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. I have listened/read a number of books since I had the pleasure coming across Odd Thomas. I often think back at how wonderful this book was. The narrator made ut even better. Don't hesitate about Odd Thomas, you will enjoy it immensely.
I have read most of Koontz's books, but this was one of the best. I liked the characters with their eccentricities. The ending was a complete surprise.
I found this rather slow in comparison to some others by Mr. Koontz. Sure, the storyline has some highs but a lot of this book seems to be filler or fluff rather than content. I found Tick Tock a much more engaging listen.
Typical Koontz style, but the ending is a bit more surprising. Odd has become a favorite of mine along with Chris Snow. Hoping there will be another Odd Thomas novel coming along!
Dean Koontz has written several good books, but he's also written quite a few really bad ones. This was a good one-- one of the best that I've read. It had me hooked completely from the beginning through the end, and contained a nice mix of suspense and humor.
I have been a Koontz fan for many years and have seldom enjoyed a book as much as Odd Thomas. The story and the writing style were both enhanced by the excellent reading provided by David Aaron Baker. One of the few audiobooks I'd listen to again.
I rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It's a wonderful story and one of my very favorite audiobooks in quite some time. Dean Koontz manages to offer a mixture in this one that should appeal to a variety of audiobook listeners. The supernatural mixed with just the right proportions of whimsy and humor. It's like a cross between The Sixth Sense and Stephen King with Koontz's own special style bringing out the best of all.
Great book! Thoroughly enjoyable with a surprising twist at the end! Dean Koontz has learned to blend humor and horror for a terrific tale that happens in hometown USA. Hey Dean, if you read this: Thanks for another GREAT book!
I, like many, have been a long-time fan of Dean Koontz... from when Lightning was in hardcover. I own many of his books, and am hardly disappointed. Odd Thomas strayed from his usual writing style, and I really enjoyed being told the story by Odd himself. I've enjoyed Koontz's quirky humor outside of his books very much, and it didn't leak, but gushed into this book. The off-handed remark or comment at just the right time put the soul into the character. The story carried you along, slow at first, building the urgency as you learned about the town and people within Odd's circle. No spoilers in this review, but it was worth it to the end.
The narrator (of the book, not WITHIN the book), David Aaron Baker was new to me, and he captured the nuances of the characters perfectly.
I would highly recommend this book to Koontz fans new and old alike.
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