This book, in its print form, was a joy, and the audio version, narrated by the inestimable Martin Jarvis, adds yet another sublime layer to the collaborative genius. To be sure, the humo(u)r is of the distinctively wry British variety, but anyone who enjoys the witty worldview of Monty Python or the sardonic sensibilities of the BBC will delight in this offering.
Hilarious story, told beautifully. Each character is well-realized, and this was so much fun to listen to.
The best of two worlds - Pratchett and Gaiman - combine smoothly to form a seamlessly great story. Very enjoyable, start to finish. You will laugh out loud so many times, it should be required reading/listening for sad people. And they aren't cheap laughs - the social commentary and observations on human nature leave you satisfied and shaking your head with their cleverness.
I tried this book because I loved "GraveYard" and knew of Terry Pratchett as cult fantasy hero, the combination of Gaiman and he seemed to be a choice of heaven and/or hell. Who knew it would be both!
I sincerely had no idea of the story line, it was a whim purchase - one of the best I have ever made.
Martin Jarvis is excellent, he gets ALL the characters as individuals, narrates through the story flawlessly moving from voice to voice such that you are conversational and included as the listener.
The matter of fact vocal delivery of the satire/humour in the story, makes it all the more plausible.
I laughed out loud all too many times. Do you ever notice those drivers alone in a car ?
I won't review the story - It's one of those you have to hear for yourself.
Suffice it to say .. a Bicycle, a Bentley, a Book, a Harley, a Dog is all the same to those that love them.
A Witch, an Angel, his long life freind the Asp, and a child all have agendas that are not what they think.
And in the end you will laugh or smile your way into the future!!
This was the perfect combination of Terry Pratchett's side-splitting humour and imagination with Neil Gaiman's dark. Though I believe the crowning touch was Martin Jarvis' narration. I enjoyed it immensely more with his narration, great job!!! If you haven't read the book yet I recommend you try this audiobook first.
I just finished this book, and I'm happy to say that I loved every minute of it. I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman, which was a deciding factor for me to buy this. I like Terry Pratchett as well, but his books are too over-the-top silly for me to really care about. Fortunately, this book creates a perfect balance between the two. It is silly, sweet, thoughtful, engrossing, and touching all at the same time. You couldn't make it much better if you tried. Oh, and the narrator also does a great job of creating the characters. As someone else mentioned in a different review, the narrator really should have left more space between the different sections -- but this is a minor quibble. If you enjoy either of these two authors, you'll love this book!
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
If you enjoyed Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job, you will enjoy Good Omens. It's a little hard to follow at times because there's no pause between scene changes. But you'll get used to it and the characters are well-read and written.
I could listen to the first hour all over again. Very interesting and funny characters.
Yes, I have American Gods by Neil Gaiman.
Anthony Crowley. He is so slyly hilarious.
The True Apocalypse
The beginning with the angels was so funny - just truly hilarious. I loved every minute of it. But then the story just kind of dies. It doesn't go anywhere.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
Cute, probably 3.5 stars, but not nearly as good as the hype. I liked both 'American Gods' and 'Neverwhere' a lot better. I guess that is the problem with joint projects, I'm not sure whether Pratchett or Gaiman should be praised or panned for this book. Yes, it was funny. Yes, it was irreverent too. It just wasn't great. Perhaps, its limitations were built into the core concept and blueprint of the book. Perhaps, it couldn't escape mediocrity because it was pulled in two different directions by two good authors and instead of ending in Heaven or Hell it just plopped right there in the middle.
There is no doubt that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett are two of the most clever current writers. That said, their incredible creativity did not keep this book from seeming interminable. There were characters, while "interesting" or "entertaining" didn't seem to have much at all to do with the plot or the story and I thought there were just there because the authors couldn't give them up. While I will continue to read both Gaiman and Pratchett, I don't feel this book exemplifies the best of either/both of them.
Regarding the reader ... about 80-90% he was good, but he just didn't do the 11 year olds very well .. they all sounded OLD and hearing him made it hard to keep their ages in context. Also, sometimes I couldn't tell which character was speaking until he told me, versus a really great reader where you just "know" who it is by the voice and/or inflection.