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Summary

The internationally beloved novel by dream literary collaborators and internationally bestselling writers, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Soon to be a massive new TV launch on Amazon Prime Video and the BBC, a series written and show-run by Neil himself and starring David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Jon Hamm and Miranda Richardson, to name but a few.

There is a hint of Armageddon in the air. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. 

So the Armies of Good and Evil are massing, the four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world's last two remaining witchfinders are getting ready to Fight the Good Fight. Atlantis is rising. Frogs are falling. Tempers are flaring, and everything appears to be going to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. They've lived amongst Humanity for millennia, and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle. So if Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the AntiChrist (which is a shame, really, as he's a nice kid). There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him.

©1990 Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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 'Marvellously benign, ridiculously inventive and gloriously funny' Guardian  

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Jarvis versus Briggs

To begin with, I want to clarify that I have been a big enthusiast of 'Good Omens' for many years and it is one of my all time favourite reads and listens. I did not think that anyone could exceed the performance of Stephen Briggs, bringing Pratchett's irony, humour and wit to live with a superb voice performance. So I was a bit dubious to try another version but being such a fan, I thought I give it a try and I must say that this one, although not quite to the same standard, has its merits too and especially the music and sound effects add to the performance, giving the reading a different touch of entertainment. I still prefer Briggs over Jarvis but I can equally enjoy this performance. It is a shame though that Briggs' version seems to be no longer available on Audible, although I am glad that I still have it as an alternative in my library.

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Top class storytelling!

Martin Jarvis is, beyond question, one of the greatest voice artists of our time. He could read out a tax return and leave you eager to hear more. Then add Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - two of the greatest storytellers of our time - and this was obviously going to be a winning combination. I thought this was just perfect.

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loved it!

Funny, intelligent and really enjoyable. The narrator did a great job with the different roles. Looking forward to Amazon's adaptation now

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Always loved the book

Perfect audiobook.

Narration had character and obviously a great story!

High quality and good character voices

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Gets better each time I listen

One of those books you can listen to repeatedly, it's comfortable but exciting, the humour is a constant undercurrent but doesn't get in the way of the story. Characters are well defined and narrated, and the worlds going to end right after teatime. Damien with a rueful smile.

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Perfect

An amazing story.
I wouldn't change a thing
I would recommend this to all
Martin Jarvis gets the narrative performance perfectly

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Fabulous

Amazing story, brilliant reading by Martin Jarvis, I fell in love with Crowley and Aziraphale in reading this before the joy of David Tennant and Micheal sheen graced the story with their wonderful acting. Truly the characters are fantastic!

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Loved it.

Love the narration. Loved the characters and loved the story. Made me laugh made me think and made me want more.
A fantastic collaboration between two creative imaginative writers and bought to life by a wonderful story teller.

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Absolutely AWFUL in comparison to the old version

I really, REALLY wanted to like this. I have officially listened to EVERY Good Omens audio adaptation (there are three), as well as seeing the new television show, and this is by far *the worst* out of all the adaptations ever made. It is passionless, read like the narrator is bored, the "characters" are very difficult to tell the difference between and are completely inappropriate, with children sounding like old men (Adam sound like he is fifty...) and ladies sounding like, well, like they're squeaking... The only good thing about this audio version is that it includes the Queen music. That is literally THE ONLY that I liked about this. Oh, and the sound quality compared to the original is awful, too. It utterly, utterly ruins the source material. I am shocked and appalled that the original complete and unabridged audiobook read by Steven Briggs has been removed from sale and replaced with this RUBBISH. If you want a good adaptation, hunt that one down on CD (that is the only way to get it now, from the look of things), or the BBC drama which is short but fun. AVOID THIS, though. It's awful. Seriously. It kills the source material, which I didn't think was possible...

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It's ok

I much prefer stephen briggs's version as i think the portals of the characters are much better.

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  • 07-05-19

Not the best version

You’ll find better audio versions of this book elsewhere (and apparently could find it here until recently), but this is currently the only one here, presumably because it’s the newest. Martin Jarvis reads well, but I disagree with some of his choices in characters’ voices.
I’ll return it as soon as the Stephen Briggs version becomes available again.

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  • 30-05-19

top class

Loved it ..awesome narration. One of the best story telling I have ever come across.

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  • 19-08-19

Just too long winded

Good story, but they could have cut 30% and it would have been a better book.

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  • Alice S
  • 18-07-19

What else can you do after you finish the Amazon mini series?

I watched the (mini) series but - obviously - needed more! Which is why I downloaded this audiobook :) It did the trick, although I believe the film version was better than the book (something that happens way too rarely). In any case, I enjoyed the audiobook and can recommend!

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  • M. Botha
  • 05-04-19

Even the 4th time round, this book is awesome

This is the only book I’ve ever read more than once.
I simply love the dark humour of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

Martin Jarvis did them proud . His narration is flawless.

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  • Martin
  • 26-11-21

Not for me

I expected something close to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In a way it is, but somehow it does not quite ring my bell.

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  • jonny wærdahl
  • 11-10-21

love it

love everything about this book, heard and read it several times.. read it.. :)

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 09-09-21

Decent and Entertaining.

"if you stopped tellin' people it's all sorted out after they're dead, they might try sorting it all out while they're alive."

Good Omens is an entertaining book with funky humour. It does not have a thrilling storyline or mind-bending plot, but The dialogues are sarcastic and funny. I had trouble understanding the religious references since I'm not a Christian; however, that did not stop me from enjoying the story. Yet, there are some boring sections along the way.

Martin Jarvis does a decent job with the narration. I prefer shorter chapters in audiobooks that will give me natural stopping points and help me keep up better with the storyline. In this sense, this book was not a great example. Most chapters are over an hour, and the Saturday chapter is 6 hours and 13 minutes. There are no indications between storylines, so it is easy to lose track.

In general, I thought this was a decent book to pass the time and have a few laughs. There are decent discussions about today's society and sarcastic comments. I will definitely watch the TV series as well.

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  • Clara Cruz Correia
  • 26-08-21

Great book and great narrator

Loved the book, the story is great. I have the paperback book and the narrator made it way more fun to go through instead of just reading. The narrative was almost exactly equal to the book, with some very small and rare exceptions.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 11-07-21

Excellent story, wonderful narration.

Fresh take on Armageddon! Well written and wonderfully executed, I'd recommend this book to any who enjoy a little super natural and imagination.