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Intensity Audiobook

Intensity: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit.

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive, until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess' next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl, as moment by moment, the terrifying threat Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

©1995 Dean Koontz; (P)1995 Random House, Inc. Random House AudioBooks, a division of Rnadom House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The most viscerally exciting thriller of the year." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intensity chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master." (Associated Press)

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    Frances 02-25-16
    Frances 02-25-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Very poor reader!!!! Excellent story!"

    Very poor reader! She's in monotone through the whole story!!! BORING READER!Great story!! Loved the story

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    Wacky Witch Hazel 01-18-16
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    "Appropriately titled...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre and does not have a heart condition...the suspense at some points is almost unbearable. The reader, Kate Burton, did an amazing job and truly added to the ride that Koontz takes us on.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Just when you are certain you've got the next move figured out....you don't. I found myself audibly gasping more than once throughout the book.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

    Edgler Vess was easily my favorite character. As we get to know him, he only gets more mysterious, more complex, and more difficult to figure out.


    Any additional comments?

    The book does start off somewhat slowly. But if you know Dean Koontz you know that he tends to be heavy on descriptions. But when the book takes off....and it takes off rather quickly....it doesn't stop until the end. So many "hold your breath" moments, so many "oh my gosh" moments....so many twists and turns.

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    Neal 01-12-16
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    "Neal's Pick"

    loved the book, I found it well wrote and great story line!!! I'd recommend it!!!

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    CdP 12-02-15
    CdP 12-02-15
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    "The title says it all."

    The first time I listened to this book was on cassette tape. I had a production job at the time. I found myself working on auto pilot and had to pause the book to go back and check my work. Well worth the time to read or listen to on audio. Narrator has the perfect voice for this book. Would highly recommend.

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    Will Holloway 10-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Among the best thriller books EVER."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Not only have I given copies of this as gifts. I have had friends listen to it on road trips and I personally have listened to it (and read it) enough to know many of the lines.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vess is mesmerizing.


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

    She is good. And normally I do not like women trying to portray male characters, but she is calm and does not try to force it, yet she delivers one of the best male villains I have known.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a made-for-tv mini series of this book. A masterful adaptation of the book. John C McGinnis IS Edgeler Vess. So Good. They added un-needed characters and some plot items... as usual for no apparent reason, and they changed the final scene, the grand clash of good and evil. It is too bad, because the book version would have been easy to film and it was better than the crap they came up with. But overall, as book adaptations go, it was abridged well and the story is quite true to the book's story. And the visuals are EXACTLY as I saw them in my head when I read this and when I hear the story.

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    Wren 10-14-15
    Wren 10-14-15

    night nurse

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    "A wild ride"
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    Wonderful book. Could not stop listening to it! Finished it in one day. I loved the narrator. The story is action packed & truly scary!

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    Hannah Coop 10-05-15
    Hannah Coop 10-05-15
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    "intense!"

    non stop story, you get use to the narrator's voice, but she does a great job!

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    Angelique LaFontaine 08-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I knew who the villain was going to be..."

    But that wasn't the important facet of the story...I think that the author's excellence was in the physiological description described...the well developed persona of both the villain and the hero...

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    Grifgirl OK, United States 07-23-15
    Grifgirl OK, United States 07-23-15 Member Since 2012

    teacher & book lover

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    "Frightening"
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    This book is told from the point of views of both a victim and a serial killer. It is edge of your seat and really terrifying.

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    Ann Wilkins 04-25-15
    Ann Wilkins 04-25-15

    A WILKINS

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    "HIT THE GROUND RUNNING"
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    What I liked about this book was it hooked you right away and didn't let you go until the end. It was a different kind of Dean Koontz book and i have read more than many. It was out of the realm of the super natural.

    The Narrator was excellent and the way she changed the speed of her voice and tone when switching from Chyna to the Killer was genius even if she didn't speak in a deep voice implying she was now the male character she didn't have to you automatically knew.She was thoroughly enjoyable.

    Unlike Stephen King Dean Koontz is not afraid of a good ending, a happy ending.

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