I read 14 by Peter Clines right before reading this book and wish I hadn't, because I was constantly pulled out of the story thanks to the very similar plots of the two...
I do love Odd as a character and David Baker's rendition of him is spot on...sadly this book was too similar to 14. There are enough coincidences (machine house, time traveling beasts, tons of references to Nikola Tesla...
Didn't love either book, but wish I'd read Odd before 14...
I like to think and I like to laugh.
Odd is my favorite fictional character and the first book in the series has been recommended by me to many. I would recommend starting their. This was good book though.
To me he is odd Thomas. I love him.
I couldn't stay awake for this book. I loved the other three books in the series but this book was so wordy and full of description of everything under the sun that it kept loosing me and I would fall asleep. I understand the auther is trying to paint a picture in your mind for the story but THAT much detail is not needed, it really took away from the story.
The performance was fine, it was the material he had to work with, I would listen to his performances again, he has a really good voice.
I wouldn't cut any of the scenes really, I would just not be so darned descriptive of every little detail, if you're listening to Dean Koontz, you already have a good imagination!
It needs editing. There was too much description that went on and on. And while I respect Mr. Koontz's right wing political views, he has made his character a spokesman for gun violence and ruined the sweet and charming character of Odd Thomas which was present in the first few books.
Odd Thomas has become a gun slinger and a tedious philosopher of the right. Subtly has been lost and the story has been overwhelmed with description and violence. It would be nice if Mr. Koontz stopped preaching and returned to the kind of story that he started his series with.
He does a very nice job of voicing the character of Odd Thomas.
I am not sure that I will listen or read any more in this series.
I prefer the audio verson because it helps me get thru the heavy Houston Traffic, and David Aaron Baker is always great.
Odd, is always my favorite character, but I liked how he pulled Tesula into the story.
The only David Aaron Baker's performances I have heard are the Odd Thomas books. He does a great job. I will search for more of his readings.
Odd, Past and Present with a dash of sideways
One Man's Opinion
I was only able to get through about an hour of this book. It seemed like all odd Thomas did was just speculate on the weirdness of life over and over. It just got boring. I loved all the other odd Thomas books so I'm disappointed.
astonishingly weak story; Tesla has been done to death [literally in this book].
began to sound as predictable as a Harry Potter book
total lack of the sadness and depth of the first book
yes. I will give him one more chance since I was truly moved by his reading of Odd Thomas [vol. 1]
everything but the title
Mr. Koontz has written some of the best and the worst books I've ever heard. I wish someone would prevent his publisher from publishing his inferior works.
Better than the print version? .... isn't that question a little irrelevant and self serving audible folks?
David Aaron Baker *IS* Odd Thomas. I believe it is Odd Thomas narrating, with all the emotional connections to the events in the book.
never do - but gripping none the less.
Dean Koontz is very talented at writing and developing characters. Often his characters are as much the story as the events they experience. In my mind, that is the best of both worlds. For me, Odd Thomas is the pinnacle of these characters.This entire series is an extreme pleasure to listen to.
'Odd Apocalypse' continues Odd's saga in fine form. Before I started listening, I was feeling a little reluctant that this book/series would become tiring and was wondering how Koontz could keep the series fresh. This is a fresh story and a continuation and I want book 6 now!
My only modestly negative thought is that the book did feel a little transitional, in that, the overall 'series plot line' seems only minimally further developed... but who knows.
If you are a fan of the Series this will not disappoint. If you're not a fan of the series and enjoy a good 'ole paranormal battle between good a and evil...the first book is called "Odd Thomas"....I'd start there for maximum enjoyment.
I really found most of it dragging on and on...it's just not what I expected.
Narration was good. Young sounding voice made it easy to believe he was Odd.
Disappointment and a sense of .... when will this end!
Well, I'm glad I purchased it, I had to find out for myself, but, I felt a lot of disappointment and a sense that it was not the standard I'm used to finding in a Dean Koontz novel. Still, I'm glad I found out for myself, I bought it before any reviews had been written just because I'm such a big fan, but, had I waited for the reviews I prob. would not have purchased it quite yet or even not at all. I hate to waste time and money and this was close to doing both. Not so bad as to call it a total waste of time, but, not the quality I expected, and I'm sorry for that. I would still purchase future novels by Mr. Koontz hoping that old magic will return.
Most successful authors are contracted to mass produce a book a year. I guess they are human and only have so much imagination in their tank. The ODD THOMAS series is a great series until this one which was an unequivacal disaster!!!! Whatever Koontz was thinking of when he wrote this, I suspect the plot came up in his mind while he was riding the porcelain pony, reading the funny pages, because this book is a joke and an embarrassment to Koontz. Koontz is undoubtedtly one of the best writers of this genre. MY ADVICE-SAVE YOUR MONEY AND BUY SOMETHING ELSE. I MEAN NO DISRESPECT TO KOONTZ BUT HE KNOWS THIS BOOK IS CRAP ALREADY AND PROBABLY DIDN'T WANT IT TO GO TO PRINT, BUT DEADLINES ARE DEADLINES. Maybe the next Odd Thomas book will be better, it can't be worse. I will buy any new book from him as I've read every other book he has written. SIDE NOTE: Readers like me want to see and read true reviews from other readers, not fabricated reviews from the publisher or an author's friend. So AUDIBLE: STOP CENSURING READERS REVIEWS. If you wrote a review praising this book then you are a moron or a liar! Anyone who has read the book can comment on whether my review was truthful or not. That is if AUDIBLE.COM has the cahonies to let my review stand AS IS????j