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From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....
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Publisher's Summary

From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose.

Best-selling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic, and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind's darkest creation.

©2004 Dean Koontz; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this supernatural thriller, which should move Koontz a notch closer to Stephen King's high-rent district." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-28-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "Klassic Koontz"

    A good mixture of mystery and magic. Just what Dean Koontz is noted for. Not as good as Mr Murder, but an interesting listen.

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    Amazon Customer 08-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Ok story with distracting narration"
    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator


    Any additional comments?

    This is an early Koontz book, and he has come a long way since then. I read this book when I was in high school in the '80s and enjoyed it. The story is still enjoyable, if dated now, but the narration is really distracting. The narrator has a deep voice with a limited range and little emotion. He sounds like a news anchor in his delivery.
    The story takes place in southern California but the narrator's pronunciation of the Spanish names is off. As a native Californian I find the mispronounced names annoying. I couldn't help but think of Les Nessman of the old WKRP in Cincinnati TV show and his butchering of foreign names.

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    alb 06-24-14
    alb 06-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story - Terrible Narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Watchers has everything you want in a book - Suspense, a little horror and a wonderful love story. I love the relationship between Travis, Nora and especially Einstein. Every time I read this story I feel guilty when I discipline my dogs!


    What didn’t you like about J. Charles’s performance?

    I love Watchers. I have read the book six or seven times and thought I would give it a listen on audible. This narrator is so unsuited to the telling of this story that I almost quit listening. He sounds as if he's the Professor from Gilligan's Island and he's narrating a travel program.He has absolutely no feeling for the characters.


    If you could take any character from Watchers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Eistein - Who wouldn't want to spend time with him?!


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read the book - read it. It's such a wonderful book but if my only exposure to the story had been through this narrator, I wouldn't bother with it again.

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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 05-13-14
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "ONE OF KOONTZ's BEST"

    This wasn't the first time I've read this book and perhaps it won't be my last. Great dog story. Like the Plague Dogs, Watchers had a dog darn good ending. The only Koontz book I liked better is "Strangers". Enjoy.... Highly recommended light reading.

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    Ray 05-02-14
    Ray 05-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good read."

    I enjoyed the entire book except the part where then NSA is in charge of the investigation. Not true. The NSA has no police powers but don't let that stop u reading the book. I enjoyed it.

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    Rasheed 03-27-14
    Rasheed 03-27-14
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    "Takes you away yet brings you to what matters"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Watchers to be better than the print version?

    I love reading myself and listening when the narrator is at least as good as the voices I imagine. This reader is one voice but really good and appropriate to the story and characters


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Each one is so well developed hard to choose but obviously Einstein seconded only by Travis and Nora with Nora edging out Others perhaps as she comes the farthest from start to finish more than I would have thought realistically possible. I LOVE the sense of human character growth from potential to 'reality' in a short period of time and without relying on torturing the character forever. This is very uplifting encouraging, a good example of not only what is ephemerally possible, but what is probable with choosing the right attitude!


    Have you listened to any of J. Charles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not that I know of


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Skipped some 'adult parts when listening with kids but I felt very happy and at peace with the world and even joy for life and its mysteries seriously. Periodically was impressed and noticed how well written th s all while being gripped by the story very coo!


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    Annabelle Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States 03-20-14
    Annabelle Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2015
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    "One of Koontz's Best! Great Dog Story!"
    Where does Watchers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of My List.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watchers?

    The scrabble tiles and the system's they rig up for Einstein.


    Which character – as performed by J. Charles – was your favorite?

    Einstein, and the lawyer friend.


    If you could take any character from Watchers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The young couple. They're faced with so much. Nora, she's so brave and full of life once she starts to trust Travis.


    Any additional comments?

    This was one of the first Koontz books I read. It's one of his earliest and I searched it out to listen to it through Audible because I was very depressed and needed something to cheer me up. I couldn't believe how much I had forgotten and was in such a great mood by the time it was concluded. If you love dogs, you should listen to this book. It's a great story and you'll love it.

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    Arthur Mauldin, SC, United States 03-07-14
    Arthur Mauldin, SC, United States 03-07-14
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    "Love the book."

    The book itself was excellent in almost all ways. I loved the characters, the romance (even if the romance wasn't the central theme of the book itself) and the DOG. No spoilers for those who have not read it, but I love that dog. He is amazing.

    From him, to the pitiable villain, and the two humans wrapped up in their world the story comes together very well and follows through with a satisfying ending. I will no doubt listen again.

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    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 02-26-14
    Nancy F. Sierra Foothills, Northern CA 02-26-14 Member Since 2007

    Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.

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    "Light & Interesting Story, Recommended Listen"

    Some elements of this book are true 5's and some are definite 3-'s. Therefore my 4's.

    I read an interview with D Koontz wherein he was asked about writing a sequel to this book. (Something that would interest me and I would buy without hesitation.) His answer surprised me. He stated that this book's story arc was focused on change -- mostly the life experiences, attitudes, and personas of the man and woman at the center of this story. I was stunned; what captivates me about this book is the personality and intelligence of the dog. Without him this book would be a dull 2!! The focus on change, altho distinctly a part of the book, seemed without import to me.

    What worked very well:

    * the personality and humor of Einstein (the dog) are enchanting. I'm a through and through animal lover and easily fall for anthropomorphic fantasies. This one is excellently accomplished. Another book based on this character would have me in an instant.

    * when the "good guys" are threatened or in danger, the plot moves fast and keeps the listener's attention.

    * there are other interesting characters in this book as well. Koontz writes humorous scenes and dialogue, easily fitting them into the flow of the story.

    What didn't work:

    * this book falls back on pop psychology not just once or twice (which might be forgivable), but every time a motivation or attitude needs justification.

    * the love story, although mostly believable, periodically turns sappy.

    All in all, I recommend this book as a fun read.

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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 02-18-14
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    I love Dean Koontz, but this was one of my favorite. The narrator was good and the story wonderful. The dog and his master, I felt like I was part of the book while I was listening to it. I could not stop listening from the time I started.

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