©1996 Dean Koontz; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." (The Times [London])
This book is great fun if you're looking for entertainment that's rather scary, surprisingly funny (I laughed out loud at parts), and baffling to the end. I would call it a light-hearted tale were it not so downright frightening at times. But the humor is the chief appeal of this story, and Koontz shows that he has a real flare for it.
I'm giving it 4 stars rather than 5 because the characters did not seem fully believable to me. Close, but not quite there. Nevertheless, it's one of those books you can't stop listening to because you need to find out what happens next. Paul Michael, the narrator of this book, is masterful! He is one of my all-time favorites--always a treat to hear. This book is great fun. If you want some chills and some laughs to go with them, listen to this one.
This book is wonderfully descriptive with great character building, but the substance is really weak. I was disappointed, wishing there could have been a little less description and a little more story!
This is a comedy more than a thriller. The hilarious dialogue between Tommy and his mother got me laughing out loud a couple of times. The relationship between Tommy and the girl on the other hand was more annoying than entertaining.
I am a big Koontz fan, but this story was too weird for my taste.
I love this style of Dean Koontz. It's full of action and suspense with a quirky sense of humor. I love this story. I was held on the edge of my seat and laughed out load many times. You will really enjoy this one. Quite a surprising ending. You won't see it coming but you will enjoy how it ends.
I have to say... it was interesting when the "waitress" and the main character's "mother" came into the scene, but it was not one of Koontz best.... a wanna-be Steven King... BUT, it had humor (as Koontz stated at the end of the story) and at some parts it made me smile. The way the Narrator tried to add an "Asian Accent" was strange to say the least! (I am Asian, so hearing a "non-Asian" try to speak like us is like a "roll-your-eyes-kind-of-thing"! LOL) All in all... It was not that bad...
I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
I like this story. It's not as detailed as I'm used to with Dean Koontz, but very satisfying. I recommend this book if you're looking for something light. Honestly, I was not remotely scared by this book. It had the right amount of tension.
I love this book. It's funny and it's creepy and is just a great world to get lost in for several hours. Years ago I bought the abridged version of this audiobook read by B.D. Wong. He brought the characters to life so wonderfully. Everyone had their own unique voice. His comedic timing was spot on. Simply put, B.D. Wong hit the ball out of the park. I am deeply saddened that he couldn't have been the reader again here for Audible. It's true that a narrator can make or break an audiobook. And it's certainly the case here. Paul Michael mispronounces certain character's names, words and you really have to strain to hear the humor in the text. In fact, the comedy was so badly done that's to the point of being practically nonexistent.
If Audible were to ever hire B.D. Wong to narrate this book, I would buy it. As it is, this was a disappointment and a waste of my credit.
I picked up the softcover of this just to check it out. I'm a fan of the paranormal, and thrillers. Always up for a good paced book. I opened the softcover about half way in, found exactly what I was looking for, and came here.
It started out a little slow, I have to say I started grate about hearing his mother's broken English as much as he did. But that ended somewhat smoothly. And the interesting part picked up. Perhaps the main character whines just a bit too much, but there's enough action to keep things moving along well though. Fantastic imagery of the demon, good characterization too.
About half way through, you'll come on a love it or hate it character that changes the tone of the book almost significantly. There's still a demon, a quick monster thing out to rip their throats out, but humor starts taking a role in the forefront as well.
If you're looking for something evil, dark, and heart pounding, this might not satisfy. But it was a pretty good ride for me. With an, all be it unexpected, but acceptable end.
I first heard this book about 7 years ago on a road trip with my family, and fell in love with it. I was delighted when audible offer it. This book has it all action, humor, and a good scare now and then. I highly reccomend it.
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