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Good Omens Radio/TV Program

Good Omens: The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation Audiobook

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Publisher's Summary

Neil Gaiman was the WINNER of the BBC Audio Drama Award 2015 for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes.

According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse - War, Famine, Pollution and Death - are assembling. Witchfinder Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor’s cryptic predictions.

Atlantis is rising; fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything, that is, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they’ve got to find and kill the one who will bring it about: the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…

Adapted, sound designed and co-directed by Dirk Maggs (Neverwhere, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) this first ever dramatisation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel features a large cast including Peter Serafinowicz, Mark Heap, Josie Lawrence and Paterson Joseph.

©2015 BBC Worldwide (P)2015 BBC Worldwide

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    KES Halstead Preston, UK 28/08/2017
    KES Halstead Preston, UK 28/08/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Great performance from the whole cast"

    Really good performance from the whole cast. Would recommend to anyone; funny and well written.

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    Anonymous 24/08/2017
    24/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing!"

    I loved it! Heard it on radio 4 before but was even better this time around. Great from start to finish!

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    Amazon Customer 22/08/2017
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    "A Gaiman/Pratchett classic "
    Where does Good Omens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is such a funny audiobook to listen to. Nothing before or since has garnered my attention more. I found myself laughing aloud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Good Omens?

    The coming together of the story with all the characters interacting.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The scene where Crowley is driving his flaming car along the motorway


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes definitely. Such an incredible listen


    Any additional comments?

    Just listen to it. You'll know I mean!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 25/07/2017
    Andrew 25/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "An entertaining performance"

    A really terrific performance from the cast. The story does feel a little diluted as it has been reduced for radio but very enjoyable!

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    Alex 20/07/2017
    Alex 20/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    great performances and a great version of a great book. one of the best audioplays I've heard.

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  • Mr Benn
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    03/02/15
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    "An adaption of one of my all time favorite books"

    This is a tricky thing to review. I love the story & have read it many many times & I know the details inside out & back to front.

    The cast are stellar & the performances are excellent but as a fan of the original I found the adaption quite irksome in places.

    In the original, the book has a voice of it's own (almost) with foot notes and asides. these are dropped entirely from the adaption with some of the text clumsily shoe-horned in to characters dialogue or as additional exposition. This for some reason grated with me, every time.

    Personally, I felt that an adaption might have worked better with a 'narrator' for the book, or at least for the footnotes but perhaps they feared it would make it more like Hitchhiker's Guide.

    Either way it's an excellent audiobook worthy of your time, but fans of the original may find some of the changes a little jarring. New listeners will enjoy every second of it.

    24 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Griffith
    15/04/15
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    "Listen to the audiobook, not the adaptation"

    This adaptation loses a lot of the wit and charm of the book. Many of the clever lines of narrative and action sequences are described aloud by the characters, lending an air of contrivance and breaking my suspension of disbelief over its knee.
    While the cast themselves did nothing wrong, this is a piece of fiction that sounds more like an underfunded radio hour than a 'nice and accurate narrative of events leading to the apocalypse'.
    As a fan of the book and Dirk Maggs (whose adaptations of 'Neverwhere' and the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy I quite enjoyed), I am disappointed with the quality of this adaptation. Don't waste your money on this, and listen to the audiobook instead if you want a audio narration of 'Good Omens'

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • C. Bettencourt
    San Jose, CA USA
    21/01/15
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    Wonderful cast reading voices are perfectly cast!!! If you have already read good omen you will still love it!!!
    If this is your first time hearing it you will be easy for you to pick up the story line!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan J Robertson
    16/03/15
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    "Brilliant"

    I love the book and this is not a replacement for the real thing but it is a brilliantly done radio adaptation and the cast does a wonderful job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Fariss
    Mount Horeb, WI United States
    29/01/15
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    "Good Omens is Great!"

    Fabulous casting, wonderful voices & characterizations. Well done!
    Newt & Anathema should have their own sequel. Jolly good Pratchett & Gaiman adaptation. Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jayson
    24/01/15
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    "One of my favorite books, brought to life..."

    A few months ago I downloaded the copy of Neverwhere done in radio dramatization by the BBC and was sadly very dissapointed in its performance. A much loved story, I was easily lost with what was happening even though I have tead it many times. This production on the other hand, was fantastic. Well adapted to the radio audience and wonderfully performed. I would love to hear some of Pratchett's plays or short stories done like this was. Excellent purchase. Wish there was a sequel, or wven if the movie finally took off!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jp
    Boston
    04/02/15
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    "A real audio play rather than a reading"

    And that puts it in a whole different place. It was fantastic.
    I recommend this highly and hope you like it as well.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eric Murphy
    Vancouver, Wa
    01/04/15
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    "Great adaptation!"

    I adore Mark Heap and company. It's a fun listen. I'd recommend the book first as it has the hilarious prose of Pratchett and Gaiman, but this adaptation is solid. If you've read the book you'll enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Meryl Krieger
    Bloomington, IN
    29/03/15
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    "well done"

    I've been a fan of Good Omens for many years and am glad to have such a great performance of this book.. My only complaint (if there can be one) is on the picky point of how to translate the footnotes into dialogue. I think the adaptors made a valiant effort here but they either might have done either a lot more or just left them out entirely. This is my only complaint though - the performances match what I've always heard in my head, even Adam and the Them. Well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jeffrey
    Ankeny, IA, United States
    25/03/15
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    "Good all on its own."

    I listened to the radio adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, then read the book. The radio drama was fun and then the book added so many more details. I did Good Omens in the other order. If you listen to this first or on its own you will really like it. However if you have read the book you will feel that something is missing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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