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The Face Audiobook

The Face

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Publisher's Summary

He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an insidious killer - and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.

©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures of popular fiction, another notable novel of ideas and of moral imperatives." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." (The Times (London))
"...The suspense builds smoothly and steadily in Baker's hands." (AudioFile)

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    Arnold Elyria, OH, USA 09-09-03
    Arnold Elyria, OH, USA 09-09-03
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    Great story. Held my interest from the very beginning to the end. Audible should have more Koontz novels.

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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 08-26-03
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 08-26-03 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved It"

    "The Face" was great! Suspenseful, great characters, great writing and narrating. I'll try more Dean Koontz now!

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    Harrie 08-04-03
    Harrie 08-04-03
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    "Great Book"

    This book keeps you in suspense for the entire time!

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    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 07-27-03
    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 07-27-03 Member Since 2013
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    "The face"

    A little bit lighter than his books lately (not as gory!). Interesting premise about anarchy. One of his best!

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    Pattie Pleasant Valley, MO, USA 07-26-03
    Pattie Pleasant Valley, MO, USA 07-26-03
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    "Boring"

    Disappointing effort by Dean Koontz. He seems to fill the book with meaningless words and long, repetitive, overly colorful descriptions that contribute nothing to the story. I grew weary of hearing the weather described over and over with silly metaphors, and found myself wanting to just get to the end of it.

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    Dina Methuen, MA, USA 07-25-03
    Dina Methuen, MA, USA 07-25-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Koontz at his best"

    Great story, very enjoyable narrator. Highly recommended!

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    Kenneth Lambertville, NJ, USA 07-21-03
    Kenneth Lambertville, NJ, USA 07-21-03
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    "He is a master"

    This story was great. I listen to/from work and I had a tough time putting this down. He is a master.

    This is in contrast to a review I just made of the Lake House. The Lake House was the worst audiobook (out of about 100) that I had ever downloaded. I couldn't finish listening to it. The Face, on the otherhand is one of the best downloads.

    I highly recommend this.

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    Tony 07-16-03
    Tony 07-16-03
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    "Not his best"

    I did not find this book uplifting, provoking, nor did it make me laugh. The author's play on extraordinary happenings seem very real in other books he has written. But this one, I just couldn't buy in to it.

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    Carlotta 07-02-03
    Carlotta 07-02-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Dean Koontz you're back !"

    I'm so happy that Dean Koontz can still write a suspense/horror novel with esoteric undertones. This book isn't his very best but is written so in his style that anyone who loves his work will love this great effort. All the characters had depth and the story makes you think about good and evil in only the way Koontz's work can.

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    Stephen Miller 06-30-03 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good til the disappointing ending"

    Dean Koontz is the master of building up suspense...and this book is no exception. Though the book is very long, the story and plot is very good. The ending in my opinion was a little bit of a let down after all the buildup. However, I recommend it to all Dean Koontz fans and those who love this style of writing!

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