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Whispers | [Dean Koontz]

Whispers

Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this. He is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again.
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Publisher's Summary

He is back....
Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this.

He is back....
He is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again.

He is back....
He is on the stairs, and he can't be stopped. Hilary killed him once and he keeps coming back. Again and again.

He is back....
He is at her bedroom door.

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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    SA Shay San Antonio,Texas 04-01-10
    SA Shay San Antonio,Texas 04-01-10 Member Since 2013

    Shay

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    "Turn on the lights!"

    I read this book when it first came out, and I haven't read any book since that terrified me more! It was very intense and I had to have the lights on to listen. Awesome book and awesome narrator. Definitely credit worthy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thom & Donna 03-27-10 Member Since 2009
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    "super narration"

    wow, that was made a better story due to the outstanding narration. kudos William Dufris !

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Lexington, KY, USA 08-11-08
    Mary Lexington, KY, USA 08-11-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Super Listen"

    This is one of the best Koontz audios I have listened to this year. You can visualize each part as if it were a movie and identifying with the main character's position is mind boggling.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 07-09-09
    Sandra 07-09-09
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    "Whispers"

    Beautiful love story, spooky stuff with a perfectly koontz twist

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Horton, KS, USA 06-23-10
    David Horton, KS, USA 06-23-10
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    "Whispers"

    Dry and predictable. Way too much emphasis on the sub characters. This book is also slow. Just when the story starts to get good, it switches to the dull and boring sub characters lives. Not his best work. I'm sorry I wasted a book credit on this one.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 06-21-10
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 06-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "What?"

    This is my 6th Koontz book so I think I am familiar with his "out there" style which can be very interesting for some and a "Oh brother this is so stupid" for others. I am somewhere in between on this one. I will still continue to be a fan because some of his books are so good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-16-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "NOT GOOD and I'm a big dean koontz fan"

    I do not written reviews but this was so bad I could not believe it was koontz. In the story you have to believe that smart people can not think of the obvious but jump to the extreme.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Vance 10-09-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderfully Creepy"

    I was delightfully creeped-out by the ending!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX, United States 08-29-08
    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX, United States 08-29-08
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    "Whispers"

    I have been a listener for many years and have never written a review. I have read all or most of this author's books and was appalled from the start by the amateur quality of the work. I had the plot in the bag in the first hour. The sex scenes were over the top and added nothing to the story. The dialogue needed serious editing. Even more annoying was the technical "dead spaces" that appeared several times throughout and the annoying whine of the narrator. I kept wondering if Dean Koontz was allowing someone else to write in his name. WHISPERS is a far cry from his brilliant "Odd Thomas" stories. I purchased the book excitedly because with a recent release date, I assumed it was his newest work . Ah....it all made sense at the end when we were told it was a work from the 80's.

    As an artist, myself, I would be ashamed to sell my very bad early work. It would ruin my current reputation. I would suggest that Mr. Koontz reconsider his permission to sell his very bad early work. If this were my first Dean Koontz, it would have been my last.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Janet grandview, MO, USA 06-16-08
    Janet grandview, MO, USA 06-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "love koontz......to bad"

    One of my favorite books too bad the recording or perhaps the editing was bad. The first time, in the middle of the attack on the main charactor the story stops. I had to fast forward a bit(missing about 1-2 minutes of story) to restart. then when switching to the next part of the book (this happened in both part two and three) it jumped an hour into the story, had to rewind manualy until about 20 seconds in. Very frustrating... was disapointed.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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  • anthonyunionjackson
    Surbiton, United Kingdom
    2/18/10
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    "A good listen story but..."

    A good listen story but...you will have to suffer through some toe-curling sex descriptions (pink flowers, turgid nipples, his hardness, etc). In addition Dean Koontz is unfortunately unable to be subtle with his characters - if a character likes to paint - they are suddenly THE ONE AND ONLY AMAZINGLY TALENTED undiscovered artist EVER. If a character had a tough upbringing - not only was it THE WORST CHILDHOOD ever but they also find a reason to bring it up in virtually every situation to the point of teeth wrenching annoyance. He is also guilty of the American authors habit of being European pretentiouness - especially with Italian food - which is always found in THE BEST UNDISCOVERED BUT SMALL AND COSY AND WARM AND PERFECTLY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT ever, which is obviously run by a friend of one of the main characters (who is always very generous with his/her PARM-E-ZHAAAN 'shavings'). Take it as a given that the wine compliments the food perfectly (and is never drunk, always... savoured) and the meal will always be gratis (but the AMAZING ARTIST CHARACTER will promise an INCREDIBLY WELL EXECUTED oil colour as a gift to say 'Tar'). In the same way John Grisham is guilty of shoe-horning Italy in to everything he can as well - just so he can rattle on about RICH DARK THICK SWEET COFFEE, PERFECTLY AL-DENTE PASSST-TAH and of course PARM-E-ZHAAAN SHAVINGS not grated, but SHAVINGS (of a brick sized block of cheese by the way, of course).

    But...

    If you get past that it's a very good and gripping listen equal parts horror, disgust and psycho nasty business. I nearly stopped listening at the first bedroom/sex scene. I am glad I did not.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun Sandy
    Durban, Kwa - Zulu Natal South Africa
    7/9/09
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    "Koontz delivers the goods again."

    Good book, some interesting twists in the story but that is a trademark of the author. The suspense, horror and mystery that Koontz fans expect is all here. So far as I?m aware this is the only Dean Koontz novel released as a movie, I can?t say the adaptation was good at all and really didn?t like the film, but the book is great!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/8/12
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    "Too drawn out"

    This is the first Dean Koontz book I have listened to although I have read a number of them. Whether this was the difference I don't know, but I was disappointed with Whispers. It was a decent story but seemed to be drawn out. Too much pointless dialogue in my view which would slow the story down. Shame really as the story was good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • suzanne
    mansflied, United Kingdom
    6/27/11
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    "brillant"

    love this book to bits broke my heart beautifully read gripping, on the edge of your seat and a love story in there as well i would give this 10 stars if i could.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ferti
    9/30/14
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    "Could have been better"
    Would you try another book written by Dean Koontz or narrated by William Dufris?

    No


    Has Whispers put you off other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dissapointed


    Any additional comments?

    Characters were two dimensional and it slowed down in the middle to a snail's pace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loopylou
    7/18/14
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    "So Disappointing : ("
    Would you try another book written by Dean Koontz or narrated by William Dufris?

    As a fan of Dean Koontz I was so very disappointed with this book. I would always try further books by Dean Koontz as I am usually a big fan but what happened? It turned into a sloppy romance… there were parts I wanted to speed through, there was no, I don't know, no uuuumph! It felt like a third rate romance novel…. uuuugggg. If I had wanted chick lit I would have looked at that genre. It just got soppy and full of cliches… just wrong, wrong, wrong.


    Has Whispers put you off other books in this genre?

    No…. I just wouldn't have place it in this genre.


    Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    I think he did the best he could do with the script. His voice as the female lead was just… well… annoying. It just didn't work and I felt like it had a child like quality to it… it just wasn't happening.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Seriously disappointed. I always so look forward to any Dean Koontz books but this just really let me down and I feel I can't wait to finish it so I can get onto something I enjoy. Strangely it made me feel sarcastic towards the characters as they were so dumbed down and obvious.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed I cannot recommend this book. From the plot to the characters to the reading to the soppy cliches… it really… and my apologies but I cannot think of any other word that truly works but it really sucked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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