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An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

©1984 Nkui, Inc. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. The author gratefully acknowledges permission to quote from Something Wicked This Way Comes © 1962 by Ray Bradbury, permission granted by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A great storyteller." (New York Daily News)
"A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting." (The San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Koontz is brilliant." (Chicago Sun-Times)

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A Good Listen!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to. It hardly seemed like 15 hours. The suspense kept me engaged. I read this many years ago when first published and I've seen the movie but the audiobook still had me glued to the earphones. If you are a Dean Koontz fan it's a must listen. The narrator's voice seemed a bit shrill at first but I soon forgot all about it. Overall a very good experience.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 01-13-14

Exciting but Simplistic Old Koontz

I had read this many years ago under the title Twilight and I did not notice this was the same book before I ordered it. It is pretty early Koontz and, although the writing is better than most in the genre, this is substantially below Koontz's best work. The characterizations are somewhat weak, and the story, although exciting, is a little simplistic. I really did not like the narration which was a bit nasal and really grated on me. I did learn to live with the narration, but never liked it. The story and characters kept me interested but not really engaged. The end was very mildly unexpected and unlike most Koontz is mildly enigmatic. There is one R rated sex scene which might bother some people and some treatment of religion that some might find sacrilegious. I certainly would not listen to this again with this narrator.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Deb
  • Alamo, TX, United States
  • 11-19-13

On Toes

What did you love best about The Servants of Twilight?

It was well written, I enjoyed very much, kept me interested to the end. Narrator was good, did have a little trouble with a few of the voices, but well read. Was not sure about the boy joie, was hoping would be fine in the end. His Mom & the detective were in good form for the story, all charters were. Kept me on the edge wanting more.

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  • Cheryl
  • Farmington, CT, United States
  • 08-15-13

Bad Narration

Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Angela Dawe?

By Dean Koontz absolutely - but not narrated by Angela Dawe

If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

The narration is so wonky that it takes away from the story. The voice used when not talking as a particular character is terrible. Every sentence sounds the same with the last word drawn out in a wierd annoying way.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is so wonky that it takes away from the story. The voice used when not talking as a particular character is terrible. Every sentence sounds the same with the last word drawn out in a wierd annoying way.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Different spin

Would you listen to The Servants of Twilight again? Why?

I love Dean Koontz and will probably always give his books a chance but this one was a bit slow in some spots. I would not listen to this book (or read) it again. At times it just seemed to drag on and on...the endless descriptions of every little detail just sort of turned in to bla...bla...bla after a while. The narrator was a bit grating at first, then, kind of fell in to the flow of things in the second part. Don't think I could listen to this again but it was enjoyable enough for a one time listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were diverse and for the most part unpredictable which I think added to the appeal of the story. Things picked up in the second half and made the book a worthwhile listen.

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

The narrator was not exactly bad, but, at first, she just didn't seem to be a good fit for this novel. Towards the second part of the book, her performance either got better or I got used to her style.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, not one way or the other but the overall story was pretty interesting.

Any additional comments?

A young mother and son are threatened by a cult convinced that the son is the anti-christ...they are joined by a private eye and are on the run. It was handy for them that money was not an issue, when they needed cars, guns, hideouts...they all fell in to place. One of the sad parts for me was the pain the child had to end. The story and narrator both picked up towards the end of the book. Of course, there is the ending...<br/><br/>I find long and drawn out reviews tiring and for the most part very unhelpful so I try to keep my reviews short and if I've left out some information that some might find helpful in deciding whether or not to purchase this book please forgive me. In the end we all have to make our own decisions and as I've discovered in the past you can't always depend on just a few reviews. Some of the shortest reviews have been most helpful to me and some, no matter how long or rambling or descriptive have not been.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not Koontz' best

Not tightly written & I found myself growing frustrated with the main characters, especially the woman.

I found the narrator's voice to be jarring, but she did do a good job differentiating people's "voices." I don't think I would buy another audio book narrated by her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not Dean's best, a little light on reality

Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Angela Dawe?

Dean, yes. <br/>Angela Dawe, NO. Too shrill in delivery, sounds like she;s shouting all the way through the story. Shouting does not indicate tension to me.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

A different take on a cult story.

How could the performance have been better?

Using a more realistic tone would help, along with better modulation or variety in delivery. The boy's voice was OK.<br/><br/>Too shrill in delivery, sounds like she;s shouting all the way through the story. Shouting does not indicate tension to me.

Could you see The Servants of Twilight being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not every story should be a movie.

Any additional comments?

no

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Narrator horrible

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I couldn't get past the horrible narration to listen to the content.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

Yes, but not narrated by this narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Totally

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Yes, I'd like to return the book for credit

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Good story, poor reading

What did you like best about The Servants of Twilight? What did you like least?

Like most Dean Koontz stories this had plenty of detail and could really get the reader to vividly picture the scenes. <br/><br/>I did think the ending a bit unlikely even for this genre of story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was clipped and seemed to lack emphasis and emotion. I alas most cringed every time the narrator tried to speak in Joey,s voice, and her deep throaty attempts at masculine voices was almost comical.

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  • Chad
  • Imperial, MO, United States
  • 11-27-13

Made it to chapter 7.....then dumped it.

What disappointed you about The Servants of Twilight?

The narator is monotone with no excitement behind the read.

Would you recommend The Servants of Twilight to your friends? Why or why not?

The book was good but the audio file stinks.

Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jamie
  • 07-11-15

End a little dissapointing

Good book overall, interesting story line. Performance by Angela Dawe great. Unfortunately ending wasn't great. Readers ability to change voice for characters was very impressive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah
  • 02-04-15

Good story until the end!!

Where does The Servants of Twilight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've not been that lucky with audiobooks I must confess, so this one is up there, but that's not much of a benchmark!!

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

Rubbish!! It was the ending that spoiled it for me - felt rushed and was an anticlimax.

Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You can run but you can't hide!!

Any additional comments?

Really good story right up until the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sylence
  • 09-09-17

Awful narrator but great book.

Another typically good book by Dean Koontz. Intreaging, saddening and left me looking forward to listening to the next hour or so everytime. Unfortunately the narrator is quite off putting and spoiled it a bit for me, she is very robotic and seems to not have any emotion at all. You get used to it and as you get in to the book it becomes less of an irritation.. however you would think that an established company such as brilliance audio would have recognised the issue and done better by the book and it's writer. That said I still enjoyed the story very much.

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  • Zoska
  • 06-20-16

One of my favoirite Koontz books

Mainly because I like it very much when the author introduces children characters. The end is totally unexpected and I like this too. Some will see the story as supernatural, some will not.
This is good. I liked the performance moderately. The children parts are performed very well, the other voices are not bad, but the narration is read (my usual complain) as if granny was reading a Grimm tale to a 6 year old. Very few performers can make the narration sound natural.

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  • Rpearce
  • 05-23-15

Give the reader credit

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was very good at the voices for each character, pity she didn't let the reader determine who was speaking. I found it very tedious having to hear her telling us who was saying what.

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 08-28-13

Bit boring really

A mum and her six year old son are chased as a religious sect leader thinks the son is the anti-Christ.

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  • Gary White
  • 03-18-16

I am sure this is a wonderful book but.....

The narrator sounds like an automated "text to speech" programme which I cannot possibly tolerate for 15 hours. I gave in after less than 2 minutes.

Someone should be screening and approving these editions with more stringent acceptance criteria.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Paulie
  • 08-21-14

Yet another one that goes from 0 to 100 in 0.5sec

What made the experience of listening to The Servants of Twilight the most enjoyable?

If you're a Koontz fan that loves his novels that begin with a blazing pace and are relentless, then this is another one for you.

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

Angela was good but a couple of her male voices were way too heavy with a lisp which I feel was very distracting and unnecessary. People lisp but there were more than one character she did this with and it was annoying.

Any additional comments?

Like I said, if you love the traditional Koontz heart pounding thrillers, it's one to add to the list

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-11-17

The Servants of Twilight.

Brilliantly performed. I was enthralled from start to finish. Loved it. The reader was awesome.