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

Don't bother

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.
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- Tracey Hoover

Book Details

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