- Audio CD
- Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; Unabridged edition (May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1480503371
- ISBN-13: 978-1480503373
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 14 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,477,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Odd Hours (Odd Thomas Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 May 2013
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There are many reasons why Dean Koontz has managed to remain at the top of the authorial tree for so long (and his sales are the envy of many of his contemporaries). Firstly, of his course, there's his totally assured storytelling skill (something that seemed to arrive fully formed even in his earliest books); his command of a variety of popular genres, from horror to the blockbuster crime novel; and his skill at creating distinctive characters. But -- most of all it's Koontz's direct contact with his readership - a talent he has few rivals at -- that has assured his popularity.
The Odd Thomas sequence has been one of Dean Koontz's most successful series, with its supernaturally gifted protagonist a strong creation. In Odd Hours, Odd finds himself in Magic Beach, California, an oceanside town. His ability to communicate with the dead is both a blessing and a curse -- and his life is currently in a state of crisis, as he tries to find spiritual peace. He is working as domestic assistant to an elderly film actor -- and part of his job is to listen to lengthy stories of the star's golden past. But Odd is experiencing worrying dreams of a red tide -- and his instincts tell him that something evil is on his horizon. He is not prepared, however, for the magnitude of what he will have to confront.
Koontz admirers will know what to expect here: unsettling, atmospheric prose that exerts a steadily growing grip. Some may be uncomfortable with Koontz taking on the threat of terrorism (is this really his territory?), but aficionados know that he won't let them down. And Odd Hours -- discursive though it is -- is still one for Koontz admirers. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘On his day, Koontz can out-King Stephen King’ Daily Sport
Praise for the Odd Thomas series:
‘A blend of humour, humanity and horror, the classic Koontz concoction’ The Times
‘Odd Thomas is a superb character’ Independent
Praise for Dean Koontz:
‘Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler’ The Times
‘Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying’ New York Times--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It is strange, quirky, irrelevant and somewhat unexpected.
A great read with an excellent ending, what does the future hold for Odd?
From pottering along wondering what it's all about to the pulsing action and suspensful twists. Just when you think things are settling down it all kicks off again. I'd say the only thing that really I could point out as... frustrating I guess.. is the ending... as it left a little something to be desired... but then again left a heck of a lot of space for a 5th book... if indeed so... then hurry up and publish it Dean because I can't wait for more Odd!
Overall this was a bit flat for me. it felt a bit like a filler instalment. The story wasn't as interesting, though Odd's own narration and views were still fun. It all felt rather drawn out really this time sadly.
I'll be stick to the series and hoping for a return to form but this felt a little like writing without the really good ideas of earlier stories.
I felt entirely immersed in the storyline, despite reading this over more than a week. The atmosphere and the descriptions of the many scenes with varied and rich atmosphere are in some way more important than the almost cartoon-like, but satisfyingly crisp action. The more minor characters including Hutch and Birdie, not to mention Sinatra's ghost, provide some wry smiles. The villains never cause any confused feelings by exposing a vestige of humanity. If you require sympathetic villains, don't buy this book!
The role of the intriguing character of Annamaria was one of the strong points of this book, and a factor which gave it form and a satisfying framework. As in previous Odd Thomas books, some things are not entirely explained, but enough is made clear to reveal the bigger picture.
This is a book I was sorry to have to come to the end of, and felt my life had been a little enriched by having read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've no idea what parts of the story were about though. Annamaria specifically! Oh well, I still enjoyed it!
Once again Dean Koontz has created something wonderful with this Odd book.
Odd has moved again, not yet returning to his home. Read more
Haven't read it yet. I'm collecting the series for reading 'as and when'.Published 9 months ago by Peter Mann