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!
I'm a stay at home mom in southeastern KY. I LOVE audio books....especially ANYTHING by Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb!
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Not one lull in the whole book. I am half way thru listening to it for the second time. It seemed to go by so fast that I was afraid I had missed some great details. Fast paced, scary, creepy....all that fabulous Koontz stuff! You'll love it!
Maybe, but I have so many books that it's unlikely
The story was pretty good, but it was from the 80's so when they describe a super computer as having a whole ten gigs of memory it was a good give away. Otherwise the story did keep me interested once the action started.
As for the reader. He's good, but his style is better for news or documentaries. His primary problem is he has little range for voices in general and basically no range for female voices. This was really a problem at first when the primary dialog was between the two sisters. I was thinking I might not get far on this one, but I hung in there a while and once the story got interesting I basically forgot about it. Fortunately there's only three female voices he had to deal with so that made it easier to ignore.
All in all this is the kind of story I love to listen to going down the road. A story that gets you involved into wondering whagt's going to happen next. In this story there's a menence that seems unstoppable and I kept trying to think of how they'd be able to stop it, but never even came close. I really like that because all too often I can figure out what the author is going to use.
One last note. This story gets into comparing this situation to other disappearences throughout history. Those unexplained disappearences really make this explaination as good as any guess since it really isn't as far fetched as some others might be. Because of that I think this story is even more fun to get in to.