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Odd Hours

Odd Thomas, Book 4
Narrated by: David Aaron Baker
Series: Odd Thomas, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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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 drawn onward, to a destiny he cannot imagine. 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.

©2008 Dean Koontz (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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Brilliant

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

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  • Ramjac
  • 17-09-08

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.

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  • Blue Dragonfly
  • 20-11-16

Odd Thomas when it was still fun

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Unlike other reviewers, I really liked this addition to the "Odd Thomas" series. I always enjoy Dean's/Odd's wry humor and this had plenty. Great characters, as usual, and very enjoyable mystery. This was the last "Odd Thomas" that was really enjoyable to listen to before the stories became so dark. Worth listening to again.

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  • Charlotte
  • 30-04-12

Koontz does it for me!

Where does Odd Hours rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

What an amazing contribution to the line of Dean Koontz books I've already read. Suspense combined with humor kept me listening and wanting more. David Baker's reading was awesome.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Odd Hours?

Odd's encounter and escape from the pack of wolves

Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

Odd

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I almost did.

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  • Don
  • 22-09-08

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.

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  • Charles
  • 31-08-08

Odd Hours

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

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  • John M
  • 21-07-08

Very enjoyable, especially as an Audiobook

I listened to Odd Thomas and absolutely loved it. I then bought the paperback versions of the next two in the series (Forever Odd and Brother Odd) and was a bit disappointed - they just weren't as charming. I then decided to go back to the audio version of this latest in the series and the enjoyment was back!

The narrator does such a good job bringing Odd Thomas and his quirky friends and enemies to life that you can't help but love it (or at least I can't). I found myself laughing out-loud many times while listening to this book.

It is true that the plot is a bit light (but not really any more than Forever or Brother) and doesn't entirely hold together but it is highly enjoyable and I rather liked the changes to Odd's character over the series.

I would highly recommend this series in Audio format; you will not be disappointed.

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  • Gil F.
  • 02-06-08

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.

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  • Cynthia
  • 02-06-08

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.

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  • Annette
  • 29-05-08

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.

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  • Jake
  • 24-05-08

Best since the first

First, this book is excellent. Its a great read that will make you laugh & think, like most Dean Koontz books, all while wrapping you up in the suspense and mystery of the story. This book isnt particularly scary (most Koontz books arnt these days), but its got enough to keep it in the horror genre. The best thing in my opinion is that Koontz is beginning to tie at least some of his other stories into the Odd Thomas universe - maybe I'm alone in this but the first 2 minutes of the book made my eyes bulge with the implications.

Something interesting though, it seems to me that Dean Koontz and Stephen King are having a political battle through there most recent novels. If you've read SK's "Duma Key" you know that there are parts of that book that exist only to insult roughly half the country (it adds nothing to the story, though if not for that I'd say it would have been one of the greatest horror novels of all time). The same sort of thing happens in this book, and again its very obvious and shoddy, like it was thrown in at the last minute, perhaps just to counter King's attacks. Koontz has always expressed his own philosophy and morality but always in a general fashion even when it touched on politics (no names), until now that is. Personally I think this is terrible on the part of both authors, people dont buy their fiction to be berated for their beliefs and you shouldnt subject them to derision after they paid money for entertainment. King is more guilty of this than Koontz as his attacks are personal and more numerous but thats no excuse to stoop to the level he's dropped to. I'm an independent, and "Duma Key" enraged me at points, "Odd Hours" just made me uncomfortable at 1-2 points. DK needs to stick to philosophy and morality as it fits into the story - if these two authors want to duke it out let them debate each other in the non-fiction section.

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