A better narrator.
Any of his other books. He's a wonderful horror writer.
Everyone sounded like Buck Schirner, including the women, specifically the teenage girl. Too bad.
The problem with "Phantoms" isn't the story itself but rather its with the horrendous narration. The man narrating (Buck Schirner) very CLEARLY has a lisp and a pretty bad one at that! This man should not be a professional narrator, its as simple as that, nothing against him and I'm sure having a conversation with the man is pleasant enough but its almost impossible to sit through this performance without feeling like you need to reach up and wipe spit off of your face every few minutes. Now have that in your ears for the almost 15 hours that this audiobook lasts...it almost borders on becoming maddening.
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
This is one of the first audio books I ever listened to years ago. This was long before Audible's mainstream appeal. I remember the feeling I had after the first time I listened to this book. I asked myself, "Could that really happen?"
That is the hallmark of a great book. Koontz masterfully blended fiction with real life facts to create a believable scenario involving a monster. This is extremely hard to do given the genre. This book would ultimately set the bar for future monster stories I would read. I can honestly say, over fifteen years later, that I've never read a horror story as compelling as Phantoms.
I enjoy reading for myself, but I travel constantly and don't have the luxury or reading while driving for obvious reasons. Audio books makes this possible and it is a service that I am thankful for. As far as the audio edition being better than the print edition I would have to say it is the same because it is the same story.
Jenny and Sheriff Brice Hammond. They were both strong characters that you can relate to. They become real and you share in their victories and failures. It is rare for any other author to paint such vivid pictures, characters, and environments as Dean Koontz does with such regularity.
Buck does a fantastic job. He gives each character a rich distinctiveness that doesn't leave you wondering who is speaking. He is also great at building tension with his delivery.
Not sure what would be more appropriate. The title is fitting.
If you have never read Dean Koontz or if you are a fan. This is a must read! If you are just browsing the titles looking for something to get you through a long transit or you have some downtime for your mind then look no further this is a real treat!