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Good Omens | [Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett]

Good Omens

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.
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Publisher's Summary

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Put New York Times best-selling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett together...and all Hell breaks loose.

©1990 Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 10-22-12
    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "You don't need him, Neil."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Greta 10-21-12
    Greta 10-21-12
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    "Consistently funny"
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    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A. Easthampton, MA, United States 10-10-12
    A. Easthampton, MA, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Completely enjoyable, worth a credit."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a little pleasant distraction.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved along quickly and it had an unexpected conclusion.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    I liked the two principal characters - the angel and the demon. Their conversations were highlights.


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    IthacaNancy 10-08-12
    IthacaNancy 10-08-12
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    "Fun Insights Into Evil/Good In Modern Life"

    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.

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    Becky Moshenek 10-08-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Oh the Wit!"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Omens the most enjoyable?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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?


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    Katsy 10-07-12
    Katsy 10-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Hilarious"
    Where does Good Omens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top


    What other book might you compare Good Omens to and why?

    Satanic Verses- similar humour.


    What about Martin Jarvis’s performance did you like?

    His performance suited the book perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love anther book from these two authors. Amazing blend of sensibilities.

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    Jennifer 10-05-12
    Jennifer 10-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Performance !"
    Would you listen to Good Omens again? Why?

    Definitely listen again. The book itself is amazingly funny and the performance only accentuated that fact.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Omens?

    Two angels, one from "above" and one from "below" getting drunk together talking about the "ineffable" plan.


    What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Jarvis' voice changes and inflections are amazing. Reading the book would not have given me an accurate taste of attitude with the characters.


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    Bruce Goddard 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Incredibly good humor!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    The reader was every bit as good as good as the story! And, yes, slightly better.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    This is one stupid question. Listen to the book. Editor's mark goes HERE. We don't like this response. Delete the entire review.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Pratchett uses social parody to shame us all. Meanwhile the book gets funnier and funnier.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Not one single thing. You can't top Martin Jarvis.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael van Vuuren East Tennessee 10-01-12
    Michael van Vuuren East Tennessee 10-01-12 Member Since 2014

    Audio Books according to Mike. I blog I write books I listen to books do the math.

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    "Crowd Control"
    What did you love best about Good Omens?

    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


    What other book might you compare Good Omens to and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    Thijis 09-28-12
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    "Great!"
    Would you listen to Good Omens again? Why?

    Surely. Pratchett is always good for repeated listens.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The light hearted outlook on some of religions most treasured ideas. not negatively either.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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