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False Memory | [Dean Koontz]

False Memory

It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.
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Publisher's Summary

It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run...no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

Fear for your mind.

©2000 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Viscerally exciting...an extended, tense tour de force...an expertly crafted, ornate suspenser...Koontz fans will love it." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dohna Berlin, WI, United States 04-24-07
    Dohna Berlin, WI, United States 04-24-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Koontz did it again......."

    The over all book was great. Koontz did it again. Giving full characteration and not missing a beat. It felt a little slow in places however it gives the second half that much more life. This is worth purchasing.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    M. Tetzner Hamburg Germany 04-21-07
    M. Tetzner Hamburg Germany 04-21-07 Listener Since 2006
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    "spectacular"

    First of all, congratulations to Stephen Lang, for doing such a superb job with the book, I enjoyed him the second time now, he also reads "by the light of the moon" by Dean Koontz. This book, together with "The face" ranks among my top 3 Koontz-books, absolutely world-class. The audio book breaks down pretty much in 3 seven hour parts and I can honestly say that the middle part represents the strongest I have come about in the thriller-genre. While some argue that the book is too long, I think that everybody who brings an appreciation for creativity to the book, will fall in love with this one, leave alone the suspense. Is the book too long? Sure it is, Koontz-novels almost always are. However, I would have to contain myself not to call this book the work of genius. While I do not want to spoil anything here, let's just say that the evil force behind it all has been fleshed out in *creative* (the key-word to the book) detail, keeping the listender mesmerized and literally sweaty handed. The way Koontz ties up the loose ends are brilliant, tongue-in-cheek and even good for a laugh. The characters are extremely likeable, a former weakness of Koontz, and just a certain form of "literature" that shows up again and again throughout the book shows, Koontz still has a deep, playful passion for writing and the fact that he is kind of a mass producer does not take away from the quality at all. The plot unfolds a bit slow at the beginning, but this time there is a method to the (descriptive) madness. The horror gets so real. The listener will get over-compensated for a not so spectacular beginning. This book will split the critics down the middle one more time, as they will love or hate it, this one is more complex (like "the face"), and less linear than for example "the husband". In my opinion, this 700 + books is merely about 50 pages too long and he should have taken it out of the last third, but who am I. It's the journey that counts and this is a MASTERPIECE

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    M. Mazz Hyattsville, MD United States 05-17-07
    M. Mazz Hyattsville, MD United States 05-17-07 Member Since 2003
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    "No Oddness Here"

    This is one book I think would have been much better as an abridgement. Often, the author catches-up the reader with little synopses of what just happened in recent pages - in case your attention wandered, I guess. And indeed the book did not hold my attention very well; the plot was simple, predictable and gimmicky. The characters were drawn with broad strokes. I had difficulty believing that the same author wrote this book and the “Odd” series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    T. Benedict Midwest, USA 05-15-07
    T. Benedict Midwest, USA 05-15-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Bravo!"

    This is now my favorite Koontz audio book. The narrator was superb and the story breathtaking. I generally only listen to audio books in my car commuting to work, but I found myself unable to wait for the story and listened to most of it at home.
    Some people find the level of detail Koontz uses to be overdone and tedious to listen to. Although I have occasionally shared that opinion, I was mesmerized throughout this story and cannot think of anything I would have liked changed.
    Another classic from a master of suspense.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Porter 11-13-07 Listener Since 2002
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    "Worth the wait"

    I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but I read other reviews that said to stick it out through the first part and it would get better in parts two and three. They were right! I couldn't wait to get in my car and drive to work or go to the gym with my iPod just to hear more. I was really hoping it wouldn't end. Fabulous, thrilling.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Angel 03-04-09
    Angel 03-04-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Awesome"

    Loved it! This is my first Koontz book and could not "put it down." I found myself sitting in the car after I got home just to see what happened next.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 03-18-10
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 03-18-10 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "Yet again an amazing read."

    I've been hooked on the works of Dean Koontz since my mother introduced me to the J. O. Sanders narrated audio rendition of Dragon Tears back in 1993, when I was thirteen. From there I progressed to titles such as Mr. Murder (also read by Sanders), to Hideaway, Watchers, Midnight and others. I picked up False Memory back in the spring of '06 I believe, courtesy of the Twin Falls public library. I found it to be an excellent read. And as is sometimes rarely the case when dealing with audioboks from the public library, none of the casettes were damaged and so I was able to read the entire book. I found it here on Audible recently and was delighted.
    False Memory begins innocently enough as do most of Koontz's books. Marty Rhodes wakes up to her morning grape juice and then takes Valet, her Golden Retriever, out for a walk. Returning home she's suddenly gripped by a terrible, inexplicable feeling that something is wrong. Meanwhile her house painter husband Dusty has his own troubles, for his brother Skeet seems bent on suicide and attempts to throw himself off the roof of the house Dusty and his company have been contracted to paint while its owners are on vacation. He successfully rescues Skeet but is disturbed by the incident. It's not long before things take a disturbing turn as a close friend of Marty's who had been suffering from a crippling Agorophobia suddenly commits suicide, though not before discovering a truth that places her life and those of her friends in danger. Another excellent Koontz villain brought to life by an excellent narrator. Well worth the time and money.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cristy New Britain, CT, USA 06-09-07
    Cristy New Britain, CT, USA 06-09-07 Member Since 2005
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    "False Memory"

    I loved this book! It was so much fun to listen to & conjure up images in my mind as the story builds. It makes one realize how we all just automaticly put our full trust in those in the medical fields...especially when we are in immediate need of care! Dean Koontz is a masterful writer ...and this is one of my all time favorites...as is "The Face". My job allows me to listen to audio books all day long...so this book helped to make my time go right along!! Thanks again to Dean Koontz!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Johnna Elmwood Park, IL, USA 06-07-07
    Johnna Elmwood Park, IL, USA 06-07-07 Member Since 2007
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    "A little tedious, but well written."

    The first 1/3 of the book could have been written just as well with about 1/2 the words. I found myself anxious, knowing there was a point to all of it, but wondering when we would get there. The last 1/3 of the book makes up for most of this with the fast-paced action and story. I think a few things were left unexplained, which were not pertinent to the story, but were made such a big deal of in the first 1/3 that I thought they should have been neatly tied up just like the rest of the story. If you can make it through the first part, you will be rewarded in the end. Interesting story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dave 10-07-11
    Dave 10-07-11
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    "Dean at His Best"

    This story takes its time. Characters are sculpted with careful detail. The horror comes home real and powerful. The narcassistic solipsism of the villian just builds and builds to a surprising climax.

    The only downside I found was that some of the denouement included information that might have been better foreshadowed earlier in the story. Some of the last minute connections came off darn convenient because we were not given clues earlier.

    But no matter. We had a 24 hour car trip, and this book kept us going and awake -- and made us sit and listen for several hours after we got home. Good story!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Brendan
    barrow in furness, cumbria, United Kingdom
    3/27/09
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    "wow"

    Well what can i say i'm a great lover of Koontz and like another chilling master Stephen King, Koontz never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat, I've found myself trying to find excuses not to take my Ipod off i just cant wait to find out what happens in a word great !!!!!! a must Listen !!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    2/18/10
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    "A thrilling read"

    As a long term reader of Koontz I have to admit this book is one of his best. The pace although entertaining does start slow but builds up momentum to a great finish. As the characters discover that their blackouts and psychosis is something more sinister than first appears they battle not only for their own lives as well as their sanity. Who can they trust and who is their enemy?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlotte
    Minety Malmesbury, wiltshire, United Kingdom
    7/16/09
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    "Super plot"

    This is the first book by this author and this author can tell a story. Wont give anything away, but the plot is very good. Great likeable characters which are of course intense! Really exploring deep into their minds - Nothing sloppy or rushed but very well described (probably a little too much for me)It does start off a fraction too slow, but you soon get sucked into wave of the book - My only complaint, as i mentioned above is this author does do detail, whilst the devil is in the detail it can get tedious if overdone. This of course is my opinion as I do like fast pacey thrillers. Overall this has obviously taken alot of thought and time and as a result the book is smashing. Definitely worth your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Plumstead, London, United Kingdom
    1/25/08
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    "False Memory"

    My First Audible download execellent read, nice easy intro into the characters & plotline also well read by narrator

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Susana Silvestre
    Portugal
    12/13/13
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    "Not my favourite Koontz Novel"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Although the idea is good, it's very predictable, almost like a Dan Brown book


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

    The concept is good, the idea of mind control.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favourite?

    none really


    Could you see False Memory being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    No. I think it would make a lousy movie or TV series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
    1/23/10
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    "A great story"

    I enjoyed this book immensely - Dean Koontz has a marvellous imagination, and I didn't anticipate the many twists amd turns of this book. He is a greatly underestimated author. For some reason, I found listening to the fist part a bit depressing but stuck with it and was rewarded with a great listen. As usual, there are dogs involved, but I like dogs! I have no hesitation in recommending this audiobook to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Toby
    Nr Dorchester, Dorset, United Kingdom
    1/15/10
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    "A VERY slow starter"

    This is not my first Dean Koontz novel (either read or listened to) and although it's not his finest work, it is still a thumping good story! As I mention in the title of my review, it is a very VERY slow start... but once the pieces start to fall into place the pace picks up and hurtles you towards a shocking conclusion!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    PRESTON, United Kingdom
    10/15/09
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    "Spellbinding and funny"

    Although it took me a while to get into this book - the accents the narrator uses for the characters are really grating - once the story really got underway I was hooked and the accents weren't an issue. The story is so unusual and so clever and the witty lines made me laugh out loud many many times. I definitely recommend this book. Just allow it some time to get going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
    3/3/09
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    "Great!"

    Koontz at his best

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Gloucester, Glos, United Kingdom
    11/4/08
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    "Re 'I don't know if I'll bother...'"

    Returned to this and again struggled through the early part of the book which I still find a little unbelieveable and made all the more annoying with the narration (which is good throughout, don't get me wrong) but, if I was simply reading this I could skip over a lot of the repetative and frustrating bits which I just don't feel progress the story but, as I'm listening to it, I have to accept that as part of the experience.

    However, once the story begins to unfold a little more I found it much more gripping and entertaining and I came out the other side of this book having really enjoyed it. For anyone daunted by the length of this book I would say that there is a lot of unnecessary detail to begin with but it's worth perservering as the overall story is well handled.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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