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The Mask | [Dean Koontz]

The Mask

So young, so sweet. She appeared out of nowhere, in the middle of traffic, on a busy day. A teenager with no past, no family - no memories. So blond and beautiful. Carol and Paul were drawn to her - she was the child they’d never had. A dream come true. And then Carol’s nightmares began - the ghastly sounds in the night…the bloody face in the mirror…the razor-sharp ax.
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Publisher's Summary

Such a pretty face....

So young, so sweet. She appeared out of nowhere, in the middle of traffic, on a busy day. A teenager with no past, no family - no memories.

Such a lovely child....

So blond and beautiful. Carol and Paul were drawn to her – she was the child they’d never had. A dream come true. And then Carol’s nightmares began – the ghastly sounds in the night…the bloody face in the mirror…the razor-sharp ax.

Such a relentless evil....

So deceptively innocent. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that’s what frightened Carol most of all.

©1981 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    J Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 07-15-10
    J Laguna Niguel, CA, United States 07-15-10 Member Since 2010

    First book, Ray Bradbury collection of short stories. First series, Dune. Favorite series, Thomas Covenent

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    "Great story. Poor narration"

    How does a great book and fantastic writer get a poor rating? Hire an inexperienced narrator. The inflections in Natalie Ross's voice while telling this great story make it difficult to concentrate on anything except the cadence…like she is short of breath. I am going back to hardcover on this one.

    Sorry Mr. Koontz. I love your body of work. I have been listening to and have been reading your books for years. I have never had a bad experience until now.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Snooker14 Vermont 05-11-10
    Snooker14 Vermont 05-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Awful narrator"

    I downloaded the book to my I-touch and tried to listen to it in my car, as usual. The voice of the narrator is so bad that both my wife and I could not understand more than 2 of every 3 words she read. Not possible to listen to it in the car. Full volume did not help. So I tried it at home in a very quiet environment, on a very good stereo. Same result. This is the worst reading of a book that I have ever had the experience to try listening to. I have no idea if the story is any good, because I can't hear it. Very frustrating! Total waste of money. All the other books I have ever downloaded from Audible have turned out just fine, so I know it is not just my issue.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John St Johns, MI, United States 11-22-11
    John St Johns, MI, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2009
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    "It's Koontz"

    Very interesting story with a few twists, excellent writing by Koontz with characters well developed. The ending, as is true with a lot of books, seems to lack finality. It seems as a lot of writers are able to fully develope a story and get lost as to how to end a story. I always enjoy reading (and listening) to Dean Koontz. Natalie Ross has done an excellent job with characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-07-10
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 05-07-10
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    "Intense"

    I think I've read every one of Dean Koontz' books except this one. As far as writing goes, he is right up there with his best books. It was quite riveting. We lost our daughter a few years ago and I just could not finish the book. I;m sure that those who read the entire book will find it to be everything they expected.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christel Capella, Australia 02-04-13
    Christel Capella, Australia 02-04-13
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    "Worst Endiing Ever!"
    What disappointed you about The Mask?

    The way it ended, you spend all this time waiting to fit the pieces together, and then it finishes like it did...I don't want to give it away in case somebody does want to read this;


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Unfortunately no scene was outstanding enough for me to comment


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The Narrator did a fantastic job,


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't honestly recommend this book on the basis of the ending, whilst the beginning ang the middle weren't bad. The ending was such a let down and ruined the whole book for me

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Wellington, New Zealand 01-06-13
    Anna Wellington, New Zealand 01-06-13 Member Since 2011

    I enjoy all kinds of books, but most recently I have been listening to thrillers, horror, history and documentary titles. Audible is a great way to get to 'read' books when you don't have the time to actually sit down with a paper book and it offers an affordable alternative (especially in NZ where books are an extremely expensive luxury) to discover new writers.

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    "An Engaging Fast Paced Novel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Mask the most enjoyable?

    'The Mask' grabs your attention and keeps you listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about the novel was the suspense, not knowing what was going to happen next. It's well worth the credit.


    What does Natalie Ross bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good characterisation


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

    Yes, but I can't say what it was as that would reveal too much about the plot and spoil it for other listeners.


    Any additional comments?

    There are quite a few negative comments here about the narrator. Admittedly, her narration does have a certain breathless quality that makes it a little strange to listen to at first. However, as the novel progressed I found that this wasn't such a problem. Especially as I became more involved in the storyline. Towards the end I hardly noticed this at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary Finch Johannesburg, South Africa 11-27-11
    Rosemary Finch Johannesburg, South Africa 11-27-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Mask, a Dean Koontz disapppointment"

    I read a lot of Dean Koontz and generally love his writing. This book was unfortunately poor and not up to his usual standard at all. The plot was weak and the storyline very slow. A lot of the detail was missing, leaving holes requiring answers. Unfortunately the book was a disappointment although I thought well read by the narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Liam
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    "Very good... Just too short!"

    I am becoming very fond of this author having now read a small selection of his previous work, this being my fourth I think.

    This book is very good, I wont go into any detail, as i have a habbit of accidently giving things away. Anyway, the only reason this book got 4 stars as opossed to 5 as I found it was too short. I would of enjoyed the story to continue longer, as well with the ending i would of liked to been able to explore that more as opossed to the slightly abrupt ending that was given here. Which I suppose in a sense is a credit to the author as I did not want the story to end.

    As with all his books, the characters are fantastic and truely likeable and he has the ability to make the us the readers feel really intune and 'want' to follow these characters wherever they may go!! Super read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gemma
    Radlett, United Kingdom
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    "An entertaining listen"

    The story is entertaining despite being fairly predictable. There are some humorous exchanges but this is 'straighter' than the style seen in Koontz's other works like Odd Thomas and Life Expectancy.

    It's genuinely creepy at parts and well-paced, keeping up the tension throughout.

    I really liked Natalie Ross's reading, she has a lovely voice that I could listen to all day and she does a great job with the different character's voices, both male and female.

    I was disappointed in the ending which left questions unanswered and was very abrupt, but I would listen again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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