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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.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 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!

    45 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved the beginning but just peters out"
    Would you listen to Good Omens again? Why?

    I could listen to the first hour all over again. Very interesting and funny characters.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett ? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have American Gods by Neil Gaiman.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Jarvis – was your favorite?

    Anthony Crowley. He is so slyly hilarious.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The True Apocalypse


    Any additional comments?

    The beginning with the angels was so funny - just truly hilarious. I loved every minute of it. But then the story just kind of dies. It doesn't go anywhere.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. Moore 11-26-09
    G. Moore 11-26-09
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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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    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.

    37 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Bill McAlister 01-16-10 Member Since 2005
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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.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Melodie Greensboro, NC, United States 01-11-10
    Melodie Greensboro, NC, United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2003
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    "What a pair"

    If you like Neil Gaiman, and if you like Terry Pratchett, you're going to adore this book. What a great pairing of authors and a wonderful narrator. There is enough snarky humor in this little story to go around to the Brits and the Americans. It's well written, made me laugh out loud and I couldn't wait to get to it each day. If you don't enjoy British humor, you may not enjoy this book or understand the subtleties. However, anyone who can make you laugh at the Apocalypse and has the Four Horsemen on motorcycles is awesome in my opinion. Well done!! Thank you Mr.s Gaiman and Pratchett! Do another one please?

    15 of 18 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 33 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-09-12
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 09-09-12

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Caught slagging between Heaven & Hell."

    Cute, probably 3.5 stars, but not nearly as good as the hype. I liked both 'American Gods' and 'Neverwhere' a lot better. I guess that is the problem with joint projects, I'm not sure whether Pratchett or Gaiman should be praised or panned for this book. Yes, it was funny. Yes, it was irreverent too. It just wasn't great. Perhaps, its limitations were built into the core concept and blueprint of the book. Perhaps, it couldn't escape mediocrity because it was pulled in two different directions by two good authors and instead of ending in Heaven or Hell it just plopped right there in the middle.

    18 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas R. Pratt northern VA 08-27-10
    Douglas R. Pratt northern VA 08-27-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Outstanding performance"

    One of the best performances I've ever heard of one of my favorite books. The more you know about religions, mysticism and history, the funnier this book will be for you...a lot of the jokes are pretty "inside-baseball" and I found myself explaining them to friends and family. Nice to finally get some use out of my college degree in comparative religion. I would recommend this book to anyone, angel or demon or even human.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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