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Good Omens Audiobook

Good Omens

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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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    Ione Lebanon, TN, United States 11-02-10
    Ione Lebanon, TN, United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"

    I just finished this book, and I'm happy to say that I loved every minute of it. I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman, which was a deciding factor for me to buy this. I like Terry Pratchett as well, but his books are too over-the-top silly for me to really care about. Fortunately, this book creates a perfect balance between the two. It is silly, sweet, thoughtful, engrossing, and touching all at the same time. You couldn't make it much better if you tried. Oh, and the narrator also does a great job of creating the characters. As someone else mentioned in a different review, the narrator really should have left more space between the different sections -- but this is a minor quibble. If you enjoy either of these two authors, you'll love this book!

    3 of 3 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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    David Houston, TX, United States 10-20-12
    David Houston, TX, United States 10-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "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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    Jerry 04-21-17
    Jerry 04-21-17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Bel Air, Maryland, USA 02-14-17
    Ryan Bel Air, Maryland, USA 02-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "meh"

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

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    corey morton 02-11-17 Member Since 2008
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    "mediocre"

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

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    Edvardt E. Bedrosian 02-05-17 Member Since 2016
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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

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    Kindle Customer Houston, TX United States 12-07-16
    Kindle Customer Houston, TX United States 12-07-16 Member Since 2017
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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.

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    Kimberly Colley Lexington, KY USA 11-04-16
    Kimberly Colley Lexington, KY USA 11-04-16 Member Since 2013
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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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    Sparkly SF, CA, United States 03-22-16
    Sparkly SF, CA, United States 03-22-16 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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