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If you love Dean's Film Noire/catholic/deeply-weird imagination, with all its gothic atmosphere and dog-centric philosophy, but dislike putting up with seemingly endless clinically detailed sickening descriptions of the interior thoughts and emotions of the criminally insane, then Moonlight Bay is the Koontz-o-sphere for you. I often fail to jive with stories written in the first person, due to the frequency of an egocentric tone and a monotonously monologing point of view that begs the question "when would this type of person ever end up telling/writing their story this way???" But Koontz has succeeded in presenting a main character who is totally believable AS the teller of the story. He also does this in his categorizable book "Innocence". Nick Carraway has company.
Read this and Seize the Night before the third book in the Christopher Snow novel is published. You'll be glad you did!
I appreciate Dean Koontz for his far fetched ideas and ability to craft them into plausible narratives. Not all of his stories click with me, but this one does. Christopher Snow is by far my favorite of his creations, despite the fact his story has been put on the back burner while the author ran with Odd Thomas. No hard feelings, things are fine where he left them and I hope he returns to tell us more when he's ready. However, I digress. This is the first of two books involving Christopher Snow and his life in Moonlight Bay. Written in first person, we are taken into a world of creepiness and cleverness blanketed by the tranquility of a coastal California town with dark secrets. Secrets that Christopher Snow is destined to uncover and in the process, stand to lose all that is dear to him in his isolated life of living with xeroderma pigmentosum. With solid friends and a dog that seems to be more than a dog, he takes us on an unlikely adventure into a night of conspiratorial revelations, lies and betrayals.
I must start of with the disclaimer that I'm a big Dean Koontz fan. This, like many of his other thrillers has a fresh plot and unique characters that you quickly learn to like. For those reasons, this is certainly a book worthy of reading/listening to.
That said, I often found myself listening to the book and thinking that he must be getting paid by the word. MANY MANY pages of the book are dedicated to overly poetic descriptions of scenes, characters, feelings, and the feel of a room. It was so bad that I felt it actually took me out of the book, rather than bringing me into it. Keith Szarabajka did a nice job narrating, but I could almost see him rolling his eyes at some of the flowery descriptions.
Yes. Unique characters and a fresh story concept
yes. (it was made as a series!)
Dean: Get an editor that will tell you when you need to cut things from the book!
Absolutely not. Possibly a Dean Koontz book but not with Keith Szarabajka as the narrator.
Cut out all the unimportant details that meant absolutely nothing to the story. The constant reference to a dog biscuit over and over. I began hitting the 30 seconds forward button and each time they were still talking about a dog biscuit. There was so much of that in this book. Very unrealistic reactions from a person that just found out his father died and was removed illegally from the hospital parking garage. If I'd had the day he had and showed up to my best friends house my conversation would be totally different. I wouldn't be talking about surf, the ocean and chicken nachos for 20 minutes. I still haven't gotten to the end because I'm bored to tears but I feel like I must since I paid for the book
The voice is like a deep voiced disc jockey in the late night hours that smokes 3 packs of cigarettes a day and is TRYING to sound sultry and sexy. His voice was so deep and monotone that it nearly put me to sleep. I hated the voice mostly when it was his best friend. Trying to sound like a surfer dude that's just smoked 2 joints. I found myself turning the radio way up just to keep me awake. I just wanted him to clear his throat and put some life into the story.
The scenes about the crematorium when they were kids meant nothing. The scenes about them swimming as kids and nearly freezing & drowning meant nothing.
I am amazed when I read that people thought this was a great book. One scene in particular is when Christopher goes to his best friends house and there was so much that had happened to him in such a short amount of time. There are crazy monkeys surrounding the home and Christopher takes off on his bike with dog into the foggy night alone. A normal person wouldn't leave into the night that way and a normal person wouldn't let their friend leave like that. Seriously now. It's just plain silly
Hard to imagine a more endearing cast of charachters. Still awating the third book in the series, bope Dean comes through.
If I could only have one DK book in my library, this is it.
Having read this book several times before, I was a bit leery of it as an audiobook. it was amazing. The narrator captured the tones of serious threat and emotional candor and real fear as well as the moments of whimsy and ridiculous (Orson's made up responses for instance) inherent in Christopher Snow's voice. Truly a good story told very well.
Typical Dean Koontz book in my opinion. Hard to get into but the ending is usually great. Really love the ending of this book but was very bored through the first half.