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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.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
I am a big Dean Koontz fan but this one is a klinker. Its hard to believe that this really smart character doesn't have a clue until the very end, when the reader has it pretty much figured out in the first chapter. Her obtuseness during the remainder of the book is frustrating, and the resolution outdated and unsatisfying (this book was written in the 80's and it shows bigtime). I would recommend Watchers (my favorite) or any other choice but this one.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I have just listened to this a second time. I was hooked again. I fell in love with the character (and voice) of Dr McGee and I thought the interplay between him and Susan Thorton was excellent. There is a great twist at the end.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
7 years listening to books, this was beyond awful. seriously awful awful awful awful awful awful