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77 Shadow Street Audiobook

77 Shadow Street

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Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff....

Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad....

For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again....

Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms, everywhere and nowhere....

Disturbing shadows move along walls but have no source....

Images on security monitors show strange places that exist nowhere in the building or its grounds....

A young boy talks of an imaginary playmate - who turns out to be terrifyingly real....

A figure like a man but clearly inhuman is glimpsed in the courtyard gardens at night and in other locales, perhaps a hoaxer of some kind, seemingly oblivious of those who see it - until it suddenly takes an interest in one of them....

©2011 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-01-12
    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 01-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Bad and boring!"
    What would have made 77 Shadow Street better?

    This book was so boring that I could not finish it. Usually, Koontz's books, although not amazing books (except for a few select titles), are still fun to read and often really funny. Not this one. After about two hours, I decided that I have beeter things to do with my limited time. Disappointing!


    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Carol 01-06-12
    Carol 01-06-12 Listener Since 2003
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    "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Peter Berkrot?

    If I saw decent reviews. I've always liked his work, with the exception of the Odd Thomas books. This one had not yet been reviewed when I got it. Big Mistake.....Looks like he threw something together just to have something to release.It was long, repetitive and boring...I just kept hoping it would end soon. I finally just quit without finishing it.


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz???s story?

    Everything. I'm not sure he really wrote this sad attempt.


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

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Until now, I've always bought Dean Koontz books with no second thought. Will think twice (or more) in the future before wasting a credit on him.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    dwhith 09-23-14
    dwhith 09-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "My New Go To Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 77 Shadow Street to be better than the print version?

    Yes, narration adds depth to a novel that cannot be gained from the printed word alone. The only prerequisite is a good narrator. This novel has excellent narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Winnie Trayhern (SP?) He is an 8 year old skinny introvert who loves to read and who wants to be a hero. The writer does a beautiful job of drawing him.


    Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?

    Peter Berkrot is an excellent narrator. He did an equally good job on each performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I have.


    Any additional comments?

    Since reading this book the first time in 2011, I have returned to it many times. It is a perfect novel in my opinion. It has a haunted mansion, adventure, great characters, and scares and thrills a plenty!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    robin bloomington, in, United States 08-10-12
    robin bloomington, in, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I'm ready to give up on Koontz!"
    What disappointed you about 77 Shadow Street?

    I could not finish it! The last few books of his....have been awful. I used to love his books....not anymore. I wish he would return to his old writing style. I loved False Memory, Chris Snow books, and even Strangers.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gone Girl


    What character would you cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    I don't like the way he writes the children roles.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Autocrafting Wallasey, United Kingdom 03-30-12
    Autocrafting Wallasey, United Kingdom 03-30-12
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    "A Real Mess"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An editor with guts to cut and completely retool. One of the worst I have read by a mainstream, respected writer. This is a real shame as it starts out with promise. For the first few chapters you think you are finally going to read a good, chilling horror story about the residents of a high rise apartment block. To begin with, the characters are introduced in a way that you start to know and care for them and time is taken to set up a real spooky atmosphere that slowly builds. Then, after a lot of padding, we descend into the sci-fi and fantasy category and it's a real mess. Here, yet another horror writer fights against the fact he does write horror and tries to mix one terrible cliché of bubbling, spewing, mutated creatures from one silly genre into the next. The story, all told over the period of a few hours, is one


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    With Caution


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Performance was fine and only inhibited by the material he had to read.


    What character would you cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    85% of them. Character development comes to a full stop as more and more people are introduced all the way through, leading to a melting pot of one dimensional bores. Some live, some die, you won't care.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could've been amazing, instead it's just another one of those promising chilling stories that turns out to be government conspiracy/ alien invasion, etc (that's an example, no spoiler there). Dean ties up the ending in a pretty bow, telling you from a mile off what he is about to do so as to kill any suspense you may be bothered to have left. This book, like his last, shows signs of lesser horror writers like John Saul than it does Koontz or King, and is another reason why people dismiss the horror genre as pulp.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Who 03-18-12
    Dr Who 03-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointed by 77 Shadow Street"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am a Dean Koontz fan that was disappointed by his latest novel. 77 Shadow Street was the worst Dean Koontz book I've listened too and my library has at least 10 books in it plus I have 10 more on CD. My question is: What's happened to the Dean Koontz fans know and love?


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz???s story?

    The book was choppy at best. I kept asking myself


    Did Peter Berkrot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not for me


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe NAMPA, ID, United States 03-09-12
    Zoe NAMPA, ID, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Worst Koontz ever"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Peter Berkrot?

    I have been reading Koontz books since he began writing them. Even back to his previous pen names and I don't remember a worse book! There are too many characters, so I didn't relate to any of them. Too much gore, just for the sake of gore, that didn't add to the story.
    I have idolized Dean Koontz for his writing prowess, but maybe he's written too many now and just getting lazy or just running out of ideas. Do read his other books, especially the Odd Thomas ones if this was your first. He really is a terrific author.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Fewer characters. Develop one or two main characters so that the reader cares what happens to them. Use the monster element less so that it is an effective shock or surprise to the reader.


    What does Peter Berkrot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Maybe he is why this book was so bad. No soul to the book at all.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    About half the book. It was twice too long. In fact I skipped about five hours toward the end and just listened to the end. I thought I might have to go back and listen to see what happened, but it wasn't necessary! That alone should tell about the lack of interesting story line.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    PJPackwood 02-01-12
    PJPackwood 02-01-12 Member Since 2004
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    "OMG!"

    I am determined to finish this, only because I wasted a whole credit on it. I usually enjoy Dean Koontz, but this book is abysmal! It is not suspenseful, exciting or anything else. Just a 'bunch' of supposedly scary 'things' thrown together in a supposedly scary situation. Do not waste your credit on this book. One of his worst!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 01-14-12
    Tracie Hurkett, ON, Canada 01-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "boring and forgettable"

    after listening for an hour I knew I made a mistake with this one...forced myself to finish part one and i couldnt tell you anything that happened...dont make the same mistake and waste your credit on this one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    william Woodstock, GA, United States 01-12-12
    william Woodstock, GA, United States 01-12-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Jumping the Shark"
    What would have made 77 Shadow Street better?

    Koontz spent the majority of this book just trying to come up with the most vile monsters instead of building the story. the last few chapters were the most interesting aspect of the whole thing


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    no story development until the end of the book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

    I did not enjoy M.Berkrot's fake-scary voice


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the Odd Thomas series, but I think this will be my last Koontz for quite a while

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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