The House of Thunder

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Laural Merlington, Mel Foster
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a cavern called The House of Thunder, Susan Thornton watched in terror as her lover died a brutal death in a college hazing. And in the following four years, the four young men who participated in that grim fraternity rite likewise died violently. Or did they?Twelve years later, Susan wakes in a hospital bed. Apparently involved in a fatal accident, she is suffering from amnesia. She does't remember who she is or why she is there. All she knows is that her convalescence is unfolding into a fearful nightmare - and that the faces that surround her, pretending loving care, are those of the four men involved in that murder years ago.Have the dead come back to life? Or has Susan plunged into the abyss of madness? With the help of her neuro-surgeon, Susan desperately clings to her sanity while fighting to uncover who or what could be stalking her.

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What the Critics Say

"The reading duo of Merlington and Foster is smooth together. First, they lull you into an almost peaceful state of mind, then they lower the boom - sending chills up your spine." (AudioFile)

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House of Thunder/Other New Dean Koontz Novels

Dean Koontz is my favorite author and I was overjoyed when I learned that Audible had acquired 13 "NEW" Dean Koontz audiobooks. However, my joy lessened and soon became disappointment when I realized that these new editions, all but one, predate those titles that were previously available at Audible. I was not disappointed simply because I discovered that these novels were written earlier in Mr. Koontz' career, but because of the quality of my first selection, House of Thunder.

House of Thunder, published in 1982, is almost unrecognizable as novel by the same author of my favorite novel, Intensity. Adding to the dubious plotline and poorly drawn characters, House of Thunder has the misfortune of being recorded as a dual recording by actors who may not be able to find work in soap operas. It stubbles along as something less appealing than even old radio dramas and is made even more clumsy than those types of recordings by the required insertions of "he said" or "she said", after each narrator speaks, to be literally accurate.

In comparison, Intensity, published in 1995, is like fire caught up in a bottle, its light flickering from orange to blue and then to blazing red. It begins, "The red sun balances on the highest ramparts of the mountains and in its waning light, the foothills appear to be ablaze. A cool breeze blows down out of the sun and fans through the tall dry grass, which streams like waves of golden fire along the slopes toward the rich and shadowed valley...He feels the cold glimmer of stars that are not yet visible.

The author's talent improved as his journey lengthened. Though I was disappointed with House of Thunder, I was less so with Winter Moon, published in 1994. Though published just one year before Intensity, Winter Moon falls short of this author's genius.

I won't rule out the earlier titles, but I would hasten that the buyer beware by finding publication dates on the web.
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- Cynthia

Chiller to Thriller

Susan Thornton is the main character in this book. After a car crash she wakes up in a hospital and can't remember various parts of her life. What she does remember is a murder she witnessed when she was younger. Then anytime someone mentions her employer, who she can't remember panic sets in.
This was a great fast paced book. I read it in one day. Like most of the books by Mr. Koontz, the characters are colorful and well written. At times this book is a little far fetched but that's fiction.
If your looking for a book that is part medical thriller, espionage thriller, supernatural and just a lot of fun to read, then this is for you.
I gave this book 4 stars and have recommended it to many of my friends.
Pick it up and enjoy.
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Book Details

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