Every so often a character so captures the hearts and imaginations of readers that he seems to take on a life of his own long after the final page is turned. For such a character, one book is not enough—readers must know what happens next. Now Dean Koontz returns with the novel his fans have been demanding. With the emotional power and sheer storytelling artistry that are his trademarks, Koontz takes up once more the story of a unique young hero and an eccentric little town in a tale that is equal parts suspense and terror, adventure and mystery—and altogether irresistibly odd.
We’re all a little odd beneath the surface. 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. But as the unofficial goodwill ambassador between our world and theirs, he’s got a duty to do the right thing. That’s the way Odd sees it and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death.
A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and old, some living and some not. For in the battle to come, there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. Whether you’re meeting Odd Thomas for the first time or he’s already an old friend, you’ll be led on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror, wonder and delight—to a revelation that can change your life. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.
Read them in order! I loved Odd Thomas, probably the best of the two because the character is so unique meeting them is always more entertaining, but I also enjoyed this book as well. I saw one review on Brother Odd, which I will buy next, who gave it one star because they could not stand the narator. I have no idea what they are talking about. I think these books are read by someone who is perfect for this character and for the nature of the story. These two I have read are very entertaining, easy to listen to and follow, I am more of a Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet fan and some of those can get you lost, but Mr. Koontz tells a great story here and I gave it 5 stars. Anyone who does not appreciate David Aaron Baker has not listened to too many audio books. My favorite is the one of a kind Jim Dale of Harry Potter fame but this gentleman does an excellent job also. These books are a little pricey for only 8 hours, Dan Brown can go on forever, but that is my only complaint.
Not book one, but entertaining.
I almost feel the need to break my review of this audiobook into two parts in order to be fair.
The first part of the review focuses on the product as an audiobook. The narrorator does a very good job. When speaking as Odd, I think he hits the tone exactly right. The voice he uses matches the one I had while reading the book perfectly. I also think he does a great job with Wyatt Porter, the Police Chief who aids Odd in his adventures. While voicing the antagonist of the story, who happens to be female, the narrorator uses a very believable voice. I heard no background noise, everything was clear and clean. The volume remained steady, no annoying changes in how loud the voice was when you went from one chapter to the next (I've heard of people noticing this with other audiobooks). As far as my rating for this product as an audiobook goes, its a five star winner.
The second part of my review centers on the story itself. Fans of the first book of the Odd series, "Odd Thomas", will find there is a noticeable decline in substance in this story. Those who, like me, were looking to recreate the magic of the first book are apt to be slightly disapointed. Odd continues to be an endeering character with his loyalty to his friends being put to the test. Also highlighted are his relations with those friends who know of his power and his growing relationship with one of the "dead" he views on a regular basis, Elvis. It is the way in which all these relations are displayed, putting in full view the basic desire to be accepted and loved, that makes the book good. This is what saves the book. There are flaws though in the story. These flaws, in my opinion, would not be overlooked by a casual "Odd Thomas" fan. The book does tend to become long at points, taking a great deal of time to set up events that don't live up to the anticipation one has after being lead to it. Its almost as if Koontz needed to add pages to the book, went back and added detail upon detail that don't add to the story. Then, to my surprise, when I find myself immersed in the story, he does a 180 and errors in the oposite direction. There are two specific points in the book I remember Koontz simply leaving a great deal to the imaginations, too much in fact. At these points, I couldn't help but ask myself "Did he simply run out of ideas?".
In the end, I give the overall rating of "its ok" or 3 stars. My words would have been "good enough, but not good". Forever Odd is not a bad read, but it is a huge drop off from the first book.
I am rating the iTunes audiobook download here....
Let me preface by saying - this is a wonderful book - just don't buy it here. After two consecutive downloads - paying for both of them - I have only been able to hear the first 3 hours of the book. After that, it stops and simply won't play. Now, I work in Technical Support so I know a corrupted file when I see one - what I don't understand is why the iTunes support staff is keeping it out there! Based on previous reviews, I'm not the only one who has had this problem (but I really wanted to hear this book, so I took a chance and lost). I went through the proper channels to report the problem - but buyer beware, there is no way to contact a support rep at all either through phone or through email!!! You have to submit a canned "report a problem" link which probably just gets entered into a huge report that no one looks at. I'm very disappointed with this entire interface which means I will be purchasing all future content from a site that has actual customer service. Now should I hear back from the itunes staff within a reasonable amount of time, I will ammend this review with that information.