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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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    Brad R Kelln 08-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Too Long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Goes on far too long. Too much detail on trivial things - like the Aspirin isn't just on the spice rack but we need to hear every single other spice jar. Really?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Yes. There's been a number of good books from Koontz - this just isn't one of them.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Burton?

    Almost anyone. She reads in a fake whisper that is annoying. Her clippy pacing and then drag out the last word is also repetitive and irksome.


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    Swayzar 08-04-14
    Swayzar 08-04-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Leave it to Koontz to tell a story"
    If you could sum up Intensity in three words, what would they be?

    Intense wild ride.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Chyna, was great but so was Vess.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have read about 25 of Koontz's books and I never cease to be amazed at how different he can be. One time soft and family kind of stories and the next so off the wall or intense it seems like another writer. This is one of the most intense I have read and it almost never lets up. Everything perfectly in line and so well executed that I could see it all happening. Took my breath away.

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    E 07-20-14
    E 07-20-14 Member Since 2014

    I like books that are thrilling, spooky, funny, bloody, deep, mysterious, smart, or any combination.

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    "Intensity - perfect!"
    Any additional comments?

    This story is certainly intense, from a few pages in, all the way to the end. It's certainly not for the squeamish.
    The narration (audiobook) is spot on! Ms. Burton was perfect for this story, with attitudes and inflection, and the creepiest whispering that I absolutely loved.
    This Koontz book had the fewest characters and story lines that I remember, but no supporting cast was necessary. One female lead, with nothing to lose and a single goal - saving someone that she has never met, and unsure that person even existed. One male bad guy. The worst of the worst that people couldn't see coming. Good looking, pleasant, RV driving psychopathic serial killer. Again, not for the faint of heart.
    The twist near the end had me yelling "no, no, no...!" even though I knew all would be ok eventually, I was so caught up in the escape scene that I felt like I was right there, in the middle of the intensity, ready for the relief from sustained anxiety... but one more twist! It was perfect.
    I highly recommend listening to this as an audiobook. I'm sure that down the road I'll listen to it again.

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    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 07-15-14
    Robert pittsburgh, pa, United States 07-15-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Dean Koontz, at his best."

    If you read my reviews of Dean Koontz's vast library, you would know I am a former fan of Koontz's work. Most of his books are redundant and inane, however this book is one of his finest.

    This book is one of the best edge of your seat books that I have ever read and listened too. The narration also gets top marks,

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    Jeffrey United States 05-19-14
    Jeffrey United States 05-19-14
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    "A Must Buy"

    I listened to this several years back when I checked it out from a library (old days of tapes) and felt it was time to listen again. It was just as good this time and keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the book. Great reader and great story.

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    Jon Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada 05-04-14
    Jon Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada 05-04-14
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    "bad quality"

    I was not able to listen, since the quality is terrible. Sounds like she is talking down a hallway. Im sure the book is good, but I wouldnt know since I cant listen to it.

    Avoid!

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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 04-18-14
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "INTENSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Loved it. The book kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. The narrator was a little annoying but I got over it because the book was so good. A must listen/read. I couldnt wait to get into my car to go to work to listen to the book. I finished it a little too fast.

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    Deborah Winter Haven, FL, United States 05-30-13
    Deborah Winter Haven, FL, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Read!"
    What did you love best about Intensity?

    The narrator


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    China Sheppard was an amazingly strong woman.


    What does Kate Burton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate Burton brought China Sheppard's character to life. I was able to connect with her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    China Sheppard, untouched and alive........ The elks in the woods were awesome.


    Any additional comments?

    I am relatively new to audible books and because she was so awesome, I will look for books narrated by Kate Burton.

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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 04-28-13
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 04-28-13 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Intensely: gripping, fast pacing, addictive..."

    There are two main reasons why this book is great-- the good girl, China, and the bad boy, the monster killer. When their paths collide, they sparkle and roar and catch fire...
    Intensity, that's how the bastard lives and how the book turns to ashes.

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    robin HENDERSON, NV, United States 02-14-13
    robin HENDERSON, NV, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "on the edge of your seat!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Intensity the most enjoyable?

    the story was great


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    definately a nail bitter


    Which scene was your favorite?

    her getting out of the chains


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    both, not much crying.


    Any additional comments?

    a must listen, this is a great book

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