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What the Night Knows Audiobook

What the Night Knows

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Publisher's Summary

In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family — his wife and three children — will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was 14 and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Here is a ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.

©2010 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Dean Koontz... has the power to scare the daylights out of us.” (People)

“Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears.” (USA Today)

“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.” (Los Angeles Times)

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    Laurie OGDEN, UTAH, United States 04-02-12
    Laurie OGDEN, UTAH, United States 04-02-12
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    "This was good ol Koontz intrigue!"
    If you could sum up What the Night Knows in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, Intriguing and on the edge of my seat


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicki the detective's wife.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Steven Weber?

    There was a lot of whistling on the S sounds but other than that his voice convinced me of every character!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end where everything comes together and answered are realized without even saying them.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. It was dark and a little hard to stomach but was interesting and a good interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Davenport Winterville, NC United States 03-05-12
    J. Davenport Winterville, NC United States 03-05-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Awesome!!!"

    This book was so good, it was Scary, Creepy and at times a little Funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    reds 10-05-11
    reds 10-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Terrible"

    This book had entirely too many characters in it. Just when you got into one of the characters another one popped up. Book did not flow and was difficult to follow. Would not recommend it.

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    Grace 09-17-11
    Grace 09-17-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Liked it"

    Very well done by Steven Webber. I enjoyed. I had gotten away from Koontz as I was did not care for a few of his offerings. But I enjoyed this story and enjoyed the reader's presentation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bartonsville, PA, United States 05-25-11
    Linda Bartonsville, PA, United States 05-25-11

    I run my business at home and listen to music or books when I'm working.

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    "An audio book well worth the credit"

    I wasn't going to order this at first. I'm so happy I changed my mind. Even my husband who truly dislikes audio books was even hooked on this book. I downloaded onto my Iphone so it was easy for us to listen to it when doing errands and at home doing chores.
    This book grabs you from the start and holds you until the very end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Maryland, USA 05-07-11
    Bob Maryland, USA 05-07-11 Member Since 2016

    Bob

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    "Interesting book."

    I wanted to know more about Alton Blackwood. Other than that the book was an up and down interest book. Ending was not a strong one, but Koontz does not know how to end a book. Read with trepidation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Root VanDorn 04-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "One Of The Better"

    Pretty good scare/suspense story. Right up there with Phantoms and The Bad Place. Good detail in most of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JEMME Killeen, TX, United States 04-03-11
    JEMME Killeen, TX, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it..."

    Loved it! Classic Koontz, and this one actually had a good, and even pretty plausible ending! Yay!

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    Larry M Sodus Point, NY 03-27-11
    Larry M Sodus Point, NY 03-27-11 Member Since 2011

    Love mystery, Favs-Clancy, King,

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    "Dean Koontz Always a Good Story"

    Another good listen by DH. He never lets you down and is a sure thing. I've read every one of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 03-25-11
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 03-25-11 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Slightly entertaining"

    Not "best" Dean Koontz . At times, It is aggravating. It does not have the seamlessness which enables a story to the thrilling. I spent more time yelling at the characters to talk.

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  • Ian
    1/26/11
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    "Great Listen"

    I'm still slightly nervous when I hear noises around the house, I finished the book three days ago!
    I couldn't stop listening, one of the best ghost stories I've heard. I've had mixed success with Dean Koontz books but this will definitely get me buying more.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    12/14/13
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    "Unpleasant"

    Okay I should have known what to expect. I am after all no stranger to the horror genre. There was nothing however in this story that got me hooked and it was all a bit too silly for me to want to read it to the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Tempsford, United Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "What on earth!"

    I bought this book after reading 'Watchers' again by Dean Kootz.
    I've read quite a few of his books and although most are somewhat difficult to get into on the whole they've been thoroughly enjoyable.
    So I wasn't too concerned when this book started meandering around, well, I got about a third way into part 2 of the book and started to think what on earth is going on, I kept going back through the book listening again trying to make some sense of it till I suddenly realised that I didn't care what happened.
    And that's where I am todate, the first audible book that I haven't finished.
    My opinion is it's a complete waste of time and money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cassar
    6/11/16
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    "Not one of his best"

    Not one of Koontz best writings.
    I found it rather full and confusing at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    ambleside, United Kingdom
    2/11/11
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    "Awsome"

    Its been a lot of years since I had read a Dean Koontz book. I just wanted something a little different. Amazed how good the book was, I really was gripped to my seat and could not stop listening.

    Good characters, good story, brilliantly read

    I have now gone and purchased some more dean koontz

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Baradun
    4/1/11
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    "Gruesome but good"

    This story is a thriller with supernatural and horror elements. Fans of Koontz will enjoy it though it is a bit more gruesome than many of his books. A gripping tale and well read.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Adaline
    Ireland
    7/9/15
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    "Slow to start but worth staying the course."

    It took me several attempts to get through this book. The first half is boring, drifting, and difficult. However, the second part more than makes up for this, in my opinion.
    As soon as it took off, it was nailbitingly thrilling. As in most Koontz books, the end was unpredictable.
    It's definitely not one of his best, and I am sad to say that I have another few in my library waiting to be finished.
    I think he is losing his magic touch.
    However, if you can endure the first half of this strange tell, the second part will reward your persistence.
    The narration is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Worcester, United Kingdom
    6/21/13
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    "Mystiriously Entertaining"
    What did you like most about What the Night Knows?

    I enjoyed this book throughout. Although this is the first Dean Koontz book I have come across, I must say it is well written and narrated. The build up toward the tense parts of the story, are also good. Although favourite part has to be the ending. When the family realize that they have a polterguist stalking their house.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of What the Night Knows?

    The ending. When the family realize that they have a polterguist stalking their house.


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

    A mysterious bone chilling thriller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Maspujols, Spain
    4/22/11
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    "Koontz quality"

    I first got hooked on Koontz's deft storytelling skill after his novella Black River, and this is another fine release. As with some of his other works, I find myself wanting to hear it faster than it is read - it is so exciting. Well worth getting!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    BARRY, Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "What the Night Knows (Unabridged)" by Dean Koontz"

    yet another great book from Dean Koontz, good story line with twists through out. kept my attention all the way through the book. Loved it. 10/10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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