The audiobook version of Anansi Boys will indeed be unabridged. And there’s even a pre-encoded-for-your-convenience MP3 CD version, which I’ve pre-ordered, of course.
Neil Gaiman has a new book coming out next month, Anansi Boys. (Judging from the title, it could be set in the same universe as American Gods. Or it could be a differet beast entirely. I’m sure I could find out, but that would be peeking.) At any rate, I hadn’t known this was coming, and am excited about it.
The audiobook will be read by Gaiman’s friend and sometime collaborator, the blisteringly funny Lenny Henry — the man who brought Gareth Blackstock, the title character from “Chef!“, to such memorable life. I hadn’t had a clue this was coming, and I’m ecstatic about it.
Henry has a beautiful voice: rich, resonant, and mellifluous all at once. To hear it reading Gaiman’s evocative prose should be an absolute treat. If the audiobook version is, as I expect, unabridged, its release will likely mark the first time I favor an audiobook over its print counterpart.