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.
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.
Koontz's inability to take his politics and personal belief out of his books. Often I just roll my eyes (Strangers; I refuse to even try Sleepwalker because I don't need more of his color-blind, reverse racism politicking in fiction), but the one scene where his male protagonist spews his thoughts about the adoption process and dreams of strangling social workers is idiotic because it came from nowhere but also distracting and jarring. It didn't make any sense that a couple who
Yes! This is one of the best, on par with Cold Fire, and better than The Bad Place.
Koontz is a better rental than purchase.
This was pretty good - fairly typical for Dean Koontz - fans will understand what I mean by that! :) I gave it 4 stars since it kept me company (and awake) in an airport all night!
The first part of the book moved fairly quickly, but the end seemed to drag, despite the surprises along the way. I also felt like the ending was a let down... build up, build up, build up - over.
With that said, it was an entertaining listen - I like Carol Cowan's narration style. Michael Hanson has a good voice, but the switching between them was a little jarring at times.
This is the first time I have ever stopped listening to a book. A little more than half way through I finally gave up on any chance of there being an improvement to the storyline and just Quit!
Audible is my "can't live without". I enjoy the other readers recommendations. Keep them coming!
Horrific,disgusting,sadistic! I could not finish this disgraceful book. Don't wast your credits on this awful story!
Boy, what a disappointment. It was all so cliche, so boring and not worthy of Koontz. What was he thinking? It seems like he was on the hook to write something - anything. But, one would hope if that was the case he could do better than this. Makes me leary to get any others.
Are you kidding? This is the worst book I have ever listened to!!! I want my money back! Sickening, unnecessary detail; author in love with the word "ramparts"; and awful narration. This book has NO redeeming features.
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