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Intensity

A Novel
Written by: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
4 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Past midnight, Chyna Shepard, twenty-six, gazes out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend’s family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Foreman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer,” Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit. 

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive - until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess’s next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl...as moment by moment, the terrifying threat of Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

©1995 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Intense

I’ve read this book a couple times over the years and wanted to give the audio version a try. So darn good! Almost gave me a little anxiety.

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Most boring thriller / not a typical Koontz book

To be honest this story might have been good but I could only get through 6 hours. The voice actor is horrible. She’s got a monotone voice with absolutely no inflections. She might as well be reading a recipe.
Not much happens in 6 hours because every leaf is described. The heroine makes the most unbelievable decisions that remind me of old horrors where the dumb victim tries running in high heals. It’s not a smart book.

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Problematic pronunciations - stopped listening

Really struggling to finish this story. It started with a bang, but the narrator's pronunciation of common words is a bit jarring. If it were random and occasional, it wouldn't be an issue, but when it's the word 'certain' and used five times in a paragraph, it pulls you out of the story.
I bought this book because I enjoy dipping into DK's world (especially the first few books of the Odd Thomas series) and it was on sale. Had I listened to the sample, I probably would have skipped it. Recommend you listen first to see if this narrator is right for you.

*edit: gave up on this book. It's terrible. Not sure which is worse, the narration or the story. Definitely not one of DK's best.

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I normally love Dean Koontz books ...

If you really like overly descriptive books then you will love this one. Interesting story line but could have been told in half the words — way too drawn out.

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Not my best experience but then I am not an expert

Bought this book because it was cheap and I wanted something for a long trip. I am sure that Dean Koontz fans will love it and admire the authors use of language but it is not for me. After chapter four I jumped to the end I found the amount of detail in each scene way too much and since much of it is in the third person it’s a boring audio.

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Enunciation sucks

I don't normally write reviews, but here goes.
The story was good but the performance was terrible. Frankie Corzo needs to attend diction classes. She has almost entirely removed the letter t from the middle of most words. Buttons turns into bah-ens, certain becomes sur-en, mountains....well you get the gist. It happens so often that it takes away from the the actual story.
The next issue is that she mispronounces words all the time, the composer Mozart becomes mossart, andirons, also wrong and more.
I don't know where this girl grew up but they seem to have quite the way of speaking, and, it seems to me that if you are going to be an actress/narrator, you need to be able to speak the English language properly.
The story itself was good (Koontz never disappoints) but it was overshadowed by the constant reminders of this performer's speech impediments. I almost didn't finish it several times throughout the book, the only reason I did was because of the author and the story itself.
The old adage "you get what you pay for" is very true for this as I bought it through the Daily Deal.
Thanks for listening to my rant.

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Not his style

I couldn’t get past frist chapter. Excessive description of everything was so annoying and distracting. Normally I enjoy Mr. Koontz work. I returned this

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I found the narrator to have a monotone voice so much so that I found I needed to concentrate on what was being said and not her voice or I would lose focus. Even during what should have been said with a lot of expression the narrator’s voice would rarely change from its usual cadence.
I also found the content to be quite repetitive and even preachy at times as if the readers are incapable of getting the message.

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One word.

One word to describe this book: Intense. Hands down one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read/listened to. The performance as well kept me on my toes. Frankie Corzo brings the book to life. Bravo.

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A lot of words, a little story

I was really patient, waiting for action, mistery, story! And all I was getting was words about the trees of the forest or how the house arranged! Over 5 hours of listening, I had 10 minutes of story telling! The rest was playing with words. Probably some people would like this book because of wordiness. But I was looking for a story. 5hours was waisted.

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  • 2019-08-22

Narration painfully bad

Between the ‘valley girl’ accent ... “Ki-enn” for kitten and the non-pronunciation of T’s in general, to the astounding number of mispronounced words; I am at a loss as to how this person is employed as a narrator. Only my love and loyalty to Dean Koontz kept me hanging in there

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  • Brandy Rea
  • 2019-02-05

book is awesome... reader lacked excitement

loved the book, reader lacked excitement and animation... male reader was way better when I listened to this years ago

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  • Mimz
  • 2019-09-28

Great book...ok narration

Dean Koontz is one of my all time favorite authors. The story line of Intensity is very good and a typical Koontz nail biter. My biggest complaint about this audiobook version is that the narrator seems to keep a very monotone feel to the reading. Many other narrators make you feel like you are part of the book with their crescendo and diminuendos in the timber of their voice as they read the books but Frankie Corzo, at least in this book is very flat and I don’t feel like I’m seeing a movie in my mind.

Anyone that likes Koontz will enjoy this book, but I wouldn’t suggest this audio book.

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  • Shelly Farber
  • 2018-10-17

Great story poorly narrated

I read this book several years ago and couldn't put it down. The writing moved the story along in such a way that atmosphere it created was intense and I literally felt exhausted after I finished. This was in no way shape or form the way it was narrated, thereby making an exceptional read a disappointing listen.

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  • T. D. Copeland
  • 2018-08-13

second listen, still scary! Mr. Koontz weaves an i

This is the second time I've listened to this story; still scary! Mr Koontz is an excellent story teller.

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  • AmazonAddict-Joe
  • 2018-10-24

Way TOO Wordy!!!

Holy cow... the story may be half way good but the ‘over description’ of EVERYTHING made the story sooo much longer than it needed to be. It dragged and dragged because of the over dramatic excessive verbiage! Usually really like his books... disappointed!!

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  • Mattie Zieniewicz
  • 2019-04-04

OMG!! WOW!! This is an amazing book!!

This book grips you and doesn't let go! Well written and named. It had me on edge the entire time

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  • Tamara Nielson
  • 2018-08-04

Maybe not the best narrator

The narrator has some speech quirks that are distracting. One example is that she doesn’t pronounce the letter “t” if it is in the second syllable of a word. So the word “mittens” becomes “mi-ens”. It doesn’t ruin the experience but it is quite noticeable throughout the book.

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  • Sharon Lovegrove
  • 2018-07-17

My favorite Dean Koontz book!

There was an earlier audible version with a male narrator that was a bit better. Otherwise well done!

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  • Adrienne F Ryans
  • 2018-05-12

Awesome

I really loved this story.
This book made me think a lot about people who are in position to negatively or affect people’s lives. Presidents, police officers, senators , etc.
The killer really makes you think. The heroine makes you want her to succeed. You find yourself saying no, just save yourself.
I really liked this book.

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