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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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    William Hurst, TX, United States 01-26-12
    William Hurst, TX, United States 01-26-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining. Minor quirks with narrator."
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    The book is entertaining and light supernatural stuff. The narrator is fine but strangely says some words wrong—but not often enough to indicate they were written as part of the character. For example, he says

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    Marla Ben Wheeler, TX, United States 12-21-11
    Marla Ben Wheeler, TX, United States 12-21-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Mystery and suspence at its best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. What a better way to get somebody addicted to Dean Koontz.


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    Rita Jonesboro, AR, United States 12-10-11
    Rita Jonesboro, AR, United States 12-10-11 Member Since 2012

    Love books, animals and knitting.

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    "This story made me snort out loud!"
    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    I actually started with the 4th book Odd Hours and fell in love. Bought 1-3 and finished all of them in a week. I would be engrossed in reading and then snort out loud and laugh hysterically. Odd Thomas is a wonderful character. I would love to know him. Exploding cows.............brilliant! Odd is an honest sincere person.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!


    What does David Aaron Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I read the book first then listened to the audio. Mr. Baker read it exactly as I saw it when i read it.


    Who was the most memorable character of Odd Thomas and why?

    I want to marry Little Ozzie!


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    Matthew 11-30-11
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    "Best narrative yet, great Koontz story."

    I have been a fan of Dean Koontz for years. The Odd Thomas series has always intrigued me, but I've never taken the time to see what it's all about.

    Odd Thomas is a curious young man with a very special gift. This story is classic Koontz - full of mysterious things to make your imagination wander, detailed but not boring character development, easy dialog, and witty humor.

    My favorite part of this story was the narrator. His voice fits the Odd Thomas character perfectly. He did such a great job with the other voices as well. I had no trouble knowing which character was speaking.

    I thought the story was just a bit too short and could have been a bit more involved, but perhaps I was so wrapped up in it that I felt it ended prematurely. It did have a good twist at the end that totally caught me off guard. I can't wait to read the next Odd Thomas installments!

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    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11
    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Just love this series"

    This is one of those books that even though I have the actual book, I purchased the audiobook as well because I really like it. When I enjoy a book, I will read or listen to it several times over the years and this book falls into that category.

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    Rondal Cleveland, Tn, United States 07-02-11
    Rondal Cleveland, Tn, United States 07-02-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Koontz's best yet.."

    I have been listening to and reading a lot lately but this book was extraordinary! I can't remember when I have been as fascinated with a character as I am of Odd. It's one of those books I hate to see end.
    A remarkable story.

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    Lissa Edison, NJ, United States 10-30-09
    Lissa Edison, NJ, United States 10-30-09
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    "Loved it"

    Quirky and different, with an interesting story and a few surprises along the way. Great narrator too; I'd definitely recommend it!

    I'm planning to try the next book in the series (read by the same author.)

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    rhonda HOPKINTON, MA, United States 05-28-09
    rhonda HOPKINTON, MA, United States 05-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Odd but good"

    I really enjoyed the story and naration. Thomas is very lovable, and his visitors are fun. Worth the time, I plan to listen to all the other Odd books.

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-19-09
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 04-19-09 Member Since 2006

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "oddly entertaining"

    This book was "oddly" endearing for a Dean Koontz tale. Loved Odd thomas, he is a sweet character. It enticed me to read the others in the series.

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    M. Johnson Detroit, MI USA 03-21-09
    M. Johnson Detroit, MI USA 03-21-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Odd Thomas"

    I usually don't care for stuff by Koontz. Some of his stuff is too strong for me and seems a little too warped (sick). However, I liked this one. Good plot (although people get shot numerous times and still live with no side effects), interesting characters and humor. I plan to read others.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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