Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
This is precisely what one would expect from these two amazing writers, lots of wit and good humored barbs at life in general. The telling of the tale by Mr. Jarvis s "spot on" character wise, wonderfully convincing with extraordinary inflection. I could not stop laughing or listening.
Absolutely recommend this for readers of all ages. The content is clean and the series of mishaps and misunderstandings will have you laughing out loud. The premise of an angel and devil in partnership while unable to resist their true nature creates the most hilarious scenes and outcomes. Neil and Terry have a talent for phrasing which are unsurpassed. I don't know anynoe who has not thoroughly enjoyed this book.
I am a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan. Stardust, Anansi Boys, American Gods, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, ALL of which I would recommend to my best friends. I purchased Good Omens on Gaiman's reputation alone. I can only determine that Terry Pratchett was the primary author of this book. This book was not entertaining for me. It was a difficult listen, the minutes seemed to drag on and on. I begged for some sort of climax. I got so bored with it, I listened to it on double speed just to hurry it along. I cannot in good faith recommend this book to any Neil Gaiman fan. Perhaps some hard core Douglas Adams fans will find some passing delight in Good Omens, but it certainly pales in comparison to Hitchhiker's Guide. Buyer beware!
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.
Good Omens is a very funny book. However, it is highly irreverent and not for those easily offended by religious satire. The narrator does a great job portraying the British characters in the novel, but his American accents are utterly unconvincing. This only mildly distracted from the book for me, but others might not be able to get past it.
I was so anxious to get this in audio that I had ordered the CD's years ago from ISIS (the UK audio book publisher for TP) and it was narrated by Stephen Briggs. I have listened to it many many times. I have wondered when/if Audiobooks would ever acquire it.
I do prefer the Stephen Briggs version (maybe because he has done a lot of the TP books lately or because he does understand the 'silent pause' or because I just like him.) The new version is enjoyable. Again, you have to have a different sense of humor - ie pg whode, monty phython and a love of words. Parts of the dialog remind me of Mark Twain in "Letters from the Earth".
I do still hope that my older cd's never get a scratch on them but am very glad that I now am able to download it for a walk or two!
Gaiman and Pratchett have any number of best selling humorous books with heroes from gods to dwarfs. They combine here to tell the story of the end of the world with key characters who include and angel and a demon that conspire to keep the world out of the middle of a a real war of good and evil.
Both of these authors I respect and have read. They managed to blend their styles much as the two angels in the book worked towards the same goals. I hope they conspire again.
The theology should not be wholly ignored. The authors manage to ask one or two serious questions while keeping it light and entertaining.
An excellent read.
I would highly recommend to anyone interested in angles, demons, or just a lighthearted read about death, destruction, and the end of days. I agree a taste for English humor is necessary (footnote, not British because I am sure the Welsh and Scotts are knee slapping hysterical if you could just understand them, and, well, is there humor in Ireland?).
Mr. Jarvis does a wonderful job of narration, but the complaint that there is no separation between jumps to different settings is valid (footnote, entirely cleared up if you have a fish in your ear).