Good Omens

Good Omens

The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

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Winner of the Audiophile Magazine Earphones Award.

The classic collaboration from the internationally bestselling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, soon to be an original series starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.

"Good Omens . . . is something like what would have happened if Thomas Pynchon, Tom Robbins and Don DeLillo had collaborated. Lots of literary inventiveness in the plotting and chunks of very good writing and characterization. It's a wow. It would make one hell of a movie. Or a heavenly one. Take your pick."—Washington Post
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.

So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.

And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .


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WCL_Rosie Jan 23, 2020

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - what a magnificent pairing of authors. This book is hilarious and ridiculous, and after reading it, I am definitely planning on watching the TV mini-series that was just released. The narrator for the audiobook version brings that great British wit to life.

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bezoarbezoarbezoar
Aug 19, 2019

Another case of "I should not have read all the reviews". I enjoyed this book but it just didn't live up to the hype. I originally wanted to read this so I could watch the show and understand what everyone on tumblr was obsessing over. Maybe part of what was off-putting was how the narrator for the aduiobook purposefully used a deeper and adult voice for Adam, who is only supposed to be 11. It kind of took away from the whole point of the fate of the universe being in the hands of a pre-teen.

Don't get me wrong, I laughed and my 12 years of christian school paid off - I got the references and felt smart. But I don't think you need that level of understanding in order to appreciate what's going on here. The broader philosophical tones aren't locked in to any particular faith or religion. I probably would have loved this book a lot more in high school. The show is good though!

IndyPL_SteveB Apr 24, 2019

One of the funniest books ever written and a wonderful audio book read by the great Martin Jarvis.

Armageddon is coming. The armies of Heaven and Hell are gathering. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have saddled up (on motorcycles, but still…). Yet there are complications. One Demon and one Angel, who have hung around earth since the beginning, really like modern life and think that blowing it all up seems just a bit extreme. The Demon started earthly existence as that snake providing temptation. He was called “Crawley” then, but thought that was unnecessarily insulting and changed it to “Crowley.” The Angel is Aziraphale, who used to guard Eden. He now runs a rare book store and goes drinking with Crowley.

Crowley was put in charge of the baby who is the son of Satan and fated to become the Antichrist -- except some bumbling Satanic nuns mess up the transfer and mix up the babies. Thereby hangs the plot, such as it is, with Crowley and Aziraphale desperately trying to stop Armageddon without getting in trouble with their Superiors. The big laughs come in the tangents as the authors go after highway architects, phone salespeople, occultists, busybody neighbors, snooty English tourists, arrogant American politicians, television product hustlers, television religion hustlers, and dozens more.

Listen to it somewhere where it’s okay to laugh aloud.

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 28, 2018

Friends have been telling me for years that this is one of the funniest books ever written—and I found out they were right. The audio book is a total delight. Martin Jarvis is considered one of England’s great voice actors and he is perfect for this book. There are about 2 dozen main characters and numerous bit roles, each sounding like a different actor. The comic timing is perfect. It’s a great road-trip book.

Armageddon is coming. The armies of Heaven and Hell are gathering. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have saddled up (on motorcycles, but still…). Yet there are complications. One Demon and one Angel, who have hung around earth since the beginning, really like modern life and think that blowing it all up seems just a bit extreme. The Demon started earthly existence as that snake providing temptation. He was called “Crawley” then, but thought that was unnecessarily insulting and changed it to “Crowley.” The Angel is Aziraphale, who used to guard Eden. He now runs a rare book store and goes drinking with Crowley.

Crowley was put in charge of the baby who is the son of Satan and fated to become the Antichrist -- except some bumbling Satanic nuns mess up the transfer and mix up the babies. Thereby hangs the plot, such as it is, with Crowley and Aziraphale desperately trying to stop Armageddon without getting in trouble with their Superiors.

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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_SageS 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.

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