Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
The story within Watchers is truly one of a kind. Dean Koontz has always had a way of creating a world that is at once very ordinary and at the same time slightly off from reality. This story is a great one, although there is some strange language and odd statements made by most of the characters as the story proceeds. My real problem with this audiobook is in the performance. J. Charles does a fine job with the narration of the storyline, but his characters are...well, strange. I didn't really connect with any of the characters that he voiced, but especially did not like the main character of the story, Travis. The voicing that Mr. Charles used was not believable, and not very consistent. Just.... strange.... both in the inflections used, as well as the emotion put into the dialogue. I think he missed the mark of what Koontz was going for almost all the time. Not enough of a deterent to not enjoy this story, though. It really is a remarkable and unique story, and I enjoyed the experience!
This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I have read....Ive heard of his great stories and this one did not disappoint. The narrator though was a tough swallow....I almost stopped listening in the beginning multiple times, but because I knew the authors reputation I stuck with it...Im glad I did....but I will probably not listen to another book narrated by him. His voice just did not fit the characters for me.....but it was a great story...Ive owned 3 Goldens and this one pulled @ my heart strings hard.
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
Yes, most definitely because I have read the printed version twice and only listened to the audio version once, so far. I loved the audio version the first time I heard it, even more than the print version.
When the retriever stops Travis from going down into the hallow.
The characters are brought to life.
No, because I was enjoying too much!!!
This book is mostly ridiculous so I am at a lost for why I really ended up liking it and even crying at the end. The implausible situations the main characters got in were met with seemingly blasé reactions at times. However the love and friendship that was built between the main characters and the dog drew me in. I am a dog lover and wish we were all in the situation to pick up our lives and protect our family and champion humane rights as Travis and Nora were able to do. Both having no attachments and access to money which is not a reality for most of us.
This is my first Koontz book and am not 100% sold yet but will give another book by him try. I would have given the narrator and the story a 3.5 if that were a possibility.
I'm a lifelong book lover.
Of course. I got this book for my eighteen year-old son and he loved it. The plot is well done with action and suspense. You are immediately transported to within this story and you won't want to stop until the end. My son wishes for a sequel.
This book is pure Dean Koontz at his best. I can't really think of a book to compare it to, but it is so enjoyable that I highly recommend it.
I don't believe that I have heard J. Charles perform any other books, but he excelled at this performance. Watchers was an awesome book.
Einstein is the most memorable character of Watchers. What a wonderful idea that you could have a dog with human like intelligence. Such a fascinating concept.
I was so happy to finally get to listen to this book. I read this book years and years ago when it first came out by DK and absolutely LOVED it - it remained my most favorite book for a few decades. I was thrilled to see that it finally came to Audible and I could listen to it as I've done with some of my other favorites from my past. I was a little "iffy" at first by not being thrilled with the reader - but the story holds it's own and I'm happy to have experienced it again all these years later. I love when I share a good book with someone and they love it too - I've had that experience with this book many times since my first reading. I hope you have the same enjoyment if you choose to read it as I did then and now again :)
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.
I love this book - who doesn't love a story with a brilliant dog as a hero? But, the reader reads with almost a flat affect and adds nothing to emphasize drama of the story. What a disappointment - I'll still enjoy the story but would have liked to hear at least a little expressiveness.
This is my favorite Koontz book. Have read it twice over the years and now have listened to Audible version. It has wide appeal. There is a human love story and loving relationship between a dog and a man and a woman. It has a touch of sci-fi, and is definitely a thriller! How can you miss if you buy this book?!
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I have been a longtime fan of Koontz, and Watchers was always one of those books that I wanted to read, but didn't get around to it until now. I was disappointed. The story starts off well, but then the characters kind of fall apart, story threads don't lead anywhere, and the dog character becomes more and more of a cartoon character.On top of it all, I really really disliked the narrator for this book.