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The Face Audiobook

The Face

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Publisher's Summary

He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an insidious killer - and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.

©2003 Dean Koontz; (P)2003 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures of popular fiction, another notable novel of ideas and of moral imperatives." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." (The Times (London))
"...The suspense builds smoothly and steadily in Baker's hands." (AudioFile)

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    Jim Wilmington, DE, USA 09-25-03
    Jim Wilmington, DE, USA 09-25-03
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I liked this book a lot. Koontz is elequent in his descriptions of places and things to the point of being too verbose and I hope his next book is not so wordy. It does distract from the story but not to the point of ruining the suspence. I couldn't stop walking around with the ear plugs for days.

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    The Wife Louisville, KY 09-16-03
    The Wife Louisville, KY 09-16-03 Listener Since 2003
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    "Phony, unbelievable characters"

    I didn't like any of these characters. The setting is totally unbelievable. Koontz goes overboard with description. He seems to feel that he must state everything two or three times in different ways for the reader to get it. His descriptions are well beyond what is needed to give the reader a good feel for the setting. I also did not like the narrator, and if I had to listen to one more sarcastic "Ha, Ha" I would scream.

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    Mark Styczen Staten Island, NY United States 09-16-03
    Mark Styczen Staten Island, NY United States 09-16-03 Listener Since 2001
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    "A"

    I wanted to like this book, but I gave up after 4th. relistening.Boring!!!

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    Arnold Elyria, OH, USA 09-09-03
    Arnold Elyria, OH, USA 09-09-03
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    "The Face"

    Great story. Held my interest from the very beginning to the end. Audible should have more Koontz novels.

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    Paula Beck Chester, MA 08-26-03
    Paula Beck Chester, MA 08-26-03 Member Since 2015

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    "Loved It"

    "The Face" was great! Suspenseful, great characters, great writing and narrating. I'll try more Dean Koontz now!

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    Harrie 08-04-03
    Harrie 08-04-03
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    "Great Book"

    This book keeps you in suspense for the entire time!

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    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 07-27-03
    Patti Northglenn, CO, United States 07-27-03 Member Since 2013
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    "The face"

    A little bit lighter than his books lately (not as gory!). Interesting premise about anarchy. One of his best!

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    Pattie Pleasant Valley, MO, USA 07-26-03
    Pattie Pleasant Valley, MO, USA 07-26-03
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    "Boring"

    Disappointing effort by Dean Koontz. He seems to fill the book with meaningless words and long, repetitive, overly colorful descriptions that contribute nothing to the story. I grew weary of hearing the weather described over and over with silly metaphors, and found myself wanting to just get to the end of it.

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    Dina Methuen, MA, USA 07-25-03
    Dina Methuen, MA, USA 07-25-03 Member Since 2016
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    "Koontz at his best"

    Great story, very enjoyable narrator. Highly recommended!

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    Kenneth Lambertville, NJ, USA 07-21-03
    Kenneth Lambertville, NJ, USA 07-21-03
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    "He is a master"

    This story was great. I listen to/from work and I had a tough time putting this down. He is a master.

    This is in contrast to a review I just made of the Lake House. The Lake House was the worst audiobook (out of about 100) that I had ever downloaded. I couldn't finish listening to it. The Face, on the otherhand is one of the best downloads.

    I highly recommend this.

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