At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person's life has an effect on every other person's, in often unknowable ways.
At 13, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds and entwines with others results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure.
©2000 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"A literary miracle...a tapestry of intrigue and suspense." (Boston Globe)
I have been using audible for several years now. I have rated books but never felt compelled to write a review. The character development was outstanding, I experienced an uncommon bond with the characters. I laughed, I cried. You rob your self by not enjoying this book.
Koontz manages to marry good and evil so masterfully in this book that I was creeped out on one page and hopeful on another.
The narrator is superb, particularly as Junior, whose view of morality is so inside-out as to be comical if the consequences of it were not so horrific. His self-righteous indignation comes shining through in his incessant and ridiculous self-talk.
The narrator's take on the children -- Bartie and Angel -- in this story is equally effective. Koontz perceptive dialogue is brought to life in such a way that I couldn't help but giggle and smile at their childlike conversations and simple truths.
As usual Koontz draws on some very interesting scientific theory to make this story work. A little quantum mechanics/physics adds an interesting dimension to this human drama/thriller. He doesn't overdo it, and somehow makes you want to believe it's all possible.
Great characters, great story, great book. This is easily Koontz's best book and one of my favorite books of all time. It was a sad moment when I finished this book, as I never wanted it to end. Absolute perfection! It is a crime not to read this book.
I have been a fan of Dean Koontz for many years and his writing gets better all the time. From The Corner of His Eye is no exception. From the very beginning the reader is catapulted into a world of shock then a place of awe and back again. The grating of good against evil is like that of fingernails on a blackboard. The characters are so well drawn that you love them and hate them with equal ferocity. In all of this there is a benevolent sense of humor and a deep belief that good will triumph over evil..... but there will be a cost. Great read.
Rapidly, Koontz has become one of my favorite authors. His way with descriptive words never ceases to amaze me. I have read none of his books so far that I wouldn't recommend highly as a must read.
From the Corner of His Eye is so descriptive that I've played back sections just to listen to the descriptions and to wonder why the 'normal' person can't delight in the daily wonders that Koontz can so vividly describe. Some people consider this to make some of his books drag and there are times that I find myself thinking the same thing - then I relax and realize that he's making you enjoy the experience instead of letting you rush through it.
The wonderment of the prodigy and the horrors of the twisted is very evident in this book. The description of Junior and his development puts you right in the mind of the psychopath. Barty is a total delight as a child and gives you hope for mankind.
I have been listening to audible books for many years and this is truly one of the best. It is a blend of suspense, crime, and the ultimate goodness and humanity that we look for in the world. I know it sounds corny, but it works. Koontz brings the reader to a point of absolutely caring for the characters, and reacting to their times of tragedy and happiness as if they were family members. I was crying while driving at times during this outstanding book.
I was totally engrossed. Could not stop listening, waiting to see where this was all leading...Except that it led to a very disappointing point. After all the suspense and fast paced thrills, the story just fizzled. I loved the characters and the sense of humor, but, in the end, I felt let down. Not sure I would try another Koontz -- as much as I enjoyed the first three-quarters of the novel.
The reader was pitch perfect, delivering the funnily irreverent thoughts of the evil character with just the right amount of mirth.
One of the few really "stand out" books I've read or listened to for quite a while. Well written and just as important in this context, WELL READ--excellent reader. I'd recommend this book highly.
Dean Koontz is becoming my favourite writer. Having finished listening to the "Odd Thomas" books and re-reading "Strangers", I was surprised at how this book grabbed me. One would think that the anticlimatic ending would spoil it, but Mr. Koontz ties loose ends together nicely. 'Nuff said. You must read/listen to this one yourself.
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