Cold Fire

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson
  • 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Reporter Holly Thorne is intrigued by Jim Ironheart, who has saved 12 lives in the past three months. Holly wants to know what kind of power drives him, why terrifying visions of a churning windmill haunt his dreams, and just what he means when he whispers in his sleep that an enemy who will kill everyone is coming.

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A real disappointment

It should have been a great story but it just didn't mesh. I kept at it, listening until the end, even though, frankly I found myself bored about half way thru. I didn't buy the romance between Holly and Jim and the anger that kept popping up seemed contrived as though Jim's rage was something he was told to display and not what he actually felt.

I don't normally give one star ratings because very few books elicit such a strong reaction as to make me feel as though I've wasted my time but this was a book that could have been so good. Perhaps if Koontz had either gone the religious route or the alien route and then settled on the reality, the reader would have felt a sense of nightmare, discovery, and healing. Instead Koontz had the character and thus the reader barely (key word here, BARELY) examine the core beliefs of religon and alien ideology, like skimming thru a thick medical book and then going, ok, here's the answer--now you're cured.

Ah huh.

None of it felt real.

And neither did Holly or Jim or the world of "Cold Fire".

Carol Cowan's performance was fine but Michael Hanson sounded snobbish...lol, perhaps, HE was bored with the book.
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- Malia Nash

Unbearable

I have listened to hundreds of titles as I drive several hours every day and have finished them all, even the really rotten stories. This story is really rotten, but what kills the book is the narrators. They take a really rotten story and make it unbearable. I simply could not make it to the end. For once, I can say I do not know how a book ended, and I don't care! I got a good ways through -- all the way to the point in the tower -- but could listen no more. It is an indictment on the quality of the story that I have no inclination to find out how it ended. koontz's The Critic was 3x the book this one was, and that is not saying much.
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- Gary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-10-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio