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)
Stephen Briggs does a great job narrating but i guess i just thought that Terry and Neil's powers combined would be greater. An enjoyable book, nonetheless.
i enjoyed this slightly but didnt really get into it. the whimsy is lacking somewhat compared to some of pratchetts other books that make you want to continue reading.
This is true gem of a book: dry English humor and a great cast of characters.
It's definitely a must read, although I personally found the end of the book felt rushed, with a forcefully increased pace, I wished this book would end the same way it started: with an intricate web of small and meaningful stories and anecdotes.
The narration is wonderful, although it felt a bit rushed, almost sped up. I listened to it at half speed and enjoyed it much more. The narrator is wonderful, with great intonation and different accents to accompany the characters' personalities, while always being clear.
I will forever be grateful to the incredible Sir Terry Pratchett for gifting the human race with his stories that are simultaneously farce and fable. Good Omens is surely the best tale of the End Of Days ever written, I love his realistic yet optimistic view of humans. Great fun!
I loved this book.
If you like Douglas Adams then this is for you.
Funny all the way through and the biblical references are brilliant.
Another wonderful Pratchett book. Stephen Briggs reads all of Terry Pratchett's works perfectly. a definite must read.
"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.
Here's a book that doesn't take itself too serious, and all for the better. The overall plot is easy enough to follow, but there were some minor twists and turns that left me scratching my head, wondering what exactly just happened. What I enjoyed most about the book is the light and sardonic tone it was written in, and the narrator captured it perfectly. I often had a big grin on my face throughout the book and I am sure I will enjoy it just as much when I read it again at some point in the future. Definitely recommended!
"Fun book with an excellent reader"
A great book that does not take itself at all seriously.
The reader does a brilliant job.
extremely funny, very well narrated. a complete pleasure to go through the book. a very a typical story of good vs. evil. or is there a good vs. evil?
"sentimental for this book :)"
A classic. Funny, intelligent, thought provoking and so charming. I'm especially sentimental about this book, even mote so now with the death of Pratchett.
"A perfect fantasy book."
Easily my favorite fictional book. Funny, easy to finish, with rewarding and rich characters and plot.
"Very nice and entertaining. Overall, really good."
I really liked it. The performance of the reader saves the story. Overall, pretty good.
So, if you've read either Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett, you will know they are absolutely briliant!
The humor of Sir Pratchett comes through so well!
Now, I haven't read much Gaiman, but I have heard he is a need-to-read author. And I will! Just need to finish some books first.
Stephen Briggs makes the characters very different with voices, tones, and character!
With the somewhat feminine tones of Crowley, the harsh Shaddwell, or, well, Death! (That's Death, with a capital D)
You recognice them so fast, and there is little need to think hard of it.
All in all, it's a great (audio)book! I've listened to it now 3 times, and read it once.
"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.
"It's the end of the world... but not as we know it"
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!
"Pratchett does Apocolypse . . ."
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 ;-)
"Laugh out Loud"
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.
"Laugh out loud funny"
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.
"Almost makes you believe"
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.
"Fave book with a decent Audiobook reading"
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.
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
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