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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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    Lauren Carlisle, MA, United States 11-14-11
    Lauren Carlisle, MA, United States 11-14-11
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    "Great voice adds to already amazing story"

    Of course, "Good Omens" is an easy choice for any shopper. If you haven't read it before or especially if you have, the audiobook is a pleasure to listen to!

    Once I heard Martin Jarvis reading in the character's voices, I can no longer imagine their voices any other way. Jarvis hits the nail on the head with Aziraphale's mild personality and Crowley's "flash bastard" attitude.

    My only problem is the lack of a distinct pause between scene changes. As the book does this often, I quickly got used to paying attention to the new scene. It would certainly not dissuade me from buying the audiobook.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 11-21-09
    Mike From Mesa Mesa, AZ 11-21-09 Member Since 2003

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    "At long last!!"

    I have had this book in print format since 1990 and have probably read it at least 15 times. It has always made me feel better when I was a little depressed and I have been waiting for it to come to Audible US even since I saw it on the British Audible website (www.audible.co.uk). It is a wonderfully funny book with much to say about what we call "the human condition" and I love it, but I feel I should warn potential readers that the humor is decidedly British. When my sister read this book her comment was that she thought it was trying to be funny, but she kept missing the point of the jokes. So while I strongly recommend this book, that recommendation is mostly aimed at those who understand and appreciate British humor.

    I have only one complaint about the way this book was read. Martin Jarvis should have paid more attention to those places in the book where line spacing was used to separate different threads of the story. Normally readers, when coming across those kind of breaks, supply their own silence to let listeners know that a different story thread is picking up, but Mr. Jarvis often runs directly from one thread to another without supplying any audio indication that the story line was changing. This is a minor point, but I found it annoying at times.

    With the above caveats I heartily recommend this book to any Neal Gaiman or Terry Pratchett readers!

    40 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Bill McAlister 01-16-10
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    "Fantastic book!"

    This was an absolutely amazing book. It's probably not for everyone, though. If you have very strong religious sensibilities, you may not think it's funny. If you didn't like Hitchhikers Guide or Life of Brian, you may not like it. If, however, you think Douglas Adams and Monty Python are a joy, then sit down and start listening. You'll be glad you did.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Kerry Granby, MA, United States 04-18-10
    Kerry Granby, MA, United States 04-18-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Beautifully done"

    I read this book in print form as a major fan of Terry Pratchett, and frankly only managed to get through it by trying to pick out the parts that Terry Pratchett wrote.

    Listening to this book, however, is a completely different experience. The narrator is fantastic, and the story just takes shape, gripping you with characters which just burst to life and set you laughing out loud, looking like a crazy person to everyone on the bus. This happens to me quite a lot, though, and if you can't take a joke by now, you're not worthy of this book.
    I fear I will never be such a Neil Gaiman fan as I am a Terry Pratchett fan, but I can say that Gaiman's books translate into audio far better than Terry Prachett's, and I highly recommend them.

    36 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Miami, FL 12-15-09
    Kelly Miami, FL 12-15-09 Member Since 2009

    An Avid Reader of Mystery, Zombies, History, Science and good stories. I live in Miami, FL and love every minute of it!

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    "Most Excellent"

    Part Ghost, Part Angel/Demon should Armaggedon occour or not...in a British light humor, it was my bedtime story , and I could not wait for each night , a wonderfullly narated story.
    I give it 5 stars of of 5 stars !

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 12-15-09
    Suzanne Iantorno Denver, CO, United States 12-15-09
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    "Get this audiobook!"

    This is without a doubt one of the best audiobooks I have ever purchased. I listen to about three audiobooks a month so I listen to a lot. This is a wonderfully written story, very funny and smart. The narrator is terrific. This is classic Neil Gaiman. Absolutely wonderful!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. Moore Houston, TX 11-26-09
    G. Moore Houston, TX 11-26-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyed very much"

    I really enjoyed this book - I love the dry English humor and snickered a lot, especially at the first. The only caveat I would add to my review is that it seemed to bog down a little at the end.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Roseville, MI, United States 11-20-09
    Benjamin Roseville, MI, United States 11-20-09 Member Since 2011

    History and Politics Professor at the American University of Iraq; lover of BBC Radio 4 comedies, Histories, and the occasional novel.

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    "Finally!"

    This has been one of my print favorites for a decade, and I don't know why it has taken so long to get to audio, but it's finally here! A great, hilarious, even thought provoking journey through the End Days. If you like Mssrs. Gaiman or Pratchett's other works, or Monty Python, Douglas Adams or British humor in general, pick it up! You won't be sorry.

    27 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Stewart Arcata, CA, USA 06-22-10
    Stewart Arcata, CA, USA 06-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Well worth listening"

    Classic story with a good reader.

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    Renee Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-18-10
    Renee Jacksonville, FL, United States 01-18-10
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    "Over the Top Fun!"

    The Narrator- Perfect!
    Story was so interesting with all of it's twists and so different. The characters were great fun. I would highly recommend this story. I've listened to it twice.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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