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It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

Fear for your mind.

©2000 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"Viscerally extended, tense tour de expertly crafted, ornate suspenser...Koontz fans will love it." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • Dohna
  • Berlin, WI, United States
  • 04-24-07

Koontz did it again.......

The over all book was great. Koontz did it again. Giving full characteration and not missing a beat. It felt a little slow in places however it gives the second half that much more life. This is worth purchasing.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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First of all, congratulations to Stephen Lang, for doing such a superb job with the book, I enjoyed him the second time now, he also reads "by the light of the moon" by Dean Koontz. This book, together with "The face" ranks among my top 3 Koontz-books, absolutely world-class. The audio book breaks down pretty much in 3 seven hour parts and I can honestly say that the middle part represents the strongest I have come about in the thriller-genre. While some argue that the book is too long, I think that everybody who brings an appreciation for creativity to the book, will fall in love with this one, leave alone the suspense. Is the book too long? Sure it is, Koontz-novels almost always are. However, I would have to contain myself not to call this book the work of genius. While I do not want to spoil anything here, let's just say that the evil force behind it all has been fleshed out in *creative* (the key-word to the book) detail, keeping the listender mesmerized and literally sweaty handed. The way Koontz ties up the loose ends are brilliant, tongue-in-cheek and even good for a laugh. The characters are extremely likeable, a former weakness of Koontz, and just a certain form of "literature" that shows up again and again throughout the book shows, Koontz still has a deep, playful passion for writing and the fact that he is kind of a mass producer does not take away from the quality at all. The plot unfolds a bit slow at the beginning, but this time there is a method to the (descriptive) madness. The horror gets so real. The listener will get over-compensated for a not so spectacular beginning. This book will split the critics down the middle one more time, as they will love or hate it, this one is more complex (like "the face"), and less linear than for example "the husband". In my opinion, this 700 + books is merely about 50 pages too long and he should have taken it out of the last third, but who am I. It's the journey that counts and this is a MASTERPIECE

29 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Cristy
  • New Britain, CT, USA
  • 06-09-07

False Memory

I loved this book! It was so much fun to listen to & conjure up images in my mind as the story builds. It makes one realize how we all just automaticly put our full trust in those in the medical fields...especially when we are in immediate need of care! Dean Koontz is a masterful writer ...and this is one of my all time is "The Face". My job allows me to listen to audio books all day this book helped to make my time go right along!! Thanks again to Dean Koontz!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • M. Mazz
  • Hyattsville, MD United States
  • 05-17-07

No Oddness Here

This is one book I think would have been much better as an abridgement. Often, the author catches-up the reader with little synopses of what just happened in recent pages - in case your attention wandered, I guess. And indeed the book did not hold my attention very well; the plot was simple, predictable and gimmicky. The characters were drawn with broad strokes. I had difficulty believing that the same author wrote this book and the “Odd” series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Yet again an amazing read.

I've been hooked on the works of Dean Koontz since my mother introduced me to the J. O. Sanders narrated audio rendition of Dragon Tears back in 1993, when I was thirteen. From there I progressed to titles such as Mr. Murder (also read by Sanders), to Hideaway, Watchers, Midnight and others. I picked up False Memory back in the spring of '06 I believe, courtesy of the Twin Falls public library. I found it to be an excellent read. And as is sometimes rarely the case when dealing with audioboks from the public library, none of the casettes were damaged and so I was able to read the entire book. I found it here on Audible recently and was delighted.
False Memory begins innocently enough as do most of Koontz's books. Marty Rhodes wakes up to her morning grape juice and then takes Valet, her Golden Retriever, out for a walk. Returning home she's suddenly gripped by a terrible, inexplicable feeling that something is wrong. Meanwhile her house painter husband Dusty has his own troubles, for his brother Skeet seems bent on suicide and attempts to throw himself off the roof of the house Dusty and his company have been contracted to paint while its owners are on vacation. He successfully rescues Skeet but is disturbed by the incident. It's not long before things take a disturbing turn as a close friend of Marty's who had been suffering from a crippling Agorophobia suddenly commits suicide, though not before discovering a truth that places her life and those of her friends in danger. Another excellent Koontz villain brought to life by an excellent narrator. Well worth the time and money.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Give it a chance...

I just finished listening to this book..

It took awhile to get into the story -- but by the time PART TWO hit it was an AWESOME listen...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved it! This is my first Koontz book and could not "put it down." I found myself sitting in the car after I got home just to see what happened next.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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This is now my favorite Koontz audio book. The narrator was superb and the story breathtaking. I generally only listen to audio books in my car commuting to work, but I found myself unable to wait for the story and listened to most of it at home.
Some people find the level of detail Koontz uses to be overdone and tedious to listen to. Although I have occasionally shared that opinion, I was mesmerized throughout this story and cannot think of anything I would have liked changed.
Another classic from a master of suspense.

15 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Dean at His Best

This story takes its time. Characters are sculpted with careful detail. The horror comes home real and powerful. The narcassistic solipsism of the villian just builds and builds to a surprising climax.

The only downside I found was that some of the denouement included information that might have been better foreshadowed earlier in the story. Some of the last minute connections came off darn convenient because we were not given clues earlier.

But no matter. We had a 24 hour car trip, and this book kept us going and awake -- and made us sit and listen for several hours after we got home. Good story!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Worth the wait

I didn't think I'd like this book at first, but I read other reviews that said to stick it out through the first part and it would get better in parts two and three. They were right! I couldn't wait to get in my car and drive to work or go to the gym with my iPod just to hear more. I was really hoping it wouldn't end. Fabulous, thrilling.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Brendan
  • 03-27-09


Well what can i say i'm a great lover of Koontz and like another chilling master Stephen King, Koontz never fails to keep you on the edge of your seat, I've found myself trying to find excuses not to take my Ipod off i just cant wait to find out what happens in a word great !!!!!! a must Listen !!!!!!

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  • Robert
  • 08-12-07

kontz has done it again

false memory seemed to start a bit slow but as the book progressed i could see why it needed to build up. great book and well read by the reader. i 'couldnt put it down' as it were. nice one Dean

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  • Susana Silvestre
  • 12-13-13

Not my favourite Koontz Novel

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Although the idea is good, it's very predictable, almost like a Dan Brown book

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The concept is good, the idea of mind control.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favourite?

none really

Could you see False Memory being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No. I think it would make a lousy movie or TV series.

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  • Robert
  • 02-18-10

A thrilling read

As a long term reader of Koontz I have to admit this book is one of his best. The pace although entertaining does start slow but builds up momentum to a great finish. As the characters discover that their blackouts and psychosis is something more sinister than first appears they battle not only for their own lives as well as their sanity. Who can they trust and who is their enemy?

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  • evertonboy
  • 01-23-10

A great story

I enjoyed this book immensely - Dean Koontz has a marvellous imagination, and I didn't anticipate the many twists amd turns of this book. He is a greatly underestimated author. For some reason, I found listening to the fist part a bit depressing but stuck with it and was rewarded with a great listen. As usual, there are dogs involved, but I like dogs! I have no hesitation in recommending this audiobook to anyone.

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  • T. Norman
  • 01-15-10

A VERY slow starter

This is not my first Dean Koontz novel (either read or listened to) and although it's not his finest work, it is still a thumping good story! As I mention in the title of my review, it is a very VERY slow start... but once the pieces start to fall into place the pace picks up and hurtles you towards a shocking conclusion!

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  • Miss J M Pugh
  • 10-15-09

Spellbinding and funny

Although it took me a while to get into this book - the accents the narrator uses for the characters are really grating - once the story really got underway I was hooked and the accents weren't an issue. The story is so unusual and so clever and the witty lines made me laugh out loud many many times. I definitely recommend this book. Just allow it some time to get going.

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  • Charlotte
  • 07-16-09

Super plot

This is the first book by this author and this author can tell a story. Wont give anything away, but the plot is very good. Great likeable characters which are of course intense! Really exploring deep into their minds - Nothing sloppy or rushed but very well described (probably a little too much for me)It does start off a fraction too slow, but you soon get sucked into wave of the book - My only complaint, as i mentioned above is this author does do detail, whilst the devil is in the detail it can get tedious if overdone. This of course is my opinion as I do like fast pacey thrillers. Overall this has obviously taken alot of thought and time and as a result the book is smashing. Definitely worth your money.

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  • S. Batten
  • 03-03-09


Koontz at his best

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  • Michael
  • 11-04-08

Re 'I don't know if I'll bother...'

Returned to this and again struggled through the early part of the book which I still find a little unbelieveable and made all the more annoying with the narration (which is good throughout, don't get me wrong) but, if I was simply reading this I could skip over a lot of the repetative and frustrating bits which I just don't feel progress the story but, as I'm listening to it, I have to accept that as part of the experience.

However, once the story begins to unfold a little more I found it much more gripping and entertaining and I came out the other side of this book having really enjoyed it. For anyone daunted by the length of this book I would say that there is a lot of unnecessary detail to begin with but it's worth perservering as the overall story is well handled.

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