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Odd Thomas | [Dean Koontz]

Odd Thomas

"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.
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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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    Cynthia 10-22-13
    Cynthia 10-22-13 Member Since 2009
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    "I can't say enough good things about the narrator."
    If you could sum up Odd Thomas in three words, what would they be?

    Real
    Believeable
    Heartfelt


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Between the writer and the narrator, I believed that Odd Thomas was here with me, telling me his story, as if we were old friends.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have now listed to 5 Odd Thomas books. David Aaron Baker is why I have kept up with the series. His talented depiction of characters is absolutley remarkable. You never have to wonder "Who is speaking now?", as he has a range of character voices like no other.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't want to let any spoilers slip. However, it was an emotional read.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so happy with this perfect mesh of Koontz's writing and Baker's narrating!!!

    This was my first Koontz book. I loved this story, it was like nothing I have ever read before. I have such an affection for the main characters, I almost believe that I know them personally. I have now read 5 Odd Thomas books and am moving on to # 6. Afterwards, I will look in to Koontz's others too.

    I have listened to close to 100 audio books and I have never been so impressed as I have been with the narrator, David Aaron Baker. After I finish with the Odd Thomas series, I will seek out other books that he has narrated.

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    Janet Willis, TX, United States 10-02-13
    Janet Willis, TX, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "If you are not a Koonz fan- this is better....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Different-good characterization-not as gory as much of Koontz's works


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good personalization. I could believe the reader was the character . I am not a Koontz fan
    but I liked the premise and the characters


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a Koontz or horror fan but I liked the characters in this book and will listen to the next

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    Travis West Valley City, UT, United States 09-27-13
    Travis West Valley City, UT, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Unexpected and Oddy Entertaining"
    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    The character development of the book was fantastic. I became emotionally attached to each character. I loved the interaction between Stormy and Odd; I also loved most other interactions with Odd. He is a very intriguing character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stormy, without a doubt. She was so cool and funny. She knew what she wanted and she was who she was.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None - I think he could've done a better job at the climax.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes but I wont disclose this information. But if you want to have a great and moving experience please listen to this book; you wont regret it.


    Any additional comments?

    Odd Thomas was a book in which I didn’t know what to expect. It was my first introduction into Dean Koontz and while I’ve heard about several other good books by Dean I was still skeptical that this book would be any good. None the less I decided I should give this book a try.

    Dean did an excellent job of drawing me in and memorizing me. I couldn’t stop listening, in the car, at home and at work. While listening to the book at work I would get frustrated with every interruption, made for some not very productive work hours.

    I really loved this book and now have found a new series to which I can enjoy reading and listening too. Thank you Dean Koontz for bringing Odd Thomas to life for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Temple LOS GATOS, CA, United States 09-16-13
    Temple LOS GATOS, CA, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "An Odd-some read!"
    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    I enjoyed the entire concept behind Odd Thomas. I appreciated his "goodie two shoes" personality....sweet, kind, good ol' boy, despite being "blessed" with a gift that could have easily driven him crazy and sent him down into the dark realms. Even despite having defunct parents, he still managed to come out "okay". Example of his high morals/ethics: Not using his psychic abilities to benefit himself monetarily - i.e. poker games, lottery tickets, etc. Simple mindedness that is endearing: Aspiring to make the jump from short order cook to the tire business and then (gasp) even a bigger leap to Shoe retail sales. ;-) Gotta love it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Koontz knows how to build suspense with each sentence. Anticipation builds as he slowly unfolds a scene, until your ears are urging the narrator along to reach the scene finale.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many favorites, but I'd have to say the scene where the coyotes stalk him after he dumped the dead body and the ghost of the dead prostitute intervenes stands out in my mind.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending, of course. To have that twist incorporated into the storyline in Book 1 (and not further down the road of the series) was a little surprising.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brett United States 09-16-13
    Brett United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great mixture of comedy, suspense, and mystery."
    What made the experience of listening to Odd Thomas the most enjoyable?

    Odd Thomas is one of the most enjoyable characters that I have ever come across in a book or movie. The character of Odd Thomas could stand alone and support any story. Dean Koontz could literally write about Odd Thomas going to the dentist or doing everyday chores and I would still read it. The way Odd deals with life and never takes anything too seriously keeps me coming back for more. I have read almost all of the Odd Thomas series, and I would say this one is one of the best.


    What other book might you compare Odd Thomas to and why?

    Odd Thomas is an original in my mind. I may not be as versed or well read as other reviewers but I personally have not read any other stories quite like the Odd Thomas books.


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    David Aaron Baker is an absolute delight to listen to. His portrayol of the wildly amusing Odd Thomas is amazing. He could read the obituary column from a small town newspaper and I'm sure I would be entertained.
    He bring's all the characters to life and is able to make you feel like you have known Odd Thomas your whole life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Wow Audible, interesting question! Now I feel pressure to come up with something clever... well that's not gonna happen. I guess I would say "The dead don't talk, I don't know why", since that phrase is uttered by Odd Thomas in almost every book.


    Any additional comments?

    Odd Thomas is my "go-to" book when I am trying to convince fellow readers to give audiobooks a try. With David Aaron Baker's pleasant voice portraying such a colorful and amazing character, it is easy to get caught up in the equally entertaining and mysterious life of Odd Thomas. It is an audiobook experience that you are not gonna want to miss.

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    Brian Petrolia, ON, Canada 09-13-13
    Brian Petrolia, ON, Canada 09-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"
    Would you listen to Odd Thomas again? Why?

    This is a new series to me and I found it extremely interesting happy to of found this series and I plan to follow it through


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    Sara P. Southern Arizona 08-27-13
    Sara P. Southern Arizona 08-27-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Interesting, Inventive"
    What made the experience of listening to Odd Thomas the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well developed which made the unusual parts of the story more believable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The imagination.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall specifically, but it was a well done narration.


    If you could take any character from Odd Thomas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I think I would enjoy taking the chief and his wife out to dinner. They seemed like a terrific couple. Caring, smart and very accepting of Odd Thomas.


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    Ray Cedar Park, TX, United States 06-10-13
    Ray Cedar Park, TX, United States 06-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Just a very enjoyable read, with an Odd hero."
    Would you listen to Odd Thomas again? Why?

    I did listen to it again. I remembered enjoying the first read but it's been awhile. Before going onto the next in the series I needed a refresher, and found myself rooting for the hero and enjoying all his quirkiness and insight once again.


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    Dianne Elizabeth City, NC, United States 05-29-13
    Dianne Elizabeth City, NC, United States 05-29-13 Member Since 2013
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    "2nd Time Around!"
    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    I love Odd Thomas! I believe there are many people who can relate to Odd Thomas. They can relate to weather his abilities are a GRIFT or a CURSE!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Thomas?

    When he describes his abilities!


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this series, and I am reading it for a second time. This time around, I am enjoying the audiablebooks, as I can listen and do another task while enjoying a story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 05-23-13
    Tom 05-23-13
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    "Dean has yet to let me down"
    If you could sum up Odd Thomas in three words, what would they be?

    Original, Exciting, Surprising


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Thomas?

    The ending, and I can't give that away, but You will be moved one way or the other


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    Well duhhhh ODD


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me not put the thing down, and just listened to it the second time


    Any additional comments?

    I am a sci-fi, mystery, horror JUNKIE... Dean has been the only author (including the KING of horror) that has Never let me down! I own most of his books (in actual book form) I have avoided the Odd Thomas Books for??? I don't know the name I think, but the only good thing is NOW I can go and listen to All of them and don't have to wait a year to have Dean crank out a new book!

    Odd Thomas, had me from I see dead people, and didn't fail me the entire book. The ending surprised me.. ( Yay for you Dean) I can usually figure out his endings but totally missed this one!!!

    My free credit isn't until the first of the month and I can see me dropping some serious ka-ching starting today....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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