©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)
Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.
LOVE Neil Gaiman.
Terry Pratchet?... Not s'much. I think he really de-sublimes Gaiman.
And the narration just put it over the edge. Martin Jarvis really pushed it to a place of Victorian pretense, and just couldn't capture the protagonist's child voice to save his life.
I really would have loved to see this one written solely by Gaiman. I think it would have had the power of The Graveyard Book, or American Gods.
The story is very anecdotal and thus works well even listening to short chunks. Each little bit stands on its own as a comic bit but yet the overall story arc works well.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little pleasant distraction.
The story moved along quickly and it had an unexpected conclusion.
I liked the two principal characters - the angel and the demon. Their conversations were highlights.
I enjoyed listening to this story. It got a little crazy toward the end and I enjoyed it less, but the characters of the demon and the angel were nicely presented and humorous.
Oh the wit and humor! So very written for such a dry sense of humor. Each character had their place and was very well portrayed.
Two mavericks who like the Earth just as it is, thank you very much, look to influence how the Anti-Christ is raised as a child. Will Armageddon still happen?
Near the top
Satanic Verses- similar humour.
His performance suited the book perfectly.
Laughed out loud.
Would love anther book from these two authors. Amazing blend of sensibilities.
Definitely listen again. The book itself is amazingly funny and the performance only accentuated that fact.
Two angels, one from "above" and one from "below" getting drunk together talking about the "ineffable" plan.
Mr. Jarvis' voice changes and inflections are amazing. Reading the book would not have given me an accurate taste of attitude with the characters.
I live in the Catskills and I enjoy listening to audiobooks, particularly when I am working around the farm. Fiction works best for me. Reality is overrated.
The reader was every bit as good as good as the story! And, yes, slightly better.
This is one stupid question. Listen to the book. Editor's mark goes HERE. We don't like this response. Delete the entire review.
Pratchett uses social parody to shame us all. Meanwhile the book gets funnier and funnier.
Not one single thing. You can't top Martin Jarvis.
First read something by Cormac McCarthy, then grab anything Terry Pratchett has ever written and laugh. Keep alternating until you have read everything McCarthy has written because you should. Pratchett has been more prolific so you will finish with his books and be seriously happy. Or, at least listen to this performance of Good Omens.
Disclaimer: Cormac McCarthy is the greatest living American author for sure and this review will reach a full state of oblivion in less than...
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An rather good show old man, this very particularly british take on the apocalypse show much foresight and insight into the very nature of what makes satire the king of parody and the ironic take of life and religions at large. All of the participants in this venture are both entirely mortal in their own demonic or angelic ways and could largely pass as relatives at any of my family reunions including yours truly
American Gods- although a "tad" more serious it is none the least as funny about our natures as creative beings in need of identity as much as we look to other things to explain the inexplicable.
So far the Anti-Christ Switch although war introducing plot complications to Paradise was rather charming but now that you mention it Famine seeing the harvest of his plans in the Fast food restaurant was almost as particularly good as when Crawley informs us of how every one has to love Johann Sebastian Bach's masterpiece of "Fat-Bottomed Girls" at 120 miles per hour on the Royal Mile in Shropshire or was that Lower Tadfell?
Extreme may be too strong a word here. Apocalyptic may be a better word for the amount of laughter while swerving around the tiny roads of Tennessee. Armgeddous or Ragnarokus- if I can use words like that to describe my mirth or mortification as Azrafael and Crawley scramble to comprehend what entails staving off the end of the world even though it is ineffable
What more can one say about a masterpiece such as this although I suspect if I were to be cornered in a pub in Lower Tadfield I might ask about a sequel between the slings and arrows of wild misfortune. It's just Apocalypse for Pete's Sake (Pete might even agree with me) I mean Hamlet got a sequel and almost everyone died in that movie!
Surely. Pratchett is always good for repeated listens.
The light hearted outlook on some of religions most treasured ideas. not negatively either.
The head of the Witchfinder's Army. I think everyone knows someone at least a little like him. Gruff and boisterous but really a big softie underneath.
Although Jarvis' version of DEATH was way off. He just HAS to sound like he did in the Discworld books. Its how i will always think of DEATH.
A novel with some of that great English humor. Its a must buy if you like ANY of the Discworld books.
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