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 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.
Actually, I had listened to it before I joined Audible.
It's similar to nothing I've read.
He's very good with all the characters. He reads it, as if he wrote it.
Koontz keeps it moving so that you can not stop listening.
I loved the story line.
I really knew the dog and I wanted him to remain like he was after he got hurt.
Love J. Charles's performance.
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.
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.
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.
As all of his books Dean K captures me with his writing I am always impressed!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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