Although i have listened to or read all of Dean Koontz's book's, this was one of my least favorite. I loved the plot and enjoyed the story. The ending was almost like he looked at his watch, counted the pages, wanted an early dinner and decided to wrap it up. The ending was VERY disappointing.
I've read 99% of the books Dean Koontz has written and enjoyed the majority of them. This is the first of his books that I quit reading in the middle of it. Just couldn't get into it....
I'm sorry it was written, I'm sorry It was published, I'm sorry I bought it! I'm one of the biggest Koontz fans ever, and I was so dismayed after completing it. This was a great premise for a story, but the conclusion had so many elements that were never developed throughout the work that they could have belonged to another novel .
I have always enjoyed a Koontz novel. His last name is even the answer to my secret question password retrieval field at times. I listened to this book and really tried to enjoy it. It had it's moments, but overall disappointing. I had to try to finish it. Listen to it understanding that it's not his best (far, far from it), but also not terrible. I wouldn't say it was a waste of time, butttt not a re re read for sure. Koontz has became hit or miss. Sorry Dean, just being honest.
The book started off great, had me hooked for the first 8 or 9 hours but somehow it quickly trailed off towards the end as if the author wanted to finish the book quickly. I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars because it was a good book but lacked the ending I had hoped it would to make it a 5 star book, in my opinion. It is worth the listen as are all of Dean Koontz books.
This book kept me on the edge of my pillow for two nights straight!! I couldn't stop listenening to/drooling over Steven Weber's marvelously seductive voice so delicately describing the horrendously delicious horror that Koontz has once again conjured, and the sultry sorrow that lingered with each exhale. The stratigraphic insight of the scenes, the courage of the chasmal characters, and the mortifyingly malignant manifestations left me leering at the last leaf, envying an endless eden that is Dean Koontz. Now...sleep.
I didn't realize this book dealt with the "supernatural". I found it silly and ridiculously unbelievable. I would not recommend it for those expecting a murder/mystery.
Because I spent the money on this, I forced myself to get all the way through it. It's just more of Koontz's formulaic drivel. I read the reviews on this before buying, because I've been burned by Koontz's books before (and once or twice pleasantly surprised, actually), and decided to take the plunge and purchase this to listen to while I was traveling for work (getting through security, on the plane, etc).
The plot is slow, the characters are slightly developed, and in true Koontz style, he just *ends* the book without real resolution. John's partner seems like he's going to come and do something, but no- after a revelation that John might be right about the entity in his home, he just falls off the face of the earth. What was the point of having a pedophile priest deny the man assistance? It's sensationalism, and does nothing to move the plot line ahead.
Here's Koontz's formula: Find a strong man with a tainted past, give him a golden retriever, throw in a couple of genius kids, a woman who is perfect and pure of heart (and usually with some kind of money) and then give them some trivial dialogue. As the denouement approaches, have some sort of Godly figure come in and thwart whatever demon is possessing the people around them. The end.
I won't be fooled by this hack again.
I feel mislead into dloading this title. Thought it would be a new take from Koontz. Instead, it is the same, old rehashed mush. Halfway through the first part and it feels so predictable and trite.
Koontz has a long, long way to go before becoming halfway the writer Stephen King is.
Not only is the story wholly predictable, it is flat and uninteresting, too. Also, I have fallen away from "Koontz-fandom" in recent years because he has waxed increasingly towards the supernatural - away from what I always found most fascinating about Koontzes' writing: he could make something seem supernatural, but then explain it away with scientific wizardry.
This last book is Kootzes' absolute worst. Not only did I not like it because it was all about the supernatural, but it was one of Koontzes' worst stories ever, too. On top of the story being predictable, the narration was clunky and difficult to follow. The characters were flat, and there were characters that made no sense to the story appearing out of no-where, too.
And oh my god, don't get me started about the reader for the audio version. The guy had absolutely almost no inflection, and when he did have it, it was as often inappropriate to what was going on in the story as it was appropriate. There were moments through the reading, too, that I had to turn the playback off because I was finding the guy's awful voice just too annoying to bear during heated moments in the story. He was obviously trying to convey excitement or suspense, but all he was managing to do was come across like fingernails on a friggin chalkboard during these scenes!
Skip this one, folks. I don't know if Koontz is just heading downhill or what, but this book is just absolutely plain awful.