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.
Yes, I enjoy Dean Koontz But this one was hard to finish. Definitely not his best. I do not recommend it.
Too much detail. Too much back story. This book could have been half the size and been the same story. Kept getting lost. I really Enjoy Koontz and this will not stop me from enjoying his other titles.
He did a great job with what he had to work with.
Sorry, no. The story line had such potential.
I say pass this one up. Really not worth the time. Pick another title from Koontz.
For sure, busy buying another Dean Koontz one now. Peter Berkrot did a good job, though admittedly I compare all narrators to the Ron Perlman when he did the The Strain - which was brilliant. Mr Berkrot did a good job, his voice changes per character help identify who;s who in heavy dialogue - without overacting their parts.
Works well as an audiobook. The plot is unchallenging, so don't expect any thing more than a good ride. Perfect to listen to when stuck in traffic without incurring a fender bender.
Odd, i did think this could become a TV series, though limited to a 10 episode single season. The plot's unchallenging enough and bounces equally between characters for it to be comfortably cast with B-Grade actors.
There are some tough reviews on this book, but if you can just enjoy it for what it is (a typical Koontz yarn), then it's worth the download.
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!