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Zoe

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  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (606)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Worst Koontz ever"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Peter Berkrot?

    I have been reading Koontz books since he began writing them. Even back to his previous pen names and I don't remember a worse book! There are too many characters, so I didn't relate to any of them. Too much gore, just for the sake of gore, that didn't add to the story.
    I have idolized Dean Koontz for his writing prowess, but maybe he's written too many now and just getting lazy or just running out of ideas. Do read his other books, especially the Odd Thomas ones if this was your first. He really is a terrific author.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Fewer characters. Develop one or two main characters so that the reader cares what happens to them. Use the monster element less so that it is an effective shock or surprise to the reader.


    What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Maybe he is why this book was so bad. No soul to the book at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    About half the book. It was twice too long. In fact I skipped about five hours toward the end and just listened to the end. I thought I might have to go back and listen to see what happened, but it wasn't necessary! That alone should tell about the lack of interesting story line.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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