Good Omens

Good Omens

Streaming Audiobook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780061967078
0061967076
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (12hr., 33 min.)) : digital.

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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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cesmomma
Dec 01, 2014

I'm much more a fan of Pratchett than Gaiman (though he did pen 1 of my all-time favorite Doctor Who episodes --«The Doctor's Wife» series 6).
Having said that, I must say it's not Pratchett's best, but seems more heavily influence of Gaiman anyway.
Story has the same irreverent humor stylizations of famous English works like Monty Python, but falls short of the cerebral humor I've come to expect from Pratchett.
Character development is good, with consistant interaction between characters in humorous ways.
Probably not a good choice for those who take religious beliefs seriously as the story repeatedly pokes fun and, at times, heavily mocks views of religions of many beliefs - though Christian institutions, present and past, seem to be the favored targets (unsurprising given setting of story).
Hilarious repeated references to pop culture's «common knowledge» being based on iconic movies and indescriminate discernment of reliability of sources rather than actual knowledge of subject matter. (I'm unsure whether this is meant to be a rebuke to societal illiteracy and seeming lack of critical thinking skills, but serves as one nonetheless.)

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