©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)
I have already listened to it multiple times and it's better each time I listen to it. There are so many little humorous details and astute observations on the human condition.
I don't really remember moments from the book so much as a little details. Prachett's footnotes, and the thought-provoking and actually very philosophical discussions all blend together into a memory of smiles and many laugh out loud moments.
The vocal performance is exceptional, so much so that I can't begin choose one character which was better than any other.
It was best listened to over multiple sittings, coming back again and again to some of the scenes.
Every time I listen I catch nuances I had missed before.
It's one of the better stories out there. Very fun. Laughed out loud a few times.
Crowly - Everyone loves a friendly demon!
Having Gaiman & Pratchett write a book together is like waking up on fantasy island without all the annoying characters! These guys are just masters at making you laugh about some of the most scary and opinionated topics - religion and the "end times". Two topics many authors would rather run a jack hammer over their toes than write about.
Of course, Gaiman & Pratchett have several archetypical characters in this story, except these ones have hilarious quirks and serious twists in their nature. For examples, you have an old witch hunter who thinks his finger is loaded, an 11 year old antichrist who just wants heaven and hell to just "quit messing people about," an angel and demon who work together, get drunk, and comment about heaven having only one good musician, and on and on they keep coming at ya! It is so creative and fun, and I guarantee you'll laugh out loud more than once. I found myself backing up just to hear some of these gems again and again. How many stories can you say that about?
I would have given the story more stars, but, I did find that some of the characters were missing some detail I would have loved to know. I wanted more depth! I also didn't quite like the exact ending. It wasn't bad mind you, but it just kinda felt like a balloon's air sputtered out instead of the "bang" we like when a pin hits it. Still the narration is a joy! This man is amazing! Deserves awards for not only creating several different voices, but, also sticking with them consistently! I can't think of one time when his voice mistakenly changed. That's talent! Plus, his impression of a two very crazy broads were hysterical! One was an old, batty, lovable "madame" who tottled around in high heels on Tuesday and Thursday to "tie up her customers", otherwise she was a "medium". The other was a nun in the "Order of the Babbling Nuns" who had to make sure the antichrist had all "his toesee wosees" and "little ol bitty witty tail"! He is my favorite Pratchett narrated/performer.
Without a doubt I would recommend this book. I read this book in the 90s and fell in love with the story, but listening to it was a whole new world. The reader,Martin Jarvis, was amazing. This is a must book. You will not be disappointed.
He just brought the characters to life. You can all most see everything playing out. Like I said he was amazing.
A boy and his dog.
yes and no. The narrator was not that good, but the way it was built, the music and other features make them on par.
I loved the angle/demon duo. They make the story. They feel like they are taken from douglas adams, on steroids.
The narrator should have taken the time to learn how to pronounce the biblical stuff better and be less smug.
This has everything: a top story and a fantastic narration. Normally Gaiman is a bit too dark for me, and Pratchett is too flippant for my tastes, but as a team their styles compliment each other perfectly. I don't know who picked Martin Jarvis to narrate but I want to shake his/her hand. I can listen to this book over and over and never tire of it because Jarvis voice characterizations and inflections match the tone of the story and dialog perfectly, enhancing the experience and turning the narration into a dramatization that really ought to be on the stage.
This is a great melding of Pratchetts irreverent humor and Gaimens darker side. The unlikely partnership of an angel and a demon trying to save the world from the evil of the spiritual bureaucracy. I like a story with good guys in white hats and bad guys in black. You got the white and the black but I'm not sure which is which.
This is a lot of fun and hard to put down.
The narrator is excellent! I backed down to 3 stars on the story only because I occassionaly got "lost". An abridged version may be better. I will listen again, and am sure it will be even better. I like to think that this is really what is happening as it leads to armageddon!!
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