Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine — with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace — safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him... and seep into his darkest nightmares. But not only his dreams are haunted.
The city he roams with Harley has secrets and mysteries, things unexplainable and maybe unimaginable. Crispin has seen ghosts in the dead of night and sensed dimensions beyond reason in broad daylight. Hints of things disturbing and strange nibble at the edges of his existence, even as dangers wholly natural and earthbound cast their shadows across his path. Alone, drifting, and scavenging to survive is no life for a boy. But the life Crispin has left behind, and is still running scared from, is an unspeakable alternative... that may yet catch up with him.
©2012 Dean Koontz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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This is a somewhat short Koontz novel and it lacks the twists and surprises of most Koontz. The development of the two main characters and dog are quite good, but there is not much development of the minor characters and virtually none for the key antagonist (very unusual for Koontz). The story setup and protagonist character motivation was interesting, but everything happens so fast it did not get the satisfaction I almost always get from Koontz. If you really like Koontz this definitely worth the time, just don’t expect the full Koontz experience. The narration was slightly monotonous and seemed to be in a scary story around the campfire tone, which was not bad, but did not add much.
It's so unusual for me to give a Koontz novel anything but 5 stars, but I was a little disappointed with this one. It's so SHORT. Riveting story line that draws you in immediately, as is typical with Koontz. But, I'm used to much longer, more involved stories. I didn't realize how short it was when I downloaded it. After 3 hours and 45 minutes, I feel like I'm just settling in to a story and all of a sudden, it was over. I felt like it ended somewhat abruptly. There were ends that were not tied up. This one could've easily been twice as long and it would've still been a great story.
If you like Odd Thomas and the numerous other characters created by Dean Koontz (who feels like an old friend to me at this point), then you'll love this book. The character is a modern Oliver Twist, and his partner a modern-day Mary Poppins (sort of). The characterizations in the book are done in Koontz's masterful style, and the story keeps moving forward. I really enjoyed the way the book was read too.
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I rate Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense by Dean Koontz 5 of 5 stars. This short story is based on the novel 77 Shadow Street showing a different view of the events in that book. This story was short, strange (in a good way) and quickly built into a real suspense story. If you have read 77 Shadow Street then I can recommend this short story.
I really enjoy a good 'Mystery/Thriller' but the narrator can cause me, at times, to not listen to what might have been a really good story.
This story was very similar to a John Saul novel I recently listened to. This one was okay but somewhat predictable and not a 'suspense' novel. In my opinion, not one of Dean Koontz's best by any means. I was a little disappointed by this one.
The Moonlit Mind is another great book by Koontz. With a boy, a dog and flight from evil 'parents'. This is a good one, as they all are.
Now let me preface this review by saying that I am a hardcore Koontz fan. I've read so many of his books, both old and new, over the years that I have lost count and I frequently try and persuade others to do the same.
I am not the most eloquent writer and I can't quite put my finger on what exactly my problem was with this book but I can try and explain the feeling it gave off to the best of my ability. First, it felt like the plot lacked the finesse and scary suspense that his books usually have. It seemed almost like this was one of his earlier works and it was written before he had established a style for himself as a writer. On top of that, it also felt like maybe that he wrote this because he had to as he had a deadline to meet and no other works to present. It felt like he was bored writing this almost whereas in his other books his excitement for the storyline is almost palpable in his writing.
Obviously this is just my opinion but overall because of those reasons I found the book to be just okay. I finished it is one sitting as it is short (I'm having a hard time believing this was unabridged.) compared to some of his work.
This was not a mystery, as I thought it would be from the summary. It was more about the mystery of witches and sacrifices and magic. The narrator was breathy and affected. I was glad it was short.
Good story but pace is a little slow in spots. I had to force myself not to skip paragraphs.
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The reader did a good job, and the story is one of those quick-paced, don't-want-to-put-it-down books that Koontz does so well. A good blend of mystery and supernatural with well-developed characters.
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