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.
"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)
You know, stuff and what-not.
Yes, because I enjoy spoken word over print.
The battle with the dogs.
The narrator added inflections at the end of lines, didn’t change her tempo to match the situation. she read at a fast tempo, and seemed to read too much in one breathe. Kate is no Mare Winningham.
It was, but the tempo made it easy to stop and take a brain break.
This is my first Knootz book, and it was decent.
I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
Some intense moments, but long. Actually, I like Koontz attention to detail. Parts of this are good. But I'm tired of authors telling us the crazed or quirky thoughts of serial killers. I don't really buy it.
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?
Yes. There's been a number of good books from Koontz - this just isn't one of them.
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.
Intense wild ride.
Chyna, was great but so was Vess.
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.
I like books that are thrilling, spooky, funny, bloody, deep, mysterious, smart, or any combination.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
China Sheppard was an amazingly strong woman.
Kate Burton brought China Sheppard's character to life. I was able to connect with her.
China Sheppard, untouched and alive........ The elks in the woods were awesome.
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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