©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)
One of those books that is supposed to be humorous but somehow fall short. The jokes are a little tired, the patina of the character's personalities feels worn as though you've read a more clever version of the same story elsewhere.
The performance is stellar. If not for Jarvis's storytelling abilities, I would have stopped listening.
Funny how similar good and evil are in the right hands. A timeless comedy of errors and omissions that made me laugh and think at the same time. Martin Jarvis hit all the right notes with his reading. I was confused at times, though, because there was no pause between scene breaks which made character shifts abrupt. I'm not sure if this was the narrator or the book.
I thought the book was okay but liked half the chapters much better than the other half. Maybe Gaiman wrote half and Pratchett wrote the other half? I like all of the many things I've read by Gaiman and disliked the one thing I previously tried to read by Pratchett.
I loved the way the characters were portrayed and the humor in the descriptions .
I loved the whole thing , beginning to end .
I loved the scenes with the
I listened to most of this book while training for a marathon , it made my long runs fly by and I looked forward to my runs so I could carry on listening to the story . If you ever saw a crazy woman running for miles and frequently laughing out loud that was probably me ...
Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.
This is precisely what one would expect from these two amazing writers, lots of wit and good humored barbs at life in general. The telling of the tale by Mr. Jarvis s "spot on" character wise, wonderfully convincing with extraordinary inflection. I could not stop laughing or listening.
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.
I am a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan. Stardust, Anansi Boys, American Gods, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, ALL of which I would recommend to my best friends. I purchased Good Omens on Gaiman's reputation alone. I can only determine that Terry Pratchett was the primary author of this book. This book was not entertaining for me. It was a difficult listen, the minutes seemed to drag on and on. I begged for some sort of climax. I got so bored with it, I listened to it on double speed just to hurry it along. I cannot in good faith recommend this book to any Neil Gaiman fan. Perhaps some hard core Douglas Adams fans will find some passing delight in Good Omens, but it certainly pales in comparison to Hitchhiker's Guide. Buyer beware!
I quite enjoy listening to Neil Gaiman's books, and have enjoyed reading Pratchett in the past. So, I thought that I'd give this dual-effort a try.
Unfortunately, although it is well narrated, it's not funny. I found it dull, and had to really push myself to persevere until the end of the story. It starts out not too badly, but quickly seems to lose focus and becomes tedious. A big disappointment.
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.
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