Thursday, May 30, 2019

#WyrdandWonder #AudiobookReview: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman And Terry Prachett

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Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Harper Audio
Release Date: November 10th, 2009
Format: Audiobook narrated by Martin Jarvis
My Rating: 
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The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Put New York Times best-selling authors Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett together...and all Hell breaks loose.
I'm a pretty big fan of Neil Gaiman, but this is actually my first book my Terry Pratchett. (I know, I know, I'll get there eventually). With the amazon adaptation coming, I was certainly interested in the source material, so I decided to try this one on audiobook.

As for the actual narration in this book it's really good. Martin Jarvis performs an amazing feat in this audiobook with his impressive range of character voices and dialects. I like when Neil Gaiman narrates his books, but Jarvis was really good at making all the characters in this book come alive.

This book is a really cool concept and I loved listening and figuring out Crowley and Aziraphale's relationship. They are like the ying and yang, the odd couple, black and white, but it's interesting that after all these years they kind of keep coming together. They were pretty cool, and I think I might have liked this book a little better is it focused more on just these two and their adventure in trying to stop the end of the world. 

I think where this book loses me a bit is just there are so many side characters and subplots, so I found it hard to keep up at times. The stuff with the Antichrist made sense to be included and Agnes Nutter's last living relative are key to the story, but there are a lot of other interludes that introduce characters that I just felt were so unnecessary to this overall story. Every time some one new was introduces, I just felt like I was wondering if I should care about them or not.
This book for me falls under that "it's fine" category, but I definitely do still want to try out more of Terry Pratchett after reading this one. 

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