But something has come back with Hatch from the other side: a terrible presence that links his mind to a psychotic's, so that a force of murderous rage courses through him.
©2005 Dean Koontz; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"Fiercely exciting...a slam-bang finale." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A dual reading by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan heightens the drama in a way the written word could never achieve. With this narrative choice, readers receive a clear, strong and effective audio horror story which is just about impossible to stop listening to." (The Bookwatch)
THis is my first of Mr. Knootz books. I enjoyed it, although it did drag in some areas. However, that aside, I look forward to hearing more of his works.
Vassago (I heard Massago?) is the most singularly evil character I have encountered in a long while. Delicious. Carol Cowen's Regina was perfect. Last quarter of the book seemed to drag on a bit, and I was hoping for a more painful end for the villain.
Hang on tight.
The complete development of the characters.
The ability to pronounce words most of us would trip on. They never missed a beat as their pacing was excellent.
The pre-adoption meeting.
As always, Koontz is a master of suspense and you never know what's around the next corner.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
ONE OF THE VIRTUES OF THE DEAD WAS PATIENCE.
I am Mr. Impatience and I almost gave out during the first two hours. The first two hours describes a car accident, but it is described in poetry form. The colorful, flowery words, served mostly to draw out a 15 minute event into two hours. After that things got a lot better. The story got more interesting with a very unusual bad guy and the poetry stopped. The bad guy is the star of the show and you want to stay long enough to hear about his childhood and how he started killing.
THE DEAD STAY DEAD AND THE LIVING ONLY WANT TO JOIN THEM
I am a Koontz fan and some of his books will live in my mind forever. I enjoyed this book as I listened to it, but I guarantee you that a month from now, I will not, without some help, remember the story line of this book. It has been a couple of days and I had to read my notes to remember what it was about. This was written in 1992, as Koontz was coming out of his boring, preachy books and moving more into suspense. There is some preaching in this and some interesting questions about death. If you can get this on sale, I would say go ahead, but I would not waste a credit.
Kramer and Read have been around for a while, but before them there was Hanson and Cowen. They have done a lot of books together and most of them are on tape. Anytime you get a chance to hear them, you should take it, they make all books better.
The story hooked me from the start. Very intense. The narrators were so bad, that I can't finish listening to the story. I'll read the book instead.
I'll update the review after I finish reading. I love Koontz.
Long haul Expeditor that loves listening to books and make the miles fly by.
The story doesn't flow well it goes from one 'scene' with a serial killer to the next a doctor bringing someone back from the dead, there's no segue-way, no chapter change nothing. One minute you'll be listening to the doctor working on bringing someone back to life and then in the very same breath you'll be hearing about a serial killer and his victims. I have ADD and even for me this was a hard story to track because of how often the story jumped around. Normally I don't mind a story that does this but this one just doesn't carry one story long enough or even change chapters to let the listener know there is "scene change." This book had the potential to be a good listen but fell short in the end.
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts
Couldn't make it through the whole book so
The narrator was good and did a good job reading the story
This is the 2nd book by Dean Koontz that I have been disappointed in, think I might stick with his newer work from now on.
Yes the story in so very engrossing and change of narrators is refreshing.
When the arch angel became apparent
Any time Regina was talking or thinking
This is a wonderful book. I was sad to hear it end.
Good suspense book--outlines the good -v- evil with a smattering of destiny meets destiny themes. Story begins with the revival of a dead man and progresses through a suspense laden time line to a conclusion in a place you just knew would be the site of an exciting, smash ending. Hitchcock and Serling would be proud.
Another author. I should have known better. I have read a number of Koontz novels in the past. But that was before I became a fan of audiobooks. Reading him in print, I used to skip vast portions of his syllabic gushing. Koontz, unfortunately, does not know the meaning of "efficient and concise use of the English language". I have just read one-third of this book and we have just covered the automobile accident and the airlift to the hospital. And I have skipped through, at the very least, one-third of that. He probably has a wonderful ending, but I cannot endure the trip with Koontz.
Hanson and Cowan both did a fabulous job. Of the two, I preferred Carol Cowan. She has a marvelous voice. Michael Hanson gets a bit too involved in enunciating Koontz with dramatic flare. Whereas, Carol Cowan tones Koontz down, Michael Hanson seems to add to Koontz's grammatical circus. I think he would be great with another author.
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