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Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine — with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace — safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him... and seep into his darkest nightmares. But not only his dreams are haunted.

The city he roams with Harley has secrets and mysteries, things unexplainable and maybe unimaginable. Crispin has seen ghosts in the dead of night and sensed dimensions beyond reason in broad daylight. Hints of things disturbing and strange nibble at the edges of his existence, even as dangers wholly natural and earthbound cast their shadows across his path. Alone, drifting, and scavenging to survive is no life for a boy. But the life Crispin has left behind, and is still running scared from, is an unspeakable alternative... that may yet catch up with him.

©2012 Dean Koontz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 01-20-13

Knootz-lite

This is a somewhat short Koontz novel and it lacks the twists and surprises of most Koontz. The development of the two main characters and dog are quite good, but there is not much development of the minor characters and virtually none for the key antagonist (very unusual for Koontz). The story setup and protagonist character motivation was interesting, but everything happens so fast it did not get the satisfaction I almost always get from Koontz. If you really like Koontz this definitely worth the time, just don’t expect the full Koontz experience. The narration was slightly monotonous and seemed to be in a scary story around the campfire tone, which was not bad, but did not add much.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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whoa! That was short!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Definitely left me wanting more but still wrapped up the story. Very interesting and as someone described it as "Koontz-lite".

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A bit shocked and wanted a sequel or for it to continue!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was good. Liked... nothing I could pinpoint of disliking!

Do you think The Moonlit Mind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes! I feel they could expand on the story... it's never over till the fat lady sings right?

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed :)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Okay :(

This story was very similar to a John Saul novel I recently listened to. This one was okay but somewhat predictable and not a 'suspense' novel. In my opinion, not one of Dean Koontz's best by any means. I was a little disappointed by this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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An excellent Koontz narrative

If you like Odd Thomas and the numerous other characters created by Dean Koontz (who feels like an old friend to me at this point), then you'll love this book. The character is a modern Oliver Twist, and his partner a modern-day Mary Poppins (sort of). The characterizations in the book are done in Koontz's masterful style, and the story keeps moving forward. I really enjoyed the way the book was read too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Thought 77 Shadow Street was Suspenseful? Try this

I rate Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense by Dean Koontz 5 of 5 stars. This short story is based on the novel 77 Shadow Street showing a different view of the events in that book. This story was short, strange (in a good way) and quickly built into a real suspense story. If you have read 77 Shadow Street then I can recommend this short story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A little disappointing

It's so unusual for me to give a Koontz novel anything but 5 stars, but I was a little disappointed with this one. It's so SHORT. Riveting story line that draws you in immediately, as is typical with Koontz. But, I'm used to much longer, more involved stories. I didn't realize how short it was when I downloaded it. After 3 hours and 45 minutes, I feel like I'm just settling in to a story and all of a sudden, it was over. I felt like it ended somewhat abruptly. There were ends that were not tied up. This one could've easily been twice as long and it would've still been a great story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 12-06-12

Short and Uninteresting

What would have made The Moonlit Mind better?

I would have made this book longer, i would have put a twist or something in the book it felt morwe like a short story. Very disappointed in Dean Koontz it seemed like i was waiting for something that never came. VERY SAD AND DISAPPOINTED

What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Longer, more twists and turns and maybe a few more characters

What character would you cut from The Moonlit Mind?

The m other of the wifes new husband. They did not explain why they couldnt see through water or statues

Any additional comments?

horrible

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A good one!

Much shorter than most of Dean Koontz's books, but just like the majority of his other books, I enjoyed it and recommend it.

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The moonlit mind

This is an interesting fast paced novel. It features the authors dog and children. Although frightening at times, it will unlikely cause you to have an accident.

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i am going to listen to this again ....

This wasn't my favorite novel...gonna listen to it again and see how I feel about it second time around...

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  • munky
  • 01-04-16

intense

loved it, story was great and chilling, could not turn it off, my fav author

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  • Callandor
  • 02-17-18

Mesmerising

As a longtime Dean Koontz reader who left for a while in search of other authors, but always with the understanding that I'd return, I found Midnight Mind to be a winning combination of the Koontz I'd known from old and a fresher, more daring author who has openly accepted the supernatural world his previous books would always seem to skirt around. I've been buying up a lot of the audiobooks of His I'd once read back in the day and, TBPH, was unaware of this release until this morning (seeing it advertised on the personal interest section of Audibles listings).

The narrator was sublime in His reading who made the story, characters and place intensely vivid.

This is the first (proper) review I've written for a Book which has definitely fired my imagination and reminded Me why I started reading Dean Koontz in the first place. As well as being the inventive I need to properly check back on His entire bibliography.