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Intensity Audiobook

Intensity: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit.

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive, until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess' next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl, as moment by moment, the terrifying threat Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

©1995 Dean Koontz; (P)1995 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks, a division of Rnadom House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The most viscerally exciting thriller of the year." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intensity chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master." (Associated Press)

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-02-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous. Scary. Incredible heroine."

    Readers who liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo should like this. The two heroines (Lisbeth in Dragon Tattoo and Chyna in Intensity) were similar in their actions. Chyna chose to fight what seemed impossible. Instead of running and trying to get away (like normal people) she went after him with the barest of weapons. She was resilient, resourceful, brave. She called it reckless caring. In the beginning of the story, Chyna is trying to get away from Edgler a serial killer. But when she hears that he has kept a sixteen year old girl prisoner in his basement for a year, Chyna decides to follow him, go to his home, and free the girl. A theme I liked is Lisbeth and Chyna refusing to be victims. In Dragon Tattoo I was scared at times. In Intensity I was scared almost all the time.

    About a third of the way in I was so scared that I considered stopping unless I had assurance that there would be a good ending. So I jumped to the end and read the last half hour. It was great! The author tied things up well including the aftermath. Then I went back and read the rest of the book. It was still terribly frightening, but I was able to survive because I knew the ending would be good. Reading the end early in no way hurt the story for me. It made it better.

    Just because I liked this does not mean it’s my preferred genre. I do not want a daily diet of constant scariness and intensity.

    Edgler enjoyed destroying beauty. He would torture victims with knives and tools. The author does not show the torture/killing scenes in detail. Instead they are told or referred to and the reader sees the bodies after. I was fine with that. But I also would have been ok with more details and gore.

    A few times Chyna recalls life with her mother Ann. Ann lived a nomadic life with different boyfriends, drinking, and drugs. One boyfriend killed people in Chyna’s presence. Ann enjoyed watching murder. Chyna growing up with Ann was a story of hiding, self protection, and not being cared for. In contrast, I loved the way Chyna treated and cared for Ariel.

    I love that Koontz does not use tired cliches. He creates his own. They please me. Here are a few examples:
    She was in an old testament mood, unwilling to turn the other cheek just now.
    She was baking and nourishing a loaf of panic, plump and yeasty.
    The car will tumble ass over tea kettle if it goes over the edge.

    The narrator Kate Burton was fabulous. She used a style so appropriate for the intense sentences with pauses. She enhanced the experience.

    Genre: suspense thriller.
    Ending: good guys win.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 05-31-09
    Althea Guildford, NSW, Australia 05-31-09

    I'm an illustrator/concept artist currently living about an hour away from town via public transport. During these times, audiobooks, radioplays and podcasts are my best friends.

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    "enjoyable"

    I found Chyna to be quite frustrating as a main character and could not sympathise with some of the choices she made. She's a lot different to the heroes of Koontz's other novels but then again, so is this villain. Perhaps this is Koontz playing out new personalities? Towards the end you do get inside Chyna's head and understand, even just a little bit. It is quite an enjoyable book, with a different pace and time frame to the rest. Kudos to Kate Burton, the narrator who made the experience even more enjoyable.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    roz79 02-19-15
    roz79 02-19-15
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    "Great great great!"

    The novel was very well written fast paced, thrilling! The reader did an absolutely stellar job. Her change in tone from predator to prey, villain to hero, killer to victim was exceptional. 5+ stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 05-13-13
    Leigh Mount Pleasant, SC United States 05-13-13

    There is nothing better than a good book!

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    "Wooooohooo! What a crazy ride!"

    Ok- now that I have finished this Koontz tale, I can actually breathe! Wow! This was INTENSE!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Talladega, AL, USA 03-18-06
    Larry Talladega, AL, USA 03-18-06
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    "Intense Indeed"

    If you love Dean Koontz, you will absolutely love this one. From start to finish you are totally absorbed by the characters. I could almost hear the sounds as the girl listened for the murderer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Baltimore, MD, United States 02-09-06
    Amy Baltimore, MD, United States 02-09-06 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"

    Very suspenseful. I was listening to it alone in my apartment and I could not turn out the light. I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy D ChonburiThailand 01-17-06
    Jeremy D ChonburiThailand 01-17-06
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    "Gathering Momentum"

    This is one of those listens that improves as familiarity progresses. To begin with I found the whole thing a bit slow with background descriptions leaning towards the excessive, but once things get moving you will soon be carried along in the rush. The narrator puts a lot of effort into the presentation and generally succeeeds very well.
    Enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Parkland, PA, United States 01-31-11
    Sharon Parkland, PA, United States 01-31-11 Member Since 2008
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    "A little frustrating"

    Intensity grabbed my attention immediately which is somethiing I love about any book. However, you wanted to shake Chyna throughout the book for beiing so stupid. I didn't like the dog chapter either and actually had to turn off the sound until that was complete. Good read though and would recommend it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Fredrick Gaines Cincinnati, OH, US 09-26-07
    Fredrick Gaines Cincinnati, OH, US 09-26-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding"

    I was intrigued.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jordan Richlands 08-28-16
    Michael Jordan Richlands 08-28-16

    Books... Better then cable

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    "Intense"

    The book is aptly named. Get pass the first 20 minutes and it's a non stop ride.

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