Interesting book with a lot of great details but the narration was kind of distracting. The reader sort of slurs his words at times and some letters are not clearly pronounced. It took me a while to realize Clyde's mother's name was Cumie and not Humie. And sometimes words that end with 's' seem like the ending gets lost so "Dallas" sounds like "Dallah." It's not horrible but it is a bit distracting - I'm sometimes working so hard to catch what he's saying that I lose the thread of the actual story which is very good.
This is one of my favorite books of all time and I enjoyed the audiobook a great deal. It's smart, funny, thought-provoking and fast-paced. Martin Jarvis captures just the right tone of mild and dry British wit in his narration and he does a fine job capturing many of the characters' voices.
Aziraphale and Crowley are just magnificently done, and their banter is one of the best parts of the book. I love their talks in St. James Park where the feed (and Crowley torments) the ducks while other furtive pairings of similar opposites do the same. Madame Tracy sounds exactly like the cheery, sweet middle-aged woman I've always pictured her as. And Shadwell is hilarious, barely intelligible and forever spewing invective but at heart just a nice but lonely old man with a mission. There are a lot of characters in this book, both principal and incidental and Jarvis gets most of them spot on.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of important characters whose voices made me cringe. War is one of them. She's a wonderful character, a sexy, swaggering woman around whom fights break out spontaneously. Jarvis attempts a kittenish purr for her which would be delightful if he wasn't very obviously a British man trying to vamp like a sex kitten. It doesn't work and it broke my enjoyment every time she spoke.
The other Motorcyclists of the Apocalypse's voices were ... okay but didn't really seem to capture them properly in my mind but that wasn't a big deal. With that many characters, you can't get them all perfect.
But I was disappointed with Adam's characterization. Adam is one of the key characters. He's an 11 year old boy who happens to be the Antichrist. He has a charismatic personality, is a natural leader to his band of friends with whom he carouses around Lower Tadfield, getting into all kinds of interesting (but largely harmless) scrapes, and his voice as done by Jarvis makes him sound like a rather dimwitted middle-aged man.
Still, none of this detracts from the overall enjoyment of the story to the extent that I wouldn't recommend it. I do. It is a rollicking fun romp and you will be sorry when it's over.
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