...to previous reviews. I think it has all been said. Except that, I just do want to put in another word for Martin Jarvis, whose narration of this book is simply brilliant. A few reviewers have mentioned his failure to pause at breaks in the story. I actually did not notice that, but I suppose it could be irritating if one does notice it. There are so many recurring and steady characters; I found it amazing that he was able to find a distinct voice for each one.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a memorable read/listen and I'm sure I will listen to it again and again.
I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!
This book was highly recommended by a friend who usually points me in the right direction. Sadly, within the first hour of listening I realized I wasn't very interested. I plugged through and the best I can say is that I was vaguely curious by the second half to see how the story resolved. However, at the end I just thought, " good, now I can listen to another book." Not high praise.
The story is well developed, the characters are interesting, I just think it wasn't the book for me.
Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic
Yes. The lack of a clear storyline would have lost me in print, but the narrator's entertaining voice kept me listening.
The interactions between Crowley and Aziraphale were amusing to listen to
The scene where Crowley and Aziraphale decide the Earth is worth saving
Crowley, of course! He'd be amusing to watch.
There's not much plot to Good Omens. Most scenes play out like vignettes - glimpses into what's going on in this crazy world. Some, while written in an amusing way, seem quite pointless. Of course, the purpose of the book isn't to be the plot-driven type of story anyway, so that probably doesn't matter. I just found it hard to keep paying attention in some parts. But overall, this is a well-written and witty novel. The narrator's energy really brings the story to life, although some of the voices he puts on get obnoxious after a while. My main issue with him is how he put on a low baritone for the voice of Adam Young, an 11-year-old boy. It seemed incongruent to the extent that it distracted from his character.
Angels, Demons, Witches, Witch Hunters, the Four Horsemen (now on motorcycles) and something even scarier - an eleven year old boy - all prepare for Armageddon. It turns out bureaucracy in Heaven and Hell isn't any more efficient than here on earth. Not a serious meditation, just a lot of fun, satirizing such diverse topics as fad diets, telemarketers, New Agers, and more. Especially charming are the angel and demon who have found themselves uncomfortably attached to human life.
The character development, descriptions and the great writing. Can't pick just one.
Reminds me a bit of the movie, "Dogma"..very unique mix of myth, comedy, satire and buddy story.
Subtle but clearly defined voicing.
Crowley driving down the road in sunglasses and a burning Bentley frustrated that all his tapes morph into Queen!
If you don't know these authors, this book will get you hooked. Great read.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've downloaded.
I loved the different voices for the characters. It was easy to understand who was talking and the accents were great! I was disjointed that this narrator hasn't narrated any other books by Gaiman or Pratchett.
If you enjoy Gaiman and Pratchett, as I do, here you go—two for the price of one, a deal not to be missed (I could hear them each in my head, in different parts of the story). Could I give Martin Jarvis deserves 6 stars for his performance, I would. He keeps the multitude of voices distinct, and channels the wry humor of the Gaiman/Pratchett team marvelously.
The premise sounds gimmicky, but it is developed in a smart funny way with several separate story lines, each with its own set of vivid characters.
Great character voices, wonderful timing -- his performance really makes an already funny book come alive.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Imagine how great it would be if Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book together. It would be a funny and thought provoking adventure. That would probably be great fun. Oh wait they did write a book together. Need any more be said? Read it , Listen too it , Love it.
It's probably my favorite. Ever. I've read it a few times, I've listened to it several times. I laugh out loud no matter what. I would kill for a movie or mini series.
I don't think you can compare anything to Good Omens. It's just so unique and bizarre and brilliant.
Both versions I have are amazing. I love the accents and how things are said since I'm American and this story clearly isn't.
I will forever love Crowley. I can't listen to Queen without thinking about him and the story.
Like I said, I would kill for a miniseries based on this. I need it in my liiiiiiiiiiife.