lot of settings and I wasn't completely sure where a certain character was at a certain moment. That said, I had a good time while listening to this story. The actors were great, a lot of funny things happ I listened to this full-cast dramatisation before reading the novel, which is very clear if you look at my understanding of this story: I was confused. There were quite a few characters and some voices were difficult to understand as they growled instead of speaking clearly. Also, there were a lot of settings and I wasn't completely sure where a certain character was at a certain moment. That said, I had a good time while listening to this story. The actors were great, a lot of funny things happened, and the music was fantastic! I particularly love (view spoiler)[the song that Jacob Anderson/Fat Charlie Nancy sings at the end of the final episode (hide spoiler)] . It was also quite interesting to learn about Anansi and the other gods, as I am not familiar with West African, Caribbean and African American folklore/mythology. Overall, I highly recommend this dramatisation, although I would read the novel first, as (I guess) the experience of this story would be more fun that way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Grieve

    A well done adaption, with a meatier role for the Spider god himself, Anansi, then the books (most probably due to Lenny Henry's involvement) this has just as much nuance and thoughtfulness in it's emotional character work as it did in it's more outlandish fantastical moments. This is Neil Gaiman at his best with mixing the epic with the mundane. The added bonus on this audio adventure that you wouldn't have in it's written page (not surprisingly) is the added songs, which are catchy, original, ap A well done adaption, with a meatier role for the Spider god himself, Anansi, then the books (most probably due to Lenny Henry's involvement) this has just as much nuance and thoughtfulness in it's emotional character work as it did in it's more outlandish fantastical moments. This is Neil Gaiman at his best with mixing the epic with the mundane. The added bonus on this audio adventure that you wouldn't have in it's written page (not surprisingly) is the added songs, which are catchy, original, apt and melodic. There is also a melancholic piano tune that always works well. So go on, give this story ago, before the tiger tries to steal it back.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Vine

    This was a wonderful radio play telling of Gaiman’s Anansi Boys. The actors are excellent, especially those that play the Narrator, Fat Charlie (who’s Greyworm from GoT) and Graham Coates. It’s playful and fun and epic and the only thing I wonder is, would it feel quite as complete if I hadn’t read the book prior? So, my advice is read the book, then listen to this and revel in wonderful completeness.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Green

    Fantastic! I have never read the original book before, but have read American Gods, and a few others by Neil Gaiman. This was just as lively and engrossing as I expect from Gaiman, with well-developed characters and enough mystery to keep things interesting. The dramatization added another layer of realism that made this even better. Definitely worth your time!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Excellent! Love it! And I didn't get the chance to read the original before listening to this BBC dramatisation, so now really looking forward to reading it. Will add that review too. As dramatisations go, this is lively, easy to follow the story & characters, the changes from one scene to the next, with good intro's and music. A twist when I least expected it and satisfying ending. Excellent! Love it! And I didn't get the chance to read the original before listening to this BBC dramatisation, so now really looking forward to reading it. Will add that review too. As dramatisations go, this is lively, easy to follow the story & characters, the changes from one scene to the next, with good intro's and music. A twist when I least expected it and satisfying ending.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    I'm really glad that I have read this book previously, but took additional delight in listening to a dramatisation of one of my favourite reads, with an excellent cast. The Radio 4 audio dramatisations are brilliantly done, and bring the full story to life, whilst also giving some room for your imagination. The music is also well chosen, and adds to the story. I'm really glad that I have read this book previously, but took additional delight in listening to a dramatisation of one of my favourite reads, with an excellent cast. The Radio 4 audio dramatisations are brilliantly done, and bring the full story to life, whilst also giving some room for your imagination. The music is also well chosen, and adds to the story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Norine

    This was a fabulous adaptation!! Especially the Anansi Boys song that was specially composed by Jacob Anderson (Games of Thrones) who plays Fat Charlie Nancy. I was impressed by all the actors involved!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joni Janice Mielke

    Absolutely loved this radio dramatisation of a book I have already read and listened to the unabridged book several times without tiring of it. As one of my favourite Neil Gaiman titles, this adaption lacked nothing from the original and the voice actors were all perfect in their roles.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Høgseth

    Terrific adaptation! Loved every part of it :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miki

    Brilliant adaptation, amazing performances, I really loved listening to it, definitely recommended to those who have already read Anansi Boys like me as well as to those who still haven't! Brilliant adaptation, amazing performances, I really loved listening to it, definitely recommended to those who have already read Anansi Boys like me as well as to those who still haven't!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    The first three episodes kind of drag and Spider is so infuriating. The last three episodes were great though, especially the Bird Woman. Charlie's song was lovely. The first three episodes kind of drag and Spider is so infuriating. The last three episodes were great though, especially the Bird Woman. Charlie's song was lovely.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Georgina Ballantine

    Funny, original, brilliantly narrated/dramatised. Rarely does the Beeb let me down!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I really enjoyed reading Anansi Boys so I couldn't resist listening to the dramatization. Albeit an abbreviated version of the book, it was still very good and 'almost like being there.' I really enjoyed reading Anansi Boys so I couldn't resist listening to the dramatization. Albeit an abbreviated version of the book, it was still very good and 'almost like being there.'

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brian Stabler

    Yet another Dirk Maggs' adaptation that's as good as the source material! Yet another Dirk Maggs' adaptation that's as good as the source material!

  21. 5 out of 5

    DenXXX

    A good adaptation of his Gaiman's book. Wondered what I was listening to at first and then I got into it. Good twist and I loved Charlie's song. A good adaptation of his Gaiman's book. Wondered what I was listening to at first and then I got into it. Good twist and I loved Charlie's song.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    More listening than reading. I read the book a few years ago and rather enjoyed it. Listening to a BBC Radioplay, and it's a fun adaptation More listening than reading. I read the book a few years ago and rather enjoyed it. Listening to a BBC Radioplay, and it's a fun adaptation

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nomad nimrod

    Very good dramatization.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Neil Gaiman is amazing. This was a very funny, lightly shadowed novel. I listened to this and the reader was brilliant. Captured all the Caribbean nuances and magic. I was sorry when it ended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Donna DeCosta

    Loved it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Grey Worm singing!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marie-sofie

    Great radio theater adaption. Available world wide on BBC.co.uk for about 20 more days, I recommend giving it a listen if you at all enjoy the concept of radio theater, and Neil Gaiman's work. Great radio theater adaption. Available world wide on BBC.co.uk for about 20 more days, I recommend giving it a listen if you at all enjoy the concept of radio theater, and Neil Gaiman's work.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Hewlett-parker

    I read this novel several years ago (2015) and loved it. This BBC adaptation is excellent, faithful to the book, and still makes me laugh out loud.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I do think the actual book is better and funnier, but the voice acting (and the singing!) in this was so good this still merits five stars for me! Makes me want to read the actual book again.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gaynor Dye

    Fabulous!

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