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  • The Funhouse

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 875

Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate - and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands.… Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children - Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Early, not so good, Koontz

  • By Michael on 02-15-15

Early Koontz

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-18

This one is an oldy, worth the listen because it is Koontz and I don’t like to skip any, but definitely written early in his career

  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 278

At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous Waters

  • By Serra55 on 11-28-08

I was surprised to find I liked it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I listened to this book, Not liking it through most of it. While not what I would consider a typical ‘Koontz’ novel, I took the time to see it as was. I admit that I still do not like Ryan, and that is ok.
A lot of reviews on this book are negative, I believe this is the result of Koontz surprising us with something just a little bit different.

  • The Silent Corner

  • A Novel of Suspense
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,837

"I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered...unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what. There is no one else to speak for Jane's husband - or the others who have followed him into death at their own hands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Need a new narrator

  • By 4DogsInAnRV on 07-16-17

Great narration, clasdic Koontz

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-18

After reading so many reviews about the horrible narration of this book I was happily surprised By the excellent job done by Elisabeth Rogers.
This is the genre of Dean Koontz that I love the most. It reminds me of Lightning and the Chris Snow books and others from that era. I am looking forward to the rest of the books in the series.
My only criticism is of the recording and the most amazingly long gaps between chapters.

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  • The Magic of Recluce

  • Saga of Recluce, Book 1
  • By: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,507

Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic Fantasy

  • By Captain Skurvy on 07-04-13

Enter a world you won't want to leave

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

In this first book of what has become a very long series we get a really good introduction to the world of Recluce. While there are times when you want to strangle the main character and others where you just want to strangle everyone around him, I find that it makes them seem just that much more real to me.

About the series:
I read this book long, long ago and got hooked into the series, but gave it up about halfway through, the audio versions brought me back and I can appreciate the multi level story that is in the series. What I like best about it is that as you go through the series - which is not chronological but takes you back and forth to tell the larger story, you get a bigger and bigger picture of this world. While there are probably are some, I have yet to find any obvious inconsistencies from book to book and those drive me nuts when I am reading (listening to) a series.

The narrator is superb and for those of you who care about these things, he is the narrator (so far) for the entire series.

  • Darkfall

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 974

Winter gripped the city. Terror gripped it, too. They found four corpses in four days, each more hideous than the last. In a city paralyzed by a blizzard, something watches, something stalks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome !!

  • By william on 01-15-10

Good Koontz

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-17

This is a good old fashioned Koontz storyline but without a full fleshing out of the characters which I missed. The narrator is good enough that I was only slightly distracted by his not so great attempt at a Haitian accent.

  • The City

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Korey Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430

There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean Koontz is back!

  • By kimberlee on 07-14-14

Another new Dean Koontz

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-17

I love Dean Koontz, in all his phases. I would call this phase -retrospective. This book took me on a meandering journey which I found delightful, not scary or exciting but they don't all have to be that way. The narrator is a perfect fit to the story.

  • The Vision

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

The Vision - one of Dean Koontz’ early novels - is a chilling look into the paranormal and what occurs when a psychic channels the mind of a crazed killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Good Book that's quick to get thru in a day

  • By Girlymctx on 01-06-15

Squeaky voice

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-15-16

This is an early Koontz and I had predicted the ending far too fast. But I still think it would be a fairly good book with a better narrator his voice whining high pitched voice for Mary is so irritating I almost stopped listing.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,903
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,210

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Gotta watch again now!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I am one of those Americans who can quote the movie to you. After listening to this, I can't wait to watch it again and see all the things from the behind the scenes perspective, especially when he gets knocked out! This is a definite must read for any Princess Bride fan.

  • Ashley Bell

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,065

Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truthful review

  • By Christina on 01-11-16

Interesting concept

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-24-16

I read a lot of bad reviews on this one and held off until it was a deal of the day, now I am happy I got it. If you don't finish the book, you won't see where it was going even though I had a good idea about 2/3 through.
Koontz spends a some time wandering through this story, but I did enjoy the journey. I found it to be a light hearted, good book with some interesting ideas.
The narrator is weak on the male voices but tolerable.

  • Wilderness and Other Stories

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill, MacLeod Andrews, Will Damron, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

"Wilderness," a darkly intriguing short story first published as an e-book original, was written as prelude to Dean Koontz’s novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder - Innocence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dean Koontz Has Found His New Niche!!

  • By Thomas on 11-05-15

Eh , ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Some of this material feels very experimental, not bad but not fleshed out either. I enjoyed a few of the stories but Dick Hill has never been my favorite narrator.

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