My favourite of Gaiman's audiobooks are those he reads himself. He has a wonderful voice for storytelling, and brings his already very descriptive prose to life. /Odd/ is not my favourite of his stories, but it is a good, quick listen, with an engaging story.
An engaging story paired with an excellent narrator -- this is a Gibson novel that's well worth a listen. The characters are interesting, the slow build and reveal of the plot engaging, and Frasier's almost wry tone is note-perfect for Cayce.
If I'd only listened to the first 30-odd hours of this story, it would be a solid 5 stars in every category. Weber gives a great performance, and the first 2/3 of King's novel are incredibly compelling. The plot moves back and forth in time in shorter and shorter increments, and it becomes hard to pause the audiobook before listening to /just one more chapter/.
Unfortuantely, the denouement does not live up to the promise of the build-up. As often seems to happen in King's works, the ultimate reveal of and battle with the monster is less tense and scary than the whispers and allusions to it in earlier chapters. Also disappointing was the way in which the female characters developed through the text ultimately became disposable plot-points or the focus of a love triangle. Compared to the painstaking care in the early chapters with creating nuanced characters and separate stories that weave together in a sinister way, the ending felt very rushed.
If you've already read and enjoyed the novel (or if you're already well aware of King's problems with sticking an ending), Weber gives a performance that's well worth the cost of the audiobook.
I'm generally a fan of Gibson's work, but this story just didn't grab me. The various plot threads were completely separate for much of the book, the ways in which they finally intersected weren't terribly compelling, and the resolution felt unfinished. Some great lines and scenes still, but nothing I would reread.
Report Inappropriate Content