©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)
Actor/director/teacher. Split my time between Beijing and Seattle now. Listen to Audible on the subway and while driving or riding my bike.
A combination like Pratchett and Gaiman, both brilliant in their own right (write?), is an exciting prospect so I was really looking forward to listening to Good Omens. I chose to do it on a grueling drive from Louisville to Seattle so I could press on through it with few interruptions.
I have to admit that I was initially a bit disappointed. I found the first half of the book too "clever" by half and somewhat overwritten. Not surprising, perhaps, with two brilliant, creative minds pouring material into the same hopper. Given the doomsday theme and some stylistic parallels, it sometimes seemed that Douglas Adams might have come back to contribute as well.
Gradually the whole jumble began to take a more manageable form, however, and by the end I was delighting in the joyful momentum of the book and the coalescing wisdom which is typical of both authors when they work independently. I would not say reading their joint effort was twice as good, but it sure wasn't half bad.
And best of all was Martin Jarvis's inspired reading!
The best of two worlds - Pratchett and Gaiman - combine smoothly to form a seamlessly great story. Very enjoyable, start to finish. You will laugh out loud so many times, it should be required reading/listening for sad people. And they aren't cheap laughs - the social commentary and observations on human nature leave you satisfied and shaking your head with their cleverness.
I've read this book a few times,but as a trucker need something to help focus and stay awake on looong night time drives. This book fit the bill perfectly...well almost, Martin Jarvis does a wonderfull job giving the characters life but I didn't like Adams voice,he sounded kinda snooty,not how I heard it in my head at all. Otherwise this book is laugh out loud funny and a nice moral tale with an out of control tailspin.Loved it
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!
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.
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.
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.
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