This was my first reading of Dean Koontz, and won't be my last. So glad it was on sale, so I could give this author a try.,
The story is quite mysterious from the start, and keeps you guessing all the way through the book. Found myself laughing and crying in this book, and that's what makes a novel a 5 star for me. I love to get wrapped up with the characters lives, letting my emotions go. It's very well written and the narration was excellent.
I thought about it frequently afterwards. At times it was a roller coaster ride, frightening, intense, and I didn’t want to stop reading until I got through the current crisis. The main story is Laura’s life from birth to adulthood. A strange man appears at critical times in her life to save her from disaster. Laura is not a wimp. She does smart things. This is one of the few books where I don’t want to say much about the story. It is sooo much better not to know. There is suspense, danger, courage, clever things, and surprising things. The characters are rich.
I had two problems. The author used the artificial device of interrupting scenes. For example, there’s a scene in 1977 and another in 1988. The author split each of those scenes into about four parts and then went back and forth between the two showing pieces of each scene. The effect was interruption, and I was angry at the author which took me out of the story. This happened a few times during the book. There was such great “natural” suspense and action, the author didn’t need to use this device. I would have been ok with splitting the scenes into two parts each, to allow the two climaxes/resolutions to be told together, but no more than that.
Second problem was the narrator (Christopher Lane) using an effeminate gay guy’s voice for young girls. It was terrible acting - the wrong tone and voice for girls. Get a version with a different narrator (if ever available) otherwise read the physical book to eliminate that problem.
The strange man was able to do something a few times but not another time which bothered me. The explanation given was not consistent since it did not apply to all situations. But the story was so good I was willing to look past it. Again I can’t say more. I don’t want to give anything away.
The author does not used tired cliches. I was delighted to hear a character say “I’m a legend in my own scrapbook.”
Genre: time travel suspense thriller.
Ending: satisfying and complete.
I love time-travel stories, but this one took way too long to develop. Maybe I should have purchased the abridged version. I really wanted to like it, but overall, I can't say that I did.
My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)
A compelling story right from the start. It weaves and turns, but kudos to Mr. Koontz as he manages to catch all the potential loose ends that tend to get left hanging in other stories tackling a similar theme. Great job. Great twists.
I have to also give huge kudos to the reader, Christopher Lane. Mr. Lane's command of multiple voices, styles, accents and inflections made listening to this story such a compelling read. Well done.
I actually enjoyed listening to the narrator. The narrator was one of the positives related to this story. I thought the variety provided to the characters' voices was very good and realistic. In addition, I loved the first part of this story up until the "guardian angel's" identity and background was revealed. What a disappointment. If you like science fiction, you may like the changes. In my opinion, the change was a disruption to the plot line and really did not fit into what I expected. A lot of mumbo jumbo that was really not part of the story. (I think that I have seen the movie on which this may have been based.) I have stopped listening to the story because of the unrealistic and abrupt twist to the plot and characters. The change in behavior and personalities of the heroine and her son was incredulous. It was like a different story was inserted into the one that I was listening to and I missed the transition. I was not prepared for the ridiculousness of the second part. I may go back and finish listening, but not anytime soon. I wish I could give 2.5 stars.
I???ve read a lot of Koontz and enjoyed most if not all of his books. It has been some time since my last one and had some doubts based on the publisher summary, but I found this to be one of his better efforts.
From start to finish I was pulled into this story. There were a few times where it seemed to slow a bit, like in the main characters early years, but even these side jaunts were interesting and the extra time spent developing the character was worthwhile. For the most part the book is faced paced and exciting. I found myself making time to listen other than my ride to and from work.
The main theme has always been of interest to me and Koontz puts a new spin on it. It left me thinking about how our history or even my own life, could have been changed if it were possible. Or maybe it already has?
Overall a credit well spent for a book I enjoyed from beginning to end.
This book was wonderful. The twists and turns... I found myself rooting for the family and saying "good for you!" outloud as Laura overcame her obstacles. I enjoyed this book immensely and was sad when it ended. Would DEFINITELY recommend. NOTE: Don't try to pick apart this books scientific accuracy on time travel, it WILL give you a headache! PARADOX!! PARADOX!!
I read this book right after it came out and read it again in the 90s. It is absolutely one of my favorite books ever - I wish I could give it even more stars. What a story! And now I can listen to it any time I want. Christopher Lane did a great job narrating the book too.
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I liked the characters and stages of the story. A reasonable story with enjoyable twists and changes. Not the best of Koontz, but good classic Koontz. As usual, the premise is hard to swallow, but once swallowed is pretty good.