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)
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.
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.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
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.
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.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
Yes. Great readers. I was really drawn in by the narrators as well as the story itself.
Hatch & Lindsey's meeting with Regina - and their breakfast afterward in which they discussed the meeting - was amazing. Regina is a Koontz kid for sure - super smart, super verbal, and a total joy.
Hatch came alive for me with Michael Handson -- the calm reasonable kindly man suddenly plagued by horrific nightmares and daylight delusions - or are they? Lindsey came alive with Carol Cowan, the elegant, caring woman who fought like hell to save her husband's life and the lives of those whom she loved. They are great readers/performers. Thoroughly enjoyed. (And it's not as easy as it sounds. I've bought several books read by one particular reader reading one of my favorite authors and I just won't buy another book she reads - ruins the books for me with her offhand delivery.)
A Wild Ride or From Hell to Eternity
Spoiler alerts! I do NOT like books involving devils/Satan, etc. I was "swept away" with the story of Lindsey & Hatch's car accident but as soon as Vassago entered the story I turned off, put the book aside, lost my enthusiasm. (I also thought the hospital resuscitation was too long & a drag.) But when I got back to it, Hatch & Lindsey's attempt to adopt Regina totally reeled me in. I loved these scenes & I loved Regina & I couldn't abandon this family. I must add I thought Dr. Nyeburn was an IDIOT to bring his son back, to believe his son's new Simple Simon personality, to focus on resuscitation given his past experience (about what evil he could bring back), to fail to call the police when the P.I. disappeared, to tell Hatch the front part of the story about his son but not the rest, to tell Kari the story and still do nothing... He should have become a vet a lot earlier. (On the other hand, he brought back Hatch, obviously the antithesis of evil.) Toward the latter part of the book I started to nitpick a bit: Regina knew the folks were nervous & should have mentioned the sneaky noise, Hatch should have KNOWN what the footprint on his hood meant (just look up) & should have known that the noise could be related to something that happened BEFORE he fixed the garage window, Lindsey should have SHOT Vassago as soon as she managed to get her gun (I guess he would have leapt across the room w/his acrobatic superpowers tho...), and most especially Uriel. But on the whole it kept me on the edge of my seat A LOT. A wild ride.
The narration from both readers was really good, they handed off to each other at just the right points in the book, and their reading styles really pulled me in to the story. The story itself is compelling, though I found myself cheering for the bad guy towards the middle of the book. Endings are always hard, and I found the ending of this book both predictable and disappointing. That said, there is enough going on in the story to delight any fan of Koontz as this tale fits right in to the pantheon of his works.
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