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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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    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 01-16-12
    Jessica lafayette, LA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    One of those books that is supposed to be humorous but somehow fall short. The jokes are a little tired, the patina of the character's personalities feels worn as though you've read a more clever version of the same story elsewhere.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The performance is stellar. If not for Jarvis's storytelling abilities, I would have stopped listening.


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    Marie 01-15-12
    Marie 01-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Battle that Never Ends"

    Funny how similar good and evil are in the right hands. A timeless comedy of errors and omissions that made me laugh and think at the same time. Martin Jarvis hit all the right notes with his reading. I was confused at times, though, because there was no pause between scene breaks which made character shifts abrupt. I'm not sure if this was the narrator or the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Blaine, MN, United States 01-12-12
    Todd Blaine, MN, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Liked every other chapter"

    I thought the book was okay but liked half the chapters much better than the other half. Maybe Gaiman wrote half and Pratchett wrote the other half? I like all of the many things I've read by Gaiman and disliked the one thing I previously tried to read by Pratchett.

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    audrey DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 01-10-12
    audrey DELRAY BEACH, FL, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2010

    speedy

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    "British humor at it's best ."
    What did you love best about Good Omens?

    I loved the way the characters were portrayed and the humor in the descriptions .


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the whole thing , beginning to end .


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes with the


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to most of this book while training for a marathon , it made my long runs fly by and I looked forward to my runs so I could carry on listening to the story . If you ever saw a crazy woman running for miles and frequently laughing out loud that was probably me ...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 01-03-12
    Joseph Ocean Shores, WA, United States 01-03-12 Member Since 2003

    Began reading sci-fi 71 years ago, at age 4, will continue until my clock quits ticking.. Best education one could have ever wished for.

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    "Delightful, Funny and Warm."

    This is precisely what one would expect from these two amazing writers, lots of wit and good humored barbs at life in general. The telling of the tale by Mr. Jarvis s "spot on" character wise, wonderfully convincing with extraordinary inflection. I could not stop laughing or listening.

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    Grace Atlanta, Georgia United States 12-28-11
    Grace Atlanta, Georgia United States 12-28-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Hilariously imaginative"

    Absolutely recommend this for readers of all ages. The content is clean and the series of mishaps and misunderstandings will have you laughing out loud. The premise of an angel and devil in partnership while unable to resist their true nature creates the most hilarious scenes and outcomes. Neil and Terry have a talent for phrasing which are unsurpassed. I don't know anynoe who has not thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 12-06-10
    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 12-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Cute"

    A great diversion when you want something light; a humorous take on the end of the world.

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    Rebel Burleson, TX, United States 11-04-10
    Rebel Burleson, TX, United States 11-04-10
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    "It just never caught on with me"

    I am a HUGE Neil Gaiman fan. Stardust, Anansi Boys, American Gods, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, ALL of which I would recommend to my best friends. I purchased Good Omens on Gaiman's reputation alone. I can only determine that Terry Pratchett was the primary author of this book. This book was not entertaining for me. It was a difficult listen, the minutes seemed to drag on and on. I begged for some sort of climax. I got so bored with it, I listened to it on double speed just to hurry it along. I cannot in good faith recommend this book to any Neil Gaiman fan. Perhaps some hard core Douglas Adams fans will find some passing delight in Good Omens, but it certainly pales in comparison to Hitchhiker's Guide. Buyer beware!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 10-14-10
    Sarah Dumoulin Kinburn, Ontario Canada 10-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Good narrator, boring story"

    I quite enjoy listening to Neil Gaiman's books, and have enjoyed reading Pratchett in the past. So, I thought that I'd give this dual-effort a try.

    Unfortunately, although it is well narrated, it's not funny. I found it dull, and had to really push myself to persevere until the end of the story. It starts out not too badly, but quickly seems to lose focus and becomes tedious. A big disappointment.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Kentucky, USA 06-17-10
    Tony Kentucky, USA 06-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Funny Book; Uneven Narrator"

    Good Omens is a very funny book. However, it is highly irreverent and not for those easily offended by religious satire. The narrator does a great job portraying the British characters in the novel, but his American accents are utterly unconvincing. This only mildly distracted from the book for me, but others might not be able to get past it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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