©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 listened to several Gaiman books and have enjoyed them all. This one tried to be funny and is not and all in all is kind of dull.
I like Irish and Swedish crime thrillers and sociological exposes concerning African American life from Colonial times to the end of WWII. Recently I have taken a real liking to the works of Neal Stephenson and Fyodor Dostoevsky as well.
The writing is so full of references to the Omen, Rosemary's Baby, and most other Biblical End of the World films and books as well as insights into modern belief and demoniacal/angelic intervention in late 20th Century life channeling everyone from C.S. Lewis to the silly Televangelists who get "Words of God" from their earpieces. I enjoyed Marvin Jarvis in his role as Rossi etc int he abridged version of the Historian and here, his talent is shown even further as he enacts demons, Satanic nuns, renegade angels, and English children with a sweeping range of voices.
The birth and mix-up in the beginning and the Witchfinder Corps were pretty amusing but mostly the many jokes scattered throughout the book are truly fun.
As mentioned above, his various accents and even his singing voice all lend themselves to the comedy. I feel there are a few references made clearer by his performance than I missed when I read the book beforehand. There's something about his voice for the AntiChrist boy that sounds like it was supposed to mean something but I couldn't catch it.
I was laughing for most of the time due to the many jokes and references to various films and general supernatural, angelic and demoniac behavior.
The ending is a bit underwhelming what with the big set-up and everything but it was a fun ride overall mostly thanks to Marvin Jarvis.
I really don't know how to explain this book to make the someone want to read it. It took me several attempts to finish it, finishing it mainly as someone else was reading it too. The book itself is funny at times. It funny basically until so much implausible things happen that it just gets silly. I guess the best way to describe it is that it falls somewhere between "Time Bandits" and every parady movie you've ever seen.
...to previous reviews. I think it has all been said. Except that, I just do want to put in another word for Martin Jarvis, whose narration of this book is simply brilliant. A few reviewers have mentioned his failure to pause at breaks in the story. I actually did not notice that, but I suppose it could be irritating if one does notice it. There are so many recurring and steady characters; I found it amazing that he was able to find a distinct voice for each one.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It is a memorable read/listen and I'm sure I will listen to it again and again.
I've loved reading since I first learned. However, as a victim of motion sickness Audible is a savior. Getting my fix on the go!
This book was highly recommended by a friend who usually points me in the right direction. Sadly, within the first hour of listening I realized I wasn't very interested. I plugged through and the best I can say is that I was vaguely curious by the second half to see how the story resolved. However, at the end I just thought, " good, now I can listen to another book." Not high praise.
The story is well developed, the characters are interesting, I just think it wasn't the book for me.
Sci-fi/fantasy junkie, storyteller, devourer of books, workaholic
Yes. The lack of a clear storyline would have lost me in print, but the narrator's entertaining voice kept me listening.
The interactions between Crowley and Aziraphale were amusing to listen to
The scene where Crowley and Aziraphale decide the Earth is worth saving
Crowley, of course! He'd be amusing to watch.
There's not much plot to Good Omens. Most scenes play out like vignettes - glimpses into what's going on in this crazy world. Some, while written in an amusing way, seem quite pointless. Of course, the purpose of the book isn't to be the plot-driven type of story anyway, so that probably doesn't matter. I just found it hard to keep paying attention in some parts. But overall, this is a well-written and witty novel. The narrator's energy really brings the story to life, although some of the voices he puts on get obnoxious after a while. My main issue with him is how he put on a low baritone for the voice of Adam Young, an 11-year-old boy. It seemed incongruent to the extent that it distracted from his character.
Angels, Demons, Witches, Witch Hunters, the Four Horsemen (now on motorcycles) and something even scarier - an eleven year old boy - all prepare for Armageddon. It turns out bureaucracy in Heaven and Hell isn't any more efficient than here on earth. Not a serious meditation, just a lot of fun, satirizing such diverse topics as fad diets, telemarketers, New Agers, and more. Especially charming are the angel and demon who have found themselves uncomfortably attached to human life.
The character development, descriptions and the great writing. Can't pick just one.
Reminds me a bit of the movie, "Dogma"..very unique mix of myth, comedy, satire and buddy story.
Subtle but clearly defined voicing.
Crowley driving down the road in sunglasses and a burning Bentley frustrated that all his tapes morph into Queen!
If you don't know these authors, this book will get you hooked. Great read.
This is one of the best audiobooks I've downloaded.
I loved the different voices for the characters. It was easy to understand who was talking and the accents were great! I was disjointed that this narrator hasn't narrated any other books by Gaiman or Pratchett.
If you enjoy Gaiman and Pratchett, as I do, here you go—two for the price of one, a deal not to be missed (I could hear them each in my head, in different parts of the story). Could I give Martin Jarvis deserves 6 stars for his performance, I would. He keeps the multitude of voices distinct, and channels the wry humor of the Gaiman/Pratchett team marvelously.
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