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
Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.
To raise this to a 4 or 5 star level Mr. Koontz would need to quit trying to redefine himself. I bought book after book from him as I loved what he did as an author. If suddenly your favorite restaurant started remaking your tastiest meal in unpleasant ways would you be pleased or miffed? Mr. Koontz had success with the whole Odd thing but he needs to get back to making those delicious main courses we have grown to rely on.
Perhaps something from author Peter Clines. I really enjoyed "14" by him.
My issue with the narration was that this was told by a 57 year old character from a 10 year old's perspective. I kept waiting for the kid to grow up so the story could start. It just got more and more ridiculous. Especially due to the fact that the narrator kept speaking like a surprised little boy using a vocabulary that could cause a scholar to stumble.
Maybe the obvious Urkle character named Malcolm. The author even managed to sneak the name Urkle into the story in a way that did not amuse.
So disappointed. I might as well read Icebound again. I love Dean Koontz. I just can't stand when he tries to get out of his scary little box.
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.
Although surprised at what I considered to be a "slow starter", in the long run The story was engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook! I had not read Koontz for over 20 years hence my expectation was for a more wildly paranormal storyline. However, Koontz peppered this book with just hints that made it very subjective.
I didn't read the print version, but Korey Jackson does an excellent job of narrating, so while i believe it is tough to outdo the book in print, this may just do it!
I loved every moment. The wonder of viewing the story through a child's eyes, the magic of the feather in lucite...
His voice is perfect. It really made the characters come to life. I have listened to the story at least twice and get something new out of it every time and love it more.
Yes. It is all going to work out in the end. the optimism in spite of many horrible things happening is the way that I try to live my life and it just made me feel all warm and fuzzy!
I have long loved Dean Koontz's book and with the exception of Odd thomas and the Fear Nothing books, this is my absolute favorite!
Overall this story was rather tame for a Koontz novel.. However, the masterful story telling of this author shined through and made it hard to put the book down. The narrator, Korey Jackson, made each character so distinct and believable. If you want a total enjoyable experience listen to this audible book.
i love Dean Koontz books, this one just did not live up to his standards
i didnt care for his representation of a yong black man. as soon as he said ambulance i was done
Yes, I read the reviews before I purchased this book. I am a huge Dean Koontz fan and I didn't really care what they said, I was going to buy it anyway. I do agree it is not one of his typical writings but I thought it was grest! I had a hard time putting it down. Bravo, Mr. Koontz you did it agian. Thanks!!
Like most of the other reviews I've read, I'm a huge fan of Koontz, so I usually at least like the story. This wasn't my favorite but it wasn't bad. The performer was good enough to make me look for other books he performed.
I was pleasantly surprised though. It took me a while to get into the book...but before I knew it, I was hooked and hadn't even realized it. The story flowed so well and was presented, in my opinion, as the first hand account of an individual and how even though they seemed extraoridinary, were in fact every day occurances that for the most part we only read about. But it was uniquely crafted and narrated by a little boy and his perspective and how normal every day occurances can seem mystical to a child.
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