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.
Repetitive, annoying, boring, flawed are just some of the words that came to my mind over and over again listening to this story. I love Dean Koontz and this is the first of his books that I did not like.
Genie G. Perry
At the top
Will was always calm and thinking of the best solutions
Yes ~ at the top
Wouldn't rename it
This was a wonderful story and performance; I listened to it twice
Sure it's long, but there are alot of folks to fit in. Dick Hill keeps it going.
Perhaps.... when Ginger goes back in time to unearth the events near Elko.
I suppose my extreme reaction was... I NEVER made a list of characters in a book before ! I have read hundreds of books.
Koontz kept the "explanation" to the mysteries hidden for a Looooooong... time. It was fun guessing.
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.