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
"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)
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!
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 ;-)
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.
Terry writes a great book. I love to read Pratchett to give me a break between more serious noves and he never fails to disappoint. As ususal this book is filled with Pratchett humour and as the worlds heads towards disaster it appears the devil has got his way. As usual well crafted with a sting in the tale
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.
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.
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!
Loved this right from the start. It's the first Terry Pratchett book I've listened to - I hope others are as good.
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.
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.
"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!!!
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.
"British humour at its best!"
This is really my cup of tea. I just love this intelligent, stiff-upper-lip sense of humour that both Gaiman and Pratchett are so good at! I really had to concentrate for not laughing out aloud sometimes when I was listening to it on the bus, or in other places where uncontrolled laughter would not have been appreciated.
There are many good scenes, but the birth of the Antichrist is very special indeed!
The ending, and the friendship between the angel and the demon.
The reading performace was a bit uneven, in my opinion. He was brilliant at times, but sometimes he read so quickly that it sounded almost slurring.
"Brilliant story, Okay Narration"
Good Omens is one of my favourite books of all time, written by two of my favourite authors. Story is hilarious and excellent. The Narration by Stephen Briggs is a little lacking at times as his voice to me sounds a bit boring, his voices are ok but there are much better narrators out there than him.
"Oh My God"
*Skviiiiiiiii* I love this book. I think I am going to do my paper on this one to. I have then don one on the Hogfather for my Filosofi and got an A and this in English. I love the way Neil Gaiman wrights and Terry Pratchett is rapidly becoming my favourite author.
Stephen Briggs reads many of the Discworld books and it is a pleasant way to hear the books. When he do change his voice to the character it fits them, he also dos accents, but that is after the description in the books.
Now the book is a masterpice and should be loved and read by the world. I hope that you will love this book as much as me.
"The Confusing and Entertain End of the World"
Only because the narration by Stephen Briggs is so great. A great improvement over the original(?) audio version from years back.
The moment that the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan and Lord of Darkness is given his companion.
Any scene featuring Crowley or Aziraphael.
It made me think a lot about the morality of religion, the intent of a (potential, but completely unlikely) god and about the meaning of "the apocalypse".
I am so glad that I chose to get the audio book as I was struggling with the printed version. Since I do not read a lot of fantasy, listening to Stephen Briggs I found that he gave each character a personality what my mind could not conjure. The story was well thought out, well constructed and each characters had a purpose. Funny, funny funny. I guffawed for at least 7 of the 10 hours of the book. Another one please:)
Already have, and will continue to do so! I've read the paperback 10 times or more, and Briggs reads it perfectly.
Don't know, I was laughing the whole time.
There's a particular type of TV programme for young children that consists of adults dressed in bright colours prancing about and making loud, silly noises in the assumption that three year olds will find this funny. If I was three years old I think I'd say to myself, "They're patronising me". This is the adult version. There's more to humour than making silly associations. I like Neil Gaiman's books which is why I tried this but his co-author was clearly in the wrong profession. The narrator, perhaps embarrassed about the shite he's reading and keen to get it over and done with, speaks as if he's in a speed reading contest. It doesn't help. It's still shite.
Terry Pratchett's contribution.
Neil Gaiman should have written it by himself and also narrated it.
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