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What the Night Knows Audiobook

What the Night Knows

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Publisher's Summary

In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family — his wife and three children — will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was 14 and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Here is a ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.

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

What the Critics Say

“Dean Koontz... has the power to scare the daylights out of us.” (People)

“Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears.” (USA Today)

“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.” (Los Angeles Times)

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    rune 08-01-12
    rune 08-01-12
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    "Edge of Your Seat"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent read, one of his best in years


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What the Night Knows?

    I always enjoy looking/listening for several Koontz tale-tells that he places in his books. It is like a literary Koontz scavenger hunt. 1-golden retreiver 2-special needs person/child 3-mercury/sodium vapor lights 4-outside smelling of ozone and my favorite 5-bouganvillea. Sometimes all 5 make the book and in others only a few hit the pages.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    My life again


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-30-12
    Charlotte Phoenix, AZ, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Super Intense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Koontz type mystery thrillers. No tells a mystery like Koontz. The revelation deep dark secrets and the overwhelming need to make things right make this book a must listen.The final sacrifice is a WOW!


    What other book might you compare What the Night Knows to and why?

    False Memory - because the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Because the mind can be shaped and molded. But mostly because only the mind really knows these things could happen in real life - given the opportunity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when after being possessed by Blackwood, the guy goes to visit his sister and her family. She does not know Blackwood is on board but she knows her brother is an abusive, violent man. Without question she shoots him after seeing him attack her husband.The pace of the book from this point forward picks up and takes on new heights of SUPER NATURAL!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    Dean Koontz Rocks the House!!!

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    Doris 06-04-12
    Doris 06-04-12
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    "Nice to enjoy a Koontz story again."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anyone who had read a Koontz book would enjoy this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There was alot of suspense and it was a great supernatural story


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

    Steven Weber is one of my favorite narrators. He can sound like a whole cast all on his own!


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

    I made me sit on the edge of my sit. I had to listen to it all at once. I went through my day listening in my car, then into work, then in my car, then at home. Went to sleep pretty late that night.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to read Dean Koontz books when he wrote one word title books. They all started to have the same thread in them and I couldn't remember which one word title went with which book. I'm glad I decided to give this one a try. It was a good old fashion supernatural suspense story.

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    Russell Bakersfield, CA, United States 06-03-12
    Russell Bakersfield, CA, United States 06-03-12 Member Since 2002
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    "THE WORST ......"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing that's apparent to me ....


    Has What the Night Knows turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What aspect of Steven Weber’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was acceptable, it's what he had to "work with' that lacked!!


    What character would you cut from What the Night Knows?

    No one stands out, therefore I indict them all.


    Any additional comments?

    I've been an Audible listener for 10 years and this is the first review I've ever written ..... only once before have I been over whelmed with negative feelings about a book, but this one took-the-cake! I've been a Koontz listener for a long time and 'may' still pick one of his books in the future, but NOT without doing a 'listen-preview'. I stopped listening during chapter 12, 2hrs 15min (my bad), then deleted it.

    In a few words, started excruciatingly slow, to much minutiae and unnecessary (filler) detail, with a disjointed story-line and no apparent direction.

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    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 05-22-12
    Joan Starkville, MS, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "A bit out there but kept me listening"

    At this point, I've heard so many bad audiobooks, if one keeps me listening, I'm happy. Although the story is pretty out there and sometimes a bit stupid, Dean Koontz knows how to tell a story. I was entertained and this book held my attention the entire time. The narrator was great. Not the best Dean Koontz but good and I gave it four stars because I wanted to keep listening. A good, not great, paranormal story that was worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joel M Ewald Pontiac, MI United States 04-27-12
    Joel M Ewald Pontiac, MI United States 04-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting Supernatural Thriller"
    If you could sum up What the Night Knows in three words, what would they be?

    Good solid story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Calvino was a good investigator and family man who is conflicted with the normal facts and things he can sense but not explain.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    At one point when the spirit of blackthorn is moving throughout the house room to room and each person rationalizes the unexplained.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the short story Darkness under the Sun and when I saw this book I decided to give it a go. Plus I think Steven Weber is very talented narrator.

    Very similar to the movie The Fallen. The ending was weaker than I would have expected and the spirit of the family dog was an expected contrivance. How would you communicate something that cant be explained to those around you?

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    Laurie OGDEN, UTAH, United States 04-02-12
    Laurie OGDEN, UTAH, United States 04-02-12
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    "This was good ol Koontz intrigue!"
    If you could sum up What the Night Knows in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Intriguing and on the edge of my seat


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicki the detective's wife.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Weber?

    There was a lot of whistling on the S sounds but other than that his voice convinced me of every character!


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

    At the end where everything comes together and answered are realized without even saying them.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. It was dark and a little hard to stomach but was interesting and a good interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Davenport Winterville, NC United States 03-05-12
    J. Davenport Winterville, NC United States 03-05-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Awesome!!!"

    This book was so good, it was Scary, Creepy and at times a little Funny.

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    Sharon Parkland, PA, United States 10-05-11
    Sharon Parkland, PA, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible"

    This book had entirely too many characters in it. Just when you got into one of the characters another one popped up. Book did not flow and was difficult to follow. Would not recommend it.

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    Grace 09-17-11
    Grace 09-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Liked it"

    Very well done by Steven Webber. I enjoyed. I had gotten away from Koontz as I was did not care for a few of his offerings. But I enjoyed this story and enjoyed the reader's presentation.

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