From "one of the master storytellers of this or any age" (The Tampa Tribune) comes the stunning final adventure of "one of the most remarkable and appealing characters in current fiction" (The Virginian-Pilot) - as #1 New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz brings the unforgettable odyssey of Odd Thomas to its dazzling conclusion.
Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil. Again and again, he has gone where he must and done what he had to do - for better or worse - with his courage and devotion sorely tested, and his soul forever changed. Every triumph has been hard won. Each sacrifice has taken its toll.
Now, whatever destiny drives him has finally steered his steps home, where those he cares for most surround him, the memory of his tragically lost true love haunts him, and one last challenge - vast and dreadful - awaits him. For Odd Thomas, born to serve a purpose far greater than himself, the wandering is done. Only the reckoning remains.
©2015 Dean Koontz. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"put me off Koontz for good"
Complete and utter letdown. For a series that has been building for so long, the ending is a total flop. Seems like Koontz just wanted to get it over with.
"I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms"
(slight spoiler alert) What a great book and an exciting end to a wonderful series. It was so nice to listen to Odd again. Right away I smiled as I again recognized his mannerisms and listened to some of the characters from his past books. I was excited to find that there MIGHT be a way to continue the books although they won't be exactly the same (dare I say maybe even more exciting). Everything seems to be in place for a new series with Odd and Stormy via Ozzie's computer. Thank you Mr. Koontz! What a great experience!
For some reason I struggled to finish it. Story is okay but slower to develop in some parts.
I wish Mr. Koontz would have had his heart in this one. My wife and I both loved the Odd series but this much anticipated book seemed to fall flat. I will still look forward to more of Dean Koontz's writing but this one was a let down.
not at all
Mr. Baker performed wonderful as usual. He will always be Odd for me and I look forward to hearing from him in other productions.
There was to much repetition on certain aspects and I got tired of hearing them. I don't know if the author had forgotten they had already been written, if he felt like they were important enough and needed be repeated and drummed in, or if he just didn't care. There seemed to be a lot of filler. Many pages do not necessarily make a better book. I found myself not enjoying the reading as much as I would have liked to, and often, I just wanted the story line to just move on.
The Odd Thomas character was not a likeable as he used to be,
The narrator has to work with the material he has been given.
Would have made a good short story.
I had been a fan of Dean Koontz, but have not particularly cared for the way his writing style has evolved. I like his earlier novels much more than his latest. I really liked the Odd Thomas character in the first Odd Thomas novel, and I hoped the author would write more. But with each new novel, the Odd Thomas character lost some appeal to me. It sort of seemed to me, the author was loosing interest in the character, and the subsequent novels were not as good as they could have been. I really wanted to like this book, and get into it. Sadly, Dean Koontz has gone the way of some of my other favorite authors, and his later works no longer appeal to me.
I do not have the words to express how little justice the end of this book does to the odd thomas series as a whole. Very sad day.
wasn't the best way to end the series. no bad just not as good as the other books.
"the narration was good as always, the story was no"
The story has no meaning, the ending was devoid of depth. To end this series with such little imagination was not a smart choice.
If Dean had written this book 10 years ago I would have been able to stand it.
This book has ensured that as an avid Koontz reader I will not waste my time, nor money on any future writing of his.
He has run out of ideas, and the ability to see them through.
No longer convincing, no longer able to produce a re readable book.
It feels like he is writing bored now. Odd deserved more than this.
The narrator was great, love his voice and pace.
The last four chapters. But they would have had to be re written.
When you spend two books trying to create an enigma, don't just sweep them away with silly endings, don't leave so many unaddressed story lines.
"The Ends Justifies the Means"
We have walked the path with Odd Thomas for quite some time. In the first book in Pico Mundo he loses his Stormy, the love of his life, and we meet Bodocks. Next, evil in an old Hotel then on to defeating a corrupt genius in a monastery. We move to Magic Beach where he meets Ana-Marie an enigma in her own right and a nice addition to the story. On to bring down a house of horrors and everlasting life, on to cults and Edie Fisher (another great character) and finally leading us to his last adventure. Throughout his walk, we have laughed at his wit and turn of phrase, enjoyed his humility and his adventures. Through his friends we can feel for him and through his enemies we admire him. I would like to think that Koontz wanted us to see a little of ourselves in Odd and perhaps for us all to have something to aspire to.
I very much enjoyed the series, if you peel back some of the supernatural facade, Koontz presents us with a cohesive theme and plot line throughout. This is a thoroughly uplifting series about love, humility, respect, determination, and love. I applaud Koontz for bringing the series to closure, so many authors let series linger. During the entire series, Baker has been a great voice of Odd Thomas. The first book was made into a movie and although true to the novel, I like the novel much better.
These books will appeal to everyone of all ages that have a bent for the supernatural. I challenge those who are not so taken with the genre to give the first one a read because the characterization off Odd is so worth the journey. I loved in the last novel all of the loose ends are tied and we understand things. I can't give this series a higher recommendation. Read this series and you might get hooked on other Koontz’s novels. Another one of my favorites is Innocent. Please start with novel one and give them a go.
No closure. A boring ending to a great series. So disappointed.
"Loved it, but less of the customary lighter bits"
Loved it, performance outstanding, as always with the Odd Thomas series, but the story doesn't have as much of the light-hearted aspects of its predecessors.
It's typical Odd Thomas! If you love Odd you'll love this. David Aaron Bakers narration works wonderfully with character yet again
"One Odd too many"
I have enjoyed all the predecessors in this series but found myself constantly wishing it would get there. This should have ended a book before it did by adding the last 2 chapters to the book before.
"Wonderful end to the series (sadly)"
He captures the essence of Oddie perfectly. His delivery is just right and I can't imagine the character without hearing his voice.
"They were meant to be together forever"
Loved this series. Try it if you haven't already. I started with book four, got hooked and went back to book one. Then had to perceiver the wait for the next to be written.
Great 8th book
Koontz does it again really enjoyed this one
Would recommend to anyone who likes odd thomas that this is a must read
"The final Odd"
Am so sad to see Odd leave us but I think he might be back in another story
"Never fails to deliver."
Excellent book, really enjoyed listening to it and we'll delivered. A fine way to finish off the series. And with scope for more.
Thoroughly enjoyed the Odd Thomas series. Would recommend they should be read in order.
My first audio book and I loved the story and the performance....I have read the other books in the Odd series and this was a good final book.
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