Odd Hours

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: David Aaron Baker
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: May 2008
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

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's 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.

Reviews (10)

Written by Anonymous on February 17th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this series!!!

Written by Timothy Fox on January 10th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Love the odd series..this is a very good part of it.

Written by Michele Vermillion on October 13th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Well done. Suspenseful and funny. Plot twists and turns that had me wondering how it would all end. Very enjoyable through and through.

Written by marisa schooley on August 7th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

love dean Koontz and this series is my favorite and the narrator is also great

Written by Fatemeh S on March 17th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Liked some of the characters, but not the book as a whole. It was a silly story line. Weak writing. Was waiting for it to be over.

Written by Allison Hollinger on February 12th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I absolutely love the narration. Superb! Made the listening experience very enjoyable. Good story too.

Written by teresa desiderati on January 20th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

the narrator was superb....he did it up right......I found this book entertaining mostly because of mr baker's vocal inflections.....the story was interesting and altho a bit heady at times was an enjoyable adventure along side Odd.....dean koontz never fails to do a good job for his readers.....applause....Mr. Koontz

Written by Rosemary Cure on January 17th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 2/5

My first odd Thomas book. Not sure there will be another. Almost did not finish listening. But I did left too many questions unanswered.

Odd Hours

Written by Dewey Stevens on December 9th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Agree with bagpipe021. There was a lot of the author's philosophy, with not much story. By far the weakest of the Odd Thomas books.

Odd Review

Written by bagpipe021 on July 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

When Koontz is at his best, he is among this reviewer's favorite of authors. Odd Thomas has remained a delightful character of interest in the series of books devoted to him. This story takes him to a new locale and provides moments that touch the heart or generate laughter. I don't believe an Odd fourth serving would have been one too many, but I felt the author coasted through much of the tale, leaving the reader mildly disappointed.

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.