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  • The Gates: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By John Connolly
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cake

    Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Paging Tim Burton"

    This is just the most delightful story I've read in such a long while. I love John Connolly's other work but this is a very special book and the narration is fantastic. I don't think reading it would be even half as entertaining and laughter-inducing if it weren't for the masterful work of Jonathan Cake. I'm on my third listen and I can't say enough good things about it. I especially like the footnotes. Very Monty Python-esque at times.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    D says: "Odd Once Again"
    "Love Odd, Koontz is getting depressing"
    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    New twists and dimensions to Odd's talents and I like the new characters and how the story is evolving and developing.

    I did NOT at ALL like some of the "editorial" comments that he (Koontz) had Odd and other characters make about life. When Odd and other characters made comments about how terrible the world is now and how it is all going to hell in a hand basket, it felt more like Koontz philosophy was spilling through and didn't really match with Odd Thomas' nature. It muddied the waters and I felt like Koontz needs to stop watching so much Fox News. I will of course still continue to follow along with the series as I love Odd Thomas but it would be a much more enjoyable read if Mr. Koontz would leave some of his (what seems to me) Liberterian views out of the story. Yes, he does use his novels as a soap box for his views on life, but I don't remember them being this dark and unrelentingly negative. Ugh. Normally I love the Odd Thomas series and can't get enough but I found all of the negativity very distracting and irritating and repetitive. He kept harping on the same negatve themes over and over again. We got it the first several times, thank you.Normally I have a very easy time being in the story and enjoy being carried away by the fast paced action of what poor Odd has to deal with but when he makes comments that are so jarring as to bring you out of the story and go: "what, Huh?" It diminishes the experience.

    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Love him as Odd, he does a great job in the entire series. He is perfectly cast and I hope he can continue throughout the series.

    9 of 21 people found this review helpful

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