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

©2006 Dean Koontz (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Debbie Foreman 02-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Worst book I've ever read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think people who enjoy flat characters, a lot of swearing, and graphic sex may enjoy this book.


    Has Whispers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I still love Koontz, but I wonder if someone else really wrote this book. I do not usually find that Koontz has such graphic sex scenes or the F word used so much. I have found his characters more interesting as well.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of William Dufris?

    William Dufris probably gets blamed because he could not redeem this story or writing with his narration.


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

    I was surprised and shocked over and over by the F word and how it was used. I was also surprised that I had to fast forward through the sex scenes and rape scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had not been such a Dean Koontz fan, I would never ever read his books again after this one. I did not even finish it. The writing was poor and so was the story. It was very boring and I did not like or care about any of the characters. If I had to listen to Fry say

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 01-13-12
    Philo-sophia Northern Virginia, United States 01-13-12
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    "Interesting read"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story behind the deranged family.


    Any additional comments?

    I’m a big fan of Dean Koontz and I can say I have not come across a book I have not liked. I’m not one for romances and the one in this story developed so fast, I had to go back to the point where the characters first met (a few pages before). It was interesting, I found myself becoming a bit scared; but immediately recovered. I like Dean Koontz novels because they are thorough, contain a lot of depth, challenges the psyche, and add an element of mysticism into it (spiritualism really). I thought the characters were well developed and the story seemed really plausible. I really enjoy stories with histories beyond the current time-frame of the story.

    I’ve read other Koontz books that had me sleeping with the lights on, but this one was okay. Wasn’t as scared as I’ve been with other books. I like reading suspense/thriller/scary stories because your mind creates the scene. You are the one scaring yourself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Root Dorn 10-20-11
    Root Dorn 10-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "COPYRIGHT DATES PLEASE!"

    Ugh. This is THE only problem I have with Audible! No copyright dates to let you know when this book was written. I recommend research BEFORE you download.

    This is a very good story if not a bit obvious at times but....

    This book is dated, ...1980. And this is the 3rd book of Koontz. Things like the phone "ringing and ringing and ringing" but a cop and a screenwriter don't have the sense to take it off the hook? Especially when they start making out....mmmm.

    The narrator does amazing voices and splits the characters up distinctively but I, (personal note here) hate when people pronounce their negative contractions like a high school girl. Didn't = did-dunt, couldn't = could-dunt,...

    AND in the third section, about 1/3 of the way in, the recording goes blank for about a minute. Don't know what that was about but I'm calling to get it resolved.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-16-14
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Very Early Koontz"

    I GUESS WE SHOULD THINK SERIOUSLY ABOUT RATHER WE ARE RIGHT FOR EACH OTHER.
    The above sentence was two cops talking to each other. They are partners. This is bad chick lit with morality speeches thrown in. There are long talks between the two cops were they pour out their life stories. There are long speeches on certain morality issues. There are several times that he mentions how great California is. There is very little horror or suspense. I once wrote about King, that he uses horror as a back ground to his character development. This might have been an attempt at that, but it was not even close. What made me the most upset, was I listened to the whole almost 19 hours, 1. due to a loyalty to Koontz, who I love and 2. He gave me just enough horror that I had to listen to find out the mystery behind the killer or killers.

    THE DEAD ARE PEOPLE TOO.
    This was published in 1980, but has an even earlier feel to it. Remember Charo, Mork and Mindy, Johnny Carson, Datsun, etc... I did like the last chapter, which is when most of the horror takes place and when everything is explained. I also liked the opposite multiple personality syndrome. This is considered a break out book for Koontz, so I guess in 1980 it was considered good. I am not sure why he bothered with chapters, there are only seven chapters in the whole book. If you have bought the book, I suggest you put it on fast play, that helped me a lot. You might also want to consider listening to the first two chapters and then skipping to the last chapter if you are losing patience.

    The narrator kind of had a cartoon sound to him, making it hard to take any of this serious. It may just be me, but I did not care for his style.

    Koontz is one of those few writers that gets better with age. If you have never read him, it is best to start with one of his latest books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Fruchtman Palm Springs, CA 12-13-11
    D. Fruchtman Palm Springs, CA 12-13-11

    Dom

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    "Copyright 1980, tone, 1974"

    When the main character got attacked and wasted time "looking up the phone number for the police", I realized this was pre-911, and apparently pre dial-the-operator-in-an-emergency, too. The character was dumb (I don't mean poorly written, I mean she was an idiot). Supposedly a sophisticated and savvy academy award nominated screenwriter, the victim was so vain, she cleaned herself up after an attack, ruining her credibility. I hate books where you're yelling at your playback device things like, "Don't do that, you moron!"

    I don't need an audio book for that -- I can yell things like that at my TV! Huge disappointment and I agree 100% with other reviewers -- the recording date means nothing. We want to know when the book was written. One of the cops was talking about EST and other 1970s references and it was just too hard to switch gears mid-read. If I'd known going into this that it was written in the 70s, I might have had a different mind frame. Wish I didn't waste a credit or my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 11-01-14
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 11-01-14 Member Since 2014

    Wazoo Books

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    "HE is dead.....well maybe......4 STAR early Koontz"

    PLOT: Rapist killer Bruno Frye is DEAD but why is he still stalking Hilary?

    Hilary Thomas a screen writer finds a man in her house. He is calling her 'Catherine' and intends to kill her. Hilary fends him off with a gun. When the police a arrive ONLY one detective believes her story. Bruno has a very good alibi he is at home 6 hours away from the scene of the crime. When Bruno 'returns' to take another attempt to kill only the luck is with Hilary who has a knife and kills Bruno. Bruno WAS a respected winery owner and did WHY he think Hilary was Catherine? When Bruno shows up yet again Hilary has even the detective Tony who is clearly on her side wonder what is going on. AS Hilary and Tony look into Bruno's background the threads of information form a very disturbing picture of how UNSTABLE Bruno was. The bank records lead Tony and Hilary to a satanic bookseller and a former "MADAM" of a brothel who help fit the pieces of a puzzle of what made the monster of Bruno Frye. This is a long book but holds the interests. VERY morbid but then this is Koontz who has the masters touch in weaving a tale of horror and mystery. This is very early works of Koontz and it shows in the plot but the thrills are there from page one. I give it 4 STARS for excellent reader who gives this story all the thrills we can handle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George 04-18-14
    George 04-18-14
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    "Scarey"

    What is it that keeps on killing? I won't tell the secret. But, it takes a lot of suspense to find out. Some of the violence is up close and personal. The sex is erotic and the characters well developed. Where's my next Koontz book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn 03-07-14
    Karyn 03-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "WHISPERS OF WONDER"

    This book is really fine. Kept me waiting to see what would happen again and cringing at times in my seat, while I listened hoping the good ones would win out and how they would win.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Dunham Middle of Texas 11-12-13
    Sarah Dunham Middle of Texas 11-12-13 Member Since 2013

    bibliophile

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    "Predictable and Awful"
    What disappointed you about Whispers?

    Very graphic rape. Story led to where you expected


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    John Dies at the End


    Would you be willing to try another one of William Dufris’s performances?

    Not Likely


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. If this had been the first book I'd read by Koontz I probably wouldn't have read another.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 03-02-13
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 03-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Mild and a little stale"

    not a great book but in its time probably was at least exciting. today however i think this would be told as a short story to keep it sharp. I feel it prattles on a little to much at times and the mystery is predictable and soon stale leaving the story to drag along. the sex sceans are best skipped over as they add little to the story. Basically girl gets attacked, girl survives and meets nice new guy. new guy assumes the role of protector. the investigate together, they beat bad guys. but do they live happy ever after.... really who cares its fiction. more twist and turns would have helped

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • melanie
    torquay, United Kingdom
    11/17/12
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    "WHISPERS"

    WOW this book is amazing loved every second of it!!! Best thriller ive listened to and ive done a lot of thrillers!!! JUST BRILLIANT!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Crewe, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "A mediocre plot at walking pace"
    Would you try another book written by Dean Koontz or narrated by William Dufris?

    I thought the narration was quite good, although the female character came across as weak and whiney; not how she was described in the plot.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Judging from this novel alone, as its my first Dean Koontz, I won't be rushing to read or listen to another of his novels. The plot completely lacked suspense or surprise. I found the way he concentrated on the relationships for endless pages frustrating as I couldn't find any empathy with the relationship and I felt it didn't ad anything to the novel


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The early scenes with his partner.


    Was Whispers worth the listening time?

    Want worth the listening time for me. Weak and obvious plot, padded out with irrelevant scenes and I was glad when I got to the end to get into a Steven king novel instead.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    4/20/13
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    "Whispers"

    As a fan of Dean Koontz i thought i would give this book a go,i am so glad i did a brill story gets you on the edge of yor seat at times,it also keeps u guessing why hillary kills this guy but he comes back great story when it all comes together loved this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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