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Publisher's Summary

From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose.

Best-selling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic, and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind's darkest creation.

©2004 Dean Koontz; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this supernatural thriller, which should move Koontz a notch closer to Stephen King's high-rent district." (Publishers Weekly)

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Walt would be proud

when men tamper with nature the results can be horific, but it can also lead to a deep emotional bond between human and animal.

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great story kept you interested

the story was great it kept you moving and interested in the people and the dog

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excellent

I have a hard time with audio books because of the narrators. I read this book years ago so, yeah, good book, I wouldn't mind reading it again after all this time. This narrator is excellent! Not one time has he put me to sleep, nor has his reading style or voice distracted me to the point of just turning it off, as so many attempts of listening to an audio book have ended for me. So make a note of the name J. Charles.

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Thrilling ride told by a masterful writer.

This story engages you from the opening and takes you down the road of understanding what a dog with human characteristics would be thinking. Einstein is a brave and courageous character that is so easy to love. The development of all three characters is as important as the main subject of good versus evil. This novel was intense with many heartwarming moments. I believe I shall listen to it again. Narrated very good as well.

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Pretty hard to take.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Teen age persons just learning to read?

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

Never.

Would you be willing to try another one of J. Charles’s performances?

NO.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Too light on content, grade school level writing. Returned it and went back to Nabokov and Camus.

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I loved Einstein definitely favorite my character

Would you consider the audio edition of Watchers to be better than the print version?

i loved them both! I read the book when i was a teen, it was my fist Dean K books to ever read. I was hooked. I wonder if i would feel the same listening to it all these years later. I did. I have listened to it twice this week!

What other book might you compare Watchers to and why?

this book is way to good to compare it to something else.

Have you listened to any of J. Charles’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

this was my first time. he wasn't bad. it was more like he was reading the story to me. I didn't mind at all.

If you could rename Watchers, what would you call it?

the special dog.

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great book

very well preformed story keep me more than interested and did not want to stop listening . I do not normally review books but I really enjoyed the performance as well as the writing, well done.

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I loved it

Great story. Deep messages on life and what it means to live. won't be able to put it down.

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a favorite

LOVED IT. I have read it at least a dozen times. and will listen again and again.

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  • Amy
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • 04-09-16

Love this book

I read this book years ago and coming back to it was a wonderful experience. I felt the reader was pretty good, though there were some times where I feel he didn't hit the emotions well enough. Over all I would definitely listen again.