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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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    Christine 12-19-12
    Christine 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Listen, What a way to end the world!"

    This is such a great tale. Well read. Fun to listen to.
    Hated to see it end. I read it years ago and it actually is funnier when you hear it read out loud. Well, by Martin Jarvis anyway.

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    Steven 12-11-12
    Steven 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Everything you'd expect from Gaiman and Pratchett"

    Good Omens incorporates Gaiman's dark story telling with Prachett's classic Forest Gumpian hapless heroes in a lighthearted story about the apocalypse; if the no one told the antichrist how it was supposed to go ahead of time.

    This story is thrilling and funny and packed with sarcasm. A must read for anyone who enjoys...books.

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    lorri 12-11-12
    lorri 12-11-12
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    "Absolutely fabulous fun"
    What did you love best about Good Omens?

    The story was so entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Linking the mythology with modern times


    Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to Mr. Jarvis before, but loved listening to him on this book


    Who was the most memorable character of Good Omens and why?

    The primary characters were awesome


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 11-19-12
    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 11-19-12

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    "This is an OK book"

    I found the synopsis of the story to be very intriguing and I did enjoy the narration, however towards the last ¼ of the book I was bored with it. I didn’t care what happened to the characters and just wanted whatever was going to happen to happen so I could listen to something else. I think the satire was very fun and enjoyed the back and forth that the characters had with each other. I would say that if you have credits to burn, try this story, maybe you will enjoy it all the way to the end, however I wouldn’t waste any extra money on it and I would not recommend to a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alice chicago ridge, IL, United States 11-11-12
    alice chicago ridge, IL, United States 11-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Throughly Enjoyable"

    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy meets Monty Python in a throughly enjoyable LOL story. Martin Jarvis' narration is as perfect for this book as Jim Dale was for Harry Potter. Definately not for the seriously religious, & an appreciation for the type of humor of the afore mentioned Monty Python is essential. Prepare to be entertained!

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    Sharon M. Anderson Issaquah, WA United States 10-30-12
    Sharon M. Anderson Issaquah, WA United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Pretty Scattered"
    If you could sum up Good Omens in three words, what would they be?

    Classic setup, a few good laughs.


    Would you recommend Good Omens to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not particularly.


    Have you listened to any of Martin Jarvis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Hey, this is a comedy. And a pretty scattered one at that.


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

    The narrator was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    Not up to Pratchett's usual standards. Perhaps it was the collaboration.

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    SG 10-24-12
    SG 10-24-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Richmael Crompton meets Discworld"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Good Omens to be better than the print version?

    Only in that it's more portable. I listened to this while I was performing relatively mindless tasks and loved the company.


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

    I'm an avid fan of Terry Pratchett and this book fits in well with his discworld legacy.


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    M.W. SW USA 10-24-12
    M.W. SW USA 10-24-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I Had Hoped for Better"

    Given the rave reviews for this book, I was expecting more than I got. This book was average at best...certainly not 5-star quality in my book. The story was rambling at times and the characters never got off the ground. I finished it, but if I had it to do over, I'd keep my credit for something else.

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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"
    Any additional comments?

    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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