I just really like the Odd Thomas series. I listened to the first four books in the series back to back to back to back, and finished them about three months ago. It was cool to see Koontz release a new one.
If you liked the previous books in the series, you will probably like this one as well. It was very similar to the others in the fact that you have the same unassuming Odd Thomas, with his wit and humility and determination, facing up against evil people and preternatural circumstances. (Bonus points for using one of Koontz's pet words.) You'll hear Odd in near-death situations that he somehow manages to escape in the last moment--a familiar theme in the series.
You know, it's just a good book within a good series. I didn't give it five stars just because I reserve that for books that rise to another level of awesomeness. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Odd Apocalypse, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who liked the other Odd books.
The only negative I can think of is that I got tired of Odd explaining so many things from the previous books. (Things about Stormy Llewellyn, his grandmother, his psychic magnetism, the fortune-telling machine that spit out a card that said, "You are destined to be together forever," just to name a few. I understand that it needed to be done, especially for readers who may have read the other Odd books a long time ago, and needed to be refreshed, but it was a bit tedious to me when it occurred in the book so many times.
One of the best things about this audio book was the narrator. I can't imagine anyone doing a better job of capturing every essence of Odd Thomas than David Aaron Baker. His performance definitely deserves five stars. Outstanding.
I had heard of Mary Higgins Clark before, but this is my first read/listen to one of her books. I have to say I was disappointed. For such a popular and accomplished author, I found her writing to be sub-par. So, although the plot was interesting and the book suspenseful, I can't help but thinking that the novel would have been much better if the story line was taken and written by a different author.
The narrator was not great. However, in my listening experience, female narrators seldom are. There have been a few female narrators that I've listened to that were outstanding, but not many. (By the way, my wife feels the same way on this.)
Now I've probably got not only all MHC fans upset with me, but all women, too. Sorry about that, but I'm just sharing my honest opinions.
Sorry, can't go along with all the high ratings for this book. It was fairly interesting during the first two or three hours, though quite ridiculous in parts, then just got boring and ridiculous.
What do I mean by ridiculous? In addition to the 13-year old girl being the master zombie killer? There were several things, the highlight of which was, after the plague started and zombies were a threat, the main characters decide to go to a concert held outside in a park in NYC. See any problem there?
Boredom set in after the characters made it to sea. Their mission is to rescue everyone they find trapped in boats, ships, and life rafts. So, over and over--and over and over--that is what they do, disinfecting the vessels of zombies and rescuing survivors, with the 13-year old being the ultimate zombie boat-clearing weapon. It just got old.
My wife and I both love good apocalyptic and/or zombie novels. However, in my book, this didn't qualify as a "good" such book. I finished the book at X2 speed, just because I hate to leave a book unfinished, but my wife couldn't bear it and quit the book after a few hours in.
The narration was acceptable, but not near outstanding.
We definitely won't be seeing what the rest of the series holds for the zombie-killing, boat-clearing, survivor-rescuing crew at sea.
I thought this listen should have been better than it was. It's a great story, and I the writing was good enough. Nothing really bugged me throughout the book. However, I found myself having to back up many times because my mind wondered. Also, I didn't listen for very long in bed before I was ready to give up for the night. It took longer to listen to this book than would a sixteen-hour great story with good writing and an excellent narrator. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't nitpicking the narrator throughout the book, and I thought he did a decent job technically. However, he didn't bring the extra umph into the book like a really good narrator will do. So, all things considered, I blame it on the narrator.
I will still try the next book in the series, because it's such a good story. I just wish someone better for this book was reading it.
Just personal preference, I guess, but I thought the book was slow, and I didn't care for the writing style of the author. There were a many things that bugged me as well. During the initial few days after the outbreak, the characters seemed clueless as to what was going on, whereas it seems that a normal person would put two and two together. The book was overweight with hot tempers and angry personalities. Nobody was really likable in the book. After reading, we don't really know what caused the virus, no indication of what the government is doing, no information if it has spread worldwide or how other countries are handling things, or if there is any attempt to counteract the virus. No attempt by the characters to communicate with the rest of the world. Although there were several scenes of action, many times the book just seemed to drag on and on. Being descriptive is one thing, but I felt that at times the author was too descriptive, unnecessarily so, and redundantly at times. After the first time, I got tired of hearing that somebody whispered something "to whatever deity might be listening."
It's difficult to rate a narrator with a book like this, because the writing itself does affect the narration. I think Christian Rummel did a fair job, and is overall a good narrator for this type of book. That being said, something nagged me throughout the whole book, every time Cade spoke via Mr. Rummel. Cade was a female, former Israeli military. Someone even mentioned her Israeli accent in the book. However, the narrator applied a semi-warped British accent when Cade spoke, so every time she was talking, I was thinking, "That's an odd accent for an Israli." To me, since Cade was a major character, that was a pretty big irritation, but other than that, the narrator did a decent job with the material he was given, whether he was speaking for a male or female.
Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series.
This was not a bad book. I enjoyed it. However, it is definitely not action-packed. The book follows the life of a man called Ish, who finds himself one of the few who survives a plague that kills nearly all of mankind. He later is the leader of a small group, mostly made up of his children (born post-apocalypse) and grandchildren, plus a friend and his wives, children and grandchildren. The story mainly follows Ish's cerebral musings regarding life, the old civilization, and how the post-apocalyptic children will grow and adapt, not having the knowledge of anything concerning modern life in the past, other than the remnants that man had left. This is an old book, and quite different than the books I have read recently, and different than most other books about an apocalypse. It is more of a saga, chronicling the life of Ish, his mullings, and his hopes and fears about the future. Not everyone will like it, so be aware of what type of book this is before you listen.
The narrator was okay. Nothing special, but not irritating in any way. Probably a good choice for this book.
Wow. If I could give this book more than five stars I would. This is one of the best books I've heard on Audible. Plenty of suspense, twists and turns, plots and subplots. Gripping story, told wonderfully by the author. This is a very talented author. I can't wait to see if his other books are as good. Narrator gave a solid performance and definitely did not distract from the story at all.
If you like detective stories, this one will not disappoint.
Oh, I think the potential for this to be a 4 or 5 star book is definitely there. Loved the plot and the twists and the overall flow of the book. However, the sex scenes were overtly graphic and vulgar, and the narration was grating. So, tame the sex scenes way down and get a good narrator, and it's a winner.
The narrator was good for the main female character, but horrible for most of the other characters, especially the male characters. The voices (save the protagonist) were harsh and grating.
When I purchased this book, I didn't realize that it was a middle grade novel until I started listening to it. However, I found it to be very entertaining. It's clean--no bad language--and a really cool beginning to what seems to be a good series. I may even listen to the next one. Narrator was not bad, but not spectacular either. I was satisfied with the listen. I will suggest this book to my 12-year old son.
I really wanted to give this book five stars. Barclay is an excellent story-teller, and the book was thoroughly enjoyable, interesting, and entertaining. The only drawback was that parts of it were pretty predictable, and I was wondering why the main characters took so long to catch on. Other than that, it was one of the most enjoyable books I've heard in a while.
I am so glad I caught this book, not only because it was entertaining, but also because I was told the story by Christopher Lane. I wasn't sure if I had heard him before, but I looked back at my library and saw that he has performed in some Dean Koontz books that I've *read*. I didn't take notice before, but in "Too Close to Home," and in Barclay's "No Time for Goodbye" (which I also just recently listened to), I really came to appreciate Lane as a narrator. He's really top notch--one of the best. A good narrator really brings a book to life, and does make a difference. Wonderful job, Mr. Lane.
Want more, please.
There are writers who work on stories and write them down for us to read, and then there are authors who create stories and know how to mold and develop them and then communicate them to us in such a way that we are enveloped into their craft. I believe that D.J. Molles is in that latter category. I wouldn't put him in the category of a 'master," where only a select few reside (Stephen King comes immediately to mind), but Molles really knows how to craft a story, pace it well, and deliver.
This was an excellent series, with each book getting better that the one prior.
I've listened to other books narrated by Mr. Rummel--in fact, I'm listening to another one right now. In the book I'm listening to now, I would give him three stars. Probably in "The Remaining" series more than any other, I found that oftentimes a narrator, who may be very talented, is much better when he has better material to work with, and just mediocre when he doesn't. He gets a solid four stars from me on "The Remaining" series, maybe a four-and-a-half.
Yes. Couldn't get enough. I would like at least a dozen more books in this series. Right now, please.
Two areas of disappointment:
-Using the word "zombie" in a zombie book is okay. It irritates me when it's not used. Molles likes to use the term "the infected," rather than "zombie." That's okay, but, given the circumstances of what is happening in the books, do you really think none of the characters would call them "zombies"???
-The books would be just as good if the foul language was toned down. IMHO.
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