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 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.
I liked it. Nothing about it really moved me but, there were a few boring parts paired with a few exciting parts. Not sure why it seems to have such high ratings by most people.
I enjoyed the old lawyer the most and his quest for excitement, although he was just a side character. I also liked the dog, but was distracted by the weirdness of having such a human-like sentient dog around all the time. I think most people would be very embarrassed if their pets could communicate all the embarrassing things one does when home alone....
Reading is in my DNA. Dad, Granddad and Grandma were all journalists and crazy readers. When I can't read, I listen!
The narration..oh my gosh, I thought it was awful. I finished the book because I thought the premise of the book was interesting.
The relationship between Einstein, Travis and Nora.
The narrator sounded like he was reporting a news story. When he spoke as characters, in my opinion, his voice did not match the characters at all.
I am not sure how you could have a dog do the kinds of things Einstein did in the book.
If they could pull that off then possibly Denzel Washington as Lem, Jake Gylenhaal as Travis and Michelle Monoghan as Nora.
Action filled with a sweet story about a dog and his people. I liked it a lot. I thought the narrator was fine.
I would not recommend. Writing style is not very original. Performance is stiff.
Older. Stiff. Paul Harveyesque.
My first Koontz book. Unimpressed, but may try one more before giving up on him.
The narrator sounded a bit robotic at some points and you could tell where they stopped recording and picked up on another day, as his voice sounds tight in certain sections.
The story was fun and worth the listen but very predictable. Koontz also likes to describe too much, such as unimportant character backgrounds or locations. The relationship between Nora and Travis was sweet and enjoyable to see developed.
It wasn't the worst by a long shot, but don't waste a credit on it. You can definitely tell the story was written quite a long time ago and the narrator sort of seems like he was picked to reflect that.
....mehh. No surprises and pretty much what I expected.
I listened to the narrator on the sample before I bought it and I didn't quite like his voice, but I thought for six bucks what was the harm? I found myself losing interest through portions, but I'm not sure if it was all because of the narrator or just a lack of interest in the story.
I'd get my money back if there was a way to do it. Def not worth more than a buck at a 1/2 price bookstore.
There was also an issue with the audio. Now this I can't be sure if it was my device or the download or what??? but the recording seemed off. Can't really describe it.
This was a sit in your car waiting for a moment when you could take a breath to head into work.
When Travis and Nora told the Vet how Einstein had saved their lives.
Choked back tears several times.
If you have a wonderful dog in your life you will love this book,
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
The story within Watchers is truly one of a kind. Dean Koontz has always had a way of creating a world that is at once very ordinary and at the same time slightly off from reality. This story is a great one, although there is some strange language and odd statements made by most of the characters as the story proceeds. My real problem with this audiobook is in the performance. J. Charles does a fine job with the narration of the storyline, but his characters are...well, strange. I didn't really connect with any of the characters that he voiced, but especially did not like the main character of the story, Travis. The voicing that Mr. Charles used was not believable, and not very consistent. Just.... strange.... both in the inflections used, as well as the emotion put into the dialogue. I think he missed the mark of what Koontz was going for almost all the time. Not enough of a deterent to not enjoy this story, though. It really is a remarkable and unique story, and I enjoyed the experience!
This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I have read....Ive heard of his great stories and this one did not disappoint. The narrator though was a tough swallow....I almost stopped listening in the beginning multiple times, but because I knew the authors reputation I stuck with it...Im glad I did....but I will probably not listen to another book narrated by him. His voice just did not fit the characters for me.....but it was a great story...Ive owned 3 Goldens and this one pulled @ my heart strings hard.
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