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
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..."
I would never have published such a poor book
Waste of time would like money back.
Kitty Safe Network
Characters felt too juvenile and superficial.
11/22/63 by Stephen King
Professional, versatile, and skilled.
I listened to half the book but found it little engaging. The characters were juvenile, the story depends sooo much on visuals that it would work as a mini series or movie, but not as a book the way it is written. THE ONE, the evil in the book is kind of silly.
The first Dean Koontz book I read was Lightening - Loved it. I've enjoyed many Dean Koontz books and several he wrote under pseudonyms - but this book was a total disappointment. I'm sure I'll read and / or listen to more DK books. If this had been my first, it might have been my last. Narration was good.
I think there were pieces of what might have been a good story but nothing held together - I began to wonder if DK really wrote it.
There was no favorite scene since the scenes seldom connected to anything except the next scene - jumped around so it was hard to keep track of what was happening where and when.
I had to start over on this a few times before I finally got the gist of most of the story. It drug on in too many parts and I found myself lost because I forgot to listen.
“I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."
There was to many characters. It felt like most of the book was focus on introducing characters, but didn't really focus much on any of them. Thus, I didn't feel any emotional attachment to any of them and didn't have any sense of peril or emotions for them when they were endangered.
It was to simple and felt rushed. It did not meet my expections of the grandeur of the events taking place in the Pendleton that lead up to the end.
Winny and Iris hiding from one of those creapy monster things. And then Winny ultimately deciding he had to fight it to protect Iris. To me, Winny and Iris saved this book.
No...I did not become invested in any of the characters and have no desire to revisit them.
I think Dean Koontz should write more about Crispin and his dog Harley from his Novella: "Moonlit Mild". One of the main reasons why I picked up 77 Shadow St was in the hopes that the story somehow interweave with "Moonlit Mild", since they are both in the same world, and brought Crispin and Harly back again, and I was greatly disapointed that 77 Shadows St had nothing to do with Moonlit Mind.
I usually love DK novels, but this one just didn't do it for me.... It's not his worst, but it's in the top 5 worst in my opinion.