©1990 Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
"Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again." (Amazon.com review)
Hilarious, awesome narration, never boring
It was so irreverent and yet had an underlying message about religion and good vs. evil. Kind of a cross between the movie Dogma (but better done!) and Hitchhiker's Guide.
Flawless. He did different voices for different characters, and they were so distinctive that you knew who was speaking immediately. My favorites were Adam, Crowley and Izrafel (sp?) and Pepper.
Good vs. Evil vs. Human: the ultimate cosmic showdown.
I loved the book and would have enjoyed it even if I were reading it. But the narration was so incredible that I've been recommending the audiobook to my friends who've already read the book. This is truly the epitome of a great audiobook, that all others should aspire to.
The book not jumping chapters
Nope. The story itself is great. Just bouncing forward isn't.
He was fine. Good range of voices.
The skipping chapter troll
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.
Semi retired small business person/ college professor/ investor.
Typical Pratchett even though it was only co written by him. For a book with two authors it is relatively seamless. I think the underlying message of the book (should it even have one) is that just because you are trying to do good does not necessarily mean you are. Of course you will be too busy chuckling to yourself to realize there is a point. You just have to love the two main characters.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
Only to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman fans. Because parts of this book are great and parts of it... well... not so much. I think that because I like Neil Gaiman and I love Terry Pratchett I was able to forgive the not so great parts more easily.
This book and this audiobook both are the sort of thing you will come back to again and again , and that you will want to push on all your friends. The audiobook version is brilliantly read and practically perfect in every way. Give it a try , you will not be sorry you did !
I like Pratchett a lot better than Gaiman as a writer but together they are a fantastic. This was very entertaining from start to finish and the narration was outstanding. If you are a fan of either writer you will undoubtedly enjoy this combined effort.
Read it soon.
So much to choose from---It's wonderfully crafted with delicious ironies and a just right Lighthearted tone to what could easily slip into horror or slapstick. Instead it acheives a delicate balancing act that makes it something more.
Crowley. He would know the best place to go no doubt.
I loved this book.
I have listened to several Gaiman books and have enjoyed them all. This one tried to be funny and is not and all in all is kind of dull.
I like Irish and Swedish crime thrillers and sociological exposes concerning African American life from Colonial times to the end of WWII. Recently I have taken a real liking to the works of Neal Stephenson and Fyodor Dostoevsky as well.
The writing is so full of references to the Omen, Rosemary's Baby, and most other Biblical End of the World films and books as well as insights into modern belief and demoniacal/angelic intervention in late 20th Century life channeling everyone from C.S. Lewis to the silly Televangelists who get "Words of God" from their earpieces. I enjoyed Marvin Jarvis in his role as Rossi etc int he abridged version of the Historian and here, his talent is shown even further as he enacts demons, Satanic nuns, renegade angels, and English children with a sweeping range of voices.
The birth and mix-up in the beginning and the Witchfinder Corps were pretty amusing but mostly the many jokes scattered throughout the book are truly fun.
As mentioned above, his various accents and even his singing voice all lend themselves to the comedy. I feel there are a few references made clearer by his performance than I missed when I read the book beforehand. There's something about his voice for the AntiChrist boy that sounds like it was supposed to mean something but I couldn't catch it.
I was laughing for most of the time due to the many jokes and references to various films and general supernatural, angelic and demoniac behavior.
The ending is a bit underwhelming what with the big set-up and everything but it was a fun ride overall mostly thanks to Marvin Jarvis.
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