I am an avid Koontz fan, but the narrator did not fit the book. He sounded cheesy, mispronounced words, and his southern accent was embarrassing.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
Watchers is classic Koontz with my favorite formula; A flawed (human) hero, strong family relationships, unusual situations, and a great dog. This was excellent in all of these dimensions. I found the narration superior. This was a fun story with pleasant characters, a cool dog, and a nice female. I have read and listened to a lot of Koontz and this is in my top 10 Koontz.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
I thought the characters were well developed although some of their development was about as well contrived as the plot. Government engages in questionable R&D, prototypes escape and havoc is wreaked. My favorite character was Vince the hit man, who was one sick puppy, no pun intended. Enjoyed listening to a story that was written more than 20 years ago where the characters depended on items like pay phones which pretty much have disappeared. A cut above average with average narration.
The Government has bred 2 animals for strength, speed, intelligence and the need to kill one another. A single girl is being stalked by a nasty repairman who duplicates the key to her house. A man is going for a walk thru the woods and is stopped by a dog with unusually high mentality. The 3 meet, join together, and try to outrun the other creature who always seems to find them. Kept me up reading. Beginning was a little slow til they get the stalker out of the way.
It took Jim Butcher, James Marsters, and a wonderful woman named Jennie to get me to try this book. I was incredible. Mr. Charles had me forgetting that only one person was reading. Great job. Thank you Mr. Koontz
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
The "dog" was my most favorite character. If it were only "true!" Speaking from a dog LOVERS point of view!!!!!!!!!!!
Kneel Before Zod!!
I love the relationship between all the characters, and the originality of the story.
The quality at times of the audio really effects the flow of the story.
More than man's best friend.
I've read some of the reviews, which are against the narrator, and the problem is really they way it was recorded.
Engrossing story with a great dog.
The dog and the devotion he receives from his "owners."
If I could change one thing about this book, it would be to tone down the violence some. I think the assassin character wasn't that necessary to the story. That's why I didn't give it 5 stars.
Having said that, I should point out that my wife, who does not like violence, loves this book and this reading of the book.
It would sure be nice to see a good mini-series made from The Watchers. All the previous attempts have been really bad.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
Watchers was one of the earliest Koontz novels I ever read. In fact i couldn't put it down for long. So I was delighted to discover Audible has the self same production I listened to back in 1995.
Watchers opens with Travis Cornell, a 36-year-old former Special Forces operative and essencially retired real estate agent, who takes a drive out into the California hills to try to recapture the joy in life that he lost following the death of his wife from cancer. His life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters what he believes to be a stray Golden Retriever which warns him of danger on the path ahead. Spooked by some unsettling noises in that direction, Travis flees back to his truck with the dog. It isn't long before the dog begins displaying a level of inteligence unusual for his kind,even showing a deep fascination with Travis' large book collection. After witnessing this and the dog's uncanny ability to ope a refrigerator door without the aid of a foot peddal, reach inside and grab a can of beer for his new master, Travis decides to name the dog Einstein.
Meanwhile Nora Devon, a thirty-year-old recluse living in the former home of her late aunt, struggles to deal with the unwanted sexual advances of a TV repairman. Her life begins to change when Travis and Einstein save her from the predator on two occasions. Thanks to Travis' compassion, Nora begins to come to terms with her aunt's unreasoning bitterness toward the outside world and particularly to men. It's not long before Travis and Nora fall in love.
But Einstein, revealed now to be the product of a genetic engineering experiment designed to enhance animal inteligence and make better comunication possible, is worried that those who created him may be out to recapture him. Evenworse, he reveals that the creature from which he and Travis fled the day they met is another product of a similar experiment, a baboon-like creature known as the Outsider. Aided by Nora's attorney, the three decide to go on the run, from both the Outsider and the NSA agents out to recapture both it and Einstein.
I always like to say that when it comes to audiobooks the narrator can make or break the production no matter how good the book itself might be. FOrtunately narrator J.Charles has a good voice for narration. He's one of those who can manage not to do just a straight, flat reading even without giving every single character a different accent or dialect. He'll bring off an accent where necessary without overdoing it. In short it's easy enough to tell who's speaking at any given moment. I couldn't put it down when I checked it out from the public library back in 1995 and I couldn't again when I listened to it courtesy of Audible.