I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.
I am determined to finish this, only because I wasted a whole credit on it. I usually enjoy Dean Koontz, but this book is abysmal! It is not suspenseful, exciting or anything else. Just a 'bunch' of supposedly scary 'things' thrown together in a supposedly scary situation. Do not waste your credit on this book. One of his worst!!
Koontz spent the majority of this book just trying to come up with the most vile monsters instead of building the story. the last few chapters were the most interesting aspect of the whole thing
no story development until the end of the book
I did not enjoy M.Berkrot's fake-scary voice
I enjoyed the Odd Thomas series, but I think this will be my last Koontz for quite a while
what the heck?
yes. i have enjoyed his books in the past, particularly the frankenstein series.
the scenes which depicted people conversing OUTside the building. i found the goings on INside the building too confusing!
i have read books in this genre before and i have to say i am not really impressed. i prefer an author to be more plain spoken and not use symbolism and smoke and mirrors to illustrate their point.
at the very end, the announcer says
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
There are a lot of characters in this novel, perhaps too many to develop with the best of Koontz excellence. Most of the characters are developed adequately, some better, some worse. This Koontz does not focus on pseudo-family and relationship (and dogs) as much as his best, yet I was more than satisfied. It was a bit difficult to determine the primary characters but those ended up interesting. What I like about Koontz (and not King) are the sentences ??? Koontz has many excellent sentences in this novel. It is not Koontz???s best work, but well above his average (which is pretty good). I like the semi-science and the semi-politics.
The book was narrated perfectly and it was an enthralling story that I just couldn't put down. Dean Koontz is by far my favorite author and I hope others enjoy this book as well
A solid Dean Koontz, though not his best. I don't know why the earlier works of Koontz hold a magical place in my memory, but they do. The last 10 years of Koontz have been less than magic, although his writing remains captivating. There seems to be a trend of starting off with a bang, and fizzling out a little by the end. This one fell into that category for me, even though an average novel of Dean Koontz's is far better than the best works of other horror writers, with the exception of Master King, of course.. You get a little of his supernatural, a little mystery, and a little violence in 77th Shadow Street. As always, Koontz is worth a credit
Yes, narration adds depth to a novel that cannot be gained from the printed word alone. The only prerequisite is a good narrator. This novel has excellent narration.
Winnie Trayhern (SP?) He is an 8 year old skinny introvert who loves to read and who wants to be a hero. The writer does a beautiful job of drawing him.
Peter Berkrot is an excellent narrator. He did an equally good job on each performance.
Yes, and I have.
Since reading this book the first time in 2011, I have returned to it many times. It is a perfect novel in my opinion. It has a haunted mansion, adventure, great characters, and scares and thrills a plenty!
The narration by Peter Berkrot was very good. The story had potential but lacked something. I enjoyed it but!!!!! There was just so much description of gore in every room. You already knew it was there but yet he went on and on about it. Maybe he was trying to fill up pages. I'm not sorry I read the book, it just wasn't one of my favorites.
Not DK's best, but interesting none the less. As they say on these interwebs ..."meh..."