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The City Audiobook

The City

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Publisher's Summary

There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever.

Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

©2014 Dean Koontz (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 07-27-14
    aaron gilbert Pearland, TX United States 07-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Christian, Texan, electrician, lover of reading-I lean towards Sci-fi/fantasy but enjoy the classics, history, and science titles also.

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    "Come on! Koontz!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    To raise this to a 4 or 5 star level Mr. Koontz would need to quit trying to redefine himself. I bought book after book from him as I loved what he did as an author. If suddenly your favorite restaurant started remaking your tastiest meal in unpleasant ways would you be pleased or miffed? Mr. Koontz had success with the whole Odd thing but he needs to get back to making those delicious main courses we have grown to rely on.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Perhaps something from author Peter Clines. I really enjoyed "14" by him.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    My issue with the narration was that this was told by a 57 year old character from a 10 year old's perspective. I kept waiting for the kid to grow up so the story could start. It just got more and more ridiculous. Especially due to the fact that the narrator kept speaking like a surprised little boy using a vocabulary that could cause a scholar to stumble.


    What character would you cut from The City?

    Maybe the obvious Urkle character named Malcolm. The author even managed to sneak the name Urkle into the story in a way that did not amuse.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed. I might as well read Icebound again. I love Dean Koontz. I just can't stand when he tries to get out of his scary little box.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    libgil 07-16-14
    libgil 07-16-14

    Lib Gilreath

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    "Was this REALLY Dean Koontz?"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Korey Jackson?

    Dean Koontz...absolutely. This was just not his style. I love his Odd Thomas books and the ones who aren't just disgustingly gory...but this was simply boring....kept waiting or it to take off.


    Has The City turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This is it's own genre so I wouldn't know


    Which character – as performed by Korey Jackson – was your favorite?

    none


    What character would you cut from The City?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Just wish he'd stick with his usual format. Total waste of a credit in my opinion....but I did finish it, waiting for it to "start". The story itself was sweet....and well pulled together...it's just not what I want to hear when I use a credit on Dean Koontz. VERY low key and not much action at all.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lady Lotus 07-14-17
    Lady Lotus 07-14-17 Member Since 2016

    I love well written books and moving narrators! I am a realism SCI-FI buff. I find non-mushy romance intertwined in a story appealing.

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    "Delicious!"

    What a rich and lyrical treat! Thank you Dean for this one; I enjoyed every last drop :-)

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    Amazon Customer 06-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Snooze city!!!!!"
    What disappointed you about The City?

    This was the most boring Dean Koontz book EVER. Lackluster story, never really went anywhere. It's very long, and difficult to stay with.Returning it.


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    MattMerr Abilene, TX 06-17-17
    MattMerr Abilene, TX 06-17-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Dissapointing"

    When I first started Audible, I devoured all of the Dean Koontz novels that were available. I was excited to see a new book by Dean Koontz. in fact, I read (listened to) and enjoyed the prequel novella to "The City." But "The City" itself was disappointing. It couldn't keep my interest for whatever reason. It rambled too much I think, but also, it didn't have the same appeal as other Koontz books. I found myself rewinding several times to listen again to parts I had missed as my mind had wandered. It wasn't all bad, and the story reached a satisfactory conclusion, but overall I was expecting better from one of my favorite authors.

    The reader did an acceptable job. It was not outstanding narration, but just about average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Rodgers Cishek 06-12-17 Member Since 2013

    Kristi

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    "Reader was great!"

    Much different than Dean's other works. I did enjoy this book. The reader was fantastic.

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    Kathleen 05-25-17
    Kathleen 05-25-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Another new Dean Koontz"

    I love Dean Koontz, in all his phases. I would call this phase -retrospective. This book took me on a meandering journey which I found delightful, not scary or exciting but they don't all have to be that way. The narrator is a perfect fit to the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Austin 05-13-17
    Austin 05-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "piano boy"

    piano boy learns about life with help from his gramps and mom and a supernatural lady who says she's the city

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    Kimberly S. Puzder 05-01-17
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    "SO far away from the Dean Koontz I remember"

    I kept waiting to be scared. I kept waiting for the story to pick up. I did not particularly like the reader. I really did not like the story's point of reference. The fact of the story was told from a 60-some-thing man who's story takes place when he was 9 and 10 years old. This was the WORST Dean Koontz book I've ever read/listened to.

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    Lena Broussard 01-16-17 Member Since 2015
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    "engaging & thought provoking, A new favorite"

    loved the story line. moved a little slow in the beginning, but the build made for a deeper connection to the characters. Just the right amount of foreshadowing. I was still surprised by some turning events. highly recommend.

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  • scottie
    3/24/17
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    "Best book he has done in 10 years"

    This is probably the best book koontz has done in 10 years!!

    Slow start but keep with it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Julja
    9/19/14
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    "Out of my comfort zone but worth a read"
    Would you listen to The City again? Why?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    I love Mr Koontz. This was a bit of a departure from his normal fare. Interesting and engaging.


    What does Korey Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nicely narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    My gut reaction was to dislike it but it turned out better than I was expecting. Worth persevering with!

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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