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The Servants of Twilight | [Dean Koontz]

The Servants of Twilight

An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.
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Publisher's Summary

An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

©1984 Nkui, Inc. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A great storyteller." (New York Daily News)

"A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

"Koontz is brilliant." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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    Marg224 USA 08-04-13
    Marg224 USA 08-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Sudo

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    "Different spin"
    Would you listen to The Servants of Twilight again? Why?

    I love Dean Koontz and will probably always give his books a chance but this one was a bit slow in some spots. I would not listen to this book (or read) it again. At times it just seemed to drag on and on...the endless descriptions of every little detail just sort of turned in to bla...bla...bla after a while. The narrator was a bit grating at first, then, kind of fell in to the flow of things in the second part. Don't think I could listen to this again but it was enjoyable enough for a one time listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were diverse and for the most part unpredictable which I think added to the appeal of the story. Things picked up in the second half and made the book a worthwhile listen.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator was not exactly bad, but, at first, she just didn't seem to be a good fit for this novel. Towards the second part of the book, her performance either got better or I got used to her style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, not one way or the other but the overall story was pretty interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    A young mother and son are threatened by a cult convinced that the son is the anti-christ...they are joined by a private eye and are on the run. It was handy for them that money was not an issue, when they needed cars, guns, hideouts...they all fell in to place. One of the sad parts for me was the pain the child had to end. The story and narrator both picked up towards the end of the book. Of course, there is the ending...

    I find long and drawn out reviews tiring and for the most part very unhelpful so I try to keep my reviews short and if I've left out some information that some might find helpful in deciding whether or not to purchase this book please forgive me. In the end we all have to make our own decisions and as I've discovered in the past you can't always depend on just a few reviews. Some of the shortest reviews have been most helpful to me and some, no matter how long or rambling or descriptive have not been.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 08-05-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 08-05-13 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "A Good Listen!"
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I wanted to. It hardly seemed like 15 hours. The suspense kept me engaged. I read this many years ago when first published and I've seen the movie but the audiobook still had me glued to the earphones. If you are a Dean Koontz fan it's a must listen. The narrator's voice seemed a bit shrill at first but I soon forgot all about it. Overall a very good experience.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda NEWARK, DE, United States 01-06-14
    Linda NEWARK, DE, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator horrible"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't get past the horrible narration to listen to the content.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Yes, but not narrated by this narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Totally


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, I'd like to return the book for credit

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Farmington, CT, United States 08-15-13
    Cheryl Farmington, CT, United States 08-15-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Bad Narration"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Angela Dawe?

    By Dean Koontz absolutely - but not narrated by Angela Dawe


    If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

    The narration is so wonky that it takes away from the story. The voice used when not talking as a particular character is terrible. Every sentence sounds the same with the last word drawn out in a wierd annoying way.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration is so wonky that it takes away from the story. The voice used when not talking as a particular character is terrible. Every sentence sounds the same with the last word drawn out in a wierd annoying way.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-13-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "Exciting but Simplistic Old Koontz"

    I had read this many years ago under the title Twilight and I did not notice this was the same book before I ordered it. It is pretty early Koontz and, although the writing is better than most in the genre, this is substantially below Koontz's best work. The characterizations are somewhat weak, and the story, although exciting, is a little simplistic. I really did not like the narration which was a bit nasal and really grated on me. I did learn to live with the narration, but never liked it. The story and characters kept me interested but not really engaged. The end was very mildly unexpected and unlike most Koontz is mildly enigmatic. There is one R rated sex scene which might bother some people and some treatment of religion that some might find sacrilegious. I certainly would not listen to this again with this narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trevor Collins Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia 01-09-14
    Trevor Collins Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia 01-09-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Dean's best, a little light on reality"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Angela Dawe?

    Dean, yes.
    Angela Dawe, NO. Too shrill in delivery, sounds like she;s shouting all the way through the story. Shouting does not indicate tension to me.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    A different take on a cult story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Using a more realistic tone would help, along with better modulation or variety in delivery. The boy's voice was OK.

    Too shrill in delivery, sounds like she;s shouting all the way through the story. Shouting does not indicate tension to me.


    Could you see The Servants of Twilight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not every story should be a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Richmond, VA, USA 12-07-13
    Jay Richmond, VA, USA 12-07-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Good story, poor reading"
    What did you like best about The Servants of Twilight? What did you like least?

    Like most Dean Koontz stories this had plenty of detail and could really get the reader to vividly picture the scenes.

    I did think the ending a bit unlikely even for this genre of story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration was clipped and seemed to lack emphasis and emotion. I alas most cringed every time the narrator tried to speak in Joey,s voice, and her deep throaty attempts at masculine voices was almost comical.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chad Imperial, MO, United States 11-27-13
    Chad Imperial, MO, United States 11-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Made it to chapter 7.....then dumped it."
    What disappointed you about The Servants of Twilight?

    The narator is monotone with no excitement behind the read.


    Would you recommend The Servants of Twilight to your friends? Why or why not?

    The book was good but the audio file stinks.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    No


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra Alamo, TX, United States 11-19-13
    Debra Alamo, TX, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Like Audio books, love to be read to. Am retired, spend a lot a time at pool so listen to music, & audio books when have them, now I will have ones I like.

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    "On Toes"
    What did you love best about The Servants of Twilight?

    It was well written, I enjoyed very much, kept me interested to the end. Narrator was good, did have a little trouble with a few of the voices, but well read. Was not sure about the boy joie, was hoping would be fine in the end. His Mom & the detective were in good form for the story, all charters were. Kept me on the edge wanting more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DDTAN Narnia 08-20-13
    DDTAN Narnia 08-20-13 Member Since 2011

    “I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn't any Narnia."

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    "Left Wanting"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Angela Dawe?

    Yes, Dean Koontz writes great books, but this one: not so much. Angela Dawe did a pretty good job, especially voicing the boy, Joey.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    I have read/listen to numerous novels by Dean Koontz and have enjoyed most of them. Some of my favorites include: Odd Thomas, Hideaway, Intensity, Demon Seed, Frankenstein, Mr. Murder, Lightning and many more. Suffice to say, I have enjoyed pretty much most of his books for the most part. But I have to honestly admit I had to struggle to get through this one. The main characters lack depth, and Christine just started to annoy me more and more as the story went on. I mean the two, supposedly bad guys, if you can call them that: Grace Spivey and Kyle Barlow had more depth than the supposed good guys, if you can call them that, which are: Christine, Charlie, Joey, and the dog Chewbacca(or is it Brandy?) Lol, I grew to care more for the dog than I did for Christine and Charlie. Spoiler alert: The dog got bashed in the head twice and left for dead in a blizzard and still soldiered on to defend its master, never complaining once.

    Christine on the other hand just whined for the most part throughout the book, throwing tantrums here and there..."Oh life is so unfair, why me why me?! My mommy is so mean; she made me do my homework and work extra hard and she wants me to be humble. Me? No way, I am a supermodel, and I can strut if I want...Oh the injustice!!! Someone save me, preferably a handsome knight in shining armor."

    The only reason I kept going was because Mr. Koontz kept throwing in little teasers here and there of the boy possibly being the anti-Christ. Is he, or is he not? Keep reading/listening and you might find out. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but the ending/answer left me wanting to pull my hair out in frustration. This book is like listening to a debate between a theist and an atheist, waiting for one of them to knock it out the park and prove once and for all who is right...but off course you always leave feeling disappointed, with uncertainly still firmly chained upon you, with questions left unanswered.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can't think of one in particular. All the scenes that started to developed, that could have developed into memorable scenes all fell short. They were all teasers, answering nothing, leaving the reader unsatisfied.


    Do you think The Servants of Twilight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Maybe. But it has to have a better ending. I don't want to waste my time again.


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Koontz always has something profound to say in all his books via his characters. But in this one, there was none, or if there was, it was beyond me. Unless his goal was to leave me frustrated and unsatisfied. In that, he did a superb job.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A mum and her six year old son are chased as a religious sect leader thinks the son is the anti-Christ.

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