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.
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WI/NWI--3 WI–kinda worth it. The writer’s attempts to be oh-so-cute & funny make the mixed metaphors like the martini–shaken, not stirred. My mind tended to wander through the crazy world he plops Odd into, and it took 3 hours for me to get into the story.
I think DRK missed on this one, but I get the feeling that he’s had so much approval in his life that he’s forgotten he can make mistakes. Don’t get me wrong–I’ve been a fan for a long time, but I liked him a lot more when he was bald and wore glasses. The surgically-enhanced eyes and new, full head of hair, demonstrate that maybe he’s so completely removed from the common man that he can no longer write for us.
Plot--2 Odd Thomas is interesting and famous because of his ability with ghosts, not high-tech gadgets, and this story ignores the ghosts. I want Odd Thomas in the spiritual realm, not science fiction. I mean really–what are the chances the Odd would end up in a time travel universe, and also be a seer of ghosts? It’s like this was a drawer book he pulled out and forced Odd into like a square peg.
Characterization --2 Odd Thomas–humble fry cook who never cooks? Who has bricks of $100s in his closet? Then I submit that he is not a humble fry cook. Odd Thomas–an uneducated blue collar man? Then I submit he should not know all literature like an English major, history like he lived it, and science better than most electrical engineers. And his character is cutsie to the point where I wanted to barf. Could DRK be using this character as an attempt to break into stand up? Keep your day job, Deaner.
Odd has no emotions, so he’s either retarded or sociopathic. As he goes about his morning in hell, he is not at all affected by being shot, chased by malformed human-pigs, and stumbling upon 34 bodies. He just keeps thinking sweet Odd thoughts and whistling his Odd tune.
And the pregnant teenager in the story? I wanted to smack her after her 3rd enigmatic statement–she was not mysterious as much as irritating beyond belief. She missed all the action back in her room manifesting flowers, and was not at all surprised by the attack of the futuristic cannibals.
Violence--5 Lots of shooting and chasing and candlestick making.
Grossness --4 Very gross. DRK has a thing for multiple female bodies being arranged in basements, and it happens again here. And what about those cannibals? Seems to be the thing in novels today!
Sex--0 No sex. Thank God. It would be so Oddly cutsie, I’m sure!
Supernatural Elements--3 This should be the main part of the story with and Odd book, but science takes the day here. There are ghosts, don’t get me wrong, but the make cameos.
Crossing the Line--0 To me, crossing the line is the brutal murdering animals (especially dogs), or children. Stephen King is the worst offender. DRK always treats dogs with respect, and anyone who listens to his books can relax–nary a dog harmed here.
Setting--4 The setting was the book, really. Though unbelievable, it was a memorable world.
Prose--1 It hurts me to say that a Koontz book is so poorly prosed. It’s so busy being cute, there’s no room for beautiful.
Deeper Message--1 If the story has a deeper message, it is that we can’t fight fate.
The message I mostly got was that Deaner is no longer one of us. Everything he touches turns to gold, and he’s forgotten what it is like to be average. When I listen to a story, I want to think about the character in the story, not WTH the author was thinking.
Performance--5 David Aaron Baker does a great job reading Odd.
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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.
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
The first Odd Thomas book was brilliant, in my opinion. I loved the departure to a quirky story with a lovable character from Dean Koontz. As the Odd Thomas series progresses, however, the books decline in all areas.
I realize one must suspend belief in horror/sci-fi/fantasy novels, and I can do that, no problem. I can live with Odd's "talents" and enjoy them and laugh with him. What I can't live with are the ridiculous, not-believable-by-any-stretch-of-imagination situations he's in after the first book - with Odd Apocalypse being the worst. Even Odd's once charming sense of humor came off as forced and, as a result, quickly annoying.
To be honest, I really hated this book, and I found myself checking often on "how much time is left??".
If you loved Odd Thomas, remember him as he was in book 1, and save yourself the money and time this piece of crap will cost you.