If you didn’t know this very brilliant book, written by the very brilliant Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has been made into a radio adaptation for Radio 4 this Christmas. Catch it on the radio OR on iPlayer.
If you haven’t read it I’d still think it would be a good idea for you to listen to it.
Starring Peter Serafinowicz as Crowley and Mark Heap as Aziraphale this is Good Omens…
The first episode of course sets up the rest of the story. The Antichrist is born and Crowley delivers him just for Sister Mary Loquacious giving him to the wrong family.
The cast is perfect. No beat is missed as they fly through the dialogue simply. It was also nice to hear Gaiman and Pratchett as the police officers near the beginning. I found the problem I had with Neverwhere was that some of the voice acting in it was so plain and boring but you don’t get that so far with Good Omens. I don’t need pictures to imagine Heap and Serafinowicz as Crowley and Aziraphale, each character had its own unique face and I was having so much fun listening to it that I was extremely upset to see it end.
It hasn’t lost any of the humour of the book in my opinion. All the jokes are there perfectly timed.
I’m not a big radio listener I have to admit and only really wanted to hear this adaptation because Good Omens was one of the first proper books I ever read. It is one of the books that molded my taste in not only books but in humour as well. Even though I’ve read the book more times then I care to admit to there is nothing better then to be listening to the characters playing out the events as they happen.
I’ve always loved the simpleness of the story. “Misplacing” the Antichrist. The ending when they realise that they’ve just spent 11 years looking after the wrong child was played perfectly. I don’t think you’d find two better people to play the lead characters.
Hopefully I’ll be able to review all four parts. I do believe everyone should go and listen though! It is on iPlayer so you can hear it at your own pace!