Hi all my bookworms!
My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
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Today I am finally getting round to reviewing Good Omens. It felt like I was reading this book for forever. I’m sure I started reading it when I was in Paris back in March and I finished it on the 27th April. That is nearly and months and a half. Way too long to be listening to an audiobook.
I don’t know if anyone else is having a similar problem but I am struggling to find a time to listen to my audiobooks. Normally I listen to them on the way to work or on my break, or when I’m in Paris I listen to them while walking round the city of while I’m waiting for the kids to come out of one of their many activities. But at home I don’t get that chance. I struggle to listen to them while I’m writing blog posts. They seem to sap my concentration and I write hardly anything.
So, it’s been a long slog, listening to them mostly at night just before I go to sleep. The unfortunate thing about that is that I usually fall asleep while listening to the book and miss half of it. The next night I have to work out how where I was before I went to sleep. That is why it took me so long.
Title: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Author(s): Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
Published by: William Morrow
Date published: 28th November 2006
Narrator: Martin Jarvis
Pages: 491 (12 hours 33 minutes)
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Humour, Urban Fantasy
Blurb: ‘Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right.’
People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?
You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.
It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.
And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…
What do I think of Good Omens?
To put it simply … I really liked it.
The story follows Aziraphale and Crowley and Angel and a Demon on the countdown to Armageddon.
The story is full of suspense. I mean for me, it was slightly ruined by the fact that I had already watched the TV series, but if I could forget what I knew about the tv show the suspense, the progression of the story, the whole plot development had me on the edge on my seat. I loved listening to it.
But I had a couple of problems, a problem I think could be overcome if it weren’t an audiobook. To begin with there are a lot of footnotes to the story. I loved the footnotes. The majority of them were laugh out loud hilarious. But for me they interrupted the flow of the story. I jumped around a lot. and not just with the footnotes. It would jump from point of view to point of view and I could hardly keep track of it.
Another thing that … I’m not sure what word to use, I feel ambivalent about is the chapter format. When I first looked at the layout of the chapters I like that it was split in days. First ‘In The Beginning’, then ‘ Eleven Years Ago’, ‘Wednesday’, ‘Thursday’, ‘Friday’, ‘Saturday’, ‘Sunday’. I thought the layout was pretty good all events leading up to Armageddon on the Saturday. But as I said, each chapter came with multiple points of view and jumped around from character to character a lot. And then to make matters worse … the penultimate chapter, Saturday, was over six hours long.
That was a really long chapter. Like really, really long. Too long to do in one sitting. Too long to keep track of what was going on. In the end I had to put it on 1.5x speed and sit and put a good few hours all at once into listening to it.
So, the point being, this book would be better read in a physical, or e-book format.
Apart from I loved the narrator. The narrator is amazing!
Martin Jarvis. I can’t say that I knew the guy’s name before I listened to the audiobook but my parents did. They had listened to him tell stories on Jackanory in their youth. He’s done a lot of acting voice acting word and radio. He was amazing to listen to. Now one of my favourite narrators. Right up there with Stephen Fry and Martin Freeman.
Character wise, I loved all the characters. The names in particular. Anathema Device, Newt Pulsifer, The Them (what a name for a group of kids) including Wensleydale and Pippin Galadreil Moonchild. Those names are just epic. I don’t know who came up with the names, Pratchett or Gaiman, but which ever of them did they are a genius.
I love the relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley. This is not a romance book, and I wouldn’t say it is any sort of LGBTQ book, but I am sure that those two should be married. They make such a cute couple. They really do.
If you’ve seen the TV series have you noticed that too? It’s even better with Michael Sheen and David Tennent.
This is a great read for anyone and everyone. It’s one of those sorts of books that in 20, 50 or 100 years time will be a classic that everyone should read.
I hope that you have enjoyed this review. Does anyone else have any brilliant books/audiobooks that I should read? Have you read Good Omens? What did you think?