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Publisher's Summary

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday.

Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture - having thoroughly enjoyed life on earth amongst the mortals.

If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist. There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him...

©1990 Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman; (P)2006 Isis Publishing Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Pratchett and Gaiman are the most hilariously sinister team since Jekyll and Hyde." (James Herbert)
"The Apocalypse has never been funnier." (Clive Barker)
"Wickedly funny" (Time Out)

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what a brilliant book!

A fantastic story! Imagine the end of the world in the hand of an 11 year old boy..
There are so many funny plots in here, it is a fast paced tale that keeps you smiling about the coming of the Doomsday, which is by the way Saturday. Next Saturday! All of the main characters are loveable and earnest. We have an not so angelic Archangel, an almost nice demon and the anti-christ called Adam, who loves his countryside hometown and life. Someone messed up the great master plan and misplaced the Anti-crist as a baby. The race is on the find him again. The horseman of the Apocalypse come on motorbikes (Hell's angels). It is a satire and parody and nothing escapes their wit. It shows that we humans do not need Heaven or Hell, we have it all inside us and make our lives miserable enough without any heavenly intervention. Lots of fun!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Yolandi
  • woodmead, South Africa
  • 10-01-10

Sooo Good!!

Not your typical Terry Pratchett book, but awesome. I loved the pace of the book and the characters, as they always are with Terry, is rich and colorful. This is my first introduction to Neil Gaiman's work and I love it.
Stephen Briggs is an amazing narrator.

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Wickedly funny!

My introduction to Terry Pratchett. A delightful read, reminiscent of Douglas Adams. Off to read more of his work..

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Very enjoyable

Here's a book that doesn't take itself too serious, and all for the better. The overall plot is easy enough to follow, but there were some minor twists and turns that left me scratching my head, wondering what exactly just happened. What I enjoyed most about the book is the light and sardonic tone it was written in, and the narrator captured it perfectly. I often had a big grin on my face throughout the book and I am sure I will enjoy it just as much when I read it again at some point in the future. Definitely recommended!

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Fun book with an excellent reader

A great book that does not take itself at all seriously.
The reader does a brilliant job.

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well narrated

extremely funny, very well narrated. a complete pleasure to go through the book. a very a typical story of good vs. evil. or is there a good vs. evil?

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sentimental for this book :)

A classic. Funny, intelligent, thought provoking and so charming. I'm especially sentimental about this book, even mote so now with the death of Pratchett.

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A perfect fantasy book.

Easily my favorite fictional book. Funny, easy to finish, with rewarding and rich characters and plot.

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Very nice and entertaining. Overall, really good.

I really liked it. The performance of the reader saves the story. Overall, pretty good.

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Absolutely fantastic

So, if you've read either Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett, you will know they are absolutely briliant!
The humor of Sir Pratchett comes through so well!

Now, I haven't read much Gaiman, but I have heard he is a need-to-read author. And I will! Just need to finish some books first.

Stephen Briggs makes the characters very different with voices, tones, and character!
With the somewhat feminine tones of Crowley, the harsh Shaddwell, or, well, Death! (That's Death, with a capital D)
You recognice them so fast, and there is little need to think hard of it.

All in all, it's a great (audio)book! I've listened to it now 3 times, and read it once.
5/5

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  • Wayne
  • 10-09-08

It's the end of the world... but not as we know it

Fantastic... one of my favourite books of all time and the one that introduced me to the genius that is Neil Gaiman. At times as laugh out loud funny as the best Pratchett and at others as dark as Gaiman gets. No doubt I will listen to this almost as many times as I've read it!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • 03-13-10

Laugh out Loud

I chose this book purely because I really enjoy Stephen Briggs' narration. I was not disappointed. The story was great fun. The story (which I don't want to spoil) briefly revolves around the swapping of a baby at the maternity hospital with the son of the Devil. This is messed up by the demon and the consequences of that are hysterical. There are quite a few characters in this book - all relevant to the plot and at times brief glimpses of other characters not so relevant but they tie in. I listened to it in the car on the way to work and must have got some strange looks as I laughed out loud at times! Stephen Briggs is brilliant as usual. I love the way he portrays the characters. His voice of DEATH is spot on. If you like Terry Pratchett you will not be disappointed. It is great.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Hayley
  • 12-20-09

Laugh out loud funny

Since reading it, I've bought this book as a gift for every book lover I know. Gaiman & Pratchett are excellent individually, but together, this is a work of genius. Hilarious to the point of laugh-out-loud funny - I wouldn't advise listening to it on a crowded train! Would recommend it, without hesistation, to anyone with a sense of humour.

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  • Alan
  • 11-13-08

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Great story, read it regularly (so much my copy is very battered now!) so to get it on Audible has been great.

One point was that the narrator didn't seem to be able to incorporate the story footnotes into the narration easily (just because the note was after that particular word in print doesn't mean it has to fit there when you actually read it out). Also, the introduction to the characters seemed to just be read as another page of the story, rather than an introduction.

But these are really minor points. Otherwise, it's a great story, and a really good listen.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 05-02-11

Still good

Having read this about 10 years ago I fancied listening to it. I've heard Stephen Briggs narrate before doing other Pratchett stuff and he is as good here as in them.

The story is a good intro into both Gaiman's and Pratchett's work (especially as there is so much Pratchett it can be quite daunting). It's a good idea and plot and an enjoyable journey through it.

I had to paint the entire set of fences in our garden over a weekend and this made the hours fly by!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs Lesley Sathuphap
  • 11-14-09

Absolutely brilliant

Loved this right from the start. It's the first Terry Pratchett book I've listened to - I hope others are as good.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. S. Hyams
  • 09-30-08

Almost makes you believe

Having read most of Pratchitts Disc World novels I thought I would give this a go.
Brilliant, good pace, plenty of that Pratchitt Eye view of our world and funny, even on occasion, laugh out loud funny.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 10-24-08

Fave book with a decent Audiobook reading

I've read this book every year since its release, so looked forward to hearing it in Audiobook format. For the most part it's great, however there were a few points where it seemed the reader didn't get the tone of dialogue (as it's always been 'heard' in my head) right. Just my personal interpretation though of course :)

Well worth getting if you enjoy Gaiman or Pratchett.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • 03-06-11

Pratchett does Apocolypse . . .

This is a Terry Pratchett spin on the Apocolypse... in other words: hilarious !!!
Warning: Whilst not offending, this is probably not for the relegious devout without a sense of humour ;-)

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Laura
  • 02-09-14

Humour of the book w/footnotes does NOT translate

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Nope. This is probably best read from a printed copy of a paper book. The efforts of the narrator were much appreciated and it was a stellar performance. However, much of the humour was lost. I can only give it three stars but cannot help suspecting that the reviewers on amazon.com from the printed version are correct and it is a good book if read from print.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

Buy a printed copy, don't get the audiobook on this occasion despite the convenience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Gray
  • 09-11-17

loved it.

great story by two great fantasy authors. It was funny, entertaining and thought provoking. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-17

cracker

the characters are still in my mind. the story telling was sublime. im looking for more like this.

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  • Joe
  • 06-07-17

Really well written and a fun story.

Reminded me of Douglas Adams. Wasn't really what I had in mind when I purchased it but it kept me engaged until the end.

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  • Aimee Mathes
  • 06-03-17

loved it!!!

I love the story and the performance is excellent! Have listened to it a couple of times already. I highly recommend it!

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  • Robert Williams
  • 11-08-17

Two are better than one

It's true! Two are better than one. The combined talents or Pratchett and Gaiman shine through.

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  • Pam
  • 10-17-17

Why have I never read this before??

oh my god, this book is so fantastically funny!!!!
A completely original account of the apocalypse, I love the new take on the four horesman... and the fact that pestilence quite so funny.

I have recently read/listened to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the galaxy & this book definitely follows in the same style of occasionally non-sensicle humour. love it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

Expect nothing less than amazing

Take it with a grain of salt, as my biased for both Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett might impinge on my ability to give this an objective review, but this book, like many others from both of these wonderful writers, is amazing.

Each author has a distinct voice throughout, but combined, do an exceptional job of world building and character creation.

It's fun, solemn, exciting and thoughtful all at once.

I don't want to spoil it in any way so I'll just say, read/ listen to this- it is great.

The narrator is consistent throughout with character voices and accents. He does a great job bringing this novel to life.

All in all 5 stars, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Rachael
  • 10-01-17

listened to repeatedly and still laugh out loud

Listened to repeatedly and still laugh out loud. Love Terry Pratchett and all his work.

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  • Marcos
  • 06-06-17

Can't find the narration fun.

I've read this book about 3 times already, and the passages I like most are always fun. I don't know why I cannot find them funny while listening. Maybe it's the rhythm. Stephen Briggs has a very clear voice, the accent is not only well coloured but necessary. But I can't see Terry Pratchett punchlines as well as when I'm reading it.

Sorry, I want to hear this until the end, but it is killing my love for this tale. I heard enough.

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  • Tessa
  • 03-24-17

Happy listener

Exceptionally witty book. Wonderful performance by the reader. Enjoyed this immensely. Would definitely recommend it.