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The Darkest Evening of the Year Audiobook

The Darkest Evening of the Year

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Publisher's Summary

With each of his number-one New York Times best-sellers, Dean Koontz has displayed an unparalleled ability to entertain and enlighten listeners with novels that capture the essence of our times, even as they bring us to the edge of our seats. Now he delivers a heart-gripping tour de force he's been waiting years to write - at once a love story, a thrilling adventure, and a masterwork of suspense that redefines the boundaries of primal fear and of enduring devotion.

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents: An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion. And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy's every move, and that, whoever it is, he's not alone.

Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she's always been there to save. But now there's no one to save Amy and those she loves.

From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, The Darkest Evening of the Year is Dean Koontz at his finest.

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With a magician's expertise, Koontz sets his multiple story lines spinning forward, jumping from one cliffhanger to the next....[T]his is a compulsively readable book that inexorably pulls the reader along." (The Boston Globe)

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    Faye Flat Rock, MI, USA 01-28-08
    Faye Flat Rock, MI, USA 01-28-08
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    "intense"

    Kept you guessing to the very end.

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    Angela Omaha , NE, USA 01-16-08
    Angela Omaha , NE, USA 01-16-08
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    "Very good"

    I really enjoyed this book. Yet another great book by Dean Koontz. I look foward to getting another and another in the future.

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    Wade Emmert 01-10-08
    Wade Emmert 01-10-08
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    "Interesting but not suspenseful"

    The story was fine. The characters were fine. I would say it is an average read.

    This is my first Koontz novel and, I must say, he tends to over-write the story. The first part of the book was filled with metaphor and simile. It gets to the point where it interferes with the story, in my opinion. The second part of the book toned that down a bit. In the end, however, the book was marginally satisfying.

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    J Fish 01-09-08
    J Fish 01-09-08 Member Since 2016
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    "WOW!!"

    This book was WOW!! A great read and a little wierd, but Dean Koontz at his best.I loved the whole book, never too slow written very well. The story all comes together perfectly. You won't be disappointed.

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    Lori Anchorage, AK, United States 12-21-07
    Lori Anchorage, AK, United States 12-21-07
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    "Amazing, made me cry"

    I have read a few of Dean Koontz's books and find his storytelling fascinating. This book was likely the most interesting book I have read this year, the golden retriever aspect grabbed at my heart and I had to wait outside a store while I dried my eyes.

    I ended up buying the hardcover to give to my husband the reader for the holiday. Thank you for another wonderful, touching book.

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    Craig 12-14-07
    Craig 12-14-07
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    "Great until the ending"

    I have also read "listened to" several Koontz novels. For the most part, this was one of the better ones. I also found the ending it's weak point as it seemed he was rushed to wrap things up.

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    Barry 12-10-07
    Barry 12-10-07
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    "A little disappointing"

    I am a long time fan of Dean Koontz. I have read most of his works, and I'd have to say this one was a little disappointing -- especially the ending. I agree with the first reviewer that he did his homework concerning animal rescue, but I thought the tearjerk parts were deliberately overdone and unnecessary to the plot. I don't want to be a "spoiler", so I won't say anymore on the subject.

    I will say, however, it was nothing like "Watchers", "Dark Rivers of the Heart", or even "Dragon Tears". I gave it 3 stars because anything Mr. Koontz writes is worth 2 automatically.

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    Kathy Anne Clovis, CA, USA 01-13-09
    Kathy Anne Clovis, CA, USA 01-13-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Brought to Life With Gold"

    Each time I am in possession of a Dean Koontz book, I am excited like a child at Christmas awaiting the opening of a gift. This book was such a treat. Not far into the book I sat back, smiled and sighed very contentedly--knowing this was going to be a gem of a tale--he was already describing, with tender understanding, a subject dear to my heart--He was writing about Goldens.

    As with other of his books, Dean Koontz weaves the words as if magic interlaced each sentence. And with a keen knowledge gained only from personal experience of the mysteries of life, the author describes the wondrous and how it can influence our lives.

    Goldens are like the brightest star, blazing through the darkness of night, and they are like a sun that outshines the day. They burn so intensely, so brightly. And for some, that blaze is for only a short time on this planet. Well, at least they get to spend more time in Heaven if their stay here is not as long as we'd like it to be. In nature there must always be a balance. Perhaps their stay is weighed with the goodness that fills them. It is said one cannot get enough of a good thing--Goldens are that good thing to me.

    I think our furry family members have the capacity for deep compassion, love, and concern for beings of all types, human and otherwise. I believe it goes beyond human understanding--because what they give comes from a heart that is pure, a spirit that is guileless, and a soul that operates on a level higher than anything close to human.

    I am convinced Goldens unfurl their wings when we are not looking. Have you ever noticed an expression they have, especially when they smile, that gives hint to something wondrous and grand? As if they have the most incredible gift they are hiding behind their back but you can tell they want so very much to show you what it is. Well, when I see that expression I could swear I feel the flutter of their wings in my heart. Thank you for supporting Golden Rescue.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 01-21-09
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    "What a disappointment!"

    I have long been a Dean Koonz fan and have looked forward to all new releases. I thought that this book was off to a good start, but little did I realize that if I wasn't a rabid golden retriever fan that this book would soon lose all sense of credibility and appeal. Honestly Dean- a golden retriever "angel"? I frankly was gagging at the insipidness by the end. What a vapid disappointment!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Round Rock, TX, USA 01-17-09
    Timothy Round Rock, TX, USA 01-17-09
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    "Shocking does not equate to good"

    This book is all about shock value. If your a Dean Koontz fan. Skip this one. He has written better books

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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