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Publisher's Summary

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

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  • Sarah
  • Horizon City, TX, United States
  • 09-07-12

It was not as exciting as other Odd books

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting aspect is that in this book the story takes place over a small matter of days. This was also the least interesting because it caused the story to feel rushed. Other Odd books where more enjoyable because you could tell Koontz really wanted to get you fully immersed in the story, this one just seemed like he just wanted to pen a fourth book quickly. (Which I know sounds weird because of how long its been since his last Odd book)

How could the performance have been better?

I hated the narration of this story. I listened to this on my Ipod (ear buds set inside the ear) and no matter how I played with the volume the strong "S" in the narrators speech made me cringe. This also seemed to be the case when I play it on my speakers. I could only listen to a couple of chapters at a time because of this.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, but unfortunately I could not due to the narrators hissing annoyingly when reading a word with the letter "S".

Any additional comments?

My advise is to buy this book and read it yourself.

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  • Christa
  • Tulsa, OK, United States
  • 09-07-12

Future in fluxD

What made the experience of listening to Odd Apocalypse the most enjoyable?

Dean Koontz is amazing with stories, blending humor, suspense, and things that just boggle the imagination; this new Odd Thomas book uses it all. Koontz captures you in the beginning and holds you in his spell. Odd Apocalypse, is certainly a can't put it down kind of book!

What did you like best about this story?

The story of Odd apocalypse highly imaginative with science fiction, fantasy, and love stories all mixed into a somehow believable tale of the unknown. Hints of possible convergences with other Koontz characters tempt the imagination.

Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

Of course, Odd with his singular wit and personality is always going to be my favorite character; he is so well realized that I feel I actually know him as a person. That said I was very intrigued with the appearances of Nikola Tesla, and in a form not usual for Odd.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have loved to be able to listen to Odd Apocalypse from start to finish, but with four children at home, that just doesn't work as well as I wish it did! Still, at every chance I could find I was listening and loving it!

Any additional comments?

One of the best things about the Odd Thomas books is that each can be read as it's own book and does not rely on knowledge of all the previous books, but . . . I believe if you haven't read them, you will want to once you have read this or any other Odd Thomas book!

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  • Shannon
  • RICHLAND, WA, United States
  • 09-07-12

Love Odd, not so much this story.

Would you listen to Odd Apocalypse again? Why?

I probably will. I usually listen to all of them twice.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Well, by the time I got to the ending, I was kinda glad it was over. This was not my favorite Odd adventure.

What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

I love DAB, he IS Odd Thomas. He always does an outstanding performance.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, as stated earlier, a little bummed about this one.

Any additional comments?

It's still decent of course, after all it is Odd Thomas!!

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Painful

Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or David Aaron Baker?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

I love Dean Koontz .....don't know what happened here. Probably.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Learned some new superfluous descriptive words. Lol

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  • Matthew
  • Portland, Michigan, United States
  • 09-06-12

Nice book But Doesn't Advance the Characters

If you could sum up Odd Apocalypse in three words, what would they be?

NO Character Advancement

Would you recommend Odd Apocalypse to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, though it doesn't really advance the main plot of the series, the story is still good.

Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

Odd of course.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Heather
  • Brighton, MI, USA
  • 09-05-12

Disappointing

What did you like best about Odd Apocalypse? What did you like least?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

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.

Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

Odd Thomas is the reason I have listened to all 5 books.

Could you see Odd Apocalypse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

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.

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Hugh fan of Odd, but this one left me perplexed...

Is there anything you would change about this book?

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

What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz???s story?

It felt unfinished. and just seemed to ramble with little development.

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

Yes, his performances are A1. This was Koontz's mess.

Was Odd Apocalypse worth the listening time?

NO

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  • James
  • Riverside, CA, United States
  • 09-04-12

Odd space and time

Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Apocalypse to be better than the print version?

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.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

You never know how Odd-Man is going to get out of each difficult situation.

What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His range of voices lets you know who is talking and their mood and attitude.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The discovery of the bodies and their condition.

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A good story with interesting characters

Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Apocalypse to be better than the print version?

I have not read the printed version but listening to a story always seems to bring it more to life!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters

Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

My favorite character in this series will always be Odd Thomas and David Aaron Baker did a great job of bringing him to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

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Time traveling serial killer - really?

What disappointed you about Odd Apocalypse?

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. <br/><br/>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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

Absolutely!