©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)
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.
The premise sounds gimmicky, but it is developed in a smart funny way with several separate story lines, each with its own set of vivid characters.
Great character voices, wonderful timing -- his performance really makes an already funny book come alive.
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
Imagine how great it would be if Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote a book together. It would be a funny and thought provoking adventure. That would probably be great fun. Oh wait they did write a book together. Need any more be said? Read it , Listen too it , Love it.
It's probably my favorite. Ever. I've read it a few times, I've listened to it several times. I laugh out loud no matter what. I would kill for a movie or mini series.
I don't think you can compare anything to Good Omens. It's just so unique and bizarre and brilliant.
Both versions I have are amazing. I love the accents and how things are said since I'm American and this story clearly isn't.
I will forever love Crowley. I can't listen to Queen without thinking about him and the story.
Like I said, I would kill for a miniseries based on this. I need it in my liiiiiiiiiiife.
Gaiman & Pratchett blend their wit and humor to create an absolutely comical account of a bumbled baby switch, a friendship between an angel & a demon, and how a ‘wrong turn at Albuquerque’ can mess up just about anything. Even the end of the world.
The narrator, Martin Jarvis, does an absolutely top notch job in bringing the characters of this story to life. His talent for dozens of voices is incredible and a joy to listen to. I remember cringing while listening to Jarvis describe Sergeant Shadwell. Then Jarvis produces the voice of Sergeant Shadwell and when it hits my ears a visual picture of this down and out, dirty, disheveled, chain-smoking, condensed-milk-drinking man literally made me shiver with distain. True talent Mr. Jarvis.
I love this book. Of course the writing is witty and superb. I think what takes it over the top is the narration, it is wonderful.
There is the feel of other Pratchett books, but the influence of Gaiman is clear as well.
He is jovial and I simply love his voice.
The demon, he is complex.
Highly recommended. Such a fun book.
Two of the best writers in the world!! I cant think of anyone better to handle the apocalypse than Azriphale and Crowley. What I want to know is which one is Pratchett and which one is Gaiman :). The apocalypse is truely enjoyable so long as you follow the Prophecys of Agnes Nutter!!!
This is easily my favorite audiobook. I love Terry Pratchett to begin with, and this book is one of his best. It was particularly brilliant for me as I am a British man who was raised very Christian and grew up to be a scientist with a sense of humor almost exactly the same as Terry Pratchett's. However, even though I was so primed to love this book to begin with, I was still blown away by just how amazing it was.
To begin with, the biblical metaphors were superbly accurate and well researched, with a little artistic license (I doubt very much the Vatican would approve). This accuracy was enormously enhanced by the authors' obvious intelligence in predicting what God would actually do if there was a God, and Terry Pratchett's powerful sense of humor inspired by the mundane. On top of that the story was excellently written: the characters were well developed, and the plot evolved believably if sensationally. Best of all, the ending was quite unpredictable and honestly absolutely inspired, I didn't see it coming at all, and it left me a little overcome with just how genius it was.... although again, my upbringing left me primed to love it, a different kind of person would probably hate it. There was just one scene at the end that I though could do with a little extra detail, as it was a bit confusing, but honestly, I don't think that takes away from the story at all.
Finally, Martin Jarvis' narration was just superb. I have listened to 14 audio books on audible so far, an this was easily the best performance of them all. He was so engaging to listen to, and he has an amazing gift for accents, and for keeping accents straight throughout the length of a 6 hour audiobook. He brought the characters to life, and even if he had excluded the ", said " type of phrases from the book, I would still have known exactly which character was speaking. He did an amazing job.
In summary, if you are anything at all like me (e.g. you have a decent knowledge of the book of revelation, you are a little academic, and you love humor), you will love this book. If you are British, or know England at all, you will like it even more. If you are none of those things, you might not understand the book anymore, but if you like humor, it is still going to be a good read, and it is definitely worth dropping one credit on. Honestly, this book was just great.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
The writing continued to make me laugh throughout the book. For those that like Christopher Moore's book "Fool" - this is even better.
The plot of this story is crazy, yet it is very compelling to read. Good and evil are neither so good nor evil; they unite with great British humor in an attempt to save the world from destruction. Well read.
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