©2005 Dean Koontz; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
I'm glad I didn't buy into these other reviews. Like them, I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 and by reading these reviews I was very worried about Book 2. Luckily I downloaded it anyway and found out that:
A) It's *NOT* redundant. Like any saga I've ever read, it tries to keep anyone who just picked up this book a reference to what's going on. Other than that it's got new characters and the same wonderful storyline that captured me in book one.
B) While Scott Brick did a fine job on Book 1, the reader for Book 2 is just as engaging. I'm just as entranced by this book as I was the first because the story is so compelling.
My cousin listened to this audible book and I did afterwards. I give it a 2.5 and the first book about a 4.
Nothing really happens in this book and I was angry I used a book credit for it. Some of it is the first book re-told, and a minor incident in the overall plot unfolds. Other than that it sets you up for some fight for the end of the world and then ends.
I'm sure book 3 will recount book two (as this one recounts book one) and then (hopefully) finish the darn story.
I suppose it's a marketing strategy to drag out a book. Perhaps Koontz is copying King (notice that Koontz didn't write it alone - I wonder how much he did write) by making multiple part books. If he's going to do this the least he could do is allow for a main conflict, a climax and resolution, which this book totally lacks.
I've purchased 2/3 of his books but this may well be my last Koontz novel. I can't afford to invest time in listening to books with no ending and this book fell 8 hours short. I forgave the first book because I was certain that he'd wrap up the story or like the other serial-character books he has written, bring it to satisfying open end. In conclusion! Dean: How many characters in your books are going to walk around saying "tick tock" This was the third novel with one, not including the one where it's the title.
This is a warning to all you who like/love Scott Brick, who narrated (so well) the unabridged version of Book One of this series: John Bedford Lloyd narrates the Audible abridged version of Book One AND Audible unabridged Book Two.
Why is this? Because Random House Audio has JBL reading the novel for all their publications of this book series, and Books on Tape has Scott reading their production. Audible has Books on Tape as the source for the unabridged version of Book One and then switched to Random House for the unabriged Book Two.
So when you continue on to Audible's unabridged version Book Two, expecting to hear Scott, what you will instead hear Random House's John Bedford Lloyd reading it. Lloyd is not as good as Scott IMHO, but he does a reasonable job overall, perhaps overdoing some female parts.
Narrator not withstanding, this is still a good book (bit too much review of Book One though to start) and has me anxiously waiting for Dean to complete the Book Three.
I hope Audible returns to the Books on Tape version, with Scott Brick, when Dean releases the third book in about a year from now--without a collaborator this time (he admits he is not a good collaborator).
After listening to the first two books, I think I would have rather just read the second book, instead of listening to it. Scott Brick, who narrated the first book, is excellent. The narrator for the second book isn't so good. He gives Madison and O'Connor horrible accents (it makes O'Connor sound like a Southern belle instead of a tough homicide detective).
I agree that there was a bit too much repetition, but it didn't completely bother me. Looking forward to the third book (I hope Scott Brick is the narrator!).
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
I love the first book, and the second is the classic middle of a three ACT structure. The first book sets Adventure, gets all the players in the right position with their motivations; the second set their allies and they engage in some preemptory skirmishes; the third book is setup for major conflict ? it is going to be good.
I like the narrator from the first book better though.
This book should have been the end to book 1. It seemed to be cut off and packaged to make more money.
The story repeats the details and rules about how the new race work, why, etc., for about an hour or more, making it for a suspiciously short koontz book at 6 or so hours after all the repeats. All the repitition would only be good if you forgot all about book one.
Re: other review: How can you review a book two days before it comes out?
The narrator gives the two police officers terribly cheesy accents. I don't know if its southern or what, but they don't sound appropriate.
Overall, it was a letdown. I waited eagerly and bought this book the day it came out, having been gripped by book 1 and wanting to know how things turned out. Book one was a good twist on an old tail.
It was a fun listen, but like most lengthy tales, the ending leaves a little to be desired. If a person liked the first Frankenstein book, then this one is a must-have. A person could start with this one, but I'd advise against it. The most frustrating part is the time between volumes -- it makes it difficult to keep up with the story.
A contemporary look at Mary Shelley's monster and his creator. You won't be able to turn off your IPod; you'll just HAVE to know what happens next.
Management consultant, video game player, avid reader of all types of books, and happily married father of four. I'll read just about anything, from Fantasy and SciFi, to mysteries and ChickLit.
Mr. Koontz seems to be an expert at making a series of events drag out over as long a period as possible. The first book in this series was an excellent setup to the proposed trilogy, with just the right mix of plot action and character development. This novel does expand on both of those points, but doesn't really seem to contain enough plot to warrant its length or status as the second book in a trilogy.
An important bridge novel, I'm looking forward to seeing how events unfold in the (hopefully!) conclusion in Book 3. So, buy it, but don't expect to be satisfied at the end.
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