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From the Corner of His Eye

Written by: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Stephen Lang
Length: 21 hrs and 52 mins
5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person's life has an effect on every other person's, in often unknowable ways.

At 13, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds and entwines with others results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure.

©2000 Dean Koontz (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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"A literary miracle...a tapestry of intrigue and suspense." ( Boston Globe)

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Wonderful.

This book I found most inspiring.Please excuse and slpelling or misprints, As I am in my way becoming lime Barty. I am going blind at age 65. So now most book I listen to rather than read. 5his book as greater meaning to me than most readers because of this. But it also gives me great gope that my live can go on with great meaning. I am not going into a dark abyss but one that can still see not with my eyes as before but wirh my mind. I have the vast stores of 65 years of sites I have in my memories.I also have the memoreis of all the books that I have read and listened to. Many of the critic that have may nasy coments that Mr.Koontz rattles on in discriptive folly in his book shoyld maybe try to imaging what it is like to only be able to see what Mr. Koontz discribes. I have only see the desert land scape once long a go through 5he passenger window of a car going in excess of 70 mph a the smell of Sage first think in rhe morning as the heat of the sun mingles the many plants the grow in late Oct to the most wonderful fragrences off the floor of the desert. I have not got the talent to make this come to live the way Mr. Koontz can. I do not need my eyes to see the woders that he weaves into tapastry so vivid that I see the desert and tows , cities and most of all the people in this book and in all his books.This book was so vivid in description that I seem it as if I watched it as a video in my head.The people are so real and vivid it was like I was there as everytbing happend. I was an invisable unable to inter act with what was happening bus seeing everything. Mr. Koontz made me apart of the book.I felt everything of every charater felt, even the mad Cain. But I felt most what Mr. Koontz had made Barty and It give me stregnrb to face what is coming in my near future. I had always thought that I could handle being deaf, or not being able to walk. Which is also in my near future, however I could never cope with living in darkness.I have had a fear of the dark akk my live. I always had nightlights in e ery room in my home. This has followed my since I was a baby. Now I have only one in my bedroom so when I wake I know that my sight as not yet failed me and I still have one more day of light.I undergo an injection in my eye in tbe hopes of delaying the pending dark. But I know in my heart and mind that the dark is coming and now after listening to this book that I like Barty in the book will continue with out f3ar. I will learn to adapt and thrive. Sorry that I am not the best at spelling or using this vertual keyboad. I hope that a great many people are inspired by this book as I and they take away more than just a good read when they are done. I am also sorry for such a long prattle of words. maybe I should learn to spell and write my own book. I think a good tital would be AND THE PRATTLE GOES FOREVER ON.LOL
Thank you for reading my over worded review that really come down to This book is one of his best right up there with the Odd Thomas books for I have read and listened to more than 4 times. This one I have listened to twice. The first t8me I listened without stopping. Rifht through to rhe end and the second time I listend off an on as I played it for my daughter in law who is in the palitive care in the hospital dieing of brain cancer. I think this book gave her some much needed hope even for whats to come. this book is hope and fhe power of love.

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  • Mfsm2001
  • 2008-03-29

wonderment

Rapidly, Koontz has become one of my favorite authors. His way with descriptive words never ceases to amaze me. I have read none of his books so far that I wouldn't recommend highly as a must read.
From the Corner of His Eye is so descriptive that I've played back sections just to listen to the descriptions and to wonder why the 'normal' person can't delight in the daily wonders that Koontz can so vividly describe. Some people consider this to make some of his books drag and there are times that I find myself thinking the same thing - then I relax and realize that he's making you enjoy the experience instead of letting you rush through it.
The wonderment of the prodigy and the horrors of the twisted is very evident in this book. The description of Junior and his development puts you right in the mind of the psychopath. Barty is a total delight as a child and gives you hope for mankind.

45 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason Cooperrider
  • 2008-11-23

THE best Koontz book!

Great characters, great story, great book. This is easily Koontz's best book and one of my favorite books of all time. It was a sad moment when I finished this book, as I never wanted it to end. Absolute perfection! It is a crime not to read this book.

44 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Caliope
  • 2007-12-24

Excellent

I have been a fan of Dean Koontz for many years and his writing gets better all the time. From The Corner of His Eye is no exception. From the very beginning the reader is catapulted into a world of shock then a place of awe and back again. The grating of good against evil is like that of fingernails on a blackboard. The characters are so well drawn that you love them and hate them with equal ferocity. In all of this there is a benevolent sense of humor and a deep belief that good will triumph over evil..... but there will be a cost. Great read.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Ric
  • 2007-12-06

Great Book

I have been using audible for several years now. I have rated books but never felt compelled to write a review. The character development was outstanding, I experienced an uncommon bond with the characters. I laughed, I cried. You rob your self by not enjoying this book.

43 of 45 people found this review helpful

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  • Jasper
  • 2008-09-29

A really great book!

One of the few really "stand out" books I've read or listened to for quite a while. Well written and just as important in this context, WELL READ--excellent reader. I'd recommend this book highly.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Tech Nut
  • 2008-06-25

A feel-good/bad story

Koontz manages to marry good and evil so masterfully in this book that I was creeped out on one page and hopeful on another.

The narrator is superb, particularly as Junior, whose view of morality is so inside-out as to be comical if the consequences of it were not so horrific. His self-righteous indignation comes shining through in his incessant and ridiculous self-talk.

The narrator's take on the children -- Bartie and Angel -- in this story is equally effective. Koontz perceptive dialogue is brought to life in such a way that I couldn't help but giggle and smile at their childlike conversations and simple truths.

As usual Koontz draws on some very interesting scientific theory to make this story work. A little quantum mechanics/physics adds an interesting dimension to this human drama/thriller. He doesn't overdo it, and somehow makes you want to believe it's all possible.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Tanya
  • 2007-12-24

WOW!

Absolutely a "sit on the edge of your seat" book. It was so good I had to listen to it again.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • D. Green
  • 2008-02-04

A Very Good Listen

I got this one and finished it in one day simply because I couldn't seem to stop. It was written in such a way where I was pulled in and couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next and how it was all going to unfold and connect. Koontz did a nice job with character development, and this one wasn't too freaky for him. Although it does have some concepts a bit "Out of the Box" but nothing too intense. I recommend this one!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Cathy
  • 2008-04-11

One Momentous Book

I have been listening to audible books for many years and this is truly one of the best. It is a blend of suspense, crime, and the ultimate goodness and humanity that we look for in the world. I know it sounds corny, but it works. Koontz brings the reader to a point of absolutely caring for the characters, and reacting to their times of tragedy and happiness as if they were family members. I was crying while driving at times during this outstanding book.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • 2012-02-03

Great Story

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I wasn't sure if I wanted to spend two credits on one audio book, but I'm glad that I decided to go for it. The narrator did a fantastic job.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful