I took a month off from work and productivity when I got out of the Navy in 1994. A friend gave me a stack of Koontz books to keep me occupied and I blew through about five, establishing him as my favorite author of the macabre. His recent books are well written but his best work was in the 80s in my opinion. After many many moons of sleeping on this book while it loomed in plain sight, I cannot recommend it enough. This is the old Koontz, a story of great characters, epic story and a whirlwind of an emotional roller coaster. The story starts slow but once rolling you are taken for an awesome ride. Stick with it, and enjoy. Highly recommended.
Good story. Nicely developed. The reader's female voice for me left a little to be desired and I wasn't always happy with the male voices for some characters but overall it was an enjoyable read.
I was surprised when I saw a review titled, "The Best Koontz Book Ever". Yeah sure, if you read this one first I guess. No it's not the best Koontz book and not by a long shot.
Now too be honest it started out strong, and there was some solid character development and a good story line in there too, but it really fell flat at the end. It did not take long to figure out where the story was going and I was curious, and even anticipated, how Koontz would spin it. In the end it was just a let down for me.
In a lot of ways I have to put some of the blame on the narration done by Dick Hill. I've listened to a lot of Dick Hill read novels and he is one of my favorite narrators, I just don't think this book suited him very well. He has a certain style that just did not work for me here.There were times the emphasis he put in certain areas did not seem appropriate and possibly not what the author had in mind. This is not typical for Mr Hill. I don't think he knew where to go with this book.
Like a lot of audio bookers, I listen during my daily commute and if the book is good I listen for over an hour a day and get through most books in no time. This one could not hold my interest. There were days I just ended up listening to the radio. Nothing was drawing me back to this book. It took me like near two months to finish this book.
I know this is not much of a review as it is me just knocking this book. But it's still a decent listen and has some real good parts and is an overall good story. If you like Koontz you'll end up reading it anyway no matter what I write here, but if you are new to Koontz, I'd start somewhere else and circle back to this one when you have some built up credits to burn.
Way to long! I thought I would never get to the end.
I do not think anything would help the listen.
No - probably not. The basic story was good, but it took far too long to get to the conclusion. Too much time was spent on describing clothing :-(
Mr Hill did a great job. Regardless of the length of the reading he never lost his momentum and he kept the characters separate and realistic.