©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)
Witty and droll English humor, delightfully bizarre characters (well, Death isn't so delightful) and satirical examinations of Biblical prophesy, pop culture, British roadways, food & diet obsession, our many human failings and frailties, and more. The narrator is superb, presenting a huge cast of characters each with his or her own distinct, spot-on voice. I startled more than a few strangers when I laughed out loud while grocery shopping and taking a walk. Perfect summer listen!
The story is great written, but the story is too slow for a good audio book story.
A lover of audiobooks of all kinds, since childhood, when long car journeys were accompanied by Discworld stories. @ReineDesLivres (Twitter)
Good Omens is a simply fantastic book. Two genius British writers, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, join forces to imagine the apocalypse. The result is a brilliantly funny novel, with a bibliophilic angel, a vintage Bentley-driving demon, witch-finders, gangs of enthusiastic children, apocalyptic motorcyclists and the only witch who could accurately foresee the End of Days. If I need to be clearer, this novel is the best of Pratchett meeting the best of Gaiman, and you won't be disappointed!
Martin Jarvis is the perfect choice as narrator. His voice moves from character to character with ease and style, and never skips a beat during conversations. The accents are impeccable, and make listening to this audiobook an absolute pleasure.
Buy this audiobook. Listen, laugh, and then listen to it again. You'll be in audiobook heaven.
The combination of Pratchett and Gaiman was a truly beautiful thing that absolutely should have culminated in more novels! Their styles weave together seamlessly in this story, with a result that you spend most of it laughing until your sides hurt . . . but you also find yourself doing a bit of thinking.
The narration, voice-wise and acting-wise, is stellar. I was a little sad not to have one of Pratchett's usual narrators, at first, but I rapidly came to love how Jarvis handled the material. My one complaint, though, is his lack of pauses. He doesn't give space from one section to the next, which actually does compromise the story a bit. It makes some scenes confusing for a minute or so, and renders others a little less effective. My advice is to go ahead and buy this one, because it's still brilliant, but read the book FIRST. That way, you can fully appreciate the full marvelousness of Pratchett and Gaiman's collaboration, and then you can have a great time listening to the story over and over again.
The humor and the overall storyline. I didn't remember what the book was about when I turned on the audio book and was laughing from the very beginning. Good and evil collaborating brilliant.
I would read anything written by Neil Bauman now add Terry Pratchett a brilliant combination of humor and serious moral soul searching
Added to the enjoyment of the novel
Neil and Terry please give us more collaborative works
A wannabe riot.
Oh man…it's rare that a book with so much hype lives up to it's reputation - but this book surpassed all expectation. It's not everyday that an angel, a demon, a missing antichrist, a ridiculously accurate witch, a thoroughly modern witch, a pretend witch hunter, an actual witch hunter, a hellhound-turned-toy dog, and a batty old lady can be combined into a funny, clever, and unforgettable story, but Pratchett & Gaiman make it work. I had the added benefit of experiencing this in audiobook form, narrated by Martin Jarvis - who made the numerous characters come to life with his fantastic voices. This book is an instant favorite and I recommend it to everyone.
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.
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