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Odd Thomas Audiobook

Odd Thomas

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"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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    Dale Apollo Beach, FL, USA 10-04-05
    Dale Apollo Beach, FL, USA 10-04-05
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    "Hard to not listen to all day!"

    The narrator livedly takes you on a journey that you do not want to end. I listen as I drive to work and I found myself leaving home earlier and driving slower so that I could hear more of this awesome tale.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha 03-11-08
    Trisha 03-11-08 Member Since 2016
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    "Mr. Koontz has done it again"

    I have read many books by Dean Koonts and it amazes me that at this stage of the game he can STILL keep me fully engaged with his characters.
    Odd Thomas had me from the first paragraph. The characters were completly human , perfect and oooh so imperfect in many ways. It was a wonderful book: one I found hard to leave and couldnt wait to get back to.
    The story was strong and yet delicate... much like a spiders web if one moment was missed.. you could be missing (and probably were) a very important part of the story.
    His story telling is thorough , complete and truly satisfying. As a final note the vocal personality was spot on. He brought warmth and humanity to Mr. Kootz's characters.

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    Amazon Customer 02-12-06 Member Since 2004
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    "A must read, even if you're not a Koontz fan"

    Not a Dean Koontz fan, or suspense reader in general, I was drawn into his world by the awe-inspiring, never-set-down Life Expectancy. Afterwards, it was a quick decision in the affirmative to read Odd Thomas. Koontz provides an amazing array of characters centered around Odd Thomas, a 20-year-old man whose name, yes, really is Odd, and can see and somewhat communicate with the deceased. Coming from a home life one has to read to believe, Odd emancipated himself and has become the town's favorite fry-cook who looks to three adults--his boss, the sheriff, and a mystery writer as surrogate parents. While sounding quite comical, this book is beautifully written, heart-wrenching, suspenseful and love story. It has all aspects of every genre on literature. It even got this hard-core "chic lit" fan to shed some tears and pick up the sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 09-14-05
    Brendan Arlington, WA, USA 09-14-05
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    "Great as always"

    It did take me a while to get into this book, but once I did, I couldnt wait to get back into the car so I could listen more.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 02-24-04
    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 02-24-04 Listener Since 2004

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    "I like the new Koontz"

    The new style that Koontz displayed in Odd Thomas was really refreshing. I have enjoyed most of his books, but this one absolutely hooked me! DK made Odd seem like a real person...one that would be good to know. Not to mention that David Aaron Baker's narration really fleshed out Odd's character. I could have happily spent another 20 hours (or more) listening to Odd's tale. Hopefully we'll be getting a lot more Odd in the future.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Montgomery, TX, USA 01-22-06
    Shelley Montgomery, TX, USA 01-22-06
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    "Surprisingly Entertaining"

    Although Koontz does repeat himself often--perhaps for emphasis?--The character of Odd Thomas is delightful and David Allen Baker does a more than commendable job of bringing Odd to life. I was not aware that this book was in the supernatural genre, yet I enjoyed Baker's reading so much, I listened to Forever Odd as well.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marlee Harrisburg, MO, United States 02-09-13
    Marlee Harrisburg, MO, United States 02-09-13
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    "He sees dead people... The end."

    He saw dead people. Odd Thomas is an agreeable young man with a free spirited girlfriend he's completely in love with. He also sees dead people, and helps catch criminals on the side when he's not frying food at the town's diner. Hardly groundbreaking, but I have a thing for the paranormal and it sounded interesting enough, and really, the first few chapters were excellent. But, then it kind of fell into a predictable rhythm. I have a friend that's in love with Dean Koontz, so I thought I would try 'im as well, but I was sorely disappointed. I found the prose to be formula and the descriptions, while thick (which I appreciate), very cliched (which I didn't). Koontz sort of got soppy too, which I never like. (Waiting until marriage to have sex with his girlfriend, constantly professing undying love, parents are assholes and one dimensional, martyr, martyr, bleh) Characters were black and white, and Koontz spent a good three minutes trying to convince me why the character was the way they were. Why not just give us a biography and let the readers decide for ourselves? I mean, I bought the book, I got nothing but time-... eh. I was sad. The narrator was good for the book, but not my favorite. All in all, if you want thrills and paranormal quirks and generic but smooth prose, go get a Stephen King novel. Koontz really wasn't worth my time.

    Keep in Mind: Literary tastes include Steinbeck, Steig Larsson, John Hart, Stephen King

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Byron 10-07-12
    Byron 10-07-12
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    "Great audio reading really adds to this first pers"

    I may be one of the few people who might be interested in the ODD THOMAS books who is just getting around to reading this masterpiece of writing. Whether you like the story or not, this book is well worth the read just to treasure Koontz's writing ability!

    Odd Thomas is definitely a different twenty year old young man. The first person perspective of the book allows the reader to truly get into Odd's thoughts and emotions. Though there is a real 'thriller' aspect to the book, the addition of humor, and a deep philosophy adds a feeling of wonder and fun to the suspense.

    I wonder though, has anyone else noticed the similarities between this book and the more recent novel, 11-22-63 by Stephen King? Another great writer! Reading these two books together for a book group might make for a interesting discussion.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 07-30-05
    Darrell Moundridge, KS, United States 07-30-05 Member Since 2006
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    "Some Caution Required"

    Though not one of DK's best novels, it would be best for the prospective purchaser to listen carefully to the sample to hear the narrator. I did not do so, relying on DK's previous work as my guide, and later found Baker's narration to be very difficult to stick with. In his hands, the protagonist (the novel is written in first person) comes across with a sing-song preachy perfection. This is not enhanced by the author's determination to have his hero never make a wrong move. Odd Thomas, the character, was just too cute and perfect for me, and the narrator went to lengths to simply make it worse. This novel may be better read than heard.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 06-07-04
    Paul 06-07-04 Listener Since 2004
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    "Odd Indeed"

    I like quirky, I like sci-fi, and I like suspense and mystery. And I've seen they can successfully coexist.
    After getting a healthy dose of each of these elements early in the book, I made the mistake of sensing this story was similar to "Fargo" (one of my favorite movies). But upon reflection, the extreme quirkiness of the characters, especially Odd himself, served to overly dilute the thriller aspects. Odd smothered the suspense, anticipation and surprise with his omnipotent personality, leaving me disappointed in the end.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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