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The City | [Dean Koontz]

The City

There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.
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Publisher's Summary

There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever.

Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

©2014 Dean Koontz (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Pat 07-03-14
    Pat 07-03-14

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    "Great story once you wade through the beginning.."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's Dean Koontz ! Would always recommend a Dean Koontz for a great read.


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

    Kept my butt in my seat the whole way through but certainly experienced some great moments.


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

    Having a black man actually read the book instead of some white guy trying to sound black was a great touch.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was slow to get into. Too much telling and not enough doing. However, it is part of reading Dean Koontz to get a lot of character thinking. Not exactly preaching, tho I think Koontz would make an excellent preacher. But, a lot of "rambling" about the the same themes of love and acceptance, our place in the world, etc. portrayed as the hero's thoughts sometimes seems to drone on. A little talking goes a long way Rambling with those subjects works against them. Those are subjects best lived out by example. As a Koontz fan I know it's coming tho and wade through to enjoy the full rich story he always brings.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    justin 07-01-14
    justin 07-01-14
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    "How exactly a 2-star review with 4 hours???"
    Any additional comments?

    How is it anyway possible to give a two star review for a 13-hour audiobook that just CAME OUT 4 HOURS ago??? The answer? Its' not.
    Audible needss to fix this system. Once again, here is another book that gets low reviews within just HOURS of release. THere is no one on the planet that can truly give a complete, fair, knowledgeable review in that amount of time!
    It is unfair to the other buyers, who many like myself, depend on the reviews of others before using precious credits on a audiobook! IT is also unfair to the publishers, writer, etc.
    Plus who would BUY an audiobook period when they already know that is only worthy of one or two stars??? Kinda fishy if you ask me...

    Note - In order to support what I've said above, I will edit and give FULL review after I finish the novel...but otherwise this rating system is severly flawed (as are the people who don't take it seriously)

    116 of 127 people found this review helpful
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    kimberlee Chaparral, NM 07-14-14
    kimberlee Chaparral, NM 07-14-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Dean Koontz is back!"
    Would you listen to The City again? Why?

    I hesitated to buy this book because Koontz has shall we say, "lost his touch" in some of his latest books. But hey, it's Koontz and I have to try because maybe I'll find the magic of Watcher's, or Strangers, and not the boredom of Darkest Night of the Year. In the city, I found it. This wasn't really a horror story as much as it is a story of surviving adversity. The supernatural is subtle but still drives the story. I really loved all of the characters and found myself whispering, "Don't let anything happen to this one." frequently throughout; I just had to know what happened next. The narrator portrayed each person clearly so that you always new who was speaking. The ending was perfect for the story. I loved this book.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Netaw PUYALLUP, WA, United States 07-16-14
    Netaw PUYALLUP, WA, United States 07-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I can't believe the review i'm giving for a Koontz"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Korey Jackson?

    I love Dean Koontz novels. I have most of them in Hardback, Paperback, and Audio. This one however was a struggle to get through.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    It took several days for me to force myself through the book. When you get to the end there are redeeming qualities, you really get a grasp of what Koontz is trying to get across, but getting there is a painful journey. I don't mind that kind of journey in life, but it shouldn't be in a novel.


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

    No, I did enjoy his voices, and performance.


    Was The City worth the listening time?

    No, not really, the book was a struggle to get through.


    Any additional comments?

    Koontz is a wonderful author. I have enjoyed the majority of his Novels and I still think he is the best. Unfortunately this is not one of the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronna 07-08-14
    Ronna 07-08-14
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    "Simple but profound coming of age story"

    It's very difficult for me to pin point why I enjoy Koontz's writing so much, but I thoroughly enjoy every book of his that I have read. It's the way he turns a phrase, and seven words are actually better than one word in his writing. He takes simple thoughts and makes them sound profound. He makes me think with just the simplest statements. For example, in THE CITY, he says numerous times, "no matter what happens, everything will be all right in the end.". For most people's belief systems, this is very true, but I never thought of it in such a straight forward way.

    THE CITY is basically the coming of age story of a young African American boy, Jonah Kirk, born in the late 40's. He tells his life story around the events of the day. He's a musical prodigy from a musical family. Though his father had left the family when Jonah was very young, circumstances happen where his father's actions actually have a profound affect on Jonah's life.

    It's difficult to say any more about this story without giving spoilers, so I'll just say that Koontz still remains one of my favorite authors and I think that it's definitely worth any serious reader's time to enjoy the style and stories of Koontz. I listened to this on Audible which I believe enhanced this story because it seemed as though Jonah was actually talking about his own life.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Altman Huffer 07-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Story never goes anywhere"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am a huge fan of the Dean Koontz,however, this book missed the mark with me. His usual fast paced exciting style is missing. Struggled through this one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Yes


    Which character – as performed by Korey Jackson – was your favorite?

    Korey Jackson did a great job with the material he had to work with.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    aaron friscia 07-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Korey Jackson?

    Yes. I've enjoyed many Koontz books and hope to enjoy many more. This book, however, failed to engage me after eight chapters so I finally gave up and put it down.


    Has The City turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is but one book. It does not represent or as you say, "ruin" the genre for me. No one book can do that. It doesn't mean Koontz will not write engaging books in the future.


    What about Korey Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Korey Jackson's performance was fine.


    What character would you cut from The City?

    My negative review is not meant to imply that I could do a better job than the writer. Dean
    Koontz is a brilliant author. This book just didn't interest me.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    libgil 07-16-14
    libgil 07-16-14
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    "Was this REALLY Dean Koontz?"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Korey Jackson?

    Dean Koontz...absolutely. This was just not his style. I love his Odd Thomas books and the ones who aren't just disgustingly gory...but this was simply boring....kept waiting or it to take off.


    Has The City turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is it's own genre so I wouldn't know


    Which character – as performed by Korey Jackson – was your favorite?

    none


    What character would you cut from The City?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Just wish he'd stick with his usual format. Total waste of a credit in my opinion....but I did finish it, waiting for it to "start". The story itself was sweet....and well pulled together...it's just not what I want to hear when I use a credit on Dean Koontz. VERY low key and not much action at all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-10-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Weak Start, Decent Finish"

    This is a good Koontz, but far from his best work. This seems targeted to young adults more than most Koontz books, thus it is a bit less intense, has less graphic action, has adult themes greatly muted, and even less intricate prose.

    This was so sweet as to severely challenge my suspension of disbelieve (which is always necessary in this genre, yet generally less so with Koontz). I don’t meet many ten year old catholic black jazz prodigies that cross themselves every time they say “geeze”.

    The narration was quite good and augmented the story well.

    I did not at all regret reading this, but I will not read it again, and would not strongly recommend it, even to young readers.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    lydia weatherford, TX, United States 07-10-14
    lydia weatherford, TX, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book that you can't put down"
    Would you listen to The City again? Why?

    This is not the scary Dean Koontz, but very good also. More on the lines of Odd. Had a nice history of black civil rights running in the back ground.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The City?

    I loved the Japanese man, you always knew he was more than he appeared.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Out of my comfort zone but worth a read"
    Would you listen to The City again? Why?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    I love Mr Koontz. This was a bit of a departure from his normal fare. Interesting and engaging.


    What does Korey Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nicely narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    My gut reaction was to dislike it but it turned out better than I was expecting. Worth persevering with!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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