Regular price: $10.49

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

Only a handful of fictional characters are recognized by first name alone. Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas is one such literary hero who has come alive in listeners' imaginations as he explores the greatest mysteries of this world and the next with his inimitable wit, heart, and quiet gallantry. Now Koontz follows Odd as he is irresistibly drawn onward, to a destiny he cannot imagine.

The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil. With great gifts comes the responsibility to meet great challenges. But no mere human being was ever meant to face the darkness that now stalks the world - not even one as oddly special as Odd Thomas.

After grappling with the very essence of reality itself, after finding the veil separating him from his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, tantalizingly thin yet impenetrable, Odd longed only to return to a life of quiet anonymity with his two otherworldly sidekicks - his dog Boo and a new companion, one of the few who might rival his old pal Elvis. But a true hero, however humble, must persevere. Haunted by dreams of an all-encompassing red tide, Odd is pulled inexorably to the sea, to a small California coastal town where nothing is as it seems. Now the forces arrayed against him have both official sanction and an infinitely more sinister authority...and in this dark night of the soul, dawn will come only after the most shattering revelations of all.

©2008 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

More from the same

What members say

Average Customer Ratings


  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
  • 4 Stars
  • 3 Stars
  • 2 Stars
  • 1 Stars


  • 4.5 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
  • 4 Stars
  • 3 Stars
  • 2 Stars
  • 1 Stars


  • 4.2 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
  • 4 Stars
  • 3 Stars
  • 2 Stars
  • 1 Stars
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Odd for Odd

Any book by Koontz sells well and any book with Odd as the main character sells well, but Koontz may have shot himself in the foot with this half a** attempt. I believe Koontz is getting tired of this character and it shows in his writing. Odd mentions more then once that he would like to die and I believe Koontz would like to kill him off, if only he did not sell so well.

The story starts off on a beach where Odd is attack by some bad guys. It takes him eight chapters to get off the beach. Most of the book is filler. Toward the end our gun hating hero, uses a gun and kills several people, some point blank. At one point he bravely stands still while a bad guy takes three shots at him, like he is superman. It seemed very out of character for Odd to use a gun and I believe it was just a easy way for Koontz to get his character out of trouble, so he compromised the character's character.

In chapter 46 there is an exchange between Odd and a bad guy that is roll on the ground funny, but this is about the only place in the book where there is any levity.

This is the fourth book in the series, but you can read them in any order. My favorite in the series is Forever Odd.

Koontz has written some really great stuff and my favorites are: The Bad Place, Lost Souls, Life Expectancy, Dragon Tears, and By The Light of The Moon.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Cashing a paycheck?

I've read Koontz for a very long time, and although the narration quality is excellent, the book itself is lacking. I'm wondering if the publisher got greedy and split the book with another one coming soon. Lots of unanswered questions and it leaves you hanging. With under an hour left, it just wraps up so quick it is tough to believe. The first Odd Thomas is the best, the second was okay and this one is lacking.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Don
  • Chandler, AZ, USA
  • 09-22-08

Worst of the series

I read both of the first two books in this series and felt that this one didn't hold a candle to the others. There are so many better Koontz novels; skip this one.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Charles
  • Alpharetta, GA, United States
  • 08-31-08

Odd Hours

I enjoy the Odd series but this book was a disappointment. It will leave you with an "unfinished feeling."

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Gil
  • Nashville, TN, USA
  • 06-02-08

Not a Classic

I am a big fan of Dean Koontz and have enjoyed the earlier books featuring Odd Thomas. This one missed the mark. It lacked the constant suspense of earlier books.

Odd's narratives have become flippant boilerplate in this book. Hoping for better from Mr. Koontz next time.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Cynthia
  • Normal, IL, United States
  • 06-02-08

Odd Hours-Disappointing

Disappointing. Odd doesn't have his usual reliable sidekick to elicit his quirky personality. The heroine adds little to the story. She is absent during most of Odd's journey and she responds to questions with answers such as, "What will be, will be." I found her more irritating than mysterious. Also, rather than outwitting his nemeses, Odd, though exhibiting remorse, escapes peril by killing them off. This is a departure from the Odd of the Monastery. One can only suppose that the writer resorted to surmounting quests in such fashion to meet a publishing deadline or perhaps to offer a substandard tidbit to satisfy those of us who greedily demanded more Odd, now rather than later. With questions left unanswered, this undoubtedly is a pre-quel to the next Odd iteration.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Don
  • LELAND, NC, United States
  • 08-03-08

Good book but not as good as the previous ones.

I started this series with Odd Thomas and have enjoyed each one that followed, but honestly this last one was not my favorite. Odd is a very endearing character and after the first book you have developed a true affection for him and what he has been through. The mix of seriousness and humor is wonderful, and David Aaron Baker is a great narrator, after 4 books clearly the voice of Odd Thomas.
In each book there is some evil to be faced, and maybe the evil in Odd Hours is just more difficult for me to accept. I'm hoping that Koontz has more adventures for Odd. I'd hate to see such a good character go out on what I feel is the weakest of the 4 novels so far.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

there's worse - but I'm sad

Take any Odd Thomas book, make it shorter, act like you're tired of the character, the formula and the spirit of the thing - and you have what appears to be DK's feelings about this one. It felt rushed. Abridged. Like TV instead of a nice visit with OThomas. Then again, I haven't found anything much better lately either... so it could have been worse.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Curts
  • Camp Hill, PA, USA
  • 06-06-08

Odd Odd

I've listened to all of the other Odd books and loved them. This book, to me, was a great disappointment. It lacked some of the supernatural aspects that I liked in past. It also was not as suspenseful. This book would start to elevate me with excitement and at about the 3/4 mark to climax it would drop me again and again. On a good note, there was enough in this book to keep me interested from beginning to bad ending. Hopefully the next will be better.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

I Loved the first Odd Thomas book

The first book in the series was mostly stripped of needless description and flowery passages of alliteration. Not so this one. The first hour is spent describing one scene on and underneath a pier. I laughed out loud at some of the endless verbiage(and not in a good way-the "story" never seemed to start) until I gave up counting all the times three adjectives were used when one would have been sufficient. I gave this two stars out of sentimentality toward the character and the excellent narrator. Where was the editor of this book, in Bermuda? Heaven forbid this IS the edited version.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • John
  • 02-17-17


Another great story in the odd Thomas collection. can't wait for the next few stories.

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Paulie
  • 02-12-14

WARNING will make you walk around with an ODD GRIN

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes and any Dean Koontz fans, people who like fast paced paranormal thrillers and fans of Odd. Dean can write such a roller coaster of emotions into his characters who themselves are already unknowingly on a fast paced ride themselves. He just skips from having you laughing to being extremely creeped out within seconds, with a few good tension breakers thrown in for good measure. If you're after an adventure involving god knows what pick up an Odd book. Go for a ride.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Odd, he's just so bizarre and quirky and even though I've now seen Anton Yelchin take on his persona, which he did brilliantly. Odd's just a hilarious, outrageous and loveable character, who's been dealt a rough hand but always manages to keep on living life. Old Blue Eye's was pretty funny too as was his boss, what was the deal with that guy, too funny.

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

I thought he did a great job, can't fault him.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Another good job seeks out need of some Odd

Any additional comments?

Everyone has to read at least one Odd book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful