Bleachers was enjoyable and I could relate to some of the small-town ramblings but overall, it left me not wanting to hear it again. It's worth the time - but not twice.
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.
This book was pretty well put together until the final implausible chapters - almost like he didn't know how to end it and picked the most likely character with the most unlikely scenario. And, there were technical flaws. I just hate writers who write about guns and don't know them. The made-in-Israel Desert Eagle is NOT a Glock! It's worth a listen but it's not high on my list of recommendations.
Your first clue - the author is the narrator. With very few exceptions (Bill Bryson is one exception), authors are NOT great narrators. Good narrators bring the story to life, poor ones, even when they know the story well, make it dry and colorless. This could be a 4-star listen with a better narrator. If you love Ridley Pearson's stories, get it - but if if you're not a super Pearson fan, this one might be better read than listened to.
Dean Koontz has written some masterpieces but this isn't one of them. There's much movement and action but little in the way of depth. If you're new to Koontz, don't judge him by this effort - go back and listen to Lightning, Strangers, the Bad Place and Watchers.
I seldom give any Dean Koontz book a less-than-4-star review but this will be an exception. Medically, this book is like a tired Robin Cook novel. If it hadn't been for a sprinkling of the supernatural, the entertainment value would have been negligible. I was so far ahead of the story line that even the last-minute twists didn't turn this into a thriller for me.
I have learned much about Alaska - a place to which I badly want to travel. I'd even like to go with Peter Jenkins. BUT - I don't want to listen to him talk. The steady monotone and plodding pace of the narration will either drive one crazy or put him or her to sleep. In the case of this book, the printed version might be the best use of your dollars.
I seldom listen to books of this length - much less do I want to listen to them again. The juxtaposition of good and evil - Godliness and Godlessness - is perfectly drawn. A historian friend requires this book for her college history students, feeling the portrayal of the period is as good as it gets. You will love it and the sequel - World Without End.
Someone who knows something about policework and guns needs to edit Patterson's novels. Just for your information: Glocks don't have click on / click off safties. It's highly unlikely that a police officer would have an old 40 caliber service revolver. Revolvers don't have clips. Police officers don't have 20 caliber anything at least not that I've ever heard of. Added to the fact that the same girl had cornrows and corn stalks in her hair makes this a technical disaster
Written for children / teens - but I could not stop listening. This book brought back emotions from my "earlier" years and made me feel good about them. You must listen and let your kids (12+) listen too.
I am quickly becoming a fan of Scott Brick's narrations. Not only is this a great story with well-paced action and superb characters - but Brick's "acting" gives everything more depth and power than could ever be delivered by the printed page. Get it, you won't be sorry!
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