©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)
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.
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!
Classic setup, a few good laughs.
Hey, this is a comedy. And a pretty scattered one at that.
The narrator was fine.
Not up to Pratchett's usual standards. Perhaps it was the collaboration.
Only in that it's more portable. I listened to this while I was performing relatively mindless tasks and loved the company.
I'm an avid fan of Terry Pratchett and this book fits in well with his discworld legacy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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