©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)
The first time I read this book was when I was in high school. I heard about it recently, so I decided to buy the audio book and go down that road again. Yes, the setting is a bit outdated, but the story holds up. The story had deferral interesting characters who are all greatly portrayed by the narrator. You'll never mix them up. Each character's voice is very well-fitted and easily recognizable in a big conversation amongst several characters; not an easy task. If you have a fragile faith and are easily threatened, steer clear of this book. If you like to laugh about all the silly and irrational parts of the Bible, then you'll be entertained.
I'm the most boring person on the planet.
It was Friday. More specifically, it was a Friday afternoon when a recent reader [listener] of the Good Omens book sat down to write a review. The reviewer was wondering how best to describe the book. He had thought long and hard about the descriptive prose he could employ, but was coming up short. He started making a list of things he liked about the book, but it was a short list. So far, he had exactly the same number of bullet points in his list that he had had for the last 47 minutes and 32 seconds -- none. He tapped on the keys of his keyboard as the thought about the things he could write that would so elegantly describe in great and flowing detail the wonders and fascination someone else would get by reading this book, but again, his brain was having none of it, so he did what any reasonable person would do, he made lunch. Footnote: Lunch is a great deal more entertaining than Good Omens for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that you can eat it. Footnote: If you do have to eat lunch, and in the course of eating lunch finding yourself wondering if you would enjoy listening to Martin Jarvis, you would probably find yourself delighted by his avuncular air and enthusiasm; you might even want to listen to him again.
There is not much left to be said about the book. It is Gaiman and Terry Pratchett after all, so one knows what one is in for. The narration by Martin Jarvis is good but could have been better. My major gripe about the audiobook is that there were no pauses between scenes (i.e. chapters in the book). Sometimes the lack of pause made it hard to figure out a switch of scene. I also did not like the voice given to Adam, which sounded much too adult to me.
Having said that, I enjoyed the book very much in spite of the minor shortcomings. In all probability, I would listen to it again.
I always recommend this book to people who are not yet addicted to reading... its a good way to seduce them into the habit.
High. I've recently (fairly) discovered Gaiman and have loved his work.
I like the 'cheek' of it. The clever, witty, absurdity of it. I like that he takes fairly dark and ominous subjects and turns them on their head. I can't really compare him to any other author that I've read. I like that he's dealing with the 'Antichrist' and the apocalypse, but you don't really feel all that threatened by it, like, it might be a fun romp...All in all, it just played to my sense of the absurd.
I love that when I listen, I forget that it's one voice telling that story. I completely buy his characterization of each subject and they feel authentic.
I loved when Adam decided that he'd rather stay with his friends and play rather than destroy the whole world and such. That he went against type and pretty much foiled the well thought out plans of the elders :) Good stuff.
Gaiman and Pratchett in top form. Thought provoking, funny, and wonderfully well done. As always the characters are interesting and the narrative is compelling. The reader provides a well crafted presentation.
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