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Shelley

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  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4508)
    Performance
    (1968)
    Story
    (1982)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Surprisingly Entertaining"
    Overall

    Although Koontz does repeat himself often--perhaps for emphasis?--The character of Odd Thomas is delightful and David Allen Baker does a more than commendable job of bringing Odd to life. I was not aware that this book was in the supernatural genre, yet I enjoyed Baker's reading so much, I listened to Forever Odd as well.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Just Like Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Marc Levy
    • Narrated By Michael McGlone
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (16)

    Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren's secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care, which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish, he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.

    Meg says: "Not Like the Movie"
    "A Pre-Death Experience"
    Overall

    I enjoyed listening to this story. The premise is a very interesting take on one of the saddest medical diagnoses--irreversible coma and "heaven". I liked the perspective from the patient's point of view and many of the descriptions of California. As a visual person, when I read a book, I see the movie in my head--when listening to an audiobook, I hear the language. Levy's writing was a bit too flowery at times to flow as easily as his ideas about pre-death, euthenasia, and love. Good listen for the story, however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3464)
    Performance
    (1132)
    Story
    (1150)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "For Ever More"
    Overall

    David Aaron Baker again did a masterful job reading Forever Odd. It is easy to visualize Odd via Baker's voice. Again Koontz is repetitious, yet the story is interesting and supernaturally enjoyable. The ending appears to be a set up for Odd Thomas to return in a different locale--outside of Pico Mundo--and I look forward to Odd's next "super" adventure!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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