Wilderness and Other Stories

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Dick Hill, MacLeod Andrews, Will Damron, Tanya Eby
  • 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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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This is a mixed bag of stories. Some are horror, some are Sci-Fi, and some are religious. Some are great, some are so-so, some are amateurish, and one is agonizing long and religious.

As a horror fan and one who likes his stories to have unexpected dark twists, I loved KITTENS. As someone who is in love with his Teacher wife and who knows what an extraordinary job she does, I loved MISS ATTILA THE HUN. OLLIE'S HANDS was a heart touching paranormal story. BRUNO, sounded like a good start to a paranormal series, similar to Dresden files, but since it was written in 1971, I guess that is not going to happen. The Black Pumpkin was scary. I also enjoyed WE THREE. WILDERNESS, was a prequel to his book INNOCENCE. The story was okay, but was not necessary to read before reading the novel. With the exception of one story the rest were fair to middle. The last story, TWILIGHT OF DAWN, is around two hours long and is agonizing. It is Koontz attempt to get you to believe in God. A lot of his stories, especially the latter written ones, have morality lectures, but if you have read Koontz before, than you are used to that.

I enjoyed this collection and if Koontz has more I will listen to those. If you are trying to decided though, King's Bazaar collection is much better.

I loved all the narrators, especially Dick Hill.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Some good stories. On par with King story collecti

Some of the stories here are really good if you like fantastical twilight zone style shorts.
Some of the readers here are awesome. Tanya Eby just does not pass muster though so I'm knocking a star off here.
I've read a couple of times how Koontz writes a story. Its unusual. He starts with page one. Edits it. Finishes it. Then works on page 2. On and on until the book is done. I can easily imagine him starting each one of these stories in the same vein only to find that he has reached an ending sooner than expected or that the inspiration peters out.
Some of the stories are bad. Some are good. Its a mixed bag.
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- clifford

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-13-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio