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The fate of the world is in the hands of a father and daughter in an epic novel of wonder and terror by Dean Koontz, the number one New York Times best-selling master of suspense.

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his 11-year-old daughter, Amity, in Suavidad Beach. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep.

Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object - something he calls “the key to everything” - and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder, could Michelle be just a click away?

Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

Includes an audio-only short story, "Parlor Trick," a kind of karmic coda to the novel.

©2020 The Koontz Living Trust (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Great story, cringe worthy female voice talent

Love Koontz, loving the story so far, and the male voice actor is awesome. If he were the sole narrator, this review would have been 5 stars all the way! The female voice talent however has gone from simply irritating to making my ears bleed. She emotes so little, and her intonation and diction is so awful, it's like she's reading a foreign language book out loud to herself. The worst part is that ENUNCIATION is seemingly not a thing. The word is cold not CODE, titled not TIGHT-TOED, written not RIDDEN. Was there no audio producer available for this book? I'm seriously struggling to finish this one. From now on, no matter how much I love an author, no matter how intriguing the storyline may be, if her name is listed as a narrator, it'll be a hard pass.

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  • sandieclaus
  • 2020-10-08

What’s the female characters name???

I’m having trouble listening to the story and enjoying it because the woman reading keeps calling herself Eminy or Aminy instead of Amity. Every once in a bit it sounds like Amity. I literally can’t concentrate on what I’m hearing because whenever she’s reading I’m ready to cringe every time she says her own characters name incorrectly. It’s so irritating I’m considering just buying it again on kindle so I don’t have to hear her doing that.

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  • Robin A. Monroe
  • 2020-10-07

Good book, poor performance

The story was good but the young girl who narrated was very hard to listen to. She needs to learn what punctuation is and how much it matters to the story.

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  • hambrick91
  • 2020-10-09

Excellent story one narrator is terrible

The story is great, lots of tension and "how will they get out of this" moments. It is well-paced and well-written on the whole. The male narrator does a great job with his portion of the story. My issue is the female narrator who is reading the female point of view. I get that she is narrating an 11-year-old girl for most of her parts, but she is just...sloppy in her reading. Sometimes she enunciates, but often she slurs words together in such a way as make them difficult to understand. She also employs a slightly whiny/annoying pitch and tone to her voice that is just off-putting and doesn't seem to fit the personality of the tough young girl she is meant to portray.

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  • Charles Lawrence
  • 2020-10-12

REALLY needs to re-record the daughter character

I would vastly prefer just to have the male narrator do the entire book. Whoever the female narrator is reads at a 10th grade level, like she’s in a sophomore English class. DEAR AUTHOR: Please re-record the female character. Book is otherwise very difficult to get through.

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  • Brutis
  • 2020-10-07

Tried

I really tried. About an hour in I snugged my tin foil hat on and tried to power through but I couldn't make it.

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  • Maime
  • 2020-10-12

Really LOVE Dean Koontz and Edoardo Ballerini BUT.

The other narrator (a young Girl) was EXTREMELY difficult to listen to... This book would have been perfect if it had only been narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Each time the female narration came up the voice was like nails on a chalkboard and slightly difficult to understand. It was distracting. I know when I get a Dean Koontz book I am in for an engaging, well written, interesting story. This was an exception to this rule because of the narrator that played the part of the Daughter. I think this book might be better to read, rather than as an Audible narrated selection.

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  • Nathan G
  • 2020-10-08

Classic Koontz with some repetition

I enjoyed this book. The female narrator was slower than I'd prefer, with several moments of wondering if the player actually turned off. Overall I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys Koontz previous works or SciFi in general.

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  • lovetoread
  • 2020-10-09

Sorry I wasted my money

This story could have been so much better Edoardo Ballerini is a great narrator other than that I hated the fact that the daughter was so demanding and the father was so willing to risk everything answering to her demands I hated the fact that they went back-and-forth a little a terrible terrible story too much back-and-forth and certainly didn’t need to have a child narrate Book was far-fetched even for Dean Koontz

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  • Sara Ates
  • 2020-10-07

Loved it!

Very interesting and entertaining book. Thumbs up to Dean Koontz. He always delivers a fantastic and imaginative tale with lots of twists and turns. Great narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-10-28

Female narrator doesn’t speak to punctuation.

Great story, great male narrator but oh my goodness the female narrator would take pauses or breaths mid sentence and then start again like it was a new sentence. So annoying! And her reading was also sloppy. If it was redone I would like to have another go.

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