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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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    Malia Nash Hawaii 09-21-11
    Malia Nash Hawaii 09-21-11 Member Since 2010

    Malia Nash

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    "Interesting"

    An old but timeless tale (25 years old!) . Loved it. Will try other Koontz novels.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Clinton, MO, United States 12-30-10
    Cynthia Clinton, MO, United States 12-30-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, mediocre narrator"

    I am an avid Koontz fan, but the narrator did not fit the book. He sounded cheesy, mispronounced words, and his southern accent was embarrassing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-18-08
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-18-08 Member Since 2016

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Classic Koontz..."

    Watchers is classic Koontz with my favorite formula; A flawed (human) hero, strong family relationships, unusual situations, and a great dog. This was excellent in all of these dimensions. I found the narration superior. This was a fun story with pleasant characters, a cool dog, and a nice female. I have read and listened to a lot of Koontz and this is in my top 10 Koontz.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-07-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-07-11 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "Entertaining but predictable"

    I thought the characters were well developed although some of their development was about as well contrived as the plot. Government engages in questionable R&D, prototypes escape and havoc is wreaked. My favorite character was Vince the hit man, who was one sick puppy, no pun intended. Enjoyed listening to a story that was written more than 20 years ago where the characters depended on items like pay phones which pretty much have disappeared. A cut above average with average narration.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-14-09
    SnideSide Full time RV'er, USA 04-14-09 Member Since 2009

    SnideSide

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    "Sci-Fi that's scary & unusual & possible?"

    The Government has bred 2 animals for strength, speed, intelligence and the need to kill one another. A single girl is being stalked by a nasty repairman who duplicates the key to her house. A man is going for a walk thru the woods and is stopped by a dog with unusually high mentality. The 3 meet, join together, and try to outrun the other creature who always seems to find them. Kept me up reading. Beginning was a little slow til they get the stalker out of the way.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 06-27-09
    Lisa East Stroudsburg, PA, USA 06-27-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book/Terrible Narrator"

    I love the book and have read it several times. The audio book of course is good but would be much better with a different narrator. This guy mispronounces several easy words and it's very annoying.

    All in all, it's definitely a great story and worth the listen.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 10-24-15
    Jessica 10-24-15
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    "just fun"

    this book has a great deal of nostalgic value for me so judge the value of my review with that in mind. I find this book to be utterly adorable and enchanting. it is an easy read with likeable characters. outside of my nostalgia I would rate it okay, worth a read or two.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 02-15-15
    Anthony 02-15-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    It took Jim Butcher, James Marsters, and a wonderful woman named Jennie to get me to try this book. I was incredible. Mr. Charles had me forgetting that only one person was reading. Great job. Thank you Mr. Koontz

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis 04-17-14
    Dennis 04-17-14 Listener Since 2004

    Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!

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    "EXCELLENT story --- well worth a listen!"

    The "dog" was my most favorite character. If it were only "true!" Speaking from a dog LOVERS point of view!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Moore Springfield, IL 02-02-14
    Tony Moore Springfield, IL 02-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "Original and Worth a Listen"
    What did you love best about Watchers?

    I love the relationship between all the characters, and the originality of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The science


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The quality at times of the audio really effects the flow of the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    More than man's best friend.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read some of the reviews, which are against the narrator, and the problem is really they way it was recorded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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