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
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)
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.
I loved the Japanese man, you always knew he was more than he appeared.
It's Dean Koontz ! Would always recommend a Dean Koontz for a great read.
Kept my butt in my seat the whole way through but certainly experienced some great moments.
Having a black man actually read the book instead of some white guy trying to sound black was a great touch.
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.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
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.
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.
I love Dean Koontz novels. I have most of them in Hardback, Paperback, and Audio. This one however was a struggle to get through.
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.
No, I did enjoy his voices, and performance.
No, not really, the book was a struggle to get through.
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.
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.
This is it's own genre so I wouldn't know
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.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
I would, only because I love most all Dean Koontz's other books (exception, I hated the Frankenstein series but attributed that to the fact they were co-written).I really miss the old Koontz... Night Chills, Face of Fear, Twilight Eyes, Mr. Murder and Intensity - just to name a few. I also loved when he shifted gears a little and gave us the Moonlight Bay and Odd Thomas series as well as his recent Innocence (which I hope becomes a series). But The City... I will skip any future stories like this.
It will not be the 2nd half of this book, which I cannot finish.My next listen will probably be a few more Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child or Rizzoli and Ilse by Tess Gerritsen while I wait for the next Pendergast book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
His performance was very good in all the characters. Not his fault that I found the book too slow paced and boring...
I am one of Dean Koontz number one fans and was waiting for the release of the newest book The City. I love his 'At The End Of Your Seat' roller coaster stories, which are just the thing I need to get me going in the morning so I am not falling asleep at the wheel during my 2 hour commute to work.
I understand that Mr. Koontz may want to change his genre from Horror to Drama, but it is not fair to the readers who are expecting a carne asada plate with all the fixings and are served a cheese quesadilla... after paying for and anticipating the steak dinner.
I think Mr. Koontz should write these under a pseudonym so that he loyal fans who expect an exciting thriller are not disappointed and feel ripped off.
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.
Narration was perfect. Great story. Very different from Koontz's other books, but still a good read. Couldn't put it down. Some reviewers talk about the believability of this book---but when has Koontz's stories ever been believable? Critics may be a little harsher on this book--unfairly so. Not sure why, or maybe I am....
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