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The Door to December | [Dean Koontz]

The Door to December

Only three years old, little Melanie was kidnapped by her father. Six years later, police found her wandering the L.A. streets, her eyes blank. What had become of her in all that lost time...and what secret did she dare not even whisper?
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Publisher's Summary

Only three years old, little Melanie was kidnapped by her father. Six years later, police found her wandering the L.A. streets, her eyes blank. What had become of her in all that lost time...and what secret did she dare not even whisper?

Her loving mother and the police desperately hunt for the answer. They need Melanie to help discover the truth behind the most savage carnage the city has ever seen. They will do anything to save her from the mysterious and menacing force that has invaded her young life. But first they must save themselves from a rising tide of terror.

©1985 Richard Page, ©1994 Nkui Inc.; (P)2007 Penguin Audio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and Recorded Books LLC. All rights reserved.

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"First-rate suspense, scary and stylish." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Hollis Fargo, ND, United States 05-20-07
    Hollis Fargo, ND, United States 05-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Typical Koontz"

    This is a typical Koontz book, weird but interesting enough to keep listening to the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Homer Woodburn, KY, USA 06-17-07
    Homer Woodburn, KY, USA 06-17-07
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    "Troubling"

    As usual, this thing scared the willies out of me and my wife. It was exciting and troubling that there may be people that do such things. We haven't finished it yet, but I hope the guy gets his "come up ins"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MATTHEW 06-03-07
    MATTHEW 06-03-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Total misery"

    Sit right back and suffer through the monotonous ride of misery that is Dean Koontz’s “The Door To December”. I am a huge Dean Koontz fan and have even liked some of his less well received books in the past, but this one is a complete and total dog. The premise of the novel had potential, but the quality of the writing sucked (for lack of a better word) and was overly melodramatic. With the help of a skilled writer, it could be made into a daytime soap opera. To add insult to injury, the book was read by one of the worst readers that I have heard in the industry. “The Door To December” is a door to disappointment and misery. My advice is that you pass on this one. Sorry Dean- it was that bad!

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    K. Ericksen South Dakota 09-22-13
    K. Ericksen South Dakota 09-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Door to December the most enjoyable?

    Kept me interested all the way


    What did you like best about this story?

    suspense and even some romance


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    good narrator- he did the little girl really good!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    whenever the room got cold, I "felt" the chill too


    Any additional comments?

    great book- recommend

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 01-12-13
    Tonya FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Chilly December"
    If you could sum up The Door to December in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, Exciting, Awesome


    What did you like best about this story?

    The power the girl obtained


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

    Not yet. But wouldn't mind. Loved his voice variations between characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moments the girl cried for her mom in her dreams


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. Recommend it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Cedar Park, TX, United States 01-07-10
    Leigh Cedar Park, TX, United States 01-07-10
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    "Classic Koontz"

    A good one and at times I did not want to stop listening in order to do something else I had to do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Charleston, SC 05-25-09
    Amazon Customer Charleston, SC 05-25-09 Member Since 2008

    movie fan

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    "Koontz at His Best!"

    Excellent reading by Mr. Guidall of a story that rocks the soul! Who knows what happens in those unknown places by those unknown scientists...in the real world!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barcann 05-27-08
    barcann 05-27-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Listen"

    If you like Dean Koontz and science fiction, you'll like this one. It is interesting and keeps you wondering. The Narrator is one of my favorites!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila 06-15-07
    Sheila 06-15-07
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    "Enjoyable despite predictability"

    I found this book to be entertaining despite the fact that I figured out "whodunnit" very early on. The mystery of why and how kept me going. And as always, Koontz wrote characters who drew me in. While not the best sample of his work, it was nevertheless enjoyable.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tkis 03-03-07
    tkis 03-03-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Doesn't seem like Koontz"

    Pretty disappointing - it lacks the wit and intimacy of the other Koontz novels I've read. Also some uncharacteristic mistakes, like referring to the "Waco family in Texas". Waco was the town, not the family. I also associate the narrator with more run-of-the mill mysteries, and that may have clouded my impression.

    14 of 22 people found this review helpful
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