I felt I should write a short review in defense of my 2 star rating. To be honest, I only made it through 2 hours of the book, but it wasn't funny. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the humor comes across as very British. I like Python and Ricky Gervais, but this simply didn't make me smile. YMMV
I tried to give this book a chance by listening for 45 minutes, but it didn't hold my interest and it was a stupid story. Don't waste your time or money!
Boring,silly I wish I could get a refund for thus book. It Was so bad that after an hour I couldn't take the torture anymor and had to put an end to my pain.
Unfortunately, this book was a victim to a horrible narrator. Not only did Martin Jarvis sound like a boring British butler, he could not keep up with all the characters involved in the story. I also couldn't tell when he ended a footnote. This book was confusing enough with all the various plot lines - I didn't appreciate not knowing if something was a sidenote or an essential piece of information.
Good Omens itself was a silly story of how the world will end. Ultimately, the characterization of various demons, angels, deities, and other apocalyptic creatures won me over. I'm not sure if I liked this story enough to re-read it in the printed version.
I've never read a Neil Gaiman book in print; 'Anansi Boys' was the first I listened to & thought it was absolutely terrific, both book & reading by Lenny Henry. Then I got
everything; writing & narration were superb.
not yet, but I want to
Yes...& immediately start right over again.
My #1 favorite audiobook out of the several thousand I have listened to.
Clever in a few spots but frenetic, hard to follow and I didn't finish listening. I wish audible would have an "If you didn't like this, you won't like these" section. I just bought Connie Mills book about "...the dog." If you like Good Omens, you will probably like Ms. Mills' "sci-fi" which is more like a load of quips. Maybe if I were English...?
I quite enjoy listening to Neil Gaiman's books, and have enjoyed reading Pratchett in the past. So, I thought that I'd give this dual-effort a try.
Unfortunately, although it is well narrated, it's not funny. I found it dull, and had to really push myself to persevere until the end of the story. It starts out not too badly, but quickly seems to lose focus and becomes tedious. A big disappointment.
How can a novel this long perpetually be on the verge of action or events, and never accomplish anything? Development is replaced with gawd-aweful dialogue that bored me into wishing I'd bought American Gods instead. Spoiler: Armageddon is thwarted because the Anti-Christ turns out to be a pretty nice guy, and nothing about the world changes. Pass.
I just finished the book two days ago and I already can't remember how it ends. An interesting concept, the execution is really just fluff. Not too clever. Not too boring. It will get you through the day, but I am sure you can find something more interesting for your credits. It was one of those books where you're never tempted to sit in the driveway for 5 minutes after you've turned off the car just to find out what happens next. When its time to turn it off, you just do. When you pick it up again, you have to rewind a little to get the story back. While some parts are meant to be humorous, I never once laughed outloud even when I was alone in the room. Average.
I love books (history and fantasy especially), animals, guns, motorcycles, walking in the rain (okay, just kidding about that one)... someone who strives to be a life-long learner.
This is the first time I've rated and reviewed a book before finishing it. After listening to the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, I wanted more and so I purchased this book. After two hours the book hadn't moved in any direction and the narration was SO VERY BAD, that both of us listening had headaches and couldn't take a minute more. Gaiman's storytelling is unique and perhaps he is the only narrator who can really do justice to his work. I may try to listen again, after slightly sedating myself, or maybe I'll just try to read it. But if I do, it won't be until I recover from this.