As is often the case with sequels, this third effort is not as good overall. Part of it is just that Odd's quirky personality and gifts are familiar. But there is something else missing. There are some really cool concepts covered in this book, so I definitely think it's worth reading. And, if there is a fourth in the series, I'm like to pick it up.
I first enjoyed reading Odd Thomas, and decided to listen to Brother Odd. I really enjoyed this book, it kept me wanting to hear more. The narrator was quite good, and certainly fit in my minds "picture" of Oddy. What was most appealing to me, was that I believe I laughed at the dry humor more than I would have had I been reading the book. I really enjoyed listening to this one!
Definitely the worst of the "Odd" books, and given the declining quality, hopefully the last. This book never seemed to get going, and when it did, it was over. While all the "Odd" novels require a suspension of disbelief, the suspension necessary to believe this book is just too much. I've also come to find Odd irritating and despite his constant, and I mean constant, self-deprecation, quite arrogant. In addition, the humor in the book is terribly weak and nauseatingly relentless. Setting it in a monastery was theoretically a nice plot twist, but was just too unbelievable. What's next? "Odd in Space?"
Brother Odd was better than Forever Odd. Forever Odd was pretty good, and Odd Thomas was still the best one. All and all, the series is entertaining, and worth listening to. I might even listen to it again one day.
Pleasantly surprised! enjoyed and loved the character references with such great detail. thought I was part of the story. you'll enjoy. but it will finish to quickly you will want more.
For die hard Koontz fan and new comers alike Brother Odd will please. The vivid imagery of Mr. Koontz's words is delightfull and addictive.I was entranced by each word of each chapter till the end.
I loved the first Odd Thomas novel, the second slightly less, but as good as the first was, Brother Odd is just as awful. Interminable hours of listening to Koontz pontificate in his Odd persona, punctuated by occasional fits of plot advancement and character development. Too long, too drawn out and too little happening. I kept listening, waiting for the book to pick up, but it started out slow and then fizzled out altogether. The narrator's accent for the Russian character kept making me think of Boris Badenov in the old Bullwinkle and Rocky cartoons. Very distracting. This book is not worth the use of a credit, I'm sorry to say.
If you've read (listened) to the first two "Odd" books, this is a must. As with the first two, it's a roller-coaster of a time. The build-up is great. Just when you think it's going to all fall apart (like so many other novels do), it gets even better and wraps itself up quite nicely. I'm very satisfied with this book and literally smiled when it was done. Very well done. The narrator is great (the same from first two books of the "Odd" series on Audible). If you liked the 1st two books, you'll like this one even better. If you've never read an "Odd" book, please start with the first and progress on (even though Koontz tries to revisit the previous books, don't rob yourself of the fun). I don't think the "Odd" stories will be everyone's "cup of tea"....but a fun ride nonetheless.
Though different than the first two "Odd" books, this still a very entertaining, well crafted,and superbly narrated book. I felt I got to know Odd Thomas much better and as a result I find him even more interesting than I did before. I can't wait for the next installment. I highly recommned this book.