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)
The narrator makes this series better than the actual text in my opinion. The books lack depth, but the way the narrator becomes Odd Thomas makes it a pleasurable listen.
So far, this is the best audiobook I have downloaded. I've already listened to the whole series 2 times through. The narrator IS Odd Thomas. There is no other way to say it. I know they couldn't have picked a better narrator. As for the story, one of the most thrilling, suspenseful stories I have ever "read". I can't count how many times my jaw dropped from surprise. The twist and turns will definitely have you coming back for more of Odd. All of the characters are dynamic and lifelike.If you love Dean Koontz, you will love Odd Thomas. Even if you don't like the author, I would recommend this book/series to eveyone.
narrator was a great match for the characters of this book and the interesting story. the fun commentary made by the main character really matched my thoughts in those kinds of situations
dont know.. the story was unique and new for me
he really brought this book to life for me
I did want to listen to it in one sitting though I could not
fun interesting unique story for me
Have not read the print version, and now I wouldn't want to. I loved Odd so much, I think, because of David Aaron Bakers narration. I fell in love with Odd.
Odd, of course, then Stormy. What a wonderful couple! The names for them are perfect.
The story gives them an interaction that is beautiful to behold. The narration brings that love to life! As a person unattached, the story and the narration made me long for just this type of relationship... someday...
He gave Odd Thomas such a personality! So much like the person who is described in the book. I feel like the nurse who is heartbroken that he is 'taken.'
Well, besides Odd & Stormy I loved Chief Wyatt Porter because of his love for Odd. And Little Ozzie for his love and embracing of himself. And, again, Baker gave him a terrific voice. As well as Shamus Cocobolo - a character I was hoping we'd hear more from.
When I purchased the first book I didn't realize it was a series. Just bought the next one and hope the "wonderousness" continues!
The whole concept
The ending made me cry
I thought it was an amazing book. I really enjoyed listening to the story.
AUDIBLE MAKES READING POSSIBLE AND EASY FOR ME...I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED. I WISH THEY HAD ALL THE BOOKS I WANT I WOULD SNAP THEM UP!
IF THERE WAS A DECENT STORY. THE STORY ALLOWED KOONTZ TO DO ANYTHING AND IT DIDN'T MATTER IF IT MADE ANY SENSE OR CAME TOGETHER
LEAVE OUT THE
NO. I AM SURPRISED AS INTENSITY WAS THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ.
VER LITTLE. HE DID NOT DO FEMALE VOICES THAT WELL. BUT THE NARRATOR WAS A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO.
I GOT THIS BOOK AS THERE ARE SEVERAL BOOKS IN THE SERIES. I FIGURED IT HAD TO BE GOOD IF HE WROTE SO MANY IN THE SAME SERIES. I WAS WRONG. I DID NOT FINISH THE BOOK. I WILL MAYBE BUT NOT NOW. I HAVE BETTER BOOKS TO READ.
I've listened to over a hundred books on Audible, but none have been as entertaining as the the Odd Thomas series. I usually prefer hard science fiction, books of literary importance, or believable historical fiction. My "willing suspension of disbelief" is limited. The wit and depth of character in this series overrides my usual distain of the impossible. The narrator is perfect for the part. If I were reading this, I couldn't come up with a more perfect "voice."
I did not read the book,but because i have to spend so much time behind the wheel i really enjoy having a book read to me.
when odd realized that stormy did not make it.
i have heard him read other odd thomas books he has a great voice that seems to fit what i think odd would sound like.
i love the fact that odd is a bit of a smart ass.
i have heard the odd thomas books out of order but still enjoyed each and everyone of them even though i am aware of certain plot events.
Yes, it was fun to read and hard to put down.
Yes, it was great.
A great listen, I enjoyed it very much.
I spend about four hours per day on the road. Audio books make my commute go by much faster and make it somewhat enjoyable.
I picked this book at random just to check it out. The story was great and I enjoyed it very much. I decided to go ahead and purchase the rest of the books in this series after listening to this one.
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