The Face

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Dylan Baker
  • 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an insidious killer - and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life.Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.


What the Critics Say

"Great kudos to Koontz for creating, within the strictures of popular fiction, another notable novel of ideas and of moral imperatives." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler." (The Times (London))
"...The suspense builds smoothly and steadily in Baker's hands." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Entertaining but predictable

Interesting mix of the typical "cop thriller" with the supernatural. Unfortunately, some of the characters crossed the line to caricature, and the plot, though suspenseful, was predictable.

A fun "read", if not inspiring. Not at the top of my list, but it was worth listening.
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- Geoffrey


Dean Koontz has become a writer I can only describe as, verbose, bombastic, wordy, gabby, garrulous, long winded, loquacious, redundant, repetitive and tedious. Anyone who read the book will recognize the parallel I am drawing (the scene where Corky walks into the arcade) Listening to this book was akin to physical pain at times. The author spends so much time over describing and using un-needed and certainly unwanted metaphors that the plot becomes stale. I have given Mr. Koontz the benefit of the doubt for the last time.
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- Ripp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-30-2003
  • Publisher: Random House Audio