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.
"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)
As a devoted Koontz fan for years, I downloaded this one immediately. I was grabbed by it from the first couple of minutes. The use of Odd as the narrator was an interesting angle. The characters are well drawn and the story is utterly engrossing. One of the things I love about audiobooks is enjoying the performance of the reader. David Aaron Baker is just the best. This is one of those that you can't put down, but hate to see it end...
I am an avid reader, and this was the best book I've read in ages. It was a murder mystery, "sixth sense", a touch of romance, and comedic story all rolled into one. I hope we hear more about Odd Thomas' life!
It started out a little weird when the living dead starting showing up, but got to be tremendous fun and intrigue. I'm about 75% through with the book and almost look forward to driving 50 minutes to a job that has become dreadful.
Clever and excellent use of the language and moves well.
This was one of the best I have listened to. As my first book from this author, I was impressed by the writing style and descriptive nature of the writing.
The narration was also spot on. Aaron Bake has such a perfect voice for this character.
I will definitely be listening to this one again!
I have read every Dean Koontz novel to date so I am a big fan. This novel is no dissapointment, his writing and plot development just get better. He vividly describes what is happening in the story, and the listener will easily share his visions. This is a must have for you audio collection.
Story and narrator came together in this audiobook in a winning combination. I listened to this while driving at night and I was starting to get a little bit scared! Anyways, I love this story and the narrator is fantastic. His voice can now be heard on JCPenny's t.v. ad's and every time I hear it I think it's Odd Thomas talking to me. Guess that proves how engrossing the story is!
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.
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