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Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate - and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands.… Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children - Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pay for her sins.…
Because Amy is pregnant.
And the carnival is coming back to town.
©2001 Universal Studios Publishing Rights, a division of Universal Studios Licensing, Inc. (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with The Berkley Publishing Group, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 02-15-15

Early, not so good, Koontz

I like most of Koontz, but this book is far from the best of Koontz. I would have to review my reviews to see if there is any Koontz I liked less than this one. That said, it is still better than most in the genre (but that is not saying much).

This is a new release to Audible, but an old Koontz book published back in 1980. He has some good early work, but there are a few early stinkers. This is one of those.

Usually Koontz has great characters, a compelling story, some interesting surprises, a satisfying ending, and superior prose. All of these features are lacking in this one dimensional surprise-less story. Early in the book the outcome is foreshadowed, and then it happens, and then it is over. I was totally unsatisfied by the abrupt and uninteresting ending. Occasionally Koontz does a story with a simple good (God) vs. evil (Satan) plot, and this is one of those (which I find among his least compelling styles).

This book has more frank and explicit sex and drugs then most Koontz so it might not be great for younger readers.

I do a lot of Audible and have become, over the years, very forgiving regarding narration. I appreciate great narration, but if I can hear and understand the words, I am generally not distracted by poor narration. This was an exception, the weak characterizations, annoying whines, intoxicated drawls, and baked speech patterns were too much for me.

This is one Koontz I would not recommend.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Patty on 02-22-15

I read this 35 years ago!

5 minutes into listening to this "new Dean Koontz novel" I realized I had read it before. Memorable, only because of how mediocre it was. With just a little digging, I found that this had been published under the name of "Owen West" (a Dean Koontz "pen name"...who knew?).
Not so good the first time around. We should be warned when they dust off old works and try to pass them off as new.

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