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Tick Tock | [Dean Koontz]

Tick Tock

A strange doll is left on Tommy Phan's front steps, stranger than anyone could ever imagine. Later he hears an odd popping sound and is intrigued to find it coming to life. Tommy pursues the thing as it scrambles away, and then is pursued by it as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious manikin into a larger, more formidable opponent bent on killing him. What in the world is this thing and why is it after him?
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Publisher's Summary

A strange doll is left on Tommy Phan's front steps, stranger than anyone could ever imagine. Later he hears an odd popping sound and is intrigued to find it coming to life. Tommy pursues the thing as it scrambles away, and then is pursued by it as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious manikin into a larger, more formidable opponent bent on killing him. What in the world is this thing and why is it after him?

©1996 Dean Koontz; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

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"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." (The Times [London])

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    gslindner 10-10-08
    gslindner 10-10-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Quintessential Dean Koontz"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Richmond, CA, USA 07-20-06
    Kathryn Richmond, CA, USA 07-20-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Eerie, yet fun"

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Hollis, ME, USA 10-18-06
    Sandra Hollis, ME, USA 10-18-06
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    "Ticktock"

    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!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    kentbb 05-07-10
    kentbb 05-07-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Funny, but a little too weird"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    The B0lt New Hampshire, USA 01-29-08
    The B0lt New Hampshire, USA 01-29-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Very entertaining!"

    Dean Koontz shows his humor and wonderful sense of imagination in this entertaining, well read book. Great from start to finish.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Arena USA 09-21-06
    D. Arena USA 09-21-06 Member Since 2005

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    "Not sure how to describe this book...."

    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...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Trish 11-20-11
    Trish 11-20-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Story Ruined by the Reader"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    11-02-09
    11-02-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Certainly Unexpected"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Gulfport, FL, United States 04-20-07
    Cathy Gulfport, FL, United States 04-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "koontz at his best"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jazz Irving, Texas, United States 09-07-14
    Jazz Irving, Texas, United States 09-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not My Favorite Dean Koontz...Far from my worst!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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