We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
Odd Thomas Audiobook

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.
    • 1 audiobook per month
    • 180,000+ titles to choose from
    • $14.95 per month after free trial

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (5996 )
5 star
 (3101)
4 star
 (1863)
3 star
 (706)
2 star
 (191)
1 star
 (135)
Overall
4.3 (3375 )
5 star
 (1829)
4 star
 (990)
3 star
 (392)
2 star
 (99)
1 star
 (65)
Story
4.5 (3350 )
5 star
 (2034)
4 star
 (958)
3 star
 (273)
2 star
 (49)
1 star
 (36)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    David New York, NY, United States 10-15-04
    David New York, NY, United States 10-15-04 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Very good read"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lisa Ramona, CA, USA 10-01-04
    Lisa Ramona, CA, USA 10-01-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent book!"

    I really enjoyed the characters in this book and found myself driving around an extra block here and there just to keep listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 09-01-04
    CYNTHIA L SPANNUTH PITTSBURGH, PA United States 09-01-04 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    63
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    431
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    "Nice, Gentle, Sad"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard Bethpage, NY, USA 07-30-04
    Richard Bethpage, NY, USA 07-30-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    29
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Not as good as some others by him"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Balko Photo USA 07-29-04
    Balko Photo USA 07-29-04 Listener Since 2001

    photonut

    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    24
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Another Keeper"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Christina 07-24-04
    Christina 07-24-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    81
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    376
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Dean Koontz at his best..."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    FredMcC Shreveport, LA United States 07-22-04
    FredMcC Shreveport, LA United States 07-22-04 Member Since 2014

    Agent-19

    HELPFUL VOTES
    12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    74
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent Koontz and a Great Reading"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Becky Carthage, MS, USA 07-14-04
    Becky Carthage, MS, USA 07-14-04
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    "Odd Thomas"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Laurie Carmel, IN, USA 07-05-04
    Laurie Carmel, IN, USA 07-05-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Dean Koontz Gets Better and Better!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Maureen Stanley Swedesboro, NJ 06-24-04
    Maureen Stanley Swedesboro, NJ 06-24-04 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    184
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent quirkiness"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.