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)
I loved this book. It took the first chapter for me to catch on to Odd Thomas's gift, but once that happened the story was terrific. I give this a 4.8.
The title of the book attracted me. I like the strange and unusual. The story did not disappoint. I laughed. I cried. I could hardly wait to discover our hero's fate. I wondered if the bad guys would get their just reward.
The characters were very well developed and colorful. I can vividly picture Terrible Chester, Little Ozzie, and the "Fungus Man" to name a few. I thought about this story and the characters long after I was done listening.
David Aaron Baker did a fine job narrating. There was never a dull moment.
I really enjoyed Odd Thomas, and I can't recommend it highly enough. It's not the best story I have read, but it's so refreshing in it's quirkiness that I just couldn't help but be entertained. Characters are fairly well developed, and Mr Thomas is so likable that you finish the book hoping for a sequel, or even a prequel. Great book!
I am Scott Brick's biggest fan, and have been a member of Audible since the very beginning.
I loved this audio book. I was very sad when it ended. The characters seem real and the narrator is awesome.
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!
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