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Publisher's Summary

From best-selling author Dean Koontz, a trilogy of original novellas, “Last Light”, “Final Hour”, and “Troubled Times”, about an extraordinary heroine - Makani Hisoka-O’Brien - a Southern California surfer and clairvoyant.

“Last Light”
Makani is a young woman with a good heart and the gift of touch - a troubling gift, and sometime curse, that separates her from others, from her family, friends, and lovers - a gift that makes her wary of casual contact. For when Makani touches others, their darkest thoughts and secret deeds are revealed to her. But her exile from the world at large comes to an end when she meets a “gifted” man with a talent of his own - a talent guided by a twisted soul. In a war of wills, only one will survive.

“Final Hour”
Makani saves a stranger from an accident in the park and experiences a most disturbing vision. With her friend Pogo, her dog Bob, and mere traces of information to guide her, Makani must track down two mysterious sisters - one of them innocent, one not.

“Troubled Times”
A friend reveals that he is under attack from a man with supernatural talents - a malevolent man with the power to manipulate time. The power was meant for good - to save humanity - but it was usurped by this man of insatiable greed and lust. Makani must use her gift, yet again, not only to save her friend, but the world as well. Has Makani finally met her match? Can her good heart stand up to such evil? Someone’s time is up, and only time will tell whose time that is.

©2018 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 11-20-18

Great story, awful narration

Typical Koontz: great, imaginative story about that transcends our human experience. But the narrator had exactly two voices: her own, and the one she used for every other character. So, the narrator and the main character sounded fine. Every single other character sounded like a comical half-wit with an IQ of 10. It was very distracting at times.

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Best audio I have ever listened to

This is the Mr. Koontz I used to read. I felt that somewhere around writing of "Sole Survivor" he lost something for me. I felt his Frankenstein series was shameful. However, here he is redeeming himself. A great trilogy. Amy Landon does a good job of reading. I've listened to other women read the parts of male characters and had to stop it was done so badly. If you liked the "old" Koontz, this is for you.

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Just okay

I tried to get into it but unfortunately the Narration sounded too robotic like. I felt like I was listening to my Google home speaker, Siri or Alexa. I just finished the latest Jane Hawk book and was hoping this would hold me over until the next in the series is released in a couple months but to no avail.

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One of his BEST CHARACTERS YET!

It appears Koontz is leanining towards trilogies these days with an outstanding protagonist in both character & purpose. I love this gal with her "BALDWINESQUE" beauty yet incredible humility. The world could definitely use a lot more of his type IN REAL LIFE! Easy to pick up & put down but gripping enough to draw you in for an all-day read. 👌🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻🙏🏻Please write more like this one!!!

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Horrible

All over the place. About time travel? Maybe? Murder mystery? Maybe... what just happened in this book?

Also, the narrator makes all male characters sound like idiotic dunces.

Have read many Koontz- this one definitely not a favorite.

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Not a fan

I normally enjoy Dean Koontz but was disappointed in this one. He should stick to science fiction and conspiracy theories. Supernatural thrillers are best left to King. The dialogue also seemed forced. Some of the fault surely belongs to the narrator

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Good Listen.

Nice short story trilogy in one. Good twists and turns throughout. I hope there are more to come.

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Great Listen

great listen. Loved the characters. cant wait for 2 & 3. Hope Amy narrates. Makani, Pogo Fred and Bob are all good people. one thing I love about Koontz, good always finds a way to.prevail.

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love these 3 novellas wish there was a longer book

I really liked all three of the stories, I love the characters and wish there were more books about makhani and Pogo and Bob the dog. Only thing that I didn't like was the narrator voiced I wish there was a better Choice and someone that was better at both the men's and women voices.

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sweet Oddie it's GREAT

Koontz rocks the sci-fi world with another magical, humble herorine and hero's. Pogo and Bob help make Makani's family complete. I loved this trilogy.

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  • Suzanne
  • 10-31-18

disappointing but perhaps book 2 will be better.

I'm not keen on the short story type approach. perhaps it's a scene setting book for the next 2. I found the plot too predictable to really enjoy.

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  • Trish C
  • 03-18-21

A bit of a disappointment for this Dean Koontz fan

I'll start by saying I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz and have read many of his books over the last 3 (or 4?) decades. This represents a couple of firsts for me - my first experience of his short stories, and the first time I've listened to any of his work rather than read it.

I started out by listening to the sample to see if I liked the narrator's voice. I did, so I made my purchase. Unfortunately, what sounded fine in the sample, when spread over the whole audiobook, became very annoying. There was no inflection or performance in the narrative or in the voices of the characters. Every male voice was exactly the same, and sounded like what I would imagine a surfer dude in a Scooby Doo episode would sound like.

The short story format was interesting, and I'm not sure it really worked for these stories. They are the kind of stories DK normally makes into a full novel length, and there just wasn't the time and space to fill out the characters or build the plot, so it all felt a bit rushed and one-dimensional. I felt it worked better for the third story than the first two.

All in all, a bit of a disappointment.

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  • I ❤ collies
  • 01-22-21

DON'T BOTHER

Dean Koontz is one of my favourite authors but this book is awful. It might be because the narrator is so bad.

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  • tim green
  • 10-13-20

Worst narration I’ve ever heard.

Story is ok not one of Koontz best but I’m a fan and they can’t all be 5 stars. But the reader is just awful. What is she trying to do?
Sounds like she’s trying to do a very bad parody of “surfer dude”
I will try the written story as it may be better than I think just spoilt by the extremely bad reading.

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  • Mr&Mrs_Linny
  • 10-07-20

Urrgghh

Love this author, I have enjoyed a fair few of his books but this is something else. The first 2 stories are actually pretty gripping but the 3rd one was so odd and silly I gave up. the main issue with this though is the narrator, I'm sorry but she is horrendous. so breathy and her different voices are laughable. only stuck with it as it was a cheap listen but it's really very poor.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-20

lacklustre story that i must admit i only listened to three quarters of ,shame as i like other books by the author

Not very good story i’m afraid, i found it boring and lacking pace and interest.

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  • Marion Shepherd
  • 09-13-19

An ocean jewel

I came across this trilogy, Dean is one of my favourite authors. these set of 3 short stories starring surfer dudes and Bob the dog, totally cool, enjoyable escapism. recommended.

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  • Amanda
  • 08-28-18

horrible narration

Koontz is my favourite author but I could not listen to this book for more than five minutes. The narrator sounds like artificial intelligence, but in a bad way. There is not flow, no grammar and near impossible to follow. I'm very disappointed.
I have only rated the story one star because I have not listened to it.

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  • Loretta.
  • 06-12-21

Darkest Desires Dean Koontz

are there more books about this you Hawaii Girl loved this book couldn't recommend it enough

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  • Katie
  • 11-24-19

Narrator NoNo

why does the narrator sound like she is falling asleep?
or that she is reading a bed time story, that is supposed to make you sleepy?
Made the story quite boring