Review: Audiobook Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: June 2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Format: MP3 Book
  • Sales Rank: 386,720


“The dead don’t talk. I don’t know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. He tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo’s police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it’s different.
A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world’s worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.
Today is August 14….

My Thoughts

This was the first Dean Koontz book I have read or listened to so I did not know what to expect really.  This was a good story.  As a matter of fact, I had to sit in my car at work yesterday morning so that I could finish the last 15 minutes of the story.  I just had to know what happened.  I like that this was written from a first person point of view of Odd Thomas’ memory of what happen between August 14 and 15.  It is written in a manner that at time is confusing.  The tenses change and Odd reminds himself that he should be telling this story lightly.  I loved that I could not guess what was going to come next until it actually happened.  I get very frustrated when I can tell the story without reading it.  Until I started writing this review, I was unaware that this is part of a series.  I am going to have to find out what happens to Odd Thomas next.  The reader on this book was very strong – different inflections used from different characters.  This I enjoy, it makes them come to life for me.

My Rating

4 of 5 stars  I will be checking out the other books in this series

Review: Audio book 7th Heaven by James Patterson

7th Heaven (The Women's Murder Club)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Format: Compact Disc


Two cases have pushed San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer beyond her limits. In the first, a terrible fire in a wealthy home has left a married couple dead and Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, searching for clues. At the same time, Michael Campion, the son of California’s ex-governor with a reputation for partying, has been missing for a month. When there finally seems to be a lead in his case, it is a devastating one. And the combined pressure from the press and the brass is overwhelming.
Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano plunges into the biggest case of her life to get to the bottom of Michael Campion’s disappearance. As fire after fire consumes couples in expensive neighborhoods, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club race to find the arsonists responsible. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home. Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay confronts the most daunting dilemmas she’s ever faced — in a thriller with unexpected twists and emotional extremes of the kind only James Patterson — “the man who can’t miss” (Time) — can deliver.

My Thoughts:

First, let me say that the reader on this book is amazing.  I have listened to a lot of audio books that I just cannot get through because the reader is one tone and that it is.  The tones and inflection change with each character helping to draw you into the story.  I enjoy that Patterson runs two story lines in these stories, as it helps to keep my interest and keeps me always wondering what is going to happen next.  
At face value, the book has twists and turns like crazy.  Things that you never expect to happen do.  That being said, there are a few inconsistent parts of the the story.  For me this was just fine because the story was just that good.  

I was very excited to get back into the lives of these women and find out what was going on.  I enjoyed that the story is not all about the cases.  We are dealing with the sexual tension between Lindsay and her partner Rich and her feeling for her boyfriend who has proposed but Lindsay can’t make a decision.  Yuki and her odd interactions with the wicked author,Twilly.  And then the minor story lines that go long during the story.  I love these women and getting to know what is going on with them.  It make me want to keep coming back time and time again. 

I listen to audio books on my commute which is just over 30 minutes each way.  I had trouble getting out of the car because I just wanted to know what was happening.  The worst was when the weekend came and I had to put it aside for two hold days (that didn’t happen – I made my husband and kids listen on Sunday between church and grocery shopping).  I just wanted to know how they were going to catch Pidge and Hawk and who killed Michael Campion?!?!  I never saw the end of either of these story lines coming.  James Patterson always offers me a surprise in the end.

My Rating:

4 of 5 stars

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