Good Omens

Good Omens

Downloadable Audiobook - 2009
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The world is going to end next Saturday, but there are a few problems--the Antichrist has been misplaced, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride motorcycles, and the representatives from heaven and hell decide that they like the human race.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2009]
ISBN: 9780061967085
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gai
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file (12 hr., 33 min., 13 sec.)) : digital

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IndyPL_SteveB Dec 28, 2018

Friends have been telling me for years that this is one of the funniest books ever written—and I found out they were right. The audio book is a total delight. Martin Jarvis is considered one of England’s great voice actors and he is perfect for this book. There are about 2 dozen main characters and numerous bit roles, each sounding like a different actor. The comic timing is perfect. It’s a great road-trip book.

Armageddon is coming. The armies of Heaven and Hell are gathering. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have saddled up (on motorcycles, but still…). Yet there are complications. One Demon and one Angel, who have hung around earth since the beginning, really like modern life and think that blowing it all up seems just a bit extreme. The Demon started earthly existence as that snake providing temptation. He was called “Crawley” then, but thought that was unnecessarily insulting and changed it to “Crowley.” The Angel is Aziraphale, who used to guard Eden. He now runs a rare book store and goes drinking with Crowley.

Crowley was put in charge of the baby who is the son of Satan and fated to become the Antichrist -- except some bumbling Satanic nuns mess up the transfer and mix up the babies. Thereby hangs the plot, such as it is, with Crowley and Aziraphale desperately trying to stop Armageddon without getting in trouble with their Superiors.

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SolvayGirl
Jul 27, 2018

Gaiman rarely disappoints and his partnership with Pratchett was delightful. This was quite the romp and would make a delightful television series along the line of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

mintymermaid Jun 18, 2018

This book was truly amazing! Funny and terrifying at the same time. If you get a chance to read it, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook. Martin Jarvis did an exquisite narration of this thrilling tale. 😈 😇

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isaachar
Jun 05, 2018

After hearing about this book for years, I finally picked it up after hearing a BBC TV adaptation is being made with an all star cast. It's Gaiman and Pratchett at their best, in my opinion. I would add that the narrator did an excellent job with the various voices and characters. Aziraphale, Crowley, Addam and Shagwell in particular. He also did a great job conveying the dry humor in each of the characters. A lot of the technological references are a bit dated (the book was released in the early 90's), but there isn't anything in the book that even YA readers/listeners wouldn't be familiar with. If you haven't read this book, I strongly recommend checking it out.

LPL_ColtonS Feb 15, 2018

With the announce of an upcoming mini-series, this is a good call back! This novel by Pratchett and Gaiman brings a hilarious twist to the apocalypse, and accents this with a diverse cast of characters from Heaven, Hell, and Earth. This book provides a a glimpse into the lives of people tasked with either stopping the apocalypse, or, helping it along, but also addressing themes of Nature v Nurture, the power of choice, and endless benefits of a good dog.

movieangel Mar 21, 2017

Who knew the end of the world could be so entertaining? With humor and an unlikely cast of characters, this book is one of those that I just couldn't put down.

The voices used in the audio version are fantastic, but the use of voice throughout the book is one of the things that makes it so unique. The pairing of an angel and demon versus the Antichrist creates an interesting dynamic, and neither narrative is what you'd expect it to be. In many ways, it felt like a story from the show Supernatural - a fun ride that keeps you wanting to come back.

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ArtGirlSue
Aug 20, 2016

Loved the narration and was cracking up throughout the story. Great satire and easy listen. Highly recommend to Neil Gaiman and Pratchett fans.

JCLElaineB Jul 16, 2016

Funny, somewhat irreverent, cleverly written book about the machinations between the forces of good and evil prior to the end of the world. The reader for the audiobook is very good too!

MissRoslyn Feb 02, 2016

Not overly impressed with this one, though the vocal talent is rather lovely. It is an easy listen but I find it a little predictable and frustratingly teasing with an end that never seems to come.

It does have that charming wit to it that Pratchett and Gaiman tend to have.

mvkramer Nov 22, 2015

It's weird - given how much I love Gaiman and Pratchett's solo works - that I didn't like this book more. It's certainly funny, I'll give it that, but overall, there just isn't much to it. This wouldn't be a problem, except the story's trying to be deeper than it really is. Still, a decent read.

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