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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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.

49 of 60 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

The narration performance was very well done. However, the story is disjointed and meandering. I wanted to like this book but I am disappointed now that I have completed it.

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  • Ryan
  • Bel Air, Maryland, USA
  • 02-14-17

meh

I've tried to listen to his twice, it is so slow BC there are so many nonsensical sidebars, nothing happens.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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mediocre

while it had a few funny parts, i was mostly waited for it to end.

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Neil you let me down

Well even good authors write bad books. The worst book I've read by a usually humorous and clever writer. Skip this one

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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expectations dashed

I really wanted to like this. I think I may have had such high expectations that the book just couldn't reach them.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent narration

The book holds up almost 20 years later, and Martin Jarvis does a fantastic job breathing life into all the characters.

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You'll laugh yourself silly

My husband asked me for a brief description of "Good Omens". My answer: This book is what would have happened if Douglas Adams had written Rosemary's Baby. The end times are coming, and the angel Aziriphale and the demon Crowley aren't happy about it. So they try to find and stop the 11-year-old antichrist, but find out that he was misplaced (and turned into a nice kid). Along the way, we meet Satanic nuns, a bicycle-riding witch, a hellhound who's actually a nice doggie, and the four horsemen of the apocalypse re-imagined as a biker gang. Too much fun!

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 10-20-12

Not twice as good but not half bad

A combination like Pratchett and Gaiman, both brilliant in their own right (write?), is an exciting prospect so I was really looking forward to listening to Good Omens. I chose to do it on a grueling drive from Louisville to Seattle so I could press on through it with few interruptions.

I have to admit that I was initially a bit disappointed. I found the first half of the book too "clever" by half and somewhat overwritten. Not surprising, perhaps, with two brilliant, creative minds pouring material into the same hopper. Given the doomsday theme and some stylistic parallels, it sometimes seemed that Douglas Adams might have come back to contribute as well.

Gradually the whole jumble began to take a more manageable form, however, and by the end I was delighting in the joyful momentum of the book and the coalescing wisdom which is typical of both authors when they work independently. I would not say reading their joint effort was twice as good, but it sure wasn't half bad.

And best of all was Martin Jarvis's inspired reading!

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  • Sparkly
  • SF, CA, United States
  • 03-22-16

So Twisted and Delightful!

This was extremely entertaining. I may be one of the few who have read nothing else by either Pratchett or Gaiman, but I love satire and especially religious satire. This was a lovely, hilarious scenario of the arrival of the Anti-Christ, in a contemporary, average, small town in England. Without restating the synopsis, I would just like to recommend it highly for the attention to detail, the interpretative creativity of Biblical events and personages, and the ideology of humanity that emerges behind it. It is as funny as Monty Python, certainly, but also somewhat deeper - tender and serious at times as well. Great narration, especially of several of the scarier Horsepeople of the Apocalypse. I recently re-listened, and it is just as good the second time. As a matter of fact, I probably picked up some nuances I missed the first time through.

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