Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I have been somewhat disappointed with the last few Koontz books, but this one just plain fell flat. After a relatively promising start, I felt that he quickly telegraphed how the plot would proceed, but took a rambling route to get going. I particularly tired of the childrens' annoying conversations and the degree to which he went to rationalize why this close knit, loving family did not let each other know of the strange and menacing events going on in their house. I could not buy into the notion that the father, having already figured out the danger looming in and the likely date that disaster would hit, would do nothing to rally the family together to protect each other. In fairness, perhaps he eventually does, but I wouldn't be aware of it because just half way through part one, in spite of best intentions, I haven't been motivated to return to the story. While a certain amount of drawing out the tension adds to enjoyment of a story, there is a line that can be crossed that makes it tedious waiting for something to happen - you just want the characters to catch up with what the reader has already figured out. Perhaps I'll return, but it's not likely to be soon. I'm on to something else.
"Avid" doesn't quite describe my reading style . . .
After a couple of disappointing offerings, Mr. Koontz has once again produced a story that is fresh, has a plot we all can follow and carries it through to the end. I give it four stars here because, in my opinion, he is generally (when on his game) a four star writer - with the notable exception of Watchers, the 5-star book that made me a lifelong Koontz fan - and that is Okay! His work is interesting, uncomplicated and fun to read. Thanks Dean!
I’ve read many Dean Koontz books, and listened to several audio versions. There are some that I read and re-read and there are others that, while interesting, are not moving. This is by far one of Koontz’s best!
I was a huge Dean Koontz fan in the 80's and 90's. I read everything he wrote and loved it. That said, in the last few years, his writing has become so formulaic I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again. Boy meets girl (girl meets boy), boy and girl encounter evil, boy and girl run around a lot and have "cutesy" conversations, boy and girl confront evil, evil loses and good prevails once again. Snoresville. I could not even get throught this one. Onward to Stephen King.
Entertaining if you like thrillers with gory details (which I do). But, oh boy, the reader! This is my second book read by Steven Weber and while I usually just follow writers, he's the one reader I'll look for again.
Although I know Koontz can be somewhat redundant in his plots, I thought this was an entertaining and fresh approach to his supernatural narrative. I have been disappointed by some of his recent work, but thoroughly enjoyed this story. Wordy, yes at times, but not irrelevantly so. Kept my interest, and not particularly predictable, in my opinion, except for the "good will win out over evil" theme that is Koontz's trademark. If you want something else, something less traditional good/evil, read Stephen King.
Dean Koontz's books for me are either fantastic or a complete waste of time. I will have to go with a hit this time but, just barely .. It was a lot like the movie "Fallen" where the spirit moves from person to person. Worth your time and Credit, great narration but don't get too excited it not as good as the ''Odd Thomas" books or "Frankenstein" books
The last Koontz novel I listened to was way below his standards. Great idea, poorly executed.
This one has plenty of energy and plenty of twists...a lot of supernatural activity...and definitely draws you in. If I could have changed one thing, I would have made it slightly less grisly...especially as some of the victims are kids. But I still really liked it, and will probably be back to listen to it again at some point.
Stephen Weber does a fairly good job of narration. He's not in the class of Patton and Guidall...but he's also a big better than average. He didn't distract from the story as so many narrators do. Solid overall.