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Amazing to me is the reviews are so opposite. It appears you either really enjoy this book (as I did) or you really don't. I like unabridged books and I found the Face to be a good length, entertaining, suspenseful, but a little bit of a weak ending.
Some reviewers mention the book is too wordy. From my prospective, not at all. I love the development of a story, analogies, wordsmiths and conjure up pictures in your mind. Koontz does a masterful job at this. The narrator is excellent, and, IMHO, the kid steals the book! Koontz develops this character the best, making you laugh, cry and feel his loneliness.
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While I certainly respect the opinons of other reviewers, I am glad I bought this book prior to reading the other reviews! It is amazing to me how far on the extremes different people can be reading the same book. I found The Face to be a delightfully fun audible experience. The plot was gripping and while I agree with others that Dean Koontz may not write literary masterpieces, he certainly knows how to build suspense in his books. There were a number of times a chapter would close on one character and I'd be anxious for the book to get back to their story, only to become wrapped up in what was going on with the current character. For me, one of the best parts of the book was how real and likeable the characters were. Contrast that with Mr. Murder (which I still liked), in which the Stillwater's family life, marriage and "adorable" children were saccharin-sweet and too nauseatingly perfect to be true and something that the average person can relate to. I like to use my iPod when I exercise, and I found myself taking much longer walks than my "minimum" just so I could keep listening to The Face. One final note - I am mystified as to why so many others slammed Dylan Baker as the narrator. I felt that he did a great job and was better than average. For me, his voice was pleasant and he put the right amount of emotion into the story without going overboard. There were a number of different voices and I felt he did really well with almost all of them. (His French chef needs a little work, though)
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