I've listened to well over a hundred audio books over the last few years and have noticed that once in awhile, the reader simply manages to become the character. Most of the readers are good, but every so often, reader and character click and something special results. Grover Gardner reading David Rosenfelt's books, David Aaron Baker reading Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas", Johanna Parker's perfect embodiment of Sookie Stackhouse in the Charlaine Harris books, and perhaps most of all, Katherine Kellgren as Jacky Faber in L.A. Meyer's "Bloody Jack." A perfect fit, a marvelous story, a wonderful performance. The story is excellent, but even if it were not, the performance itself would be worth hearing. This is the first performance by Katherine Kellgren I've heard, it will not be the last. Full marks for author and narrator.
I listened to a Books on Tape production of this story years and years ago. It was wonderful. I listened to about 10 minutes of this one and that's all I could take. Worst audio book production I've heard.
I endorse Scott's Dec 16th review.
The plot and story line are good, but not great. The prose is no better than average. I thought the narrator's voice clashed with and detracted greatly from the book. Sometimes the voice and character are a perfect match as in Odd Thomas, and sometimes they simply don't work well, as in this book. Reading this one might be a better choice.
You loved the first book, thought the second was a real let down and are hoping the third time brings the series back up to the standard of the first book. Right? Sorry. It doesn't.
Too cute, trying too hard to be funny, crowned with a pathetic ending that makes it seem like Mr. Kootz just got tired of writing or was up against a holiday deadline. It is better than the second, slightly, and David Aaron Baker is excellent as he always is, but Brother Odd is a long way from being as good as Odd Thomas. Sadly, with a little work, the bones of a good book were there, but just the bones.
I'd say give it a miss except that almost anything read by Mr. Baker is worth listening to.His performance is the only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy offering.
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