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
"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)
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
Watchers was one of the earliest Koontz novels I ever read. In fact i couldn't put it down for long. So I was delighted to discover Audible has the self same production I listened to back in 1995.
Watchers opens with Travis Cornell, a 36-year-old former Special Forces operative and essencially retired real estate agent, who takes a drive out into the California hills to try to recapture the joy in life that he lost following the death of his wife from cancer. His life takes an unexpected turn when he encounters what he believes to be a stray Golden Retriever which warns him of danger on the path ahead. Spooked by some unsettling noises in that direction, Travis flees back to his truck with the dog. It isn't long before the dog begins displaying a level of inteligence unusual for his kind,even showing a deep fascination with Travis' large book collection. After witnessing this and the dog's uncanny ability to ope a refrigerator door without the aid of a foot peddal, reach inside and grab a can of beer for his new master, Travis decides to name the dog Einstein.
Meanwhile Nora Devon, a thirty-year-old recluse living in the former home of her late aunt, struggles to deal with the unwanted sexual advances of a TV repairman. Her life begins to change when Travis and Einstein save her from the predator on two occasions. Thanks to Travis' compassion, Nora begins to come to terms with her aunt's unreasoning bitterness toward the outside world and particularly to men. It's not long before Travis and Nora fall in love.
But Einstein, revealed now to be the product of a genetic engineering experiment designed to enhance animal inteligence and make better comunication possible, is worried that those who created him may be out to recapture him. Evenworse, he reveals that the creature from which he and Travis fled the day they met is another product of a similar experiment, a baboon-like creature known as the Outsider. Aided by Nora's attorney, the three decide to go on the run, from both the Outsider and the NSA agents out to recapture both it and Einstein.
I always like to say that when it comes to audiobooks the narrator can make or break the production no matter how good the book itself might be. FOrtunately narrator J.Charles has a good voice for narration. He's one of those who can manage not to do just a straight, flat reading even without giving every single character a different accent or dialect. He'll bring off an accent where necessary without overdoing it. In short it's easy enough to tell who's speaking at any given moment. I couldn't put it down when I checked it out from the public library back in 1995 and I couldn't again when I listened to it courtesy of Audible.
I love this book - who doesn't love a story with a brilliant dog as a hero? But, the reader reads with almost a flat affect and adds nothing to emphasize drama of the story. What a disappointment - I'll still enjoy the story but would have liked to hear at least a little expressiveness.
This is my favorite Koontz book. Have read it twice over the years and now have listened to Audible version. It has wide appeal. There is a human love story and loving relationship between a dog and a man and a woman. It has a touch of sci-fi, and is definitely a thriller! How can you miss if you buy this book?!
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I have been a longtime fan of Koontz, and Watchers was always one of those books that I wanted to read, but didn't get around to it until now. I was disappointed. The story starts off well, but then the characters kind of fall apart, story threads don't lead anywhere, and the dog character becomes more and more of a cartoon character.On top of it all, I really really disliked the narrator for this book.
No, I rarely listen or read a book more than once.
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I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
Typical type of Koontz story but the best of his work that I have dabbled in. The book is really well written and I did enjoy it much more than I expected to but it is just not my favorite genre. If you like Koontz this is a good one for you.
It is not better, both are great...each has it positives...I recommend reading it first...then listening to the audio version...I had read my print copy long ago...it was great to revisit it again and catch what I missed or forgot the first time thru....
The Distemper part...being a dog lover...hard but memorable part of the book.
Great novel...one of Koontz best...if you are a dog lover, horror/suspense book lover, or just want to hear a really great story...give this one a try...you won't be disappointed.
This has got to be the worst pairing of a book to narrator ever.I must have listened to over a thousand books and this must be the worst. I never felt Dean Koontz was the best author but I did enjoy his first few books, so when I saw this book on sale i grabbed it...chalk it up to nostalgia. Normally it may take me up thirty or forty minutes to get used to an unfamiliar performer...not every narator can be a Frank Muller or James Marsters, but c'mon J. Charles reads this story...well...like he is just reading it! There is zero emotion or passion, except for the occasional yuk-yuk twang when he is supposed to be a local yokel. at one point (not a spoiler alert) a father finds out hes teenaged sopn was just killed & J. Charles reads it with about as much enthusiasm as if you just told him he forgot to mow the lawn.To sum it up, this will be one of the first downloads I am going to return & take Audible at their word that we can return if we are not satisfied.
I have read this book a few times now in print and audio and it is always a pleasure. I love the Einstein character and makes me love and appreciate my golden retriever more every time I read this book (even though she is the complete opposite of Einstein). Whenever I start this book anew I start off not so much liking the main characters and end up loving them by the end of the book. The supporting characters are interesting and well written. There is even a stand out character that makes a short appearance. She is a spunky little girl who is so well written I would love it if he were to write a book just on her character.
I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially if you are a Koontz fan, love dogs, like action stories, or basically anyone who can read :) I have talked to other people who have read this book and the response is always the same that it is one of, if not Koontz's best work.
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