Odd Thomas: An Odd Thomas Novel

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: David Aaron Baker
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: April 2008
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

"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.

Reviews (44)

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Written by Charles A on June 22nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I'm usually a dean koontz fan but this book was terrible. I downloaded based off all the high reviews and I have to strongly disagree. The book was slow, overly descriptive, and dragged on and on with almost no action. I fast forwarded through a few parts hoping it would pick up and it never did. Do not waste your credit, not a good book at all. Narrator was good however.

Written by Jessica Canjar on August 27th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story. Odd is a very lovable character. The narrator really brought this book alive!

Written by Brook Walters on July 23rd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book. Odd is a great character Can't wait to listen to the rest of this series.

Odd Thomas

Written by Keith Watson on June 14th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very good book. Great narration. I'm reading the second book now.

Odd Thomas

Written by nab6215 from Altoona, PA on December 3rd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is one of my favorite book series. Read the book. Seen the movie. Read the book again. You feel what Thomas feels. And I don't know why I would want to feel what he feels. Odd.

Written by Gwendolyn Gaither on February 13th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was my first Dean Koontz novel. I do like the Odd Thomas character and look forward to listening to others. Narration was great.

Written by Tia Szendi-Horvath on January 30th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love this series! The narrator fits the main character perfectly!

Great story

Written by Rick L on April 15th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great story! Well paced and very entertaining with humor, suspense and action woven together to really keep you at the edge of your seat with anticipation. I also feel David Aaron Baker does a great job reading this story as well.

Favorite Hero

Written by Anonymous on April 16th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Odd Thomas is my favorite Dean Koontz hero. Here is hoping that Koontz never tires of writing adventures for Odd.

odd thomas

Written by Tammy W. from East Calais, VT on January 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Took me years cause I never was piqued with interest when reading what the books are about, now I can't wait for the next! And the narrator was great.

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.