Love Dean Koontz. Read this novel years ago and enjoyed it. Figured I'd listen as I work from home to keep me entertained....It's not the content, it's the narration. The voice drones on and on almost with no inflection or mood changes or character changes. Come on, at least lighten your deep voice to reflect the young man's age! I have not completed listening and have stopped to write this review. I will finish one day but have bought two other audiobooks within 72 hours to compensate for my lost credit. Sigh......
Reading this book might have made it fall short of some of Koontz' work, but the narrative was brought chillingly to life by Keith Szarabajka. I found it to be chillingly addictive and thoroughly entertaining...full of the chuckles, surprises, empathetic tears and goosebumps that I had expected when I purchased it.
Not really. The first novel in this two part series was absolutely phenomenal, one of the best works of literature I've ever read. Not just a "horror story" or a "mystery", but truly great literature, up there with the very best of Stephen King (i.e. Hearts in Atlantis) or even older greats like Fitzgerald. This book, however, is just a typical crappy kinda-horror story.
It should have lived up to the first story or never been written.
Wasn't really a great scene.
Not a chance. Even reading it was a mistake. Kind of the literary equivalent of Highlander 2, or the Matrix sequels, or the Star Wars Prequels: A work so bad it damages the enjoyment of the earlier works.
Rumor has it that Dean wasn't happy with this novel either, and that he's waiting to finish it with a third when he can really do it justice. I hope so!
I like a book that mixes horror and comedy - it's an awkward blend of suspense and release.
I've read/listened to every King novel I could get my hands on over the years. Koontz name is always right there next to his in the book stores, and I could have sworn I've seen Koontz's name listed with King's when talking about good horror writers.
So, I decided to start out with his highest rated book on here. Start at the top and if I liked it, I'd try others.
One of the biggest drawbacks to becoming a writer is that you start to where an author breaks the rules. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.
One rule I love is, "don't put an adverb or adjective in front of every noun and verb." Honestly, it just becomes so much fluff after awhile.
If I removed every adjective and adverb that didn't improve the narrative, this book would be a pamphlet. Every light is piercing, every noise is stifled, muffled, startling, alarming. Nobody says anything. They ask, question, imply, chortle, query, respond. These things become major pet peeves when an author not only abuses a rule but flat-out takes it on the Boston Marathon for a spin.
On to the main character, the super-hero.
Don't get me wrong, I've tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. This book is second out of a series. Maybe the first book explains his ability to know everything about an unknown person he's chasing; maybe it details how he knows exactly the intentions and deeds of a person he has yet to encounter.
But it just got in the way. Just tell me you're chasing a guy who you think stole a kid, who might be an evil person.
So here's my disclaimer. I'm not a writer. I write, but nothing's published, nothing's finished. Mr. Koontz has published a ton of books. A ton. I can't imagine a writer could be this bad and this prolific and continue to get published with an editor and a major publisher who somehow let this writing go. Maybe it was in style when the book came out?
I can't get through this book. I try, but his overboard descriptions and intuitive main character bore me to death. Two hours into the book and he's still only 15 minutes into the story. Whether I was a writer or just a listener, I believe that there's telling a story, and then there's cataloging your surroundings.
Hated the book. The narrator was good enough I suppose.
This is the second in the Moonlight Bay series, and I was thrilled when I saw it after having finished Fear Nothing. The same narrator narrates both and I cannot imagine another voice doing Christopher Snow. It took me a chapter or two in Fear Nothing to warm up to him, but now he IS Christopher Snow. This book picks up quite quickly where Fear Nothing left off and expands upon the original mysteries and general weirdness. Again, all of the typical Koontz elements are present: underdog hero, great canine best friend, sarcastic best friend, sassy, strong-willed girlfriend and adorable kids. Also typical to Koontz, there are times when the page drags a bit and he's a little more descriptive than he really needs to be, but I always forgive him as soon as the action picks up and it almost always does. I enjoyed both of the books in this series!
Strange bizarre happenings.
Plot not only kept me on the edge of my seat, I found myself sitting in my car listening after I read my destinations.
I so enjoyed Keith Szarabajka narration...I loved the dialog between the two main characters and the accents Keith used.
Yes and I have listened to it about 15 times allready on tape but the tapes got wore out. I just wish they would do a third book to this story to tell what happened after the ship showed up off shore and how far along the mutations go as well.
Other than Fear Nothing i would say By the Light of the Moon. Seems to have the same element of suspense and you cant really tell what the end is untill it happens even though by the time you get there you have about a dozen ideas that he has planted into your head along the way.
He has done a superb job with this one.
No just has allways kept me interested right to the very end no matter how many times i read or listen to it.
Very very good work.
Great story, well dramatized by Keith Szarabajka!
He did such a great job with pace and changing of voices - overall just well delivered.
I have been impressed by Koontz's grasp of human psychology. He is not afraid to look into and invite us to look into the human mind. From slightly crass humor to deeply touching insights - Koontz covers the whole gamut.
I have enjoyed other books by Koontz but in my estimation this is a disaster! I am over half way through the CD and I am going to stop listening. It's as though the author is straining to fill up empty space. The I like a good fiction but this is not only out in left field but it's over the fence. This entire book reminds me of the end of a Stephen King book. At least his are enjoyable until the endings. If I purchased this in a store where I could return it for my money back I would. It's as though Koontz was smoking something wacky while writing this. I'm not sure I want to take a chance on another of his works. Save your money on this one.