- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 4 hours and 19 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Original recording
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide
- Audible.com Release Date: January 15, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S999ED8
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Good Omens: The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation Audiobook – Original recording
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PS: at this time, the formatting for the Kindle edition has some problems. A good portion of the letter x (usually in titles) has been replaced with asterisks. Also, the formatting of Agnes Nutter's prophesies is so bad that they're essentially unreadable. Hopefully, someday, the publisher will fix this. I'm not holding these Kindle formatting problems against the book. I'm just mentioning them.
Good Omens is the tale of the apocalypse, brought on by the antichrist. There are a lot of characters in the book, but the main ones are the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley. The two have been stationed by their respective sides on earth, keeping an eye on things and working for the eventual victory of their side. They do little things here and there to win souls for either heaven or hell. They have both been on earth since the beginning of humanity and have grown rather fond of both the earth and the humans who populate it. Neither is very excited about the idea of the apocalypse coming along to destroy it all.
I'm sure that people who have been fans of the book for a long time already have realized the similarities between Crowley in Good Omens and Crowley from the TV series Supernatural. As this was my first read of the book, it was a pleasant little surprise for me.
I mostly read this as a kindle book, but I have also listened to the audiobook of the first half. I have to say, the audiobook is pretty spectacular. Of course, I keep hearing the reader's voice as I am reading the normal ebook to myself but that isn't really a bad thing.
If you've never read Neil Gaiman, this is a good jumping in point, it's funny and has great characters. The Four Horsemen were some of my favorites.
The story unfolds with the often dry-witted humor you would expect from these great authors. As we find out early on even Satan worshipers aren't always good with details, Demons don't play well with each other and that humans blame the Devil for things that are actually thought up by humans, while missing actual demon caused phenomena such as dropped calls.
Without giving away any (really) significant plot details (and that's really hard for me to accept), I expected more from the conclusion. We have the Anti-christ, the armies of Heaven, the hordes of Hell, the riders of the Apocalypse, the Metatron, Beelzebub, a witch, witch hunters, computer viruses, and an assortment of other characters (not to mention an apparently upset Satan) that should lend themselves to all sorts of chaos, and all we get are a few philosophical asides, a crossed sword or two, a "semi-circular hand movement" and with that the Apocalypse is averted. I was hoping for something more, and I don't think that's unreasonable considering the possibilities.
Despite the weak ending I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. The balance of the novel is great reading.
This book is actually quite old, having been written before Pratchett and Gaiman were famous but not published until their relative fame was enough to convince publishers to give it a go. Perhaps a re-write of the ending today would lead to something more formidable.
One other point of concern. I read this book on an iPad using the Kindle app. Many of the funniest bits are contained within the 'Notes'. Clicking on the Notes link within the main story was easy enough. Unfortunately I had a devil of a time clicking back from the Notes to the main story. It often took several attempts and had me thinking that this was intentionally frustrating, ala one of the Devil's tricks designed to make us angry and mean to each other.