Series: Odd Thomas #7
Published by Bantam on January 13, 2015
Source: Owned Audible Book
The hugely anticipated finale to #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz's acclaimed Odd Thomas series, featuring his most popular character-a thrilling tour-de-force packed with suspense and emotion that gives fans everything they've been waiting for... and much, much more.
Two years after the cataclysmic events that sent him journeying into mystery, Odd Thomas, the intrepid fry cook who sees the dead and tries to help them, has traveled full circle, back to his beloved home town of Pico Mundo and the people he loves. He has come to save them-and perhaps humanity-from the full flowering of evil it is his destiny to confront, as he draws ever closer to the truth of the world and his place in it. Stronger, wiser than he started, and with the help of the friends he has made along the way, Odd prepares to confront the terrible forces arrayed against him and possibly to journey still farther, to his long-awaited reunion with his lost love, Stormy Llewellyn.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
Despite having finished the book, I’m still not quite sure I’m ready to say goodbye to Odd Thomas. I listened to this book soon after it’s release. Part of me was unwilling to start, to put it off and keep Odd out there somewhere waiting for me. But the part of me that wanted Odd to get his happy ending caved first, and I greedily devoured the Odd one’s final adventure.
Thankfully, Odd has made his way back to his beloved Pico Mundo and his close friends. I choked up again, seeing Cheif Wyatt Porter and Little Ozzie. I knew no one, not even Odd, would be guaranteed safety in this last book. I even knew that for Odd to get what he wanted most, to be reunited with his true love Stormy, he’d have to move on to the next plane.
Which is why I was super glad that Odd discovered a timeturner and was able to bring Stormy back to life and bring about world peace. Phew.
Okay, just kidding, that’s not how things went down. Like the very first Odd Thomas book, this one left me in tears. They were tears of happiness and loss, and they were bittersweet. I think the reason that I connected so well with Odd Thomas was because he felt so real and complete, his narration compelling, enough so that Dean Koontz wrote a whole series around him, which is not a Koontz thing to do. I love Odd Thomas the way I love other characters that feel like real friends- like Harry and Hermione, like the Loser’s Club from It, like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy,
Was this a fitting end for Odd? I think so. I was expecting something on a larger scale, but in the end I’m glad for the way things went down, it paralleled book one and brought Odd’s journey full circle. I can’t imagine Odd’s story ending any other way. I’ll miss Odd, and I hope one day the world will be the kind of place worthy of such a good soul.
David Aaron Baker was the first narrator who ever completely charmed me. His narration of the first Odd Thomas made the book for me, made me love Odd, and reintroduced me to the wonders of audiobooks. Baker was the first narrator who’s named I bothered to learn, although he would not be the last. Now I read books simply because I like the narrators, and he’s the reason why. I wonder if it was just as hard for him to say goodbye to Odd? There is no other narrator that could have brought Odd’s particular earnestness, quirk and honesty to life as well as Baker did, and I’m so glad he was picked to narrate the entire series.