Forever Odd

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: David Aaron Baker
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: November 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

Every so often a character so captures the hearts and imaginations of readers that he seems to take on a life of his own long after the final page is turned. For such a character, one book is not enough—readers must know what happens next. Now Dean Koontz returns with the novel his fans have been demanding. With the emotional power and sheer storytelling artistry that are his trademarks, Koontz takes up once more the story of a unique young hero and an eccentric little town in a tale that is equal parts suspense and terror, adventure and mystery—and altogether irresistibly odd.

We’re all a little odd beneath the surface. He’s the most unlikely hero you’ll ever meet—an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there’s so much more to any of us than meets the eye—and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead—it’s something that just happened. But as the unofficial goodwill ambassador between our world and theirs, he’s got a duty to do the right thing. That’s the way Odd sees it and that’s why he’s won hearts on both sides of the divide between life and death.

A childhood friend of Odd’s has disappeared. The worst is feared. But as Odd applies his unique talents to the task of finding the missing person, he discovers something worse than a dead body, encounters an enemy of exceptional cunning, and spirals into a vortex of terror. Once again Odd will stand against our worst fears. Around him will gather new allies and old, some living and some not. For in the battle to come, there can be no innocent bystanders, and every sacrifice can tip the balance between despair and hope. Whether you’re meeting Odd Thomas for the first time or he’s already an old friend, you’ll be led on an unforgettable journey through a world of terror, wonder and delight—to a revelation that can change your life. And you can have no better guide than Odd Thomas.

Reviews (22)

Written by William W on March 30th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Forever Odd was delightful to listen to. I love Dean Koontz, I've been reading his novels for more than 2 decades and I don't see myself stoping any time soon. having him on audio books makes his work even more special. The gentleman reading this series is especially good at playing all the characters in a way that makes Odd Thomas all but come to life... thank you for an enjoyable listening experience. looking forward to the next one..

Forever Odd

Written by nab6215 from Altoona, PA on January 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Odd is lost. This is a between time. I'm not retelling the story, but giving the consequence of what happened. Odd decides that he can't stay in Pico Mundo.

Enjoyable

Written by Margo from Linden, VA on June 2nd, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story kept me pretty interested during my long commutes to/from work. Some of Koontz's books are fabulous and I hope this in no way dissuades you from this author -- but, after corridor turn after corridor turn, after up the elevator shafts and down the elevator shafts, and Odd's failings/weaknesses (that are portrayed as more prevalent than his strenghts), etc., etc., etc., the thing that stayed with me after the story was over, was that so much was left unanswered. I hope that 'Brother Odd' will answer some of the questions and not just be a new Odd story. If not -- well -- I will always enjoy 'Watchers', 'Twilight Eyes', and 'Strangers'.

Forever Odd

Written by Tammy W on February 9th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I just love Odd. The books have it all, mystery, suspense, comedy, horror -- you really feel for Odd Thomas. Sorry I waited so many years to read these, can't wait for the next one.

Forever Odd

Written by Anonymous on August 10th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Perhaps it's just Koontz I dislike, but his was too out of reality for me.

Oddly entertaining

Written by Mitchell Marsh on February 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is a series written by Mr Koonz. I believe most people would like this book if you give it the chance. It starts of kinda weird and all dull but then it perks up and I ended up listening to all three of the odd books. Rent this, You'll like it if you like Elvis Presley. He plays a ghost in the whole series, but he never says a word.

Forever Odd

Written by Tony Crites on April 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I listened to both books Forever Odd and Brother Odd, liked them both, was glad to see more on Odd Thomas. Hope Dean Koontz brings him back for more antics and problems;

Forever Odd

Written by Pat Sackett on March 17th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book very much. Thought the reader's voice was perfect for the character. It was suspenseful and well-performed. Odd Thomas is a unique character, very interesting.

Love this Character

Written by Melissa Maurice on January 28th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm not a huge fan of returning characters but Odd Thomas is simply wonderful and endearing. I enjoyed this story even more than the first installment from Koontz featuring Odd. There is so much humor and warmth in this character and in this story that it flows richly and before you know it, you are caught up in Odd's world of ghosts and monsters. For those that are familiar with Odd Thomas, this will solidify you as fans...for newcomers, I think you'll be instantly hooked.

Forever Odd

Written by Larry Brinckerhoff on October 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I LOVED Odd Thomas. That book stayed with me long after I had listened to it. Unfortunately, this follow up was not even close to the original. It was OK in every way - not great, not bad. I still look forward to listening to the next book in the series, but my expectations are much lower.

Author Details

Author Details

Koontz, Dean

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction, under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Koontz's protagonists,with the exception of Odd Thomas,arm theirselves with guns to do combat against the various monsters and madmen,and Koontz gets all the technical details right.There are no mistakes(functions and capabilities of different types of guns.)

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic events featured in most of his novels.

Koontz also has a very interesting way of adding his own little quirks to his novels, such as adding simple quotes from a book by the name of The Book of Counted Sorrows. Counted Sorrows was originally a hoax, like the nonexistent Keener's Manual Richard Condon cited for epigraphs he wrote himself. Eventually Koontz put together a poetry collection of that name, using all the epigraphs; it was printed as a limited edition in 2003 by Charnel House and as an eBook by Barnes & Noble. His more recent novels, starting with The Taking, have no verse by Koontz; rather, they have quotes by other authors (in particular, The Taking uses quotes from T. S. Eliot, whose works figure in the plot of the novel).

Koontz has long been a fan of Art Bell's radio program, Coast to Coast AM. He appeared as a guest after a fan reported to Bell that one of Koontz's novels featured a character describing a paranormal event as an "Art Bell moment."

Koontz currently resides in Newport Beach, a city in Southern California (as such, most of his novels are set in Southern California) with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie Koontz, under whose name he published the book, Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living, in 2004. Trixie is also often referenced in his official newsletter "Useless News".

Dogs often figure heavily in Koontz's novels, as he is an avid dog lover. Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and One Door Away from Heaven are prime examples. However, lately he has seen fit to include cats as characters, most notably the smart cat Mungojerrie in the Christopher Snow novels.