Odd Thomas is a 20 year old man living in a sleepy California town but things heat up fast. This is a great listen and combines a good mystery with a touching love story. I
I fell in love with a lot of the offbeat characters, and I hated some characters that were supposed to be hated, but, most notably, when the book was over, I was terribly saddened to have to say goodbye to Odd Thomas. I definitely hope there will be more books featuring him, because he is a character that shouldn't be laid to rest just yet.
On the negative side, while imitation is often a good thing, I felt that "Odd Thomas" was too similar to "The Sixth Sense," with a few extra twists and turns thrown in. The ending also could have used a bit of work, because the author is trying too hard for that twisted ending which has become very famous in recent years a-la "The Sixth Sense," and the ending felt unnecessary. If Dean Koontz would have ended a few pages prior without the twist I would have been much happier and liked the book a lot more.
I also wish that the antagonist in this book would have been less human and more paranormal - the better to use Odd Thomas? talents!
The reader, David Aaron Baker was excellent!
I can't imagine how anyone could rate this book with 5 stars - even if you like this type of story.
Granted it is not bad, but it is not good either.
First the positive:
1. The reader did a great job, you can really imagine him as Odd Thomas in 1st person
2. It's a decent little story with some surprises at the end; but, not till the VERY end.
Now with my issues:
1. Koonz has too many little asides describing characters and scenes. They are EXTREMELY boring and most of them end up having no redeeming value. He needs to take lessons from James Lee Burke, who does the same thing, but masterfully
2. Most reviewers say the main character, Odd, is quirky. Odd IS likeable and a bit quirky!! However, I saw much of it as an inconsistent character development as opposed to quirky.
There is just nothing spectacular here. I am unsure if I will read the next one. I am surely going on to something else for now and decide later.
As far as other Koonz, I like his thrillers and mysteries much better. This is really different, you can't tell it's the same author.
This book was my first in the Odd series. I enjoyed it but it took me almost halfway through to get hooked. A slow start for me but worth downloading the next one.
Highly recommend this one. It's funny without taking anything from the story line. It was hard to put down and I hated for it to end. Well written and well read.
I've listened to many of Dean's books. He makes the "yea right, I don't think so" very believable. Not this time. Too far fetched and and the characters and their employment were very cheesy, yes, cheesy.
Odd Thomas is so unassuming about his talent. He wants to be a regular guy but has this strange insight. He also has parents that are relatable. The story has a good mix of humor and mystery.
In the diner when the bad spirits sweep in.
Yes - he does a good job with the Odd Thomas series
I read the book several weeks ago. I had to wait this long to wright a review because I was afraid that I would write something that won't be allowed in fine websites like Audible.
I am ready now.
Dear Mr. Koontz, I kinda hate you. You made me love the characters, feel for Odd and the rest, and then...
I read an Stephen King's interview once, he said that readers hated him for something he did to one of the characters in Kujo. His response was that he didn't want it to do it, it just had to happen. I understand that, but I still hate it when writers do that.
I don't want to reveal anything to future readers, but I felt obligated to say that listening David A Baker in just few minutes sample is not what you will get when listening the whole book. He has quite, gentle voice that is perfect for Odd Thomas, I think.
The best part of the story is love connection Odd and Stormy share. It is really something special. They both have unique point of views, often not even similar, but they match each other perfectly .
When I get my s..t together, I will continue reading the series. Man, I still hate you, Dean...
I read this review before I should post it, and it doesn't say too much about the book. It mostly speaks about how I feel after reading it.
I guess it's an OK review.
This entire series is pretty darn good if you think about how great of a writer someone has to be to make a fry cook into an ass kicking hero with supernatural power, but still have him seem like just an average Joe at the same time.
I haven't listened to any of his other narration, but I have to mention that his voice is the reason why I chose this book (besides the fact that I love supernatural and crime dramas). His voice is very relaxing and smoothly descriptive at least to my own ears.
If you like the first book you will definitely enjoy the entire series. I can't wait to see how it ends, but also don't want it to. Dean Koontz goes from ghosts to aliens and into the future with crazy details of an apocalyptic earth and back again. None of it should combine well together, but it SO does. I just loved the entire series.