Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.
"[Suzy] Jackson narrates with verve and also conveys a folksy quality in Bibi's dialogue with friends, her parents, and her boyfriend, a Navy SEAL. With dramatic flair, Jackson collapses the distance between the protagonist and listeners. Her deliberate pacing and Koontz's inventiveness as a storyteller are a terrific pairing." (AudioFile)
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Boring and Meandering
One of the facets of Dean Koontz books I enjoy are the quirky characters and the humor along with the chills. I found the characters in this one not all that likeable and even though he reaches for some quirky characters, they are too contrived and not all that interesting. For example: the surfer mom and dad who break into surf lingo now and then seemed a contrived reach back to Mr. Koontz's Christopher Snow books. It just didn't seem to make sense in this one. I found the heroine of the story annoying and didn't really care what happened to her. The story seems to meander around a lot without getting to the heart of the story. There are a lot of boring side trips that don't seem relevant. In fact, it lost me by about the middle and I will return it. I actually bought the book because I love Dean Koontz's books that have dogs in them and the sample included the heroine finding a lost Golden Retriever. Unfortunately, as far as I got in the book, this is only a very minute segment that is a memory of the leading character and which through most of the part I listened to, never came up again.
More humor, making the dog more of the story, some of his old creativity with characterizations.
Whiney, annoying, squeaky. But, then, I have to admit I've only found very few female narrators that I care for.
The Golden Retriever, that plays a very small part in the book.
I have read or listened to all of Dean Koontz's books and have been a long time fan. So, I always look forward with eagerness to the next one. My favorites are the ones with interesting quirky, but likable characters and lots of Dean's signature humor amid the chaos (which makes the thriller quality of his stories more palatable). This one seemed like it was a story that wasn't quite well thought out....like a sort of "filler book" because he is expected to turn out a certain number of books in a time period, maybe? I realize that every writer has ideas that just don't work and certainly, I have to give him credit for writing many books over the years that are really wonderful and creative. Unfortunatelly, this, in my opinion, isnt one of his best.
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