From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms....
In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise"....
A handful of people....an unknown terror gripped their dreams and turned their days into living nightmares....
Winter gripped the city. Terror gripped it, too. They found four corpses in four days, each more hideous than the last....
The first person to try to explain to Chris what's going on will be hideously murdered....
They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes....
He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul...
Dylan O'Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life when, in a nightmarish instant, he is attacked by a mysterious "doctor" and injected with a strange substance....
Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger....
Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this....
Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels.....
Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere....
Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever....
A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years....
It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness....
He was clinically dead after the accident - but was miraculously revived....
Rachel's request for a divorce enraged her husband, but then he was killed in an accident. Rachel was relieved, but now she's being stalked by someone who looks very familiar....
At first, they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease.
But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined.
In our history there have been several Mass Vanishings and this is Koontz spin on that.
Like in most Koontz books, I am amazed on how much and many different things he throws into one book. This story as aspects of John Carpenter's The Thing, The Blob, Ghost Busters and Sphere in it. You will meet Prehistoric Animals, Demons, shape shifters, Mythological Beasts, bloated corpses, mutilations, etc. There are discussions on Mass Vanishings, Religion, First Encounters, Mythology, Biological Warfare, Poltergeists, The Ancient Enemy, Genetics, The Bermuda Triangle, Voodoo, and Devil Worship.
I liked the book and would recommend it as good entertainment. What kept it from getting five stars was that there got to be too much shape shifting and finding of bodies. That got a little old and there was one really stupid part in the book, which he should have cleaned up. This giant evil moth the size of an eagle attacks the window of a house they are in and then minutes later they decided to go outside and of course it attacks and kills a man.
Some have complained about the narrator, but I thought he was very good and did not notice what they were complaining about.
My favorite Koontz books are: The Bad Place, Lightning, Dragon Tears, By the light Of The Moon, Life Expectancy, Forever Odd and Frankenstein: Lost Souls.
31 of 31 people found this review helpful
Phantoms is one of Koontz better stories, scary and it keeps you wanting to listen more. HOWEVER! Buck Schirner is probably on of the WORST narrators I've ever heard. One person said he sounded like Daffy Duck. I'll go so far as to say that he sounds like a cross between Daffy Duck and Barry White. Quite annoying! But since Phantoms is such a great story, I will tolerate it. If you can handle the Daffy/Barry voice, you will be pleased.
18 of 19 people found this review helpful
One of the scariest Koontz novels I've listened to recently. Not a lot of psychological nuance (as in some of Koontz' later works), but downright chilling to listen to on a dark night when you're all alone. . .
17 of 18 people found this review helpful
I really love this book and was really looking forward to listening to it. Sadly, the narrator does this weird breathy thing every time he talks for a female...and it's just annoying as hell. When two of the main characters are female, it's important to get a narrator that can do female voices.
16 of 17 people found this review helpful
I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz who writes imaginative, fast paced stories about compelling characters (likeable or not) who are often forced to re-think their world and their lives during the course of the action. "Phantoms" is one of those books. I like to listen to my audible books while I knit but I made the mistake of trying to listen to this book while knitting a very complicated sock pattern with four double pointed needles. Not a good idea. I was so involved with the story I was halfway done with a sock when I realized I totally messed up the pattern, had to rip it out and start over. Next time I knit and listen to a Dean Koontz book I think I'll stick with a simple "no brainer" knitting project, like a basic dishcloth.
24 of 27 people found this review helpful
Would you listen to Phantoms again? Why?
I found myself turning on all the lights! I have never been so scared by a book before.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
This was a scary book, I hope they never make it into a movie. I love Dean Koontz stories, he always finishes them, nothing is left to guess at (whew!)
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
If you could sum up Phantoms in three words, what would they be?
Wild ass story.
Who was your favorite character and why?
What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?
Very good, at times I thought there was more than one person. He does a very good job changing his tone and pitch.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No extreme reaction, but it was a very interesting story.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you consider the audio edition of Phantoms to be better than the print version?
My preference is the audible form for all books, dumb question to ask and does not pertain to whether a book is good or bad. Anyway.... This is my first Koontz book and will NOT BE MY LAST. The talent for details, character development, plots, and undeniable horror is amazing. I first saw the movie so I knew the basic story. I thought the movie was pretty creepy and thought the book really wouldn't add much to whether the story was scary or not.....I WAS WRONG! The book was the concentrated horror i saw in the the movie. The most intense part to me was the sisters first appearance in town discovering the creepy and morbid remains of what is left of their isolated and quaint home. As the story intensifies and the government is called in the SH** really hits the fan. FEAR, ANXIETY, and HORROR will have you turning on the lights and pulling the blanket over your head to hide from the possibilities running through your head.
19 of 23 people found this review helpful
I liked this, it was hard to turn off my ZEN to do work wanted to leave the book on. It was a little predictable but not by much. Enjoyed the way the "IT" was taken out, cool idea by the author.
The characters were well rounded and found myself getting to know them on a personal level and pictured them as they were described by the narrator who did a pretty good job of it.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
The idea is brilliant, I loved this book. The nonsense is how two women can arrive in a town where everyone is either missing or dead and think it's a good idea to hang around and investigate, I'd have legged it in a shower of dust and small stones never to return, but that wouldn't make a story would it? This is Dean Koontz at his best, it keeps you listening right to the end, buy it!
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
I am a huge fan of dean koontz and this did not dissapoint. With a mix of the supernatural, sci fi and a Foch of crime scene investigation this listen is well balanced. Because of this audio I have now started listening to other dean koontz books and I must say he is as amazing as ever x
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Loved it, classic Koontz, one of his better ones, I've listened to it twice now!
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Someone who enjoys a story that's padded out to the death? I liked the premise and the main story but I feel it was far too padded out and could have done with a severe edit. Jenny and Lisa spend a long time searching the town at the beginning and when the police arrive they repeat the entire search, discovering the same things, in the same detail. That whole section should have been dealt with much more quickly so the plot could start moving forward.
What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He was a good narrator with great pacing, a fair attempt at different voices for different characters, and his voice was not jarring or distracting. I have to say his English accent was terrible!
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Phantoms?
I would have condensed the first half of the book, cutting it down to about 1/3 of its original length. I would have upped the pace and built tension as time went on, as personally I didn't feel any tension or fear of 'The Ancient Enemy'.I would have had more scenes outside of Snowfield to break up the monotony of being with the same characters in the same building with not much happening.
Any additional comments?
I feel this was perhaps made with the intention of making it into a film and the writing suffered as a result.
10 of 13 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favourites, I've read/listened to almost everything Koontz has done and this is one of the best. It's so atmospheric, creepy and suspenseful, you will be gutted when it ends. The characters are brilliantly crafted and the whole idea of the story is so clever and scary. A must for all horror fans.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
Dean Koontz is a fantastic author and this book proves it,its a gripping story,very graphic too,it is your worse nightmare a sleepy normal town turns into a bloodbath brilliant
6 of 8 people found this review helpful
The characters I found flat, didn't care about any of them. Sections seemed to just be full of "he said", "she said" conversations, it gets so bad it's almost all you can hear!!!!
I'm just new to Dean Koontz, after being recommended his books by friends, and I have to say, I'm not that impressed. Now can't decide whether to risk wasting another credit to try another by him.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This book wasn't up to the usual standard I have come to expect from dean koontz. The characters were wishy washy and didn't have any depth and I found it just didn't hold my concentration for long. The narrater wasn't bad but had a boring voice. I wouldn't recommend it
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
While this story was extremely engaging for its genre and content, as well as performance, it started off with the mystery of a psychological thriller and ended up becoming like a 1970's hammer horror. It couldn't hold itself in the end and the description of the "thing" reminded me of a Sam Raimi style boring gorefest. A bit of a disappointment after 14 hours of listening.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
this is another great piece of work by Dean koontz. it really gets you thinking.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful