I am a big fan of Dean Koontz, but this book has just left me shaking my head. I walked away from it several times and came back to try again - but at about 3/4 of the way through I just can't spend another minute of my time trying to figure it out.
There are just too many characters involved and they only have one tie - beyond that, they are all thrown together and the story just keeps jumping at random from one to another and in and out of different times. It's just way too confusing. I kept hoping something would happen that would pull it all together...but it just hasn't.
Sorry Dean Koontz....this one was a bomb....
I love Dean Koontz. I have read almost everything he has written. There are so many characters and plot lines in this latest book that it is imopossible to latch on to any of them. It feels scattered and disorganized. Ultimately, I didn't care much about anybody at the Pemberton. Maybe next time he'll be back on his game. I was glad when it was over.
No. Too many characters and fragmented plot lines. Got hard to keep track of them. Felt like I needed a list of tenants of the building past and present.
Iris (the autistic girl) and her mother communicating through lines from Bambi.
For those of you who have loved Koontz as long as I have (20+ years), this is a delightful throwback to older favorites like Midnight & Lightening. It's an engrossing mix of sci-fi & outright spookiness - also charged with that biting social commentary that we Koontz fans love. One of his best in years!
The entire story.
Too many story lines all of which were boring. Jumped around way too much.
Yes, he was ok.
If DK would have submitted this to me I would have sent it back to him and not publish it.
I have listened to around 200 or more aubible books and this is the first one I was not able to finish. Waste of one of my credits!!
The story introduced too many characters before developing a protaganist. I thought Winnie, then Bailey, then maybe even Edna Hawk would be the favorite, but the story kept introducing more weird characters that made the story even worse because there was no clear protaganist and not even a character the reader could really relate. I struggled through the entire book, and wished for the Dean Koontz of old. This book, and
Green Mile. In part because I watched the movie recently, and in part because I really enjoy the way Stephen King tells a story. I read the serial back in 1996.
I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz. This book was "ok" it does hold your interest but it wasn't one of his books that you had difficulty putting down.
I purchased this based on the synopsis and that I've read nearly every DK book. I should have read the reviews first. I have several problems with this book. First, the layout for the book reminds me of one of his previous novels "Breathless" which was also an epic failure and one of the worst books I've ever read. The layout consists of each chapter being dedicated to a different character. It's almost like a whole bunch of short stories written, then having the chapters shuffled into each other. Second, there is no central character that the story revolves around. A bunch of people in a supposed haunted apartment building. Third, the story jumps from the present, to the past and then to the extreme future for many of the charaters. It was hard enough to follow with the many characters and trying to figure out what was going on, but then DK had to throw in some time warping.
I was either so lost with the story or bored with it that my mind constantly wandered to other things. I regret buying this audio book. Should DK writing career continue down this path, I'll have to cross him off my favorite writer list just like I did with James Patterson.
Better DK choices would be Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Mr. Murder and a few others.
too wordy. poor story line. characters irritating. got through part one but could listen to any more.
Just could not get into it. Not what I was hoping for. It was okay.
Don't know. Just couldn't get into it.
Love the reader
There is a website that's so well done and was released weeks before the book, so I couldn't wait for the book to come out. The site is fun if you have a decent graphics card because it allows you to poke around The Pendleton.
SPOILER ALERT: The premise of this book is that a big, old creepy house with a violent history is situated on a rift of space and time. Every 38 years going both backward in time and forward, a rift occurs, meshing all of the worlds at once.
It was such a fun and interesting twist on the classic haunted house, I couldn't wait! But there was over a dozen characters and they all seemed to be main characters. That made each person's hopes, dreams, fears and goals tricky to follow and then when one dies on you, you just think, "Well, so much for him and everything he hoped would happen!" and it seemed like a plot point and not a person.
The narrator's voice just bugged me. I recently listened to 11/22/63 and it was narrated by Craig Wasson, an actor I'm a little fond of but thought, "Audio book narration? No way!" Yes he did an amazing job. Meanwhile, this narrator, Peter Berkrot, just didn't snag me and he did a strange thing, too, which may have been something the director told him to do: He changed his speaking voice depending on who was being talked about.
Example: When he began narrating about the aging Cupp Sisters (two women in their 80s), his voice got all craggy and "little old lady" sounding (like Granny from Tweety Bird & Sylvester) when he was NOT doing their dialog! Just when he was talking about what they were doing and thinking. And since it was not written in the first person, it was just weird and distracting.
Over all, I loved the premise, loved the fantasy/futuristic/Orwellian themes it presented, but wish he'd have chosen fewer characters and made their existence mean something in the grand scheme of things.
If you have a credit about to expire, I recommend it.