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Saint Odd

Odd Thomas, Book 7
Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
Series: Odd Thomas, Book 7
Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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Summary

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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top notch

excellent Odd Thomas as usual, stricken with both sadness and joy. You'll be completely gripped from start to finish, and lost when you're done

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  • anna
  • England
  • 20-06-19

amazing end

a perfect end to an amazing set off books. the narrator does a great performance and has me believing each character.

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I felt a bit lost at the end here but at least it was an end

I can’t Describe what I truly feel and so on as I would be giving away the plot. The penultimate book for me was better.

I’m happy to report that this does conclude! There is no ambiguity to what happens. The ending is pleasant and as good as can be expected with everything Odd has gone through.
Dean Koontz tells us on his website that we would discover the meaning of smoothed and fully blue and well, no, we don’t! There are some flimsy references here and there but ultimately it doesn’t say - “and smoothed and fully blue means.... “ which I think was my greatest disappointment.

I did shed some tears. Mostly because this is the last odd Thomas book and we won’t join him on any more adventures.

If you’ve read/listened to the other 7 you must read or listen to this to conclude. But I can only give it 4 stars as I felt a bit bereft of final proper explanations for several things that were mentioned in the series.

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Love

loved it and all Dean Koontz work so sad it is over. on to the next

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Goodbye Oddy it's been a blast!

I have been listening and reading Odd Thomas over a number of years. Enjoyed every moment. A fitting end. Thank you Dean Koontz for the entertainment.

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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.

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  • Dimmy
  • South Yorkshir
  • 31-12-15

Saint Odd

It's typical Odd Thomas! If you love Odd you'll love this. David Aaron Bakers narration works wonderfully with character yet again

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  • Bryant
  • United Kingdom
  • 25-07-15

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.

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  • Miika
  • Kotka, Finland
  • 20-07-15

Wonderful end to the series (sadly)

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

He captures the essence of Oddie perfectly. His delivery is just right and I can't imagine the character without hearing his voice.

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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.

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  • Derek B.
  • 16-05-15

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!

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  • Carrie Talbot
  • 18-03-15

Really good.

I always enjoy reading about Odd Thomas. The character gives me hope. So many lessons are here if you have the heart to understand.

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  • Stephen
  • 28-02-15

Sadly disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

Has Saint Odd turned you off from other books in this genre?

not at all

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

Mr. Baker performed wonderful as usual. He will always be Odd for me and I look forward to hearing from him in other productions.

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  • K. F.
  • 06-08-17

Solid Finale

While this is neither the most exciting nor most satisfying of the Odd Thomas novels, it is still a solid conclusion to the series. Saint Odd shares the typical strengths of the series, a likable protagonist and a good blend of action, drama, suspense, and supernatural elements.

Koontz tried something a bit unusual with the climax and fumbles it; while it's not a disaster, it diminishes the impact. The scenes following the climax, however, are some of the best in the series.

David Aaron Baker does a typical strong performance, although I think he tries to read some passages in a tone that is more somber than he's capable of delivering well. However. he nails the post-climax scenes so hard that I cannot imagine the novel being enjoyed in any other format but this audio version. Well done, indeed.

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  • TXCowgirrrl
  • 28-03-16

Exceptional End to the Series

I admit it, I didn't want the Odd stories to end. I procrastinated reading/listening to this final volume but could wait no longer. I'm relieved and pleased with the end and shall read them all again, start to finish. Things were wrapped up in my personal opinion, contrary to some of the reviews I found here. If you've been hesitating, expecting to be disappointed, don't.

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  • withpatience
  • 14-01-15

the narration was good as always, the story was no

What would have made Saint Odd better?

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.

Has Saint Odd turned you off from other books in this genre?

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.

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

The narrator was great, love his voice and pace.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Saint Odd?

The last four chapters. But they would have had to be re written.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Joe
  • 16-03-15

Dissappointing

What would have made Saint Odd better?

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.

What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

The Odd Thomas character was not a likeable as he used to be,

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator has to work with the material he has been given.

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

Would have made a good short story.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Hu
  • 01-02-15

Lost attention

For some reason I struggled to finish it. Story is okay but slower to develop in some parts.

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  • Adam
  • 25-01-15

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.

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  • lance
  • 09-03-16

Great ending to the series?

Have read all of the Odd books. Great book. He always keeps you guessing. Two thumbs up.

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