Good Omens

Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (441 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, Terry Pratchett (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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Not the best version

You’ll find better audio versions of this book elsewhere (and apparently could find it here until recently), but this is currently the only one here, presumably because it’s the newest. Martin Jarvis reads well, but I disagree with some of his choices in characters’ voices.
I’ll return it as soon as the Stephen Briggs version becomes available again.

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top class

Loved it ..awesome narration. One of the best story telling I have ever come across.

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Just too long winded

Good story, but they could have cut 30% and it would have been a better book.

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What else can you do after you finish the Amazon mini series?

I watched the (mini) series but - obviously - needed more! Which is why I downloaded this audiobook :) It did the trick, although I believe the film version was better than the book (something that happens way too rarely). In any case, I enjoyed the audiobook and can recommend!

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Even the 4th time round, this book is awesome

This is the only book I’ve ever read more than once.
I simply love the dark humour of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Martin Jarvis did them proud . His narration is flawless.

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Loved every second of it.

Jarvis did a marvellously especially with the impersonation of David Tennant's performance in the show.

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Witty fun

Very fun, smart humor and easy to listen to. The mini series is incredibly faithful to the book.

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Great overall

Loved the story and nice voice performance also from the story teller. One of the most enjoyable books on audible so far.

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Great introduction to Pratchett!

Narrator does an excellent job of incarnating the ineffably joyous world of Pratchett and Gaiman.

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Book owns

Id thought the TV series (which I watch 2 times before book) was very accurate. I still think, but twice the amount of fun in book, as well as some of special effects was ofcourse made for TV. God (has?) forbid the possibility that any TV or movie ending make people actually have to imagine what will happen. Example "Sopranos"...

Anyway, well worth time even if seen TV serie

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  • Rebecca
  • 02-02-19

Top class storytelling!

Martin Jarvis is, beyond question, one of the greatest voice artists of our time. He could read out a tax return and leave you eager to hear more. Then add Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - two of the greatest storytellers of our time - and this was obviously going to be a winning combination. I thought this was just perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-19

loved it!

Funny, intelligent and really enjoyable. The narrator did a great job with the different roles. Looking forward to Amazon's adaptation now

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-19

Always loved the book

Perfect audiobook.

Narration had character and obviously a great story!

High quality and good character voices

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  • Jonathan
  • 04-06-19

Gets better each time I listen

One of those books you can listen to repeatedly, it's comfortable but exciting, the humour is a constant undercurrent but doesn't get in the way of the story. Characters are well defined and narrated, and the worlds going to end right after teatime. Damien with a rueful smile.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-19

Loved it.

Love the narration. Loved the characters and loved the story. Made me laugh made me think and made me want more.
A fantastic collaboration between two creative imaginative writers and bought to life by a wonderful story teller.

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  • Pandorarising
  • 08-12-19

Jarvis versus Briggs

To begin with, I want to clarify that I have been a big enthusiast of 'Good Omens' for many years and it is one of my all time favourite reads and listens. I did not think that anyone could exceed the performance of Stephen Briggs, bringing Pratchett's irony, humour and wit to live with a superb voice performance. So I was a bit dubious to try another version but being such a fan, I thought I give it a try and I must say that this one, although not quite to the same standard, has its merits too and especially the music and sound effects add to the performance, giving the reading a different touch of entertainment. I still prefer Briggs over Jarvis but I can equally enjoy this performance. It is a shame though that Briggs' version seems to be no longer available on Audible, although I am glad that I still have it as an alternative in my library.

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  • cabby
  • 08-04-19

Perfect

An amazing story.
I wouldn't change a thing
I would recommend this to all
Martin Jarvis gets the narrative performance perfectly

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  • Jasmine
  • 07-24-19

Fabulous

Amazing story, brilliant reading by Martin Jarvis, I fell in love with Crowley and Aziraphale in reading this before the joy of David Tennant and Micheal sheen graced the story with their wonderful acting. Truly the characters are fantastic!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

It's ok

I much prefer stephen briggs's version as i think the portals of the characters are much better.

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  • Miss I. Adams
  • 06-02-19

Absolutely AWFUL in comparison to the old version

I really, REALLY wanted to like this. I have officially listened to EVERY Good Omens audio adaptation (there are three), as well as seeing the new television show, and this is by far *the worst* out of all the adaptations ever made. It is passionless, read like the narrator is bored, the "characters" are very difficult to tell the difference between and are completely inappropriate, with children sounding like old men (Adam sound like he is fifty...) and ladies sounding like, well, like they're squeaking... The only good thing about this audio version is that it includes the Queen music. That is literally THE ONLY that I liked about this. Oh, and the sound quality compared to the original is awful, too. It utterly, utterly ruins the source material. I am shocked and appalled that the original complete and unabridged audiobook read by Steven Briggs has been removed from sale and replaced with this RUBBISH. If you want a good adaptation, hunt that one down on CD (that is the only way to get it now, from the look of things), or the BBC drama which is short but fun. AVOID THIS, though. It's awful. Seriously. It kills the source material, which I didn't think was possible...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-19

Amazing Story!

Well worth the listen and been a fan of Terry for years!! Could easily tell his influence throughout the book, can't wait for the movie!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-25-19

Amazing.

Amaaaaazing. This book is fantastic. It flows terrifically and refuses to be boring at any point, any page.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

better off reading it

good story but the audio book changes scenes without the break in the page to help you know and it can be a bit confusing keeping up... would highly suggest to read this over listen

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  • Bondfan1972
  • 02-24-19

Fantastic performance of a fantastic fantasy novel

The book itself itself is wonderful, although it is an acquired taste. At first I wasn’t all that thrilled with the narrator, but he soon grew on me, and I now think he was the perfect narrator.

In fact I relistened to the first chapter and I now think he was amazing.

Ultimately I would absolutely recommend this book. It’s amazing!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-13-20

omg!

I haven't had so many laughs for a long time. fabulous narration, very Monty Python. loved it!

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  • Ainslie Jones
  • 02-22-20

Fun mayhem

Loved this book. The narration was really fun to follow even when the story itself went a little off the rails.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-20

Really Funny

This book was really, really funny. It was a combination of absurdist humour and dry wit which I typically enjoy and it had me snorting when I was listening to it in the car.
Crowley and Azirapheal were my favourite characters (of course), I just wish we actually got to spend more time with them through the entire book.
The beginning and end were great, but I was starting to get a little bored through the middle section. I was interested in Adam and Anathema, I just don’t think their storylines were interesting enough to fill out the amount of page time they got. I also had a bit of a difference between expectations and reality that took me a while to adjust to.
Other than this, I really enjoyed this book. The plot was funny and interesting and the ending really picked up the pace, although I do understand why some people think it’s anticlimactic.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and will continue my mission to read all of Gaiman’s works (I might even have to add Pratchett to the list).

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  • Teapotwithabook
  • 01-07-20

Ineffably Hilarious and Devilishly clever!

A laugh out loud commentary on society that you instantly want to share with your friends. A perfect mix of fiction and intelligent apocalyptic banter that delivered everything I had hoped for in a Pratchett/Gaiman love child. My only disappointment is not discovering it earlier!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-18-19

Marvellous narration with plenty to chuckle about!

Hilarious and masterful narration and voice acting! Story had a tendency to meander a bit, but ultimately was a lighthearted and enjoyable listen!

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  • Barry
  • 11-10-19

Highly recommended

Ok, so never read anything by these authors before (shocking, I know right). I watched the show and thought might be ok, might be worth a try. OMG, so loved this. I am a big Douglas Adams fan and this reminded me so much of him. The narrator does a great job of bringing this to life. Clever and funny, definitely going to go back for a relisten.

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