"The world is a machine that produces endless surprises and mysteries layered on mysteries." "Wilderness," a darkly intriguing short story first published as an e-book original, was written as prelude to Dean Koontz's novel of mystery, suspense, and strange wonder - Innocence.
Addison Goodheart was born in an isolated home surrounded by a deep forest, never known to his father, kept secret from everyone but his mother, who barely accepts him. Only in the woods, among the wildlife, is Addison truly welcome. Only there can he be at peace. Until the day he first knows terror, the day when his life changes radically and forever....
Twelve of the other fourteen short stories and novelettes included in this audio anthology were most recently reissued in a print collection entitled Strange Highways, published by Warner Books (1995). The other two - "The Scariest Thing I Know" (2000) first published in Martha Stewart Living magazine and "Hostage Situation" (2009) in The New York Times Summer Thriller series. Only the short work "Down in the Darkness," has ever been produced for audio.
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Not what I expected
The first story about Addison was the best.
No. The second story "kittens" was horrible! The female narrator was worse! How she ended up following the first narrator or any other is beyond me! What a slap in the face to all listeners to have to listen to her!
Remove the female narrator from all audio books!
Weird Mix of Short Stories
I enjoy reading most Koontz books but this one was an odd compilation of short stories, some of which were decent and some of which were utterly horrible. It sort of seemed like a collection of unrelated ideas that never were fully developed into complete stories.
Yes, I am viewing this book as an anomaly and will read other Koontz books.