©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)
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.
I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis
Good Omens is a truly excellent listen about the mishaps, follies, and misunderstandings surrounding the forces of good and evil as they head towards the Apocalypse. Co-authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett expertly elevate the mundane and find humor in almost every aspect of life. The book is bolstered not only by the strengths of its dual authors, but also by the talents of narrator Martin Jarvis, who jumps nimbly from character to character, capturing every nuance of each dialect and accent in the UK. There are moments where a longer pause between sections would make everything easier to follow (due to the enormous cast), and there are some periodic lulls in the story that I could have done without. The characters are so well fleshed-out and rich that I found myself rooting for everyone at once (angels and demons alike), and I felt a good level of tension as the book inched closer and closer to the inevitable final battle. Hysterical (in that dry, British sort of way) from start-to-finish.
Good Omens is delightful fun. Pratchet and Gaimon are constant commedians in this N laughs per page irreverant comedy that pokes good fun at religion without ever insulting it. Whether you're a true believer or not, this book will set you smiling as you ride with the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse to a small English town where an eleven-year-old boy is trying to decide whether the world should end. There are witch-hunters, prophecies, angels, demons, aliens, Rhapsodies (the Bohemian sort), tunnels, a Bentley, evangalists, bookshops, Tibetans, water pistols, Satanic Nuns, and a small (but not too fluffly) dog. The best way to describe this book is that Douglas Adams would approve. If you're a fan of Hitchhiker's Guide style comedy, you'll want to give this delight a few reads.
It is also worth noting that Mr. Martin Jarvis is astonishingly good at his job. So good, in fact, that I find myself wanting to hunt down other books he's narrated just so I can hear him talk on. His portrayal of moment by moment mood is near flawless. His bag of characters is assuredly endless, and his vocal quality is pristine. He deserves a definite shout out.
The narrator (Martin Jarvis) does such a great job with this I was disappointed when it ended. Jarvis performs the different voices brilliantly.
The Screwtape letters is the nearest comparison due to the subject matter. This one comes from a decidedly more humanist viewpoint.
I loved the description of the incorrectly printed bibles. I'm trying to work the "extra" verses into a Sunday School lesson.
The characters are good, but the overall telling of the story is the star.
I also recommend Jarvis's tellings of P.G. Wodehouse.
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
I enjoyed this book all the way. I laughed out loud.
This is a classic story with a brand new twist of humor.
Smartly written and very well read.
I would recommend this book to anyone. It will leaving you laughing with truly thoughtful and witty humor from the introduction to the last page. I would never for a moment second guess recommending this book simply because I can't imagine the type of person that wouldn't like it.
I am at a loss to pick one best thing about this story. There is a reason that this is one of my two favorite books of all time and I am an avid reader. The characters are perfectly developed, every tangent is well executed, the human or is unsurpassed. I do particularly like the dicotomey of Crowley and Asriphale as the demon tends to accidentally continue to do good, and the angel fumbles thing to accidental evil. The constant reminder of this misbalace between the characters is unendingly hilarious.
His lovely british accent! Mr. Jarvis does an excellent job reading the book in the accent it was written. Read or listen though, there is endless material here. Re-read for goodness sake!
Since 12~21~12 has already happen.This book had me l aughin so hard.I enjoy british humor.I loved Martin Jarvis whom narrated brought the story alive.. even though this book was written in the 90's I enjoyed it and needed a good laugh.
Martin Jarvis' performance is excellent. I mean, really great. I got several other Martin Jarvis performances just on the strength of his reading here. It's a strong as Gaiman's writing in "Neverwhere", but Pratchett's humor helps take the usual Gaiman "I want to throw myself of a bridge" edge off of it.
The Narrator does a great job of creating distinct character voices. As an American, I don't know the correct accent for the different regions of Britain, and it was helpful to hear the voices with the correct British comedic timing.
It's so hard to pick just one moment. As a fan of both Pratchett and Gaiman, it was fun to figure out who wrote which parts.
I have listened to Jarvis read, "Three men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)," which was equally delightful. Jarvis has a perfect sense of timing for the English humor.
This is one of my favorite books, a book I have re-read many times (which is unusual for me). The audio version just enhanced the experience for me and I'm sure I will listen to it again and again!
Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.
Good Owens is the type of book you will borrow from a friend because they rave about it and, some how, their copy will be come your's. Then your's will become someone else's and both you and the friend you borrowed it from will buy the book again because, its just that good. And then you will buy the audio book because, hey why not. Frankly, the constant lost books and "forced" re-buys, I blame on Crowley. Seems just the perfect plot for one of hell's best demons no?
Save yourself the time and just get the audio book. The story and performance is spot on. The narrator does each character justice and you are never lost who is talking. The writing is also that good too. In fact, reading the book while listening to it would be recommend.
Of course how can you go wrong when an Angle and Demon lose the Antichrist? Well good news, you can't! It will help you a little to have a basic understanding of Britain reading this book but not a requirement. Also, it is a book from Atheist to Super Religious would enjoy. You will have many "laugh out loud" moments and, truly, haven't you always wanted to know about the other 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Sure you do and more. Buy this book, download it, and prepare to laugh until the end!
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