©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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The story was so entertaining
Linking the mythology with modern times
I've never listened to Mr. Jarvis before, but loved listening to him on this book
The primary characters were awesome
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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