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Katherine

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  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4129)
    Performance
    (2601)
    Story
    (2632)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Delightful!"
    Overall

    It will not surprise fans of either Pratchett or Gaiman to hear that "Good Omens" is not only very funny but is also, for a book about the apocalypse, both quite hopeful and rather sweet (to anyone who doubts Gaiman's funny and sweet credentials, I would recommend his novel "Anansi Boys"). The collaboration is seamless, with the novel falling somewhere in the middle of the two authors' styles, and the result is a marvelously good time.

    A longtime fan of the novel, I was convinced to download the audiobook by Gaiman's interview of Martin Jarvis on NPR's Morning Edition (also featuring David Sedaris and, for that matter, the president of Audible). Jarvis is remarkable, managing to create distinct, funny and yet somehow very true characters -- he does not "do voices." He's surely one of the best audiobook performers I've encountered, and I look forward immensely to exploring more of his work.

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