Apr 18, 2017
Author: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Format: AudioBookPublication Date: November 10, 2009
Overall: Rating on 5
Source: Hoopla Library
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.
Good Omens laugh out loud funny, and the audiobook definitely got the perfect person to read this in Martin Jarvis, he does all of the characters exceptionally well, and his inflections make this book even funnier than it would be if you were reading it.
I loved Aziraphale and Crowley from the beginning, these two characters were just laugh out loud hilarious. As the book describes Aziraphale:
“Many people, meeting Aziraphale for the first time, formed three impressions: that he was English, that he was intelligent, and that he was gayer than a treeful of monkeys on nitrous oxide.”
“Crowley (An Angel who did not so much Fall as Saunter Vaguely Downwards)”
These two characters were great, both of them love humans and human things so much that they are willing to do things that are against both of their natures. Azirophale becomes less angelic, and Crowley becomes more good and somehow they are best friends which just makes for an awesome read.
The big mystery is ‘Where did the Anti-Christ get too?’ and watching both Heaven and Hell freak out is amusing. Most of what is so funny is just the commentary on the world. The book isn’t action packed, it is mostly a lot of set up, for big reveals at the end. However, the commentary on humans was so amusing, because it is SO TRUE.
“It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.”
“God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising, which might be compared, from the perspective of any of the other players [i.e. everybody], to being involved in an obscure and complex variant of poker in a pitch-dark room, with blank cards, for infinite stakes, with a Dealer who won’t tell you the rules, and who smiles all the time.”
Those are just some of the few gems that are found in this book, and it was so nice to be genuinely amused by a book. It has been so long that I forgot what that felt like, but I love a good comedy. This book does not disappoint in anyway, and I’m so so glad that I finally picked up this book 5 out of 5 stars.
**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**
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