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Watchers | [Dean Koontz]

Watchers

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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    Grandspud So Cal 08-09-12
    Grandspud So Cal 08-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not fit for 2012"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I had read the book back in the 1980s or 90s. I remembered it as a very frightning and suspenseful story. Decades later, when I recently listened to it I had to laugh at myself because the book seemed so lame and hokey. It was like watching old episodes of the TV seriis "Adam 12" or "Dragnet" on NetFlix. In their time I thought they were top notch suspense. Today, however, I find myself bursting with laughter.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Butte, MT, United States 07-24-12
    Lynn Butte, MT, United States 07-24-12
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    "One of my favorites by my favorite author."
    Would you listen to Watchers again? Why?

    Actually, I had listened to it before I joined Audible.


    What other book might you compare Watchers to and why?

    It's similar to nothing I've read.


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

    He's very good with all the characters. He reads it, as if he wrote it.


    Any additional comments?

    Koontz keeps it moving so that you can not stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda NEVADA, TEXAS, United States 07-10-12
    Brenda NEVADA, TEXAS, United States 07-10-12
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    "Dean Koontz at his best"
    What did you love best about Watchers?

    I loved the story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watchers?

    I really knew the dog and I wanted him to remain like he was after he got hurt.


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

    Love J. Charles's performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-06-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done story with good suspense."

    A dog with human intelligence and a beast escape from a genetic research lab. The beast kills animals and humans. The beast is obsessed with killing the dog. The authorities, the beast, and a mafia hit man are all searching for the dog which provides suspense, danger, planning, fighting, and escape. The dog forms bonds with humans. There is also a romance. I compare this to three other Koontz books. “Intensity” had me afraid for most of the book. “Velocity” had a type of suspense and danger that was too much for me and I couldn’t finish it. “Lightning” had fear and suspense but not as much as the other two, it was more of a well balanced mystery suspense thriller. Each Koontz book is a different type of story. This was lighter than the others. It was excellent. I don’t think it ever dragged. It had a warm, feel good ending, almost a Disney quality. As I read I thought the author must truly love his pet, a dog like the one in the book.

    This is definitely 5 stars. Koontz develops good characters and he moves things along well. He doesn’t use cheap plot devices. His conflicts are smartly done. I am impressed with his creative talent, writing skill, and variety.

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    My only problem was the narrator J. Charles. He sounded like a perky TV commercial announcer or a TV news anchor, not a storyteller. At times he read too fast. There are other wonderful narrators that I prefer.

    GENRE: fiction suspense and some romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Latara TAMPA, FL, United States 06-29-12
    Latara TAMPA, FL, United States 06-29-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Very Good"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was very good. I am a dog lover and it is what made the book good.


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    Lady Lotus 05-16-12
    Lady Lotus 05-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I love well written books and moving narrators! I am a realism SCI-FI buff. I find non-mushy romance intertwined in a story appealing.

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    "Captivating!"

    As all of his books Dean K captures me with his writing I am always impressed!

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    Kathryn 01-03-12
    Kathryn 01-03-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story; terrible narration"

    Watchers is one of the first Koontz books I ever read, so recently I decided to pick it up as an audiobook. Now, I really wish Audible had a return policy. The story holds up just as I remember, however the narration sounds like one of those awful speech-to-text books that were popular so many years ago. I'd suggest passing on this version, and picking up the book instead.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark J Sherrell 10-09-10
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    "Koontz' finest and most heart touching work!"

    I like Koontz, he writes a great easy read horror book. Great plots and stories, but for the most part I find it to be entertaining yet not incredibly compelling or what I'd call "great".

    Not so with Watchers! One of my all time favorite books by any author. It's just fiction of course, but it really grabbed me, spoke to me, and touched me. If you love dogs like I do you'll love this book. If you root for the underdog like I do, you will love this book. This is an inspiring work of fiction and great love story. I highly recommend!

    Oh, but if you got a chance to see the movie made of it, it is the most awfully distorted and destroyed Hollywood take on a novel I have ever come across. Not the same story, and very badly done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dey remus, MI, United States 07-09-10
    dey remus, MI, United States 07-09-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story!! Great narrator!"

    I loved this Dean Koontz novel. I've read most of his and this was one of my favorites. I really enjoyed the characters,(especially the dog!), and felt they were well developed. I thought the book moved along at a good pace. The story had just the right mix of elements. I thought the narrator was wonderful. I introduced this story to my husband and just last night he commented that the reader seemed to take on the personality of the separate characters which made them come alive. I would highly recommend this book and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 06-14-10
    D. Sullivan Southampton, MA 06-14-10 Member Since 2009

    I'm That Guy

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    "Was this a Family Guy Episode?"

    I hate to comment on the book per se, as the narrator was awful. His inflection and emotion was obviously off in many important parts. I also couldn't help but think I was listening to an episode of Family Guy, with words like overwhelmed being pronounced like "overhhwelmed" and the romantic scenes...instead of coming across like a Robert Redford, came across more like Quagmire...Giggity! So I believe the story was good, but the narrator left me shaking my head and made it difficult to enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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