Audie Award Nominee, Best Thriller/Suspense Category, 2013
Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria.
In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.
A harrowing taste of Roseland’s terrors convinces Odd that it’s time to hit the road again. Still, the prescient Annamaria insists that they’ve been led there for a reason. Just how deep and dreadful are the mysteries Roseland and her masters have kept for nearly a century? And what consequences await whoever is brave, or mad, enough to confront the most profound breed of evil? Odd only knows. Like his acclaimed creator, the irresistible Odd Thomas is in top-notch form - as he takes on what may well be the most terrifying challenge yet in his curious career.
©2012 Dean Koontz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
I love Dean Koontz and have read 95% of his books and all of the Odd Thomas series. Too many flowery words! A looooong drawn out story that could have been condensed to a good 10 page short story. The narration was good.
I love Dean Koontz .....don't know what happened here. Probably.
Learned some new superfluous descriptive words. Lol
NO Character Advancement
Yes, though it doesn't really advance the main plot of the series, the story is still good.
Odd of course.
Again, I liked this book, but we learn nothing of Anna Marie or what she's there for. We learn nothing more of what Odd Thomas will have to do for her. The story is great, the narration great, but this book doesn't really fit in the series very well. It feels like a filler while we wait for the real next novel in the series where he gets back to telling us what matters.
I liked the relationship between Tim (the boy) and Odd the most. It seemed real and earnest. I disliked the slowly developing first half of the book. It appears Mr. Koontz was trying to flex some scene-setting muscle and delay the meat of the story for his own amusement until he was satisfied with the tease.
My next listen will be some faster paced mystery (e.g., Sandford, Baldacci maybe) or a higher quality story telling (e.g., Harry Bosch). At these prices, I need a quality experience.
Odd Thomas is the reason I have listened to all 5 books.
No chance for TV series. Its a one and done story. As for a movie, it's not a story I'd pay to see again.
Ultimately, the story had great potential but was not carried through as the other Odd books are. I felt sure the book was unfinished and kept looking for another download that would finish the book. It was flat. This is very unusual for Koontz and this series. I was waiting for book five for some time and was very disappointed. I enjoyed every previous release of the Odd series and absolutley loved
It felt unfinished. and just seemed to ramble with little development.
Yes, his performances are A1. This was Koontz's mess.
To me, the audio edition brings the characters to life better than the print version. The change in tone of the reader'a voice adds excitement and keeps my interest at a peak.
You never know how Odd-Man is going to get out of each difficult situation.
His range of voices lets you know who is talking and their mood and attitude.
The discovery of the bodies and their condition.
I have not read the printed version but listening to a story always seems to bring it more to life!
I liked the characters
My favorite character in this series will always be Odd Thomas and David Aaron Baker did a great job of bringing him to life.
I truly love, love, love Dean Koontz and have read everything but the latest "Frankenstein" book, which was so totally out there I was unable to finish reading it.
It was the same with "Odd Apocalypse." Koontz took a plausible premise and took it so far out of the realm of reality that it became unreadable - or listenable, if that's a word. I put the book down about 1/3 of the way through. Life is too short to listen to bad books.
Odd is a strange name for a strange guy--one who has become one of my favorite series characters. If you like Dean Koontz's "Odd" series, this one should not disappoint. Part of the enjoyment of reading books that are part of a series is that the actions and interactions of the main character(s) can often be more important than the story. Even though there are some negative comments about this book, trust me: if you like our friend Odd, you'll like this latest book. Personally, I thought the story was pretty strong, too, so give it a try.
Seemed to take too long developing the story.
This was not my favorite Odd book.
The one with the big guy with the cold sore.
The end was a bit confusing.
I like audio books.
A fine addition to the stories and memoirs of Odd Thomas. Not any worse or better than the other volumes, but strangely new and interesting to pull you along this wonderful character's story.
Edge of your seat tensity, along with some adventure and new feelings of weirdness for Odd.
To me, David Aaron Baker is Odd Thomas.
I just couldn't stop listening, going out of my way to keep the earphones in!
So another odd Tomas book
And another great story.
The thing I love about odd Thomas books is you don't have to try to hard.
It's all so well written without over complicating the plot or adding loads of unimportant characters, who's name I can never remember.
Don't get me wrong I do love the game of thrones books and other books that want to describe every inch of a room.
But sometimes you want to just chill out and relax in to a book.
And all the odd Thomas books do this with ease. Some may say the plot doesn't really explain all that happens but life isn't always explained, and as the books are from odd Thomas's veiw, he can't explained everything.
The book is full of odds wit and you can't help chuckle to your self ( even though people look at you as off your nuts, while your on the train)
I Totaly recommend this book of your looking for a couple of days off, after a 20hr epic book.
But for me now im back to concentrating on another epic, but will be looking out for the next odd Thomas (relax) book
Really well read, story was good, seemed a little padded out in places. Not quite as good as the other Odd books but still worth a listen
Very enjoyable book. Even better than I expected, David Aaron Baker is superb with his narration. I'll be looking for more read by him.
"Lacks the Koontz magic"
An abrupt start, bland storytelling - is this even by the same man that brought us Odd Thomas, Lightning, False Memory, or By The Light Of The Moon? I'm having a hard time getting into this story, I keep listening knowing what the author is capable of, but I'm already at chapter 12 and...
Come on, Mr Koontz, I know you can do so much better.
"Argh. So tedious."
Having read all of the other Odd books, I was so looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, it was bad. Bad!! The entire first hour seemed to be a long, meandering, pointless over-description of the stupid house, grounds, and sky. Too much internal monologue and boring, abstract conversation, there really wasn't much to recommend about it.
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