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.
Yes. I don't think it was the narrator's fault that I couldn't get into the book
Disappointment is a good word for the book. I've tried listening to the book maybe a half a dozen times. Every time I just seem to stop listening and am just not intersted. I would say Dean Koontz is one of my favorite go-to authors and so it was just a bummer that this book didn't hold up to his standard thriller.
I thought this was a good story,well performed and a well maintained suspence .Its a long listen and i would recommend doing other things while listening. The characters are easy to retain and although the story moves from location to location and person to person Kootz is able to use simple tells to identify who he's writing about. Not wanting to give to much away i thought he handled the subject well and with a realistic approch worth a credit.
I will avoid any books read by Dick Hill in the future. His delivery varies in volume too much. He YELLS then whispers, YELLS then whispers...it is extremely annoying. His female voices are atrocious, and his male character voices aren't much better. They do not show emotion and all have a New York/Brooklyn accent, though the reader does not and many of the characters are from California.
yes, because I liked it.
the character development and the suspense.
Dick Hill is great. At first I didn't care for his voice, but it grew on me. He sounds very much like an old time radio newsman Paul Harvey. Great voice. Easy to understand.
I laughed at times.
Good read. It is an older book than I realized, copyright 1986.