Fear for your mind.
©2000 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Viscerally exciting...an extended, tense tour de force...an expertly crafted, ornate suspenser...Koontz fans will love it." (Publishers Weekly)
The over all book was great. Koontz did it again. Giving full characteration and not missing a beat. It felt a little slow in places however it gives the second half that much more life. This is worth purchasing.
First of all, congratulations to Stephen Lang, for doing such a superb job with the book, I enjoyed him the second time now, he also reads "by the light of the moon" by Dean Koontz. This book, together with "The face" ranks among my top 3 Koontz-books, absolutely world-class. The audio book breaks down pretty much in 3 seven hour parts and I can honestly say that the middle part represents the strongest I have come about in the thriller-genre. While some argue that the book is too long, I think that everybody who brings an appreciation for creativity to the book, will fall in love with this one, leave alone the suspense. Is the book too long? Sure it is, Koontz-novels almost always are. However, I would have to contain myself not to call this book the work of genius. While I do not want to spoil anything here, let's just say that the evil force behind it all has been fleshed out in *creative* (the key-word to the book) detail, keeping the listender mesmerized and literally sweaty handed. The way Koontz ties up the loose ends are brilliant, tongue-in-cheek and even good for a laugh. The characters are extremely likeable, a former weakness of Koontz, and just a certain form of "literature" that shows up again and again throughout the book shows, Koontz still has a deep, playful passion for writing and the fact that he is kind of a mass producer does not take away from the quality at all. The plot unfolds a bit slow at the beginning, but this time there is a method to the (descriptive) madness. The horror gets so real. The listener will get over-compensated for a not so spectacular beginning. This book will split the critics down the middle one more time, as they will love or hate it, this one is more complex (like "the face"), and less linear than for example "the husband". In my opinion, this 700 + books is merely about 50 pages too long and he should have taken it out of the last third, but who am I. It's the journey that counts and this is a MASTERPIECE
This is now my favorite Koontz audio book. The narrator was superb and the story breathtaking. I generally only listen to audio books in my car commuting to work, but I found myself unable to wait for the story and listened to most of it at home.
Some people find the level of detail Koontz uses to be overdone and tedious to listen to. Although I have occasionally shared that opinion, I was mesmerized throughout this story and cannot think of anything I would have liked changed.
Another classic from a master of suspense.
This story takes its time. Characters are sculpted with careful detail. The horror comes home real and powerful. The narcassistic solipsism of the villian just builds and builds to a surprising climax.
The only downside I found was that some of the denouement included information that might have been better foreshadowed earlier in the story. Some of the last minute connections came off darn convenient because we were not given clues earlier.
But no matter. We had a 24 hour car trip, and this book kept us going and awake -- and made us sit and listen for several hours after we got home. Good story!
This was my first Koontz novel and I was not disappointed one bit. I am an avid Stephen King reader and was looking for a writer that writes similar stories, and I found my man. The first 1/3 was a little slow, but still interesting, and when you get to the 2nd section, watch out because you won't be able to put it down or turn it off. I love stories like this and am looking forward to my next Koontz novel. I have already purchased 2 more of his and can't wait to start. I highly recommend this book to those who are into stories that are intense, scary, great, and keep you on the edge of your seat.
This was a hard book to listen to, though not for any fault of the reader. This one plays strongly on Koontz's recurrent theme of distaste for academics and social planners, but mixes it up with a really nasty sort of adolescent control fantasy that gets taken to a really ugly extreme that I found at times to be a bit more than I thought was necessary to make the point.
It is well read though, and the characters are mostly good -- if a bit archetypal and clownish at times.
This is one book I think would have been much better as an abridgement. Often, the author catches-up the reader with little synopses of what just happened in recent pages - in case your attention wandered, I guess. And indeed the book did not hold my attention very well; the plot was simple, predictable and gimmicky. The characters were drawn with broad strokes. I had difficulty believing that the same author wrote this book and the “Odd” series.
I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but I read other reviews that said to stick it out through the first part and it would get better in parts two and three. They were right! I couldn't wait to get in my car and drive to work or go to the gym with my iPod just to hear more. I was really hoping it wouldn't end. Fabulous, thrilling.
Dean Koontz and Stephen Lang are great together. Dean is a master of building up nutcase bad guys, and Stephen is a master of narrating them.
If I could give the book 4 1/2 stars instead of 5 I would because it's a little shy of as good as From the Corner of His Eye (also with Dean and Stephen) in part because you don't know who the bad guy is for so long in the False Memory book, but I can't give it only four stars because he did such a good job of building up the villain.
Loved it! This is my first Koontz book and could not "put it down." I found myself sitting in the car after I got home just to see what happened next.
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