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Odd Thomas Audiobook

Odd Thomas

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Publisher's Summary

"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.

Maybe he has a gift, maybe it's a curse, Odd has never been sure, but 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 sympathetic 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.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares, and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, A Division Of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Once in a very great while, an author does everything right, as Koontz has in this marvelous novel....This is Koontz working at his pinnacle." (Publishers Weekly)
"A curious mixture of whimsy, gentle humor, and horror...It is the casual weirdness on display here, rife with bodachs and other signs of a Vonnegut-style fancifulness, that gives Odd Thomas its principal appeal." (The New York Times)
"This quirky and touching story of a 20-year-old short order cook with paranormal abilities is spun with stylistic grace by Dean Koontz, and read in an innocent, unaffected style by David Aaron Baker." (AudioFile)

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    Angie East Olympia, WA, USA 05-01-08
    Angie East Olympia, WA, USA 05-01-08
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    "Good story...well written"

    After reading many of Koontz' efforts, I had a hard time getting started on this one, but once I did it became a page turner and hard to put down. I love the way Koontz can make a common guy a super-hero. Although ALL the characters in this town of Odd's are a little wacky, it adds to the humor of the book rather than straight horror fiction. I was truly sorry to read the last page, wanting to read more! I couldn't wait to get my hands on the 'Odd' sequals!

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    Patrisha Concord, NC, USA 03-11-08
    Patrisha Concord, NC, USA 03-11-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Mr. Koontz has done it again"

    I have read many books by Dean Koonts and it amazes me that at this stage of the game he can STILL keep me fully engaged with his characters.
    Odd Thomas had me from the first paragraph. The characters were completly human , perfect and oooh so imperfect in many ways. It was a wonderful book: one I found hard to leave and couldnt wait to get back to.
    The story was strong and yet delicate... much like a spiders web if one moment was missed.. you could be missing (and probably were) a very important part of the story.
    His story telling is thorough , complete and truly satisfying. As a final note the vocal personality was spot on. He brought warmth and humanity to Mr. Kootz's characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Zoratti Reno, Nevada United States 01-03-08
    R. Zoratti Reno, Nevada United States 01-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Suspense and Humor"

    "Odd Thomas" is a very good book combining both suspense and humor. I enjoyed every minute of listening to this book. This book is much different from other Koontz books that I have read. The main character is very likable and a person you would like to be friends with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruben San Ysidro, CA, United States 12-17-07
    Ruben San Ysidro, CA, United States 12-17-07
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    "Superb"

    I enjoyed the humor, the suspense, the mystery and everything else.
    Very well developed characters give dept to the story.
    Great Narration! Narrator has a clear voice and perfect representations of the different characters.
    I can not wait to listen to the next book in the series!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    The B0lt 12-16-07
    The B0lt 12-16-07
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    "Odd, indeed!"

    I enjoyed this audiobook. Dean Koontz is a very talented author who brings his characters to the forefront with ease, allowing the reader/listener to really get to know them. Interested ending, too!

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    Charlene Collins Reno NV 11-19-07
    Charlene Collins Reno NV 11-19-07 Member Since 2015

    Monkey Toes

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    "Endearing"

    I found the main character, Odd Thomas, endearing, and the narrator was wonderful.

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    Valerie Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 08-25-07
    Valerie Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 08-25-07
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    "Great Story"


    The main characters are so likable and the pace of the story is perfect. It would really make for a terrific movie. If you like Koontz, you will find this to be one of his best.

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    Margaret Chincoteague, VA, USA 08-10-07
    Margaret Chincoteague, VA, USA 08-10-07
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    "Dean Koontz Rocks!"

    Odd Thomas is one of the best characters to come around in a long time. I have listened to/read all of his stories (SO FAR--let's keep our fingers crossed for MORE!), and they only get better! Odd is self-effacing, brave, modest, strong, proud and hopeful---all at the same time! Even though he has suffered tragedy, and done some horrific things himself, he knows that there is more to live for--purpose. He has one and acknowledges it (It is not just his prowess at pancake making, either!), because he's not one for shirking responsibility. He also knows that our transitory life here is just a beginning. He will always be okay; that's not to say, though, that he doesn't have his share of regrets. But he just keeps on plugging. Keep it up, Odd--AND Mr. Koontz! Anyone who has even a smidgen of hope for mankind and the future will love Odd Thomas as much as I do for sharing the same feeling.

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    Larry M Sodus Point, NY 05-21-07
    Larry M Sodus Point, NY 05-21-07 Member Since 2011

    Love mystery, Favs-Clancy, King,

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    "Odd Thomas"

    Great Koontz. Great for my commute. I want more.

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    John Keith Marietta, GA, USA 05-04-07
    John Keith Marietta, GA, USA 05-04-07
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    "Boring Thomas"

    I wouldn't consider this one of Dean's better efforts. Very cliched as far as the modern horror novel is concerned. I can tell Dean goes to a lot of Hollywood's PG-13 horror fair that's in vogue right now. Try something else before considering this one

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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