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've listened to many of Dean's books. He makes the "yea right, I don't think so" very believable. Not this time. Too far fetched and and the characters and their employment were very cheesy, yes, cheesy.
Odd Thomas is so unassuming about his talent. He wants to be a regular guy but has this strange insight. He also has parents that are relatable. The story has a good mix of humor and mystery.
In the diner when the bad spirits sweep in.
Yes - he does a good job with the Odd Thomas series
I read the book several weeks ago. I had to wait this long to wright a review because I was afraid that I would write something that won't be allowed in fine websites like Audible.
I am ready now.
Dear Mr. Koontz, I kinda hate you. You made me love the characters, feel for Odd and the rest, and then...
I read an Stephen King's interview once, he said that readers hated him for something he did to one of the characters in Kujo. His response was that he didn't want it to do it, it just had to happen. I understand that, but I still hate it when writers do that.
I don't want to reveal anything to future readers, but I felt obligated to say that listening David A Baker in just few minutes sample is not what you will get when listening the whole book. He has quite, gentle voice that is perfect for Odd Thomas, I think.
The best part of the story is love connection Odd and Stormy share. It is really something special. They both have unique point of views, often not even similar, but they match each other perfectly .
When I get my s..t together, I will continue reading the series. Man, I still hate you, Dean...
I read this review before I should post it, and it doesn't say too much about the book. It mostly speaks about how I feel after reading it.
I guess it's an OK review.
This entire series is pretty darn good if you think about how great of a writer someone has to be to make a fry cook into an ass kicking hero with supernatural power, but still have him seem like just an average Joe at the same time.
I haven't listened to any of his other narration, but I have to mention that his voice is the reason why I chose this book (besides the fact that I love supernatural and crime dramas). His voice is very relaxing and smoothly descriptive at least to my own ears.
If you like the first book you will definitely enjoy the entire series. I can't wait to see how it ends, but also don't want it to. Dean Koontz goes from ghosts to aliens and into the future with crazy details of an apocalyptic earth and back again. None of it should combine well together, but it SO does. I just loved the entire series.
I love Odd Thomas, I have become a Dean Koontz fan a little latter in my literary life. In the past I have chosen to steer clear of a lot of the more popular mainstream authors. Well I am so glad that I bent. I love these books. I love Odd's humor, and the fact that he is not to verbose
Yes, I was dying to see what fun and horrors were coming next!
I simply cannot imagine anyone else with his voice, flawless
Fun and fantastic, a quick keep you entertained and intwined book.
Yes David Aaron Baker did an excellent job of narration. He was the perfect Odd Thomas.
I did not have a favorite but Viola was "real" to me. Being told to stay put for fear of your life yet not wanting to disappoint the ones you love.
Yes! I listened as long as I could. My ears were numb after some sittings.
I really liked this book. It scared me enough yet stayed believable. I saw people I know in this book. Looking forward to more Odd Thomas.
Between the writer and the narrator, I believed that Odd Thomas was here with me, telling me his story, as if we were old friends.
I have now listed to 5 Odd Thomas books. David Aaron Baker is why I have kept up with the series. His talented depiction of characters is absolutley remarkable. You never have to wonder "Who is speaking now?", as he has a range of character voices like no other.
I don't want to let any spoilers slip. However, it was an emotional read.
I am so happy with this perfect mesh of Koontz's writing and Baker's narrating!!!
This was my first Koontz book. I loved this story, it was like nothing I have ever read before. I have such an affection for the main characters, I almost believe that I know them personally. I have now read 5 Odd Thomas books and am moving on to # 6. Afterwards, I will look in to Koontz's others too.
I have listened to close to 100 audio books and I have never been so impressed as I have been with the narrator, David Aaron Baker. After I finish with the Odd Thomas series, I will seek out other books that he has narrated.
Different-good characterization-not as gory as much of Koontz's works
Good personalization. I could believe the reader was the character . I am not a Koontz fan
but I liked the premise and the characters
I am not a Koontz or horror fan but I liked the characters in this book and will listen to the next
The character development of the book was fantastic. I became emotionally attached to each character. I loved the interaction between Stormy and Odd; I also loved most other interactions with Odd. He is a very intriguing character.
Stormy, without a doubt. She was so cool and funny. She knew what she wanted and she was who she was.
None - I think he could've done a better job at the climax.
Yes but I wont disclose this information. But if you want to have a great and moving experience please listen to this book; you wont regret it.
Odd Thomas was a book in which I didn’t know what to expect. It was my first introduction into Dean Koontz and while I’ve heard about several other good books by Dean I was still skeptical that this book would be any good. None the less I decided I should give this book a try.
Dean did an excellent job of drawing me in and memorizing me. I couldn’t stop listening, in the car, at home and at work. While listening to the book at work I would get frustrated with every interruption, made for some not very productive work hours.
I really loved this book and now have found a new series to which I can enjoy reading and listening too. Thank you Dean Koontz for bringing Odd Thomas to life for me.
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