A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes.
According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….
Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse - War, Famine, Pollution and Death - are assembling. Witchfinder Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor’s cryptic predictions.
Atlantis is rising; fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything, that is, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they’ve got to find and kill the one who will bring it about: the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…
Adapted, sound designed and co-directed by Dirk Maggs (Neverwhere, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) this first ever dramatisation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel features a large cast including Peter Serafinowicz, Mark Heap, Josie Lawrence and Paterson Joseph.
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By Alex Goff on 23-02-16
Excellent radio adaption
Read this some years ago and missed the dramatisation on the Radio so was pleased to see it on here.
Characterisation and acting was brilliant and the story was exactly as I remember it with good tweaks for modernisation.
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By Mr Benn on 03-02-15
An adaption of one of my all time favorite books
This is a tricky thing to review. I love the story & have read it many many times & I know the details inside out & back to front.
The cast are stellar & the performances are excellent but as a fan of the original I found the adaption quite irksome in places.
In the original, the book has a voice of it's own (almost) with foot notes and asides. these are dropped entirely from the adaption with some of the text clumsily shoe-horned in to characters dialogue or as additional exposition. This for some reason grated with me, every time.
Personally, I felt that an adaption might have worked better with a 'narrator' for the book, or at least for the footnotes but perhaps they feared it would make it more like Hitchhiker's Guide.
Either way it's an excellent audiobook worthy of your time, but fans of the original may find some of the changes a little jarring. New listeners will enjoy every second of it.
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By Emma Griffith on 15-04-15
Listen to the audiobook, not the adaptation
This adaptation loses a lot of the wit and charm of the book. Many of the clever lines of narrative and action sequences are described aloud by the characters, lending an air of contrivance and breaking my suspension of disbelief over its knee.
While the cast themselves did nothing wrong, this is a piece of fiction that sounds more like an underfunded radio hour than a 'nice and accurate narrative of events leading to the apocalypse'.
As a fan of the book and Dirk Maggs (whose adaptations of 'Neverwhere' and the Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy I quite enjoyed), I am disappointed with the quality of this adaptation. Don't waste your money on this, and listen to the audiobook instead if you want a audio narration of 'Good Omens'
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