©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 tried this book because I loved "GraveYard" and knew of Terry Pratchett as cult fantasy hero, the combination of Gaiman and he seemed to be a choice of heaven and/or hell. Who knew it would be both!
I sincerely had no idea of the story line, it was a whim purchase - one of the best I have ever made.
Martin Jarvis is excellent, he gets ALL the characters as individuals, narrates through the story flawlessly moving from voice to voice such that you are conversational and included as the listener.
The matter of fact vocal delivery of the satire/humour in the story, makes it all the more plausible.
I laughed out loud all too many times. Do you ever notice those drivers alone in a car ?
I won't review the story - It's one of those you have to hear for yourself.
Suffice it to say .. a Bicycle, a Bentley, a Book, a Harley, a Dog is all the same to those that love them.
A Witch, an Angel, his long life freind the Asp, and a child all have agendas that are not what they think.
And in the end you will laugh or smile your way into the future!!
This was the perfect combination of Terry Pratchett's side-splitting humour and imagination with Neil Gaiman's dark. Though I believe the crowning touch was Martin Jarvis' narration. I enjoyed it immensely more with his narration, great job!!! If you haven't read the book yet I recommend you try this audiobook first.
I just finished this book, and I'm happy to say that I loved every minute of it. I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman, which was a deciding factor for me to buy this. I like Terry Pratchett as well, but his books are too over-the-top silly for me to really care about. Fortunately, this book creates a perfect balance between the two. It is silly, sweet, thoughtful, engrossing, and touching all at the same time. You couldn't make it much better if you tried. Oh, and the narrator also does a great job of creating the characters. As someone else mentioned in a different review, the narrator really should have left more space between the different sections -- but this is a minor quibble. If you enjoy either of these two authors, you'll love this book!
I really enjoyed this book - I love the dry English humor and snickered a lot, especially at the first. The only caveat I would add to my review is that it seemed to bog down a little at the end.
This book, in its print form, was a joy, and the audio version, narrated by the inestimable Martin Jarvis, adds yet another sublime layer to the collaborative genius. To be sure, the humo(u)r is of the distinctively wry British variety, but anyone who enjoys the witty worldview of Monty Python or the sardonic sensibilities of the BBC will delight in this offering.
The Narrator- Perfect!
Story was so interesting with all of it's twists and so different. The characters were great fun. I would highly recommend this story. I've listened to it twice.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I am so thrilled that I found another author who appeals to my craving for dark wit and twisted tales like Christopher Moore has for so long. Neil Gaiman truly has the gift of weaving a tapestry of fantasy and modern humor into a juicy plotline that moves and actually ends up somewhere you want to go. The narration is nothing short of brilliant - I'm a sucker for the dry wit of an English accent - especially when it's so perfectly matched with story - the timing and delivery are superb. I quickly added several more of Mr. Gaiman's books to my wish list and am hopeful that this isn't a "one of" or a departure from his other works.
This was an absolutely amazing book. It's probably not for everyone, though. If you have very strong religious sensibilities, you may not think it's funny. If you didn't like Hitchhikers Guide or Life of Brian, you may not like it. If, however, you think Douglas Adams and Monty Python are a joy, then sit down and start listening. You'll be glad you did.
Mom, married, website designer, portfolio manager in self-imposed exile (yeah Greg Smith!!), former California native, Episcopalian.
If you enjoyed Christopher Moore's A Dirty Job, you will enjoy Good Omens. It's a little hard to follow at times because there's no pause between scene changes. But you'll get used to it and the characters are well-read and written.
I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^
Cute, probably 3.5 stars, but not nearly as good as the hype. I liked both 'American Gods' and 'Neverwhere' a lot better. I guess that is the problem with joint projects, I'm not sure whether Pratchett or Gaiman should be praised or panned for this book. Yes, it was funny. Yes, it was irreverent too. It just wasn't great. Perhaps, its limitations were built into the core concept and blueprint of the book. Perhaps, it couldn't escape mediocrity because it was pulled in two different directions by two good authors and instead of ending in Heaven or Hell it just plopped right there in the middle.
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