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77 Shadow Street | [Dean Koontz]

77 Shadow Street

Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....
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Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff....

Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad....

For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again....

Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms, everywhere and nowhere....

Disturbing shadows move along walls but have no source....

Images on security monitors show strange places that exist nowhere in the building or its grounds....

A young boy talks of an imaginary playmate - who turns out to be terrifyingly real....

A figure like a man but clearly inhuman is glimpsed in the courtyard gardens at night and in other locales, perhaps a hoaxer of some kind, seemingly oblivious of those who see it - until it suddenly takes an interest in one of them....

©2011 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Wendy North Port, FL, United States 01-24-12
    Wendy North Port, FL, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Major flop on Koontz's part!!"
    What disappointed you about 77 Shadow Street?

    The entire story.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    Too many story lines all of which were boring. Jumped around way too much.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    Yes, he was ok.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    If DK would have submitted this to me I would have sent it back to him and not publish it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to around 200 or more aubible books and this is the first one I was not able to finish. Waste of one of my credits!!

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    Eric Beasley 01-19-12 Member Since 2008

    Eric Beasley

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    "Very Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story introduced too many characters before developing a protaganist. I thought Winnie, then Bailey, then maybe even Edna Hawk would be the favorite, but the story kept introducing more weird characters that made the story even worse because there was no clear protaganist and not even a character the reader could really relate. I struggled through the entire book, and wished for the Dean Koontz of old. This book, and


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Green Mile. In part because I watched the movie recently, and in part because I really enjoy the way Stephen King tells a story. I read the serial back in 1996.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Danyel Charlotte, NC, United States 01-18-12
    Danyel Charlotte, NC, United States 01-18-12
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    "Take it or leave it."

    I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz. This book was "ok" it does hold your interest but it wasn't one of his books that you had difficulty putting down.

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    Riley Bellevue, NE, United States 01-16-12
    Riley Bellevue, NE, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "From bad to worse to something else."

    I purchased this based on the synopsis and that I've read nearly every DK book. I should have read the reviews first. I have several problems with this book. First, the layout for the book reminds me of one of his previous novels "Breathless" which was also an epic failure and one of the worst books I've ever read. The layout consists of each chapter being dedicated to a different character. It's almost like a whole bunch of short stories written, then having the chapters shuffled into each other. Second, there is no central character that the story revolves around. A bunch of people in a supposed haunted apartment building. Third, the story jumps from the present, to the past and then to the extreme future for many of the charaters. It was hard enough to follow with the many characters and trying to figure out what was going on, but then DK had to throw in some time warping.
    I was either so lost with the story or bored with it that my mind constantly wandered to other things. I regret buying this audio book. Should DK writing career continue down this path, I'll have to cross him off my favorite writer list just like I did with James Patterson.
    Better DK choices would be Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Mr. Murder and a few others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 01-16-12
    eileen hamlin southold, ny United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    "not koontz's best"

    too wordy. poor story line. characters irritating. got through part one but could listen to any more.

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    Ruth Columbus, NJ, United States 01-12-12
    Ruth Columbus, NJ, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Not what I expected"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Just could not get into it. Not what I was hoping for. It was okay.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't know. Just couldn't get into it.


    Have you listened to any of Peter Berkrot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Love the reader


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Fruchtman Palm Springs, CA 01-11-12
    D. Fruchtman Palm Springs, CA 01-11-12

    Dom

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    "Great premise, oddly executed (SPOILER ALERT)"

    There is a website that's so well done and was released weeks before the book, so I couldn't wait for the book to come out. The site is fun if you have a decent graphics card because it allows you to poke around The Pendleton.

    SPOILER ALERT: The premise of this book is that a big, old creepy house with a violent history is situated on a rift of space and time. Every 38 years going both backward in time and forward, a rift occurs, meshing all of the worlds at once.

    It was such a fun and interesting twist on the classic haunted house, I couldn't wait! But there was over a dozen characters and they all seemed to be main characters. That made each person's hopes, dreams, fears and goals tricky to follow and then when one dies on you, you just think, "Well, so much for him and everything he hoped would happen!" and it seemed like a plot point and not a person.

    The narrator's voice just bugged me. I recently listened to 11/22/63 and it was narrated by Craig Wasson, an actor I'm a little fond of but thought, "Audio book narration? No way!" Yes he did an amazing job. Meanwhile, this narrator, Peter Berkrot, just didn't snag me and he did a strange thing, too, which may have been something the director told him to do: He changed his speaking voice depending on who was being talked about.

    Example: When he began narrating about the aging Cupp Sisters (two women in their 80s), his voice got all craggy and "little old lady" sounding (like Granny from Tweety Bird & Sylvester) when he was NOT doing their dialog! Just when he was talking about what they were doing and thinking. And since it was not written in the first person, it was just weird and distracting.

    Over all, I loved the premise, loved the fantasy/futuristic/Orwellian themes it presented, but wish he'd have chosen fewer characters and made their existence mean something in the grand scheme of things.

    If you have a credit about to expire, I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin M. Coyne San Francisco, CA USA 01-10-12
    Kevin M. Coyne San Francisco, CA USA 01-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "honestly, I'd hoped that I'd love it, but didn't"

    I really wanted to love this book, hoping for a roller-coaster read a la early Koontz books that just sucked me in from beginning to end.

    This wasn't it. Perhaps terrible to think/write, but I can't help but wonder if maybe this book wasn't written by Dean Koontz... It seemed 'off' compared to pretty much all of his other books I've read.

    Still a big Dean Koontz fan- if you're considering this book, I'd recommend you go check out pretty much any of his earlier novels. Strangers, Watchers, Mr. Murder- all great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katka 01-09-12
    Katka 01-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "First time I didn't like Koontz"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I couldn't wait for the book to be over.


    Would you recommend 77 Shadow Street to your friends? Why or why not?

    I don't think so.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Berkrot?

    Yes, narrator was decent.


    Do you think 77 Shadow Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO! I think the story needs to end with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't think of a single Koontz book that I've read and didn't like at least a little bit. I've read almost all of his books, and loved a lot of them, and liked most of them. I almost couldn't believe this was a Koontz story, that's how dull it was. I forced myself to finish listening to it, thinking it must improve somewhere along the line. It didn't.
    I can't remember many details of the story, my mind was wandering most of the time. Such a shame, I so love this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 01-08-12
    amber LEANDER, TX, United States 01-08-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This book has it's moments..."
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Peter Berkrot?

    I have read many books by Dean Koontz and usually they are amazing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The moments where Dean Koontz delves into the history of the street or even the future events are very interesting. The book jumps the shark in several key moments in the plot which only leaves the reader feeling disappointed at what could have been.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed when the 1870 family would appear.


    Do you think 77 Shadow Street needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    NO.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is disappointing. I would probably still waste a credit on it because I love Dean Koontz and the premise of this book is very interesting...so even if a reviewer was saying it was awful I would still take my chances but just be prepared that it won't be the best use of your credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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