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.
I very much enjoy Dean Koontz and his ability to develop characters. In the story he probably does his very best work. That being said, the story is somewhat drawn-out, and half way through I began counting the pages until it was finished so I could start a different book. I still give this book four stars because it is a good story, just lots of talking and character development rather than a plot moving along. Not my favorite of Koontz, but not bad either.
I've been a fan of Dean Koontz for years. This book was exhausting...way too wordy...I didn't feel like it was a current Dean Koontz book. It felt like a college essay gone wrong. Dean Koontz...you know better! Don't waste your readers time.
Retired tech writer/editor. Mensa. Pgh Steelers/ Penguins fan. Lib Dem/feminist. Grew up reading lit--M.A. English--now read mys/thrillers.
The characters. I learned to admire and love Jonah, Mr. Yoshioka, Grandpa Teddy Bledsoe, Malcolm Pomerantz, Amaha Pomerantz, and Sylvna Bledsoe. I cared what happened to them. I even feared for any evil befalling Mrs. Nozowa and her dog, Toshiro Mifune, and the exceptionally tall Japanese police detective, Mr. Nakama Otani.
Can't think of any other book it's like. It's unique.
His voice as Jonah was perfect. Sounded just like a nine-year old boy. All of his voices were good.
I hate this question. I never have a good answer. "The City Comes Alive -- In More Ways Than One"??? Really, Miss Pearl wasn't terribly integral to the story. Could easily have been eliminated without essentially changing the story.
The bad people were truly evil and ruthless, the good ones were kind and vulnerable. The information about Mazanar added to my care for Mr. Yoshioka--he had already suffered and lost so much. I liked all the information about music mentioned. I dislike Koontz's libertarian political views intruding on a story -- e.g., "Back in those days, rent subsidies for the poor were a trickle, not yet the flood they would one day become" or when the police are totally incompetent to protect themselves, much less Jonah during their "protective detail" so that Grandpa Teddy (SPOILER ALERT!) has to protect Jonah himself - with a baseball bat against multiple home invaders armed with guns & knives. Yeah, right, that would work.
Interesting fluff but too long to waste your time on. If you like his earlier stuff don't bother with this. Best part was the narrator and he was just so-so.
NO - Could not finish after many wasted hours listening waiting for the story to get good....
The only redeeming quality is the actual performance. The story needs a really good edit.. Just reaffirmed why I gave up on Koontz. I was hoping it would do the opposite and get me back into him. But I have now read 2 of his later books and hated them both. This one is way worst... Unrealistic, boring and stupid...
Media portray activists as heroes. Ask Ferguson residents why that isn't often true...and read this story. A great read.
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