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Intensity Audiobook

Intensity: A Novel

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.
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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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    Laura 12-08-11
    Laura 12-08-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Simplicity vs Intensity or Good vs Great"

    The story really is very good. However, the title implies so much more than actually happens; especially at the end. While it is very entertaining and "intense" at times. The ending just wraps up with more simplicity than intensity. In my opinion, it was half-hearted even considering the character wrap up.

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    James Riverside, CA, United States 08-29-11
    James Riverside, CA, United States 08-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not recommended for those who scare easily"

    There is only one way to describe Koontz's Intensity: "intense". I wouldn't recommend listening to this audiobook while trying to go to sleep. The development of the main characters (one of Koontz's greatest talents) is way beyond the norm. In short, it is a story of great courage and the risk of torture and death to save another.

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    Jean Kingston, ID, United States 12-19-10
    Jean Kingston, ID, United States 12-19-10
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    "Intensity"

    I love Dean Koontz, and he is at his best with this one!!! Intensity is an very good example of the classic Dean Koontz. It keeps you riveted to your seat until the end! I Loved it!!!

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    C. David Irving, TX, USA 07-29-08
    C. David Irving, TX, USA 07-29-08
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    "OMG What a great book"

    This is the First Audio book I ever really got into. You spend the whole book yelling at teh girl. Get out of there you idiot.. Man it is a MUST for any collection..

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    Questis 04-04-08
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    "Intense"

    This book was great, perfect name.. I was on the edge the whole time..

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    Bruce SAN ANSELMO, CA, USA 07-06-07
    Bruce SAN ANSELMO, CA, USA 07-06-07
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    "Top notch"

    This is my favorite Koontz audio book. Intensity is a relentless, gripping novel that is more focused than many of his other books. It's reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs. Highly recommended!

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    Andrea Providence, RI, USA 04-20-07
    Andrea Providence, RI, USA 04-20-07
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    "Fabulous!"

    This is my favorite Koontz book by a long slide...the narrator does and incredible job while keeping the reader in suspense at all times. Highly recommended!!

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    James Kernersville, NC, USA 07-28-06
    James Kernersville, NC, USA 07-28-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Suspense does not let up...Ever!"

    I have never run into a book such as this before. While the excessive descriptions get very tedious at times the suspense doesn't let up for a moment. All through the book your talking to the character to do this, or don't do that, and again the suspense never ever lets up. While there are scenes of grusome violence, that isn't what this book is about. It takes a very real situation and tortures you psychologically every step of the way. What would I do if this happened to me? That's the thing about the book. This could indeed happen to someone. Great read.

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    Adam los gatos, CA, USA 07-06-06
    Adam los gatos, CA, USA 07-06-06
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    "Let me loose!!"

    The ultimate bondage tale. Gripping yet tacky... I couldn't get enough! I, too, had to make excuses to drive around when the going got really rough...

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    Lance 11-29-09
    Lance 11-29-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Suspense Through Failure"

    I grabbed this on a road trip, expecting a riveting ride through the night.

    Unfortunately, this picture was... slow. The villain himself was hollow. Sure, he was different than a regular serial killer. He had a well developed idea of why, and I give credit there. But, that's quite literally all there is to him. And it's so, so very repetitive. I got it, after the first few times. He doesn't sound more crazy with each, just more boring.

    Worse so, the drawn out nature of the plot. I've heard so many places where a confrontation could have happened, and worked, and was skipped. The heroin drove me insane with her constantly self deprecation and baggage. She represents a lot of why women think they can't, when they can, and need to.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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