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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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    Mac Little Rock, AR, United States 08-24-12
    Mac Little Rock, AR, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great narrator"

    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.

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    Lacie 08-17-12
    Lacie 08-17-12
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    "Great Audiobook!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    george st paul, MN, United States 08-15-12
    george st paul, MN, United States 08-15-12
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    "loved it"
    What made the experience of listening to Odd Thomas the most enjoyable?

    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


    What other book might you compare Odd Thomas to and why?

    dont know.. the story was unique and new for me


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    he really brought this book to life for me


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did want to listen to it in one sitting though I could not


    Any additional comments?

    fun interesting unique story for me

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Whittier, CA 08-14-12
    Kathy Whittier, CA 08-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Thomas to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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...


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    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.'


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    When I purchased the first book I didn't realize it was a series. Just bought the next one and hope the "wonderousness" continues!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Treva Frontenac, KS, United States 08-08-12
    Treva Frontenac, KS, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "awesome"
    What did you love best about Odd Thomas?

    The whole concept


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Thomas?

    The ending


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    His voice


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending made me cry


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was an amazing book. I really enjoyed listening to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-30-12
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "THIS BOOK IS STRANGE AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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


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

    NO. I AM SURPRISED AS INTENSITY WAS THE BEST BOOK I EVER READ.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    VER LITTLE. HE DID NOT DO FEMALE VOICES THAT WELL. BUT THE NARRATOR WAS A PLEASURE TO LISTEN TO.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 02-25-12
    Jeremy Bolesky Portland, OR 02-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Entertaining"

    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."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kathy Wautoma, WI, United States 02-20-12
    kathy Wautoma, WI, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "got to love odd thomas"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Thomas to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Thomas?

    when odd realized that stormy did not make it.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i love the fact that odd is a bit of a smart ass.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 02-20-12
    Sue Oklahoma City, OK, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Entertaining"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was fun to read and hard to put down.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it was great.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen, I enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Sacramento, CA, United States 02-03-12
    Thomas Sacramento, CA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I spend about four hours per day on the road. Audio books make my commute go by much faster and make it somewhat enjoyable.

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    "Love this series"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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