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Publisher's Summary

There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever.
Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.
©2014 Dean Koontz (P)2014 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By kimberlee on 07-14-14

Dean Koontz is back!

Would you listen to The City again? Why?

I hesitated to buy this book because Koontz has shall we say, "lost his touch" in some of his latest books. But hey, it's Koontz and I have to try because maybe I'll find the magic of Watcher's, or Strangers, and not the boredom of Darkest Night of the Year. In the city, I found it. This wasn't really a horror story as much as it is a story of surviving adversity. The supernatural is subtle but still drives the story. I really loved all of the characters and found myself whispering, "Don't let anything happen to this one." frequently throughout; I just had to know what happened next. The narrator portrayed each person clearly so that you always new who was speaking. The ending was perfect for the story. I loved this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Byron on 07-08-14

Simple but profound coming of age story

It's very difficult for me to pin point why I enjoy Koontz's writing so much, but I thoroughly enjoy every book of his that I have read. It's the way he turns a phrase, and seven words are actually better than one word in his writing. He takes simple thoughts and makes them sound profound. He makes me think with just the simplest statements. For example, in THE CITY, he says numerous times, "no matter what happens, everything will be all right in the end.". For most people's belief systems, this is very true, but I never thought of it in such a straight forward way.

THE CITY is basically the coming of age story of a young African American boy, Jonah Kirk, born in the late 40's. He tells his life story around the events of the day. He's a musical prodigy from a musical family. Though his father had left the family when Jonah was very young, circumstances happen where his father's actions actually have a profound affect on Jonah's life.

It's difficult to say any more about this story without giving spoilers, so I'll just say that Koontz still remains one of my favorite authors and I think that it's definitely worth any serious reader's time to enjoy the style and stories of Koontz. I listened to this on Audible which I believe enhanced this story because it seemed as though Jonah was actually talking about his own life.

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4 out of 5 stars
By scottie on 03-24-17

Best book he has done in 10 years

This is probably the best book koontz has done in 10 years!!

Slow start but keep with it

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4 out of 5 stars
By Julja on 09-19-14

Out of my comfort zone but worth a read

Would you listen to The City again? Why?


Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

I love Mr Koontz. This was a bit of a departure from his normal fare. Interesting and engaging.

What does Korey Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Nicely narrated.

Any additional comments?

My gut reaction was to dislike it but it turned out better than I was expecting. Worth persevering with!

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