I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
What if you could communicate with your pet, and he or she could talk back to you? This is a great story about a dog who is genetically enhanced to be about as intelligent as a human, and a super-soldier beast from the same lab that runs a-muck! I wished desperately after reading this book in high school that I could get a dog with these same qualities. The Outsider is what nightmares are made of. This thriller tale kept me up at night until I finished it and left me in a state of shock and wonder when it was over. BEWARE: If you do not like gore, there are parts of this book that are not for you. There is also a significant amount of swearing that I did not enjoy, and some brief sexual situations. Nothing personal to Koontz, but I think there are some things that should stay behind closed doors. I would have given this book a 5 star rating if not for these things. It is still a good read, but proceed with some caution. This book is not for kids.
No, I rarely listen or read a book more than once.
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I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Typical type of Koontz story but the best of his work that I have dabbled in. The book is really well written and I did enjoy it much more than I expected to but it is just not my favorite genre. If you like Koontz this is a good one for you.
It is not better, both are great...each has it positives...I recommend reading it first...then listening to the audio version...I had read my print copy long ago...it was great to revisit it again and catch what I missed or forgot the first time thru....
The Distemper part...being a dog lover...hard but memorable part of the book.
Great novel...one of Koontz best...if you are a dog lover, horror/suspense book lover, or just want to hear a really great story...give this one a try...you won't be disappointed.
This has got to be the worst pairing of a book to narrator ever.I must have listened to over a thousand books and this must be the worst. I never felt Dean Koontz was the best author but I did enjoy his first few books, so when I saw this book on sale i grabbed it...chalk it up to nostalgia. Normally it may take me up thirty or forty minutes to get used to an unfamiliar performer...not every narator can be a Frank Muller or James Marsters, but c'mon J. Charles reads this story...well...like he is just reading it! There is zero emotion or passion, except for the occasional yuk-yuk twang when he is supposed to be a local yokel. at one point (not a spoiler alert) a father finds out hes teenaged sopn was just killed & J. Charles reads it with about as much enthusiasm as if you just told him he forgot to mow the lawn.To sum it up, this will be one of the first downloads I am going to return & take Audible at their word that we can return if we are not satisfied.
I have read this book a few times now in print and audio and it is always a pleasure. I love the Einstein character and makes me love and appreciate my golden retriever more every time I read this book (even though she is the complete opposite of Einstein). Whenever I start this book anew I start off not so much liking the main characters and end up loving them by the end of the book. The supporting characters are interesting and well written. There is even a stand out character that makes a short appearance. She is a spunky little girl who is so well written I would love it if he were to write a book just on her character.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially if you are a Koontz fan, love dogs, like action stories, or basically anyone who can read :) I have talked to other people who have read this book and the response is always the same that it is one of, if not Koontz's best work.
The main characters, including the dog are so lovable. As the plot thickens and twists about, the characters grow and come into their own. The story is so detailed it becomes believable. Could this happen? Is it happening...somewhere?
It's like Frankenstein meets Benji-ish, with a Koontz twist.
He is always great, and this was another dead-on performance!
The dog because he's still man's best friend, and yet he has a human awarenes,intelligence, and yet.... Better.
This was so enjoyable, with adventure, love, friendship, and thought provoking. Koontz dares to write these awesome plots that challenge us to not be quite so naive, or even to challenge our apathy.
I have read a BUNCH of Koontz books. I am always shocked that he can come up with SO MANY ideas for stories! But they all differ from one another in wonderful ways. This book was much more fun and fanciful than some of his others.
Koontz has a way of making his Dark, DARK, and his Light, LIGHT. In this one, I didn't feel the Dark characters were quite as bad as in other books.
The narrator did a great job. I love when a male narrator does female voices in such a subtle ways that I always picture a woman. You could almost sense that the narrator enjoyed the story as much as I did!
I've noticed he enjoys using dogs as characters in his stories a few times. If it would be all the time, I think it would bother me. But this was fun.
I think what I like is that Koontz always redeems hope out of horror.
Life is often that way.
Intense, interesting, good
It is coming with one purpose, to kill, and nothing will stop it.