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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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  • Katie
  • Studio City, CA, USA
  • 08-11-08

Great book; so-so narrator

The book itself was great; Mr. Koontz obviously loves dogs and understands people who love dogs. The story had a lot of suspense but wasn't too scary to listen to alone in the sewing room at night.
My only issue was the old-school narrator. This recording was made in 1987, and the narration sounds decidedly old-fashioned compared to newer recordings. His tone is very "storyteller", and his character voices can edge dangerously close to cartoony. Several well-written passages sound sillier than they ought to because of his inflection and emphasis. If I weren't a veteran audiobook listener who'd learned to let the narrator grow on me, I would have been instantly put off.
Not for newcomers to the format, I'd say.

42 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Rhonda
  • Virginia Beach, VA, United States
  • 08-22-08

Great Book!

I loved this book. After recently reading a Koontz book which was almost too awful to finish, i was worried about this one, but found it to be wonderful. I fell in love with the dog, and felt like Nora and Travis were friends of mine. I was so wrapped up in this book that i found myself finding reasons to drive so that i could have an opportunity to listen. And if you ask any of my family, they'll tell you "Keep it down so Mommie can hear the book..." I truly enjoyed it and was almost sad when the adventure ended.

I would (and have) recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story, great characters, and lots of plot twists and turns.

42 of 44 people found this review helpful

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Great read/listen

I first read 'Watchers' some 20 years ago. It has always been one of my favorites, and listening to it has been like reuniting with an old friend. Well narrated, with great characters (especially Einstein!), this is Koontz at his best.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Lake Forest, CA, United States
  • 12-08-08

I loved it!

It takes a gifted author to come up with a suspense novel that is both scary and charming, but Dean Koontz has accomplished this and more in this wonderful story of monsters and heros and good people and bad guys and a lovable dog. This is one of those books that you rush to read (or listen to) and then when you've devoured it, you're sorry it's over. And I don't think I'll look at my not-too-smart miniature dachshund, Lena, in the same way ever again.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • Albany, OR, USA
  • 07-26-08

Creepy trip down memory lane!

I read this book about 20 years ago and loved it then. When I listened on Audible, it was every bit as entertaining and scary as I remember, but more like watching a movie! In fact, it should BE a movie! Dean Koontz has a comic side to his horror writing that other writers of this genre don't have. Just when the goosebumps are starting to form, he makes you laugh. And the reader is wonderful. I recommend this book even if you recall reading it long ago as I did.

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Great listen!

This has been my favorite Koontz book so far. I know he loves golden retrievers...and that love shows through here. Didn't really think Mr. Charles was the best choice to read this particular book though... his voice was just too upbeat. Most of Koontz's books are so much darker so I was particularly happy with the ending. I highly recommend it.

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  • a;icia
  • kerrville, TX, United States
  • 03-09-12

Very Disappointing reader

Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or J. Charles?

From Dean Koontz yes, J. Charles no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

listening to Keith Szarabajka. Stephen Lang and David Aaron Baker narrate some of Dean Koontz books, I was disappointed in this narrator for his story. I have listened to him read Monster and it was fine but I could not connect to the characters as they didnt seem to be portrayed the way that Dean Koontz characters usually come across in other stories. I know they are all different characters but alot of them have the same mold and these just came across too dorky

Could you see Watchers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


Any additional comments?

I will be reading this story to see if I get a different feel from the characters

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Better than I first thought

I ended up liking this book better than I thought I would. It seemed like it should have ended several chapters before it ended. At about that point, he lost me at "There was only one bullet left in the gun." Just too stock. I almost gave it up then, but kept going and I'm glad I did because it actually turned into a pretty good read. I found myself missing the characters once I had finished it. This isn't generally my kind of book, but I can see that for people who really like this genre, they might just love this one.

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  • Netaw
  • PUYALLUP, WA, United States
  • 08-27-11

A Great Guys Read

Dean again writes a wonderful story for guys. It has all 5 of the necessary parts to make it great.
1. A guy with an Issue.
2. The Dog.
3. A Gun
4. A Creature to use the Gun on
5. A HOTTIE to protect.
What more could you ask for, suspence, action, it's all there. Read this book, you will love it as I did.

32 of 41 people found this review helpful

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An old but timeless tale (25 years old!) . Loved it. Will try other Koontz novels.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful