This book was a favorite of my youth that I returned to in audio form. I was not disappointed by the story--although all the works of Dean Koontz begin to sound the same after a while--and Dick Hill was a fantastic voice for the male characters in the book. His slightly squeaky, falsetto attempts at the women's voices, however, were a trifle hard to take seriously. This was an enjoyable audiobook, but I yearned for a female reader to lend her talents to Mr. Hill's otherwise great skill.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I read novels by Dean Koontz many years ago and stopped reading them because there was too much of the supernatural and not enough storyline.
Not so with this book. I'm back now and hooked. I haven't even finished the last three hours of the book and I don't care what they are because this novel had me from the beginning. Great character development, lots of mystery and suspense, never know what's around the next corner. I don't want this book to end.
I love Dean Koontz books. Have read most, but I am going back to find those I have not read and this is one of them.
First, I did not like the performance, his female voices really irritated me, but all were just a bit off somehow.
The story itself was just ok, part of the way through you knew what was coming and it just became going through the motions at that point. I wanted more, more from the characters, and more from the story. So much possibility, but disappointing.
Been there, Read that
Yes, I will recommend a friend to read this story for themselves. This reading is awful. The story is Dean Koontz fantastic.
The nightmares of the characters and their misunderstanding of them, sorry, no spoilers!
I had to give the reading a star in order to rate it. This reading ruined the story. Period. I've never returned a book, but I'm tempted to this one. This is not a reader to try to give voice to characters. Most sounded the same offshoot of one voice. The reader sounded as if he had a mouthful of something. His interpretations of emotions made his words even harder to understand. Audible, you cropped out on this one. Sorry.
Read more koontz.
Please try harder to match readers with stories, this guy is awful.
It felt/sounded stopped and stuttered, copied and pasted. Almost as if I were listening to an old (1987ish) software program where I could "talk" to my computer and it would type whatever...
Intriguing, captivating and suspenseful
I always enjoy Koontz's characters and attention to detail. This book had many different characters and simultaneous stories and he made me care about each of them.
I love Dick Hill. He's got a warm earthy quality to his voice and he is a master at bringing the characters to life. I was very happy to see Dick Hill was narrating this book.
No, it's too long for that, but I did enjoy listening for several hours at a stretch.
just too long for me this time around
I love his books
I appreciate your return policy
This book was definitely of a different sort. In the beginning it really didn't seem to make any sense the way it jumped from person to person with out no introduction, I think each part should have had a little more explanation. I kept having to go back because I wasn't sure who they were talking about.
More towards the end I finally started getting it when they were starting to group up it started to make a little more sense.
Definitely a re-read now that you have caught on to how it is written.
I've been listening to Ayn Rand's books. They are clear, intellectually brilliant, novel and eventually inspiring. Dean Koontz represents everything what Ayn Rand despises. He is a mystic. He promotes fear, the impotence or the human mild, the inability of man to control or direct his live, the superiority of the supernatural, relying on luck, the magical appearances of extraordinary abilities in ordinary people, unexplainable intuition, faith in the unknowable, self-sacrifice, death.
Comparing Koontz to Stephen King would be a compliment to Koontz. But both are better digested in 1.5-2 hour long sci-fi movies rather than by reading through thousand page books or 30-hour audio tapes. It cuts the crap and makes the visual part more appealing.
Definitely not Dick Hill as a narrator. His dry timbre and bursting intonations are tiresome and hard to hear clearly in a car.
On the plus side: parts were very creative and entertaining. Good suspense building. The characters were interesting and well developed. On the minus side: other part were s-l-o-w. So slow. And the story was missing the dog and the quirky humor normally found in a Koontz story. It's a good use of a credit if you want something to moderately entertain you for a long time. The narration felt "over-the-top" at first, but I got used to it and at times appreciated the extra interest it added.