Let me begin by stating that I have always been a huge Koontz fan - he has written some outstanding books, but I'm now starting to worry if he's ok. I really enjoyed Koontz's first two Frankenstein books and I was really looking forward to this one. I'll admit that I was a bit nervous about this book considering his last two novels were huge disappointments. Unfortunately, my fears were founded. It was like this book wasn't written by the same person who had written the first two. The dialog was weak, especially between Carson and Michael - they didn't seem like the same characters from the other books. Instead, it was like they had been beaten with a silly stick. And the thing that came from Harker - Koontz had been building the return of that thing all through book two to end up just delivering a goofy sideshow character in part 3. Frustrating. Despite what some have said in these reviews, the ending wasn't as bad as I anticipated - a slight reprieve from my having to give the book one star. Needless to say, I'm glad it's over.
Firstly,I am a big fan of Dean Koonzt and have read every one of his books. That said, I am very disappointed in the direction he seems to be going. I just finished "Relentless" and now this 3rd Frankenstein, and while I did enjoy both overall, I felt as though I were reading books written for 12 year olds... Along the lines of "A Wrinkle in Time" by L'Engle... Good books all, just not adult level reading. "Dead and Alive" was just plain silly and not up to the level of the first in the series. I expected better. I hope this new writing style of Koonzt's is not a trend, because I would be hard pressed to spend the money on a book so "dumbed down"...
To finish up, I would recommend this book only if you have read the previous two and need closure(Although the ending does leave it open for a 4th). I will not buy Frankenstein 4.
For the the ending of what started as and intriguing and entertaining series, what a 'FLOP'! Not sure if it was the narrator, but the story was so bland I only suffered through to find out the ending. The interaction between 'Jocko' and 'Erica' was annoying to say the least, and as for other characters seemed to be so much filler with no substance, 'Carson' was so unsubstanial there were times I wonder if she even related to the story.
I have been a 'Big Fan' of Dean Koontz for over 20 years, but his latest works have not seemed to be up to his earlier years.
OK I know this book has received bad reviews from other listeners/readers. As a Dean Koontz fan, this was really something I didn't expect. Below you read about characters that appeared out of no where - well read his other works. One particularly is Odd Thomas. Completely did not see that coming. If you read/listen to the second Frankenstein, the series just rolls along from that. I give it 4 stars with anticipation on how he is going to link the two series.
I hope Dean Koontz had this ghost written because it was awful. Although the narrator read well enough, his characterization of some of characters made me ill. The written dialogue was so childish I had to struggle to finish. There was almost no plot. I've read a lot of Koontz and this is very uncharacteristic of him. Makes me suspect he had it ghost written in order to finish his contract and didn't have time to review what was being sent in his name. This is a real shame because I really liked the first book. Stay away from this one!
I almost stopped at the end of book 2 because I read some negative reviews on the 3rd installment...I enjoy the series so much I bought it anyway; needless to say I loved this one in fact it has been my favorite so far.
With all the negative reviews I almost didn't get this book. That would have been a mistake. I had little expectation for this book but I found it to be every bit as enjoyable as the first two. The book also ends the story. I had to find out how it ends and I found the ending to be satisfying.
I wasn't expecting this book to be this good. I didn't think he could keep the pace and quality of the story up for three volumes, or the tone as consistent as it is over the entire four year period in which the books were released. I didn't even have to go back and reread the earlier ones first - although I don't recommend reading this book unless you've read the first two. Enjoy!
I was so disappointed with this book I decided to write a review. The dialogue between the characters was weak and nothing like the first 2 books. The be-all end-all of Frankenstein's gone-wrong creations was just juvenile and the ending was set up to be this huge event and I was left turning to my wife saying, really that was it?? Koont's should have stuck with the co-authors!
I really enjoyed this series. The narrator was excellent and succeeded in conveying the correct amount of drama and slight comedic relief. I was sorry when the book finished, and that doesn't happen very often!