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Midnight | [Dean Koontz]

Midnight

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.
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Publisher's Summary

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent sent to Moonlight Cove to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths.

They meet Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, who has seen things from his window that he was not meant to see. Together they begin to understand the depth of evil in Moonlight Cove. Chrissie Foster, a resourceful 11-year-old, running from parents who have suddenly changed and in whom darkness dwells, joins them. Together they make a stand against darkness and terror.

©2004 Dean Koontz; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Peggy Dammeron Valley, UT, United States 06-27-08
    Peggy Dammeron Valley, UT, United States 06-27-08
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    "Just a bit much for me"

    The story moved along at a good pace and, over-all, did keep me interested. However the gist of the story just seemed a bit far fetched and difficult to take seriously. The narrator sounded so cheerful it occurred to me he might be better suited to more up-beat stories. No glaring mis-pronunciations. Even though I normally love D. Koontz stories, this book is a good reminder to me to pay closer attention to the description and reviews.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Will Helendale, CA, United States 01-10-11
    Will Helendale, CA, United States 01-10-11
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    "Really Interesting and Imanginative"

    This is my wife's favorite book and after listening to it, I can see why. Koontz was very imaginative and kept me interested for the entire book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    john comanche, OK, United States 05-31-13
    john comanche, OK, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "good story not read well"

    I love this story but the narration is lacking. I just could not get into it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-14-09
    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-14-09 Member Since 2009

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    "Scary, exciting, yet heartwarming too."

    This story is, first & formost a terrifying story of one mans ego changing a town into something unknowable and horrible. The cat & mouse between these "changed people" and the normal is very exciting, esp when an 8 yr old girl takes them on to save her life. Heartwarming when a detective, a woman there researching her sisters death and the little girl meet up with a paraplegic man to take on the Boogyman and his horrid, terrible henchman. I have re-reaad the book and re-listened to the audio book. Good science fiction that seems like it could happen. I loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-12-13
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 10-12-13 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Delightfully creepy."

    Midnight was among the first Dean Koontz books I ever read. To this day it remains among my favorites.
    As the story opens, Janice Capshaw, a 35-year-old night owl and fitness enthusiast, is going for a nighttime run along the beach in the peaceful California town of Moonlight Cove when she finds herself pursued and ultimately brought down and brutally murdered by unknown assailants. Some weeks later Samuel Booker, an undercover FBI agent jaded by life and his strained relationship with his teenage son, rides into Moonlight Cove to investigate Janice's murder as well as a series of other bizarre killings in and around the town which the local authorities seem bent on covering up. Soon he meets Tessa Lockland, TJ to her mother, the younger sister of Janice Capshaw. Tessa came to Moonlight Cove to investigate Janice's murder, refusing to believe the story of suicide presented by the local authorities. Tessa was frightened into fleeing the one motel in Moonlight Cove by an attempted break-in at her room. Meanwhile Chrissie Foster, a perky twelve-year-old, flees from her home after catching a disturbing glimpse of her parents in an altered, beastlike state to wich they seek to "convert" her as well. These three take refuge with Harry Talbot, a paralyzed war veteran who witnessed many of the disturbing events in the town via a telescope in his bedroom and alerted the FBI. As they dig deeper they discover a secret so disturbing that it frightens even some of those who willingly embraced it.
    As is the case with any audiobook, the narrator can either make or break the production. Fortunately J. Charles has a fine voice for narration and, while he doesn't perform hundreds of accents and dialects, he nevertheless makes it easy to distinguish between one character and another. Even the nonhuman speaking characters are well realized. All in all this is a production I can easily listen to over and over without having to worry about a cassette or a disc eventually wearing out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pam K. Thomas arkadelphia, arkansas United States 08-26-13
    Pam K. Thomas arkadelphia, arkansas United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Still like it after all these years!"
    Where does Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my favorites of Dean Koontz's books, along with Watchers


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog of course


    What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

    He has a comforting voice. His reading style is a bit old fashion, that's why only four stars.


    Who was the most memorable character of Midnight and why?

    The veteran in the wheel chair. I felt his fear,being handicapped in the midst of all that evil.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Risingsun, OH, United States 07-08-08
    Shirley Risingsun, OH, United States 07-08-08 Member Since 2002
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    "The narrator is awful!!"

    He totally destroys this book, you should apologize to the author.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    HervesVuin 05-25-15
    HervesVuin 05-25-15 Member Since 2012

    I am 45 years old, married 25 years next June to my wonderful husband, and the proud mother of two boys.

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    "NARRORATOR RUINS STORY, ANGRY MOB RIOTS DOWNTOWN!"

    OMG! Who the hell found this man, if he indeed he is a flesh and blood person. He sounds suspiciously like a voice in my husband's GPS Navigator!

    What a way to totally ruin one of the Best Koontz books EVER

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    Garry NATCHITOCHES, LA, United States 04-09-15
    Garry NATCHITOCHES, LA, United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice read, Suspenseful"

    Strong character development. Takes a little bit to get into, but makes for a good read. Lessons are available that can be applicable for today's society.

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    MisoSilly 04-03-15
    MisoSilly 04-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It's all in the narrator"

    The first time I came to know this book was through the audio book. When it comes to these audio books, a lot depends on how well it's read. This book has always been one of my favorites because of the narrator.

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