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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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    Ann Wilkins 04-25-15
    Ann Wilkins 04-25-15

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    What I liked about this book was it hooked you right away and didn't let you go until the end. It was a different kind of Dean Koontz book and i have read more than many. It was out of the realm of the super natural.

    The Narrator was excellent and the way she changed the speed of her voice and tone when switching from Chyna to the Killer was genius even if she didn't speak in a deep voice implying she was now the male character she didn't have to you automatically knew.She was thoroughly enjoyable.

    Unlike Stephen King Dean Koontz is not afraid of a good ending, a happy ending.

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    claudette 04-03-15
    claudette 04-03-15
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    "Amazing!!"

    I read this story years ago and loved it! I wanted to experience it on a different way abs decided to get the audio book. It was even more amazing then reading it. The narrator really went above and beyond my expectations! I enjoyed every moment, every chapter. Intense!

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    Tori Rose 03-09-15
    Tori Rose 03-09-15
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    "Phenomenal!"

    The most gripping book I've ever read! Keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. You will find yourself holding your breath. Truly intense!

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    Juliana 02-21-15
    Juliana 02-21-15
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    "amazing!"

    the book grabs you and keeps you at the edge of your seat. its a must read!! if you love mystery murder twisted but yet hopeful and love books. not love between a boy and girl but a love like family

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    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-18-15
    Jennifer TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, United States 01-18-15

    I love dark gritty thrillers, mystery, psychological, police procedural, and horror with the romance set at a minimum to none.

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    "Wow!"

    This book went beyond my expectations. It was fast paced and thought provoking all the while disturbing. I loved the balance between darkness and light. If you like psychological thrillers about serial killers, this book is for you.

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    Sidney 01-15-15
    Sidney 01-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome!"

    Such a gripping book! From start to finish it's so intense! Vivid characters and suspenseful twists! One of his best books!

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    Paul Atlanta, GA 10-15-14
    Paul Atlanta, GA 10-15-14 Member Since 2016

    You know, stuff and what-not.

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    "Great story, not so good narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Intensity to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because I enjoy spoken word over print.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Intensity?

    The battle with the dogs.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was, but the tempo made it easy to stop and take a brain break.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first Knootz book, and it was decent.

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    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 10-01-14
    McCoffee Saratoga, CA, United States 10-01-14

    I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.

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    "Not really intense"

    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.

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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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