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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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    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 04-28-13
    Anne Nacogdoches, TX, USA 04-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Gripping story"

    This is a good book - very different from the ordinary! It's hard to put down!

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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 04-28-13
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Good book."

    It was my first Dean Koontz's book. I enjoyed it, so I bought Intensity, which overshadows Odd Thomas. It has a slower pace, a kind of teenage story. See dead people? So what? I think Odd is a little passive. And what about Elvis? How come he goes to that sleepy town? It's not likely. And the ending is predictable. But, I didn't get bored or anything like that, so, 4 stars is a good rating.

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    Ramona Apple Valley, CA, United States 04-16-13
    Ramona Apple Valley, CA, United States 04-16-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I'M IN LOVE"
    Would you listen to Odd Thomas again? Why?

    YES, SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON THAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IT THE FIRST TIME.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE MAIN CHARACTER, ODD THOMAS. I FIND HIM WITTY, CHARMING, AND BELIEVABLE.


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

    NO, BUT IT IS NOW ON MY "TO DO" LIST.


    If you could take any character from Odd Thomas out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    TAKE OUT TO DINNER??? LITTLE OZZIE OF COURSE. HE WOULD KNOW ALL THE BEST PLACES TO EAT AND WHAT TO ORDER!! GIVEN A CHOICE THOUGH, I WOULD JUST RATHER THAT HE, THOMAS AND I AND JUST ALL FIXED A MEAL TOGETHER.


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    Eric B. MO, USA 02-28-13
    Eric B. MO, USA 02-28-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Outstanding Entertainment"

    This book was just plain entertaining you laugh, maybe cry, be thrilled and just plain have fun. The pace of the book is perfect and all the characters in the book are outstanding . David Aaron Baker is outstanding as the Narrator/Thomas. I am usually not a great fan of ghost stories, but I found myself really liking the the Odd Thomas character.

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    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 02-23-13
    Lisa Janetville, Ontario, Canada 02-23-13

    Proud Canadian. Lakeside views. LOVE audio. Living with MS. Prefer male authors. J.K. fooled me aka Silkworm. Action, adventure, suspense!!

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    "You will love Odd even if you do not know him!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Thomas to be better than the print version?

    I loved both the print and audio versions of Odd and would gladly read them all again; however the narration by David Aaron Baker was exactly what I imagined Odd Thomas to sound like. It was like listening to an old friend. I actually got my husband hooked on Odd so of course I had to download the next in the series Forever Odd. I now prefer to listen to David as Odd rather than read it myself.


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

    The relationship between Odd and Stormy with their carnival fortune tellers card is one of undying love and when it says that they will be together forever I believe it!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love Terrible Chester (the cat) and his master who thankfully encourages Odd to write down his story in this series of journals. He is certainly a most memorable character (not the cat) and quite a literary force to inspire Odd to so believably narrate his life story. The characters are so believable and real that it feel as if I too live in Pico Mundo and could wave to any and all who passed my way!


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

    My daughter and I both had an extreme reaction to the ending of this book...she cannot pick up another Odd book but I on the other hand believe the fortune teller!


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a big favour and read Odd Thomas and you will be sent into the world of love, evil, and everything else in between!

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    M. MacDonald Ohio USA 11-14-12
    M. MacDonald Ohio USA 11-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved Every Second Of Odd Thomas"

    From start to finish I loved this book. I haven't read any Koontz books in the past, and from other reviews I hear this one is a bit different. It's a great story based on an interesting premise. What I didn't expect was the awesome sense of humor and to be laughing as much as I did listening to this book.

    I drive a lot for work and found myself looking forward to my next road trip just so I could listen to more Odd Thomas.

    David Aaron Baker does a fabulous job on the performance. So good in fact that when the movie comes out next year I bet I will disappointed when Odd isn't voiced by David Aaron Baker.

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    Melanie Rettie 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "humerously frightening & lovable"
    Where does Odd Thomas rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    An interesting story, couldn't put it down, couldn't wait to find out where the story would take me.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I knew something bad was going to happen next, but could only guess until I got there and then there were surpirses.


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

    Great job, when you tend to be able to follow the story and not think about the voice reading it to you, that's a good narrator.


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

    Odd himself and of course the old man he was so fond of.


    Any additional comments?

    Delightfully scary, but not terrifying

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    Mathew Yakima, WA, United States 10-30-12
    Mathew Yakima, WA, United States 10-30-12
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    "Worth a listen..."

    I gave this book four stars as a Dean Koontz novel. Up against every other book in the world, it probably doesn't quite deserve that many stars, but, really, not much does. I do, however, think that within this genre, and as a book in the long catalogue of Mr. Koontz, this one measures up quite well.
    The story and characters are interesting and a bit quirky, the pacing is good, and Koontz's prose is, as usual, flowery and flowing. He paints a picture easily formed in the mind's eye and the narration of David Aaron Baker captures it all very effectively.
    If you are a Koontz fan, as I have been for many years, I'm sure you will enjoy this, the first book in his Odd series.

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    reball01 10-13-12
    reball01 10-13-12

    I listen while driving. When I review, I'm much more apt to discuss the performance than the content. Sometimes, a bit of both.

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    "Well Read!!"

    Well read by the narrator! Clean recording! David Aaron Baker acts the story as well as reads it and there are no distractions in his voice that would prompt me to stop listening. You can find out more about the story elsewhere but this recording was definitely worth my time.

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    David MEMPHIS, TN, United States 10-10-12
    David MEMPHIS, TN, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2008

    I read, I listen, I backpack, I game. When I'm not at work, of course! (At least not the backpacking...)

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    "Oddly enjoyable"

    Dean Koontz has my respect for mixing and melding different genres in some of his works and so I occasionally pick up a random book by him for a leisure read. I stumbled into the second or third book of this series in paperback, so a few of the plot twists were already known to me (via flashbacks and side comments) from that book, but even so the entirety of the story kept me on the edge of my seat and waiting for the "other shoe to drop" I now own almost all the audiobooks in the Odd Thomas series. They are excellently narrated and you come to associate the voice of David Baker with Odd Thomas in a very satisfying way (think Harry Dresden and James Marsters - if you're a fan of the Dresden Files by Jiim Butcher).

    Even if you don't particularly care for Koontz in general (his writing does go hit and miss at times when he's being innovative with his genres), give this one a spin. If dark, sleuthy supernatural fictions get your blood going, this is one with a bit of thiller thrown in to the mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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