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.
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.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 11-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.
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.
The first book I listened to from this author was "Lightning", loved it, kept me listening.
This story however, seemed to kinda bore me. I just kept wanting it to end, so I could move on to something more interesting. The story wasn't bad, it just seemed to be too detailed about things the characters were doing, as in telling each step they took toward teaching the dog new tricks.(no pun intended) To each his own though, and it won't stop me from listening to more from Dean Koontz.
I read this book when it first came out in the 80s and loved it. While the story is basically good, it is very dated now. The narrator is very stiff and his pronunciation of Los Angeles as "Loz An-gel-eez" drove me crazy.
I read this on advice from my brother. He being a HUGE Dean Koontz fan and I just had to read this oldy but goody. It was a good book, just good, nothing special. The person that was reading the book was fine.
I cried, it was a nice wrap up. I am a little bit of a sap.
Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors and Watchers is a much loved story since I was a teenager. J. Charles performance was only so-so. In the first part of the book, he read so fast, I found it very hard to follow and almost gave up.