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Good Omens

Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (29,604 ratings)

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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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  • FernT
  • Mt Rainier, MD, United States
  • 09-27-11

Satisfyingly Hilarious

The best of two worlds - Pratchett and Gaiman - combine smoothly to form a seamlessly great story. Very enjoyable, start to finish. You will laugh out loud so many times, it should be required reading/listening for sad people. And they aren't cheap laughs - the social commentary and observations on human nature leave you satisfied and shaking your head with their cleverness.

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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!

240 of 249 people found this review helpful

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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!

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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.

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  • Y
  • 06-14-11

Hilarious twist to the apocalypse

This was the perfect combination of Terry Pratchett's side-splitting humour and imagination with Neil Gaiman's dark. Though I believe the crowning touch was Martin Jarvis' narration. I enjoyed it immensely more with his narration, great job!!! If you haven't read the book yet I recommend you try this audiobook first.

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Hillarious!

I've read this book a few times,but as a trucker need something to help focus and stay awake on looong night time drives. This book fit the bill perfectly...well almost, Martin Jarvis does a wonderfull job giving the characters life but I didn't like Adams voice,he sounded kinda snooty,not how I heard it in my head at all. Otherwise this book is laugh out loud funny and a nice moral tale with an out of control tailspin.Loved it

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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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As good as ever!

Would you listen to Good Omens again? Why?

Hilarious story, told beautifully. Each character is well-realized, and this was so much fun to listen to.

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Read this one instead

I wish I would’ve read this book instead of listening to it. It gets a bit slow at some points so it would have been nice to read it at my own, faster pace. It also gets a bit too fast at some points and gives you a lot of details (so much so that I would rewind to listen again). My main problem with this audiobook, however, is the way this voice actor does female voices. In particular, the voice of war. This book doesn’t pass the bechdel test insofar have I listened, and it’s further frustrating to me that they hired a voice actor who does female voices in a horrifically bad way. Seriously, which editor listened to this man do that voice and said “that’ll do just fine”??!! Be warned: this one should be read instead of listened to.

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Wish I could be more positive!

I must have missed something here. Most all reviews and ratings of this book are fantastic. I don't get it! It was supposedly hysterical..... The author put so much into this book and I feel bad to say that it did nothing for me. "laugh out loud".... not at all for me. I finished this book because I made myself. I feel bad giving it a thumbs down, but that's the way it is!

The voices and accents in the audio version are fantastic and are what got me through.

My rating and review are very much in the minority. I wish I knew why!

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