©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)
Absolutely recommend this for readers of all ages. The content is clean and the series of mishaps and misunderstandings will have you laughing out loud. The premise of an angel and devil in partnership while unable to resist their true nature creates the most hilarious scenes and outcomes. Neil and Terry have a talent for phrasing which are unsurpassed. I don't know anynoe who has not thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Good Omens is a very funny book. However, it is highly irreverent and not for those easily offended by religious satire. The narrator does a great job portraying the British characters in the novel, but his American accents are utterly unconvincing. This only mildly distracted from the book for me, but others might not be able to get past it.
I was so anxious to get this in audio that I had ordered the CD's years ago from ISIS (the UK audio book publisher for TP) and it was narrated by Stephen Briggs. I have listened to it many many times. I have wondered when/if Audiobooks would ever acquire it.
I do prefer the Stephen Briggs version (maybe because he has done a lot of the TP books lately or because he does understand the 'silent pause' or because I just like him.) The new version is enjoyable. Again, you have to have a different sense of humor - ie pg whode, monty phython and a love of words. Parts of the dialog remind me of Mark Twain in "Letters from the Earth".
I do still hope that my older cd's never get a scratch on them but am very glad that I now am able to download it for a walk or two!
Gaiman and Pratchett have any number of best selling humorous books with heroes from gods to dwarfs. They combine here to tell the story of the end of the world with key characters who include and angel and a demon that conspire to keep the world out of the middle of a a real war of good and evil.
Both of these authors I respect and have read. They managed to blend their styles much as the two angels in the book worked towards the same goals. I hope they conspire again.
The theology should not be wholly ignored. The authors manage to ask one or two serious questions while keeping it light and entertaining.
An excellent read.
I would highly recommend to anyone interested in angles, demons, or just a lighthearted read about death, destruction, and the end of days. I agree a taste for English humor is necessary (footnote, not British because I am sure the Welsh and Scotts are knee slapping hysterical if you could just understand them, and, well, is there humor in Ireland?).
Mr. Jarvis does a wonderful job of narration, but the complaint that there is no separation between jumps to different settings is valid (footnote, entirely cleared up if you have a fish in your ear).
Just dont forget to stick to it. The real fun doesnt start until the very end of Part 1 (almost half way through).
It is a good story...very tyical of Neil Gammon books...
This book is a good listen a little hard to understand the introduction but once you get past it you learn to love the characters. recommended first read
I almost gave up at the first...but thankfully have stuck with it! I found myself chuckling as I worked out and drove my daily commute. So many of us get so "wrapped around" the issue of The End of Time that we forget to just enjoy life and lighten up! Thanks for the good listen.
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