It's been about 1 month since I've listened to this book, and still, if one of my kids says "the moon" in normal conversation, I think of this book, and get a chill.
Most books of this length can get tedious, and as I was listening, occasionally I wished it would move on. But once I was finished, I saw the need for Koontz to take his time with each character.
And not only was this a great story, but it was very well read.
It is a top 5 Koontz book.
Typical of Dean, lots of great detail about the characters and keeps you guessing right up until the very end. Older book, but a good listen.
I'm a former college English teacher turned administrator. Still read (and listen) a lot.
This is the first book in a long time where I had to make myself pay attention.
I have read/listened to many of Dean Koontz' stories and this one left me a little disappointed. This story is long, the character development keeps going and going and going. This really wasn't the bad part of the story for me though. I was a little disappointed in the ending of the story. After spending many hours listening to character development, I wanted a little more excitement at the end. This story just didn't seem to have that. Instead of continuing to build, the story just seemed to fade away. This story is okay at best. If you are new to Koontz, you might want to try another story first.
Great character development and that might also be the problem with this book. It's a long listen (which I like) but you get to a point (early on) that you are ready to move on. This book does not.
In one of my favorite listens, The Pillars of the Earth, which is over 40 hours long, you never get bored, it constantly moves forward and it's hard to see what's "around the next curve". Alas, it is not the case here.
I enjoyed the characters, the vocalization and the theme, but when the book ended you wish you were on the 25th chapter of a 50 chapter book and had got there about 10 hours earlier...
Bottom line, it's been done before and better.
A really good Koontzian mystery cum sci-fi thriller, though it does not live up to earlier works in the character development department. See Christopher Snow (Fear Nothing, Seize the Night) for example.
This was a good story, and I would probably have enjoyed it, but I found the reader very annoying. His attempts at acting were not appreciated. His female voices came across as simpering, even the strong women characters.