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Publisher's Summary

A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz.

"I very much need to be dead."

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life. In the void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered...unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what.

There is no one else to speak for Jane's husband - or the others who have followed him into death at their own hands. Although people of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have recently been committing suicide in surprising numbers, no one else is willing to give up everything just to seek, to find, to know. No one except Jane. But ahead lies only risk. Because those arrayed against her are legion...and dangerously devoted to protecting something profoundly important - or terrifying - enough to exterminate any and all in their way.

Too many have already died, and those responsible will learn that all their malevolent power may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless - and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.

©2015 Dean Koontz (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Very poor narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is a great story and moves along quickly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Corner?

When she goes to the house and meets the girl who has had her brain altered.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elisabeth Rodgers?

Almost anyone. The narration modulated from hardly being able to hear her to her almost yelling. When wearing headphones it is a very distracting quality.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Is this the way the elite see the future?

Any additional comments?

Dean Koontz had created very memorable characters, but develops a scary story that makes one wonder if this could happen.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Need a new narrator

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book, definately. But read it, don't listen. Elisabeth Rodgers was quite robotic sounding. Like when I had Alexa read a book for me before I got Audible. I hoped that I had bought a kindle version as well, but hadn't so I was stuck listening to her. The story line was good, I enjoyed the book, just not the narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Corner?

All of it.

How could the performance have been better?

Less robotic... don't pause forever between chapters (often I thought there was something wrong because the pause seemed to go on for so long!)

Was The Silent Corner worth the listening time?

The story was. I just found the narration annoying. If I could have traded for a kindle version, I would have.

Any additional comments?

I would like to be reimbursed for this book. If I see Elisabeth Rodgers again, I won't buy the book in audible form.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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revisiting Koontz

captivating story narrator distracting. I stayed with it to the end. I may have to listen again t a few chapters due to the narrator I believe l zoned out.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Townsend
  • Pearland, TX, United States
  • 10-19-17

Suspense, well-written

Having been a Dean Koontz fan for over twenty years, I’m always glad to see him start a new series. And, yes, this is definitely Book 1 with more to come. Some issues are resolved, others are left hanging. The main character, an FBI agent on leave, is out to solve the mystery of her happy, well-adjusted husband’s suicide. It quickly becomes obvious that some sort of “mind control” is at work. Game on. The resulting search for answers is part suspense/thriller, part sci-fi. Lots of action, lots to think about.

Koontz does the lone searcher-after-truth as well as any writer on the scene today. Along the way, he introduces our heroine Jane to a steady stream of interesting (and well-written) people, some endearing, others revolting, some of whom are mere “walk-ons”, while others hang around. The main characters don’t live in a closed universe. Kind of like real life — you meet someone in a strange town, interact for a few minutes or maybe an hour, and odds are you’ll never see them again. And sometimes the odds are wrong, but usually not.

I read or listen to Koontz as much for his prose as for his plots. Lovely descriptions and an SAT vocabulary. (Who else can use the word “deliquesce” in such an unselfconscious way?) He doesn’t merely “plot” a thriller, he WRITES it.

I don’t understand the criticisms of the narrator. Dean Koontz writes the way he talks - you can find some fascinating interviews online. When I read his books I “hear” a very soft, even gentle voice, so hearing it read aloud that ways seems right. His main characters always have a quietness about them that reflects their “loner” or outsider natures, and Elizabeth Rodgers captures this in her reading. I agree with those who find the long pauses between chapters annoying, but this is the production crew”s error, not the narrator’s.

Bottom line: only four stars because it isn’t Koontz’s best work. Truth: if I were comparing The Silent Corner to the work of other writers rather than to Koontz himself, I’d probably give it five! And, yes, I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Readers voice ruined it for me!

Usually I read actual books but when I work I like to listen to them, so I have heard and bought several since I LOVE Dean Koontz as well as Stephen King and his son Joe Hill. However I will never buy another book or listen to one read by this narrator! I could not even get into this after trying for an hour & the story is good as usual, BUT HER VOICE is so BORING, DREARY, & DULL. The reader's voice sounds like she is reading a text book from a master degree program on quantum string theory out loud to a senior citizens and even she is bored herself at that! If I could only return this or change the reader (I know the world has moved on but there are world other that this one) I would do so in a second. Again I will not waste time or money on ANYTHING read by this woman again! It so bad not only are my ears bleeding but my eyes also! Odd Thomas will soon be getting a visit from me if I hear her again! UGGGH!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Cannot get past the narration

Horrible narration. I thought I had the speed on slow. Odd timing kept me from actually listening to the story. So disappointing

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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MEH

I expected more after the hype I'd read... To start the narration is extremely poor, being both slow and bland... The lack of affect probably colored most of any enjoyment... Along w/ that the story started ponderously, and failed to really grab my attention until around halfway through... After that the flow/pace is good, and the story and plot points come together... Nice commingling of eugenics and human slavery to bring about something utterly terrifying... None of the characters really jump off the page, excepting Jane, and in that case the depth seems a bit forced... I've noticed the same of Koontz's past few novels and wonder if he's lost something off his fastball... That being said, the ending does set up a nice followup, and maybe this lacked so much as a result of being largely a setup novel for the series? Dunno, but this one's average, and poor performance brings it down more than that...

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good idea but pretty slow in the beginning

I generally like anything g that Dean Koontz writes, So I am aware that he sometimes goes over the top on descriptive prose, but with this book it almost felt like filler to make the book longer. I liked the premise and will probably get the next in the series when it comes out, but only because I stuck with it long enough to become vested in the heroine. the protagonist was too much a shadowy "they". and the gaps in logic towards the 3rd act were hard to understand considering this was Mr. Koontz. The heroine has to do something, make a mistake that she clearly avoids throughout the thirst two thirds of the story so we can bring everyone e to the last act.

also, it is a small thimg, but research, a helicopter pilot in the Army is never a "Sarge" several characters point out that one character was a helicopter pilot, but later everyone calls him their sergeant. sorry, 23 years as a military helicopter pilot. probably no one else was bothered by that.

hopefully the next in the series is a little faster paced.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator

Elisabeth Rogers drones in a depressed monotone, and enunciates every single word as, if, it, follows, a, comma.

The story is a blend between two of Koontz's earlier novels, Dark Rivers of the Heart and False Memories. Koontz probably wrote it in his sleep. The "guvament is watching us have sex using the hidden camera built into every ceiling fan" level of paranoia in this one is just painful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Just okay

I did not enjoy the narrator especially during the first half of the book. She grew on me somewhat towards the end. There were exceedingly long lags between chapters which at first made me think something was wrong with my audio. I was disappointed with the character I never felt like I liked her that much. I loved the Odd Thomas series and maybe I shouldn't have expected that same likability with this character. Overall meh.......

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathryn
  • 06-29-17

Really scary, couldn't put it down

Very current, could see this happening now. yet another gripping story , really enjoyed it.

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  • Mrs Morag Mclaren
  • 09-24-17

Fabulous book

I couldn't put this book down. It set up a terrible story of control and corruption that was gripping and anxiety provoking. Koontz at his very best!

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  • suzannec2014
  • 08-10-17

What's happened Koontz?

Not a bad read, look forward to a new Koontz read however feel the past few books I have read haven't had the suspense of the past books. Used to finish some of his books in a few days now I feel I'm looking forward to finishing to move onto something else. Time to find a different author I think!

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  • lima
  • 08-07-17

More like his earlier work (but not as good)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Dean Koontz is no weapon's expert. He alway's get's the weapons he writes about wrong. It's a minor point.

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

It's ok. I loved Lightning and Watchers, they are so good. This is written in a similar fashion but lack's that magic that Lightning and Watcher's had.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers?

Probably. It would be nice if someone told her how to pronounce Heckler and Koch. Her constantly saying Heckler and Coke get's a bit irrtating.

Was The Silent Corner worth the listening time?

It's worth a listen.

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  • Bob
  • 07-29-17

Terrible implausible and badly written

The worst book I've ever listened to
Over written in a most annoying style
Avoid!

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  • Ann
  • 07-19-17

Very wordy

The plot is a good one - something shudderingly horrible that you could imagine actually happening. But the story was padded out with so much, rather wearisome, prose that it
took away from the plot itself. The plot deserved better.

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  • Denise Smith
  • 07-03-17

boring boring boring

Got as far as ch21 & had to give up.Too many fancy discriptions & very little story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-14-17

Exceptionally enjoyable taught and gripping.

A great read, well read. this is very much a story of our times. Essential.

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  • Katie
  • 07-11-17

First in a Series

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

Yes and no. I listen to audio books while I am doing other things - eg driving - so I'm not usually 100% focused on the book. However, with this one, I kept having to replay lots of it, because the monotony, especially at the beginning and end, made things quite confusing.

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

I was really disappointed - I didn't realise it was the first in a series, so I was expecting the book to have an actual ending....

What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

Well, for the first half of the book all the characters sounded the same as her "narration voice", so I had a lot of trouble working out when someone was talking, and who was talking. Then when she did start using "character voices" the guys all sounded like they had the same "smokers voice".<br/>I had a lot of trouble following the story because of the narration.

Did The Silent Corner inspire you to do anything?

Yes, to read the WHOLE blurb, so I know when I'm starting a series.... especially when the next book(s) are not due for ages :(<br/>I like to binge read series.