I have been a Koontz fan for many years and have seldom enjoyed a book as much as Odd Thomas. The story and the writing style were both enhanced by the excellent reading provided by David Aaron Baker. One of the few audiobooks I'd listen to again.
I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It's a wonderful story and one of my very favorite audiobooks in quite some time. Dean Koontz manages to offer a mixture in this one that should appeal to a variety of audiobook listeners. The supernatural mixed with just the right proportions of whimsy and humor. It's like a cross between The Sixth Sense and Stephen King with Koontz's own special style bringing out the best of all.
Great book! Thoroughly enjoyable with a surprising twist at the end! Dean Koontz has learned to blend humor and horror for a terrific tale that happens in hometown USA. Hey Dean, if you read this: Thanks for another GREAT book!
I, like many, have been a long-time fan of Dean Koontz... from when Lightning was in hardcover. I own many of his books, and am hardly disappointed. Odd Thomas strayed from his usual writing style, and I really enjoyed being told the story by Odd himself. I've enjoyed Koontz's quirky humor outside of his books very much, and it didn't leak, but gushed into this book. The off-handed remark or comment at just the right time put the soul into the character. The story carried you along, slow at first, building the urgency as you learned about the town and people within Odd's circle. No spoilers in this review, but it was worth it to the end.
The narrator (of the book, not WITHIN the book), David Aaron Baker was new to me, and he captured the nuances of the characters perfectly.
I would highly recommend this book to Koontz fans new and old alike.
I have always been a huge Dean Koontz fan, so when I joined Audible I picked Odd Thomas to listen to first. I was not disappointed. The book had enough twists and turns to keep me listening. The narrarator made me feel as if I was listening to Odd's thoughts. I highly recommend this book.
What a great trip! Voice was perfect for the character, Koontz got me right in there, felt like I was with a friend and listening to their tale. I had the "mystery " all figured out in the first oh say half of the book, only to be delightfully thwapped in the head by the real ending. It was great. Made me want more more more
I am not necessarily a Dean Koontz fan, he's just too verbose. However, the reader in this particular case was so tremendously great he overrode some of the objectionable redundancy. In some cases this is a love story, warm and tender. The main charactor is gentle and easy to understand and of course the plot is pure Koontz, bizzare. Somehow it all fits together, works, and even the ending is pretty darn ok.
This was my first Dean Koontz novel, and if the rest are as good as this one was, I can't wait to read the rest. I did this book in two days and was mezmorized from the beginning. The character of Odd is absolutely lovable and the ending was not as I thought it was at all! A great read and I would recommend this to anyone!