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Velocity Audiobook

Velocity

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Publisher's Summary

Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car.

If you don't take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.

It seems like a sick joke, and Bill's friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than 24 hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it's Bill's fault: he didn't convince the police to get involved. Now he's got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum...and two new lives hanging in the balance.

Suddenly Bill's average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. The notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication, until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath's innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: the choice is yours.

©2005 Dean Koontz; (P)2005 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Genuinely terrific." (Booklist)
"Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters, and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Craig Faris South Carolina 02-15-17
    Craig Faris South Carolina 02-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Always love Dean Koontz"

    While this one was very good, it wasn't Great compared to Intensity and The Husband.



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    Nicole J. 01-11-17
    Nicole J. 01-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I love dean koontz."

    he never disappoints his imagination is never ending. in alot of his books he definitely makes you feel bad for some of the "bad guys".

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    justin cagle 12-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    the story was great. had me thinking one thing was gonna happen then I was wrong. a mild thiller. dean Koontz is amazing and the narrator michael Hayden is great to.

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    DK 09-12-16
    DK 09-12-16
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    "Excellent Book"

    this is my favorite book. It's so suspenseful and always keeps you guessing. so many twists and turns. I highly recommend Velocity

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    Susan D. West Seattle, Wa United States 07-30-16
    Susan D. West Seattle, Wa United States 07-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting"

    As always Dean Koontz delivers a story full of surprizes. While reading, I couldnt imagine an ending that would get our dubious hero and genius away without getting snared....but...there was.

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!!!"

    Thriller from beginning to end.... keeps you on the edge of your seat. I like not being able to predict an ending.

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    Kathleen 03-04-16
    Kathleen 03-04-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Koontz"

    I tend to like Koontz in all his forms and this one was a good one. The narrator, while not my favorite was good.

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    Will Holloway 10-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Unexpected thriller. Very good."
    If you could sum up Velocity in three words, what would they be?

    Title describes story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very well. This story moves along nicely, as the title indicates.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The farm house visit, or sleeping by the church.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was an unexpected gem. Had not heard about it. Came across the tapes at a half priced book store and as a Koontz fan, bought it without a thought. Great Buy. Story kicks off quickly and the events build momentum. Predictability is kept to a minimum and the events are exciting. So i bought the Audible version for my ipod and have heard this a few more times. Going to japan next week. maybe I will listen on the plane again!

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    Cheryl 09-25-12
    Cheryl 09-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Kept My Interest The Entire Time!"
    What did you love best about Velocity?

    There were a lot of twists and turns no one would expect.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I was excited to listen to each chapter and try to figure out what was going to happen. Wow was I surprised!


    Which character – as performed by Michael Hayden – was your favorite?

    Definitely Billie.


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    Scott Simons Aiken, SC 11-20-11
    Scott Simons Aiken, SC 11-20-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun quick listen."

    I enjoyed this book. The story was fast paced, and the narrator matched what you would expect from the main character. One of Koontz's more enjoyable books.

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