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Good Omens - Audiobook Review

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by Fiona Davy (subscribe)
Freelance Writer, Tutor & Animal Advocate
Published September 26th 2019
Angels, demons, a hell-hound and an 11-year-old antichrist

"God does not play dice with the universe; He plays an ineffable game of His own devising…[a] 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."

Good Omens Book
Good Omens BBC Radio 4
You couldn't find a more accurate summation of the story behind Good Omens! It's a roller-coaster ride, blindfolded, with twists and turns you're not really expecting – but were hoping for.

Pratchett and Gaiman have created a comedic apocalyptic novel set in the last days of earth, on a world populated by demons and archangels, and an 11-year-old antichrist. With the four horsemen on the loose, a 17th century prophesies guiding every move and some very confused people witnessing Armageddon, Good Omens is a rollicking read.

"According to the Nice and Accurate Prophesies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact."

I discovered Good Omens as an audiobook I'd borrowed via the Libby app and Brisbane City Council Libraries. It was the BBC Radio Play produced in 2015, and I loved it. A huge fan of Terry Pratchett (Discworld), I was keen to check out some of his collaborations and Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Coraline) has an award-winning history behind him, so Good Omens was an obvious choice.

From the beginning, this story has you hooked. The characterisation is hilarious, the inevitable becomes less certain and tiny twists keep the reader on their toes. It shares the comedic elements of Patchett's writing with Gaiman's darker undertones, and together they create literary magic.
Naturally, I proceeded to watch the Amazon miniseries featuring David Tennant and Michael Sheen, and enjoyed it just as much.

The BBC radio play (the audio book) features some extended narratives and commentary between chapters, which are fun, but can distract a little from the storyline, especially, if like me, you take nice long drives to be able to listen for extended periods. The major advantage of an audio version, though, is the ability to listen anywhere, anytime.

Overall, Good Omens is a fabulous story, in whichever format you choose. Funny, irreverent, quirky and fast-paced, Pratchett and Gaiman had an authorial chemistry. If you have enjoyed offerings from either of these two authors before, you will love Good Omens.

Good Omens
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
BBC Audio 15 January 2015
Duration 4 hours

Also available:
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (1990) Hardcover & Paperback ISBN0-575-04800-X

Miniseries released on May 31, 2019, on Amazon Prime Video

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