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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator with an afterword read by the author

A “superior thriller” (Oakland Press) about a man, a dog, and a terrifying threat that could only have come from the imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz - nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods.

That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

©1987 by Nkui, Inc. Afterword © 2003, 2018 by Dean Koontz. (P)2018 by Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“His best story yet! Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this thriller....this is the sort of thoroughly frightening and entertaining tale that has its readers listening for noises in the night.” --Publishers Weekly

“His best ever, an imaginative and unusual blend of sense and sentiment. A fable about love and trust...with echoes of Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau. A breakthrough for Koontz.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Displaying...more depth and a lot more humor than Stephen King, Dean Koontz has really hit his stride.” --The New York Times Book Review 

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A stunning masterpiece that leaves you with hope.

I don't normally write reviews but this story has left me awestruck. Dean Koontz's greatest work in my opinion. At the end you will be left with a great hope for the world and a realization of the power of connections made with others, be it humans, dogs, or any other form of life capable of love.

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Absolutely splendid. A 'tail waging' worthy tale indeed.

In a 2003 interview, DK said, "Watchers is the best book I've ever written...it's my finest hour." And I wholeheartedly agree. Watchers is a true masterpiece of fiction. There's no doubt that this novel will continue to stand the test of time.

Eduardo Ballerini's performance is, quite simply, beautiful. Whether the characters are human, monsters, animals, or NSA agents, the life and depth of emotion he brings out in them is unparalleled.
MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

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The Best of Koontz

Koontz is my favorite. I have read many of his works and this is, by far, the best of them. The book is 30 years old, but this is my first introduction to it. The story stands the test of time with themes of love and friendship. On a deeper level, Koontz addresses the morality of genetic testing, the power of the individual versus the government, and the meaning of life. I cried at the end simply because it was over.

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kept me awake all night,

loved this book to pieces. Will listen to it many more times to come.
At times I am so cynical in regards to our human race, especially when it comes to the cruelty people are capable of inflicting on animals, that it's difficult to believe we might ever rise above some of the more base aspects of our nature. While I was listening to this story, it was as if my heart was being relieved for a time of that knowledge. The novel actually shines as a ray of hope for what we might become.
And, it was just a damn awesome story!
kudos Mr. Koonz

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  • 02-05-19

Nonsense?

Honestly, i mean its like the author took a big bag of mixed tiles with themes and dramatic situations written on them then selected some blindly from the bag to put into this story. However, apparently he selected every single high drama, wild idea, conspiracy theory and alphabet agency in the bag to write about and then attempted to smash it all into one story. My take, nonsense... Not even remotely could i place myself in this bizarro world he created to make it somewhat believable that in even an alternate universe could i find myself in the shoes of the protagonist.

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Such a wonderful story!

Just a beautiful story of love and loyalty, in all it’s two and four legged varieties. I can see why people say this is Koontz’s best work. Be warned- it’s going to give you major dog fever :)

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Spectacular

This is an amazing book with a great narrator. Absolutely fantastic! A must buy. You can't be disappointed.

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Best yet

Been listening to Dean Koontz’s books for awhile & just discovered this one—totally wonderful!
Thanks Mr. Koontz~

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Not a bad story, but...

The overall story itself was pretty good. The only issue that I had with its is there are sequences where he goes on descriptive tangents that could easily be finished with 1 or 2 sentences but tends to drone on for 4 or 5 minutes. Over all I would definitely recommend this book.

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Great book

This book is heartfelt, sweet and smart. The narrator was good but not excellent, thus the 4 star overall rating. If you are a dog lover, this book will enthrall and move you. Enjoy!

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  • 06-09-18

Best book by Dean Koontz

This may have been one of his earliest books but it’s my favourite. It’s got everything you could want in what he calls a rip roaring good story.

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  • Mike
  • 06-21-18

Love this book

I absolutely love this book, my favourite Dean Koontz novel, read many years ago, and hugely enjoyed again. Highly recommend people, don’t hesitate, download it and listen now.

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  • Amelialegbar ♥️
  • 05-26-18

EXCELLENT

One of my favourite all time Koontz novels, that I have read many many times in the past and now available on Audible!
I loved listening to the story, a whole new dimension to this excellent story, one I intend to listen to many times in the future!

Super narration too!

Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Mr
  • 07-21-18

Excellent Koontz at his best

Really enjoyed this audio version of a Koontz classic
Arguably one of his finest stories, with great narration

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  • yvonne fahy
  • 08-27-18

Koontz at his best.

as a dog lover myself, I found it to be most entertaining. I loved this book

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  • Andy B
  • 11-13-19

For Dog Lovers

A strange headline for a review, but what can I say. It is a great and truly original story. And a bonus for dog lovers. I felt sorry for the outsider though. The narrator is so good that I searched for him for my next reads!

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  • Philip C
  • 08-17-18

A wonderfully gripping story

Could have listened to this in one sitting if time allowed. Great characters, gripping story and well read too.

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  • Kaz.vincent
  • 06-14-18

Dean Koontz best ever book

until listening to the afterword I did not realise how long ago this book was written. it was the book that started me following Dean koontz about 30 years ago. has always been my favourite and the original paper back never being got rid of. not having much time for reading was over the moon when it was finally released in audible form. a must to listen to. BRILLIANT

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  • jordan begley
  • 11-28-19

Second time around

I read this book when I was 15 and wanted to relive it in a new way, this story is one of my faves. And it actually unnerves me a little bit I’ve recommended this to everyone I know. Take a chance on it! Hope you enjoy !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-24-18

My favourite book

Watchers was the first Dean Koontz book I bought and I read it so many times my 1st copy almost fell apart. Thrilled to find it on audible and enjoyed it all over again

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  • david
  • 08-15-18

Super stoked

What a book!
The blurb didn’t read amazingly to me, however, it truly was an amazing read.

The story is utterly incredible and you fall in love with the wonderful characters.

I wish it didn’t end .

Read it! ( or listen ;)

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  • Barb
  • 02-01-20

A First Class Story

I first read this wonderful book mang years ago when it was first published Now at 86 yearrs of age, with failing eyesight, I have bee n able to revisit this story. Thanks to all involved in this Audible productio n. Five stars all round.

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  • Blake Parbery
  • 10-28-18

pretty good

Reader was excellent, story itself was pretty good, characters were believable but a little too sugar sweet

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  • Dorothy Rankin
  • 12-24-18

An excellent story

What can I say but a absolutely fantastic read I am glad I discovered your books Dean Koontz they have kept me company on my journeys. Can’t wait to read more of your books.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-12-18

Great book

One of Dean Koontz's best stories, wonderfully narrated. Well worth the purchase price. I'm off to the library to download more now.

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  • Gail
  • 10-28-18

Dean Koontz is one of my most favourite author's. Watchers is the very 1st book I ever read of his and is my most favourite read. I love how this have been read and will most diffently revisit it time and time again.

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  • Tim
  • 08-07-20

A middle aged mormon sci fi nerd's wet dream?

What was this nonsense. I mean. wow this is bad. Had a promising open and then it's just weird jarring nonsense for the sake of it. delta force and wonder pooch take on the baddies and moralise their way through the tenderloin like they read about it in a comic. It's almost like Koontz not so subtly dedicated this to rugged misogynists worldwide.

Dean Koontz wrote a black character jiving about the pains of being a brother, like an awkward tactless tonedeaf centre dem larping as a black cop hunting baboon bigfoot.

Basically I'm disappointed I don't have the paperback because at least I could clean myself after passing faeces. there could be some kind of redemption for the text in that scenario. but not now

Watchers made me more stupid.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-19

Excellent

Took me about an hour to properly get into it but once I did I was hooked! Right until the very last word.....

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  • Grant
  • 09-18-18

Totally enthralling

Absolutely loved this book it was so hard to stop listening and do anything other than listen to this book.

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  • Kieren Roberts
  • 05-09-21

Einstein best boy

There have been a few books that have grabbed my until the end, this one is one of the few.