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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...

©1986, 2018 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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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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Great Read.

loved this one. It was definitely worth buying.
I will listen to this book again!

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  • Sharon
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • 09-22-18

Everybody says this is great

It's good. But I disagree, it is not great, it is very good. It's an easy listen, the narrator does well, good inflection, not many mispronunciations (my pet hate). The story itself is a little mundane in my humble opinion, not one of Koontz's best. A good story to listen to, go do something else and pick up again.

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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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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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  • Leigh
  • Booker, TX USA
  • 07-25-18

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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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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Wonderful Book!!

I stayed on the edge of my seat and caught myself holding my breath with excitement!

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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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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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  • 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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  • Mrs
  • 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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  • Mikey
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • cliff
  • 07-02-18

Incredibly captivating

Such a lovely violent, compassionate story, it embraces all emotional aspects of people, even the bad ones....

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  • Kaz Whiteley
  • 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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  • Promis Christodoulou
  • 06-13-18

one of my favourites

Absolutely loved it, start to finish. I first read it some years ago and listening to it some 20 years later didn't take anything away from the experience. A really good bit of escapism.

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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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  • Grant
  • 09-18-18

Awsome

Excellent narrator fantastic story wish there was more. No spoilers but if you like Dean grab this one.