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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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    Kathrynn Kodiak, AK, United States 01-30-04
    Kathrynn Kodiak, AK, United States 01-30-04 Member Since 2012

    I am Scott Brick's biggest fan, and have been a member of Audible since the very beginning.

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    "Stayed awake wondering what would happen next."

    I loved this audio book. I was very sad when it ended. The characters seem real and the narrator is awesome.

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    Kevin Boynton Beach, FL, USA 01-29-04
    Kevin Boynton Beach, FL, USA 01-29-04
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    "There's nothing Odd about this one!"

    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...

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    S. McCray Springfield, OR United States 01-24-04
    S. McCray Springfield, OR United States 01-24-04 Listener Since 2003
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    "OUTSTANDING!"

    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!

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    Bob spotsylvania, VA, USA 01-23-04
    Bob spotsylvania, VA, USA 01-23-04
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    "great listen"

    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.

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    Bradley Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-22-04
    Bradley Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 01-22-04
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    "WOW!"

    Amazing book!

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    J. Pratt Mount Vernon, WA 01-21-04
    J. Pratt Mount Vernon, WA 01-21-04 Member Since 2012
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    "Odd Thomas"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kc colorado 01-19-04
    kc colorado 01-19-04 Listener Since 2003

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    "Excellent Listening and Captivating story"

    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.

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    Jessica Austin, TX, USA 01-11-04
    Jessica Austin, TX, USA 01-11-04
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    "One of my favorites"

    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!

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    Elise Murray, KY, USA 01-09-04
    Elise Murray, KY, USA 01-09-04
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    "Odd Thomas-Not so odd"

    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

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    Jesse Albuquerque, NM, USA 12-26-03
    Jesse Albuquerque, NM, USA 12-26-03 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book could have been better"

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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