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Which Good Omens Audiobook is the best?

Have you binged Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch on Amazon Prime, too? How many times have you watched it? Haha, yes, that’s a fair question to ask, isn’t it?! And if you now feel like listening to the Good Omens audiobook, you might be unsure which one to choose…

There is a distinct hint of Armageddon in the air. According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (recorded, thankfully, in 1655, before she blew up her entire village and all its inhabitants, who had gathered to watch her burn), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the Apocalypse are revving up their mighty hogs and hitting the road, and the world’s last two remaining witch-finders are getting ready to fight the good fight, armed with awkwardly antiquated instructions and stick pins. Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. . . . Right. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan.

Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon — each of whom has lived among Earth’s mortals for many millennia and has grown rather fond of the lifestyle — are not particularly looking forward to the coming Rapture. If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they’ve got to find and kill the Antichrist (which is a shame, as he’s a really nice kid). There’s just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him. . . .

First published in 1990, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s brilliantly dark and screamingly funny take on humankind’s final judgment is back — and just in time — in a new hardcover edition (which includes an introduction by the authors, comments by each about the other, and answers to some still-burning questions about their wildly popular collaborative effort) that the devout and the damned alike will surely cherish until the end of all things.

Good Omens Audiobook vs. Radio Play

When you search for Good Omens on Audible, you find two audiobooks.

BBC Radio Play

Firstly, there’s the BBC radio dramatization, performed by a full cast of voice actors with sound effects. This version is abridged and only 4:19h long. Abridged means that it’s a shortened version of the original book. Most Audible audiobooks are unabridged, so they are exactly the same as the print or ebook. But some are condensed versions of the book. This is particularly common in radio plays.

I’m a big fan of BBC radio plays and usually recommend them every chance I get. And this one is certainly a lot of fun, given that it has Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz. However, if you want to read the Good Omens book because of the Amazon Prime show, I recommend the unabridged audiobook. It will give you the full original experience of this absolutely fantastic story.

Unabridged Audiobook

This is the original book, read by Martin Jarvis. If you listen to this audiobook, you have exactly the same experience as when reading the book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett yourself. And you get the whole original story of Agnes Nutter’s prophecies.

Martin Jarvis is a wonderful narrator with an animated reading style and many different voices that make it very easy to follow the story and dialog.

If you’ve already read the Good Omens book several times, by all means, get the BBC radio play. It’s a great addition to your Good Omens collection! But if you’ve never read the book, I think you should definitely listen to the unabridged Good Omens audiobook to get the full, original story.

I’ve been a fan of Terry Pratchett’s for almost two decades. No other author was able to be this funny and entertaining while taking such deep and profound looks into social concepts and how people tick. And Neil Gaiman’s work always has this inherent poetic magic. I can’t describe it any other way. It’s ethereal. And I am so ridiculously glad that he decided to bring Good Omens to the screen. The show turned out to be everything I had hoped for and I’ll probably watch it many more times.

And in between, I enjoy the amazing Good Omens audiobooks (yes, I do have both the unabridged and the Radio Play version of the Good Omens audiobook. They’re both great!)

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14 thoughts on “Which Good Omens Audiobook is the best?”

  1. I recently read the Norse Mythology(biggest pin for me too).lol Can’t believe I didn’t read Neil Gaiman before, love his narration, can listen to him all day long. I am on hold for Good Omens at the library…can’t afford the tv show tho. Nice to see another Neil Gaiman fan.

    1. I haven’t read Norse Mythology yet. But I’ve very much enjoyed all his books I’ve read so far. I haven’t gotten around to listening to an audiobook narrated by him yet. Probably because I love his BBC audio plays so much!

  2. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors! I’ve just started getting in to Terry Pratchett but I’m really excited to try them together.
    I wasn’t aware that the BBC version was abridged thanks for the heads up!

    1. There are several different versions of the unabridged audio, too. If you want to pick that up, you can shop around a bit on Amazon and see which narrator you like best. On Audible, they only offer the newest unabridged version and the abridged BBC play at the moment.

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