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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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    Anne 02-04-13
    Anne 02-04-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone. It will leaving you laughing with truly thoughtful and witty humor from the introduction to the last page. I would never for a moment second guess recommending this book simply because I can't imagine the type of person that wouldn't like it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am at a loss to pick one best thing about this story. There is a reason that this is one of my two favorite books of all time and I am an avid reader. The characters are perfectly developed, every tangent is well executed, the human or is unsurpassed. I do particularly like the dicotomey of Crowley and Asriphale as the demon tends to accidentally continue to do good, and the angel fumbles thing to accidental evil. The constant reminder of this misbalace between the characters is unendingly hilarious.


    What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His lovely british accent! Mr. Jarvis does an excellent job reading the book in the accent it was written. Read or listen though, there is endless material here. Re-read for goodness sake!


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    Stephanie marion, IL, United States 02-04-13
    Stephanie marion, IL, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "very funny!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Since 12~21~12 has already happen.This book had me l aughin so hard.I enjoy british humor.I loved Martin Jarvis whom narrated brought the story alive.. even though this book was written in the 90's I enjoyed it and needed a good laugh.

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    David Tunbridge Wells 01-26-13
    David Tunbridge Wells 01-26-13
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    "Martin Jarvis alone makes it worthwhile"

    Martin Jarvis' performance is excellent. I mean, really great. I got several other Martin Jarvis performances just on the strength of his reading here. It's a strong as Gaiman's writing in "Neverwhere", but Pratchett's humor helps take the usual Gaiman "I want to throw myself of a bridge" edge off of it.

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    Carol Durham, NC, United States 01-24-13
    Carol Durham, NC, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Fantastic performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Good Omens the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator does a great job of creating distinct character voices. As an American, I don't know the correct accent for the different regions of Britain, and it was helpful to hear the voices with the correct British comedic timing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Omens?

    It's so hard to pick just one moment. As a fan of both Pratchett and Gaiman, it was fun to figure out who wrote which parts.


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

    I have listened to Jarvis read, "Three men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)," which was equally delightful. Jarvis has a perfect sense of timing for the English humor.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite books, a book I have re-read many times (which is unusual for me). The audio version just enhanced the experience for me and I'm sure I will listen to it again and again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-13
    Chris San Jose, CA, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2010

    Avid Audio Book listener. Usual suspects are Leadership, Business, Philosophy, Biographies, and Random Fiction. But once every couple of months I choose a book I might not have picked...ever...but with good reviews.

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    "Smart and Wickedly Good"

    Good Owens is the type of book you will borrow from a friend because they rave about it and, some how, their copy will be come your's. Then your's will become someone else's and both you and the friend you borrowed it from will buy the book again because, its just that good. And then you will buy the audio book because, hey why not. Frankly, the constant lost books and "forced" re-buys, I blame on Crowley. Seems just the perfect plot for one of hell's best demons no?

    Save yourself the time and just get the audio book. The story and performance is spot on. The narrator does each character justice and you are never lost who is talking. The writing is also that good too. In fact, reading the book while listening to it would be recommend.

    Of course how can you go wrong when an Angle and Demon lose the Antichrist? Well good news, you can't! It will help you a little to have a basic understanding of Britain reading this book but not a requirement. Also, it is a book from Atheist to Super Religious would enjoy. You will have many "laugh out loud" moments and, truly, haven't you always wanted to know about the other 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse?

    Sure you do and more. Buy this book, download it, and prepare to laugh until the end!

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    Lena 01-01-13
    Lena 01-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Two great writing talents in one very special book"

    This is a great book for Turnpike in Kansas and not as much for Chicago, LA or New York. Miles between exits, no traffic to fight. Some books can be tuned out and returned to in minutes. Not this one...

    The beauty of this book is not only in the mesmerizing plot but in also in the intricate details. You will definitely miss something important if your attention wonders off.

    The language and the writing style are superb. You can definitely see the cocktail of two quite different talents merging together. Sometimes when two writers are involved you can almost tell who was responsible for which part but not here.

    The narrator, whom I am giving 5 stars for great effort, will hopefully not improve nor ruin your book experience. I read hard cover years back and, of course, no narrator can match the abilities of your imagination to fill in the blanks.

    Some time in the future I will be coming back to "Good Omens" yet again. I will just have to decide on the format.


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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

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    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 11-19-12
    C. Bolliger Boise, ID 11-19-12

    Madam C

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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.

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