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.
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.
There is nothing better than a good book!
What an awesome story- drama, suspense, humor, love, and.... a genius golden retriever!!!! This is a definite download!
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.