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Watchers

Written by: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (113 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nominee for the 2019 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator

A “superior thriller” (Oakland Press) about a man, a dog, and a terrifying threat that could only have come from the imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz - nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods.

That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

©1986, 2018 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Odd start but well worth the listen

Originally I did not think I was going to get far into this story. The begin was violent in my mind and I could not see where it was going. I now understand why it was needed in the beginning. Brilliant!! Dean it was a rip roaring rattling good story. Sad I am done reading it yet I don’t think I could take anymore suspense.

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winner

I just always loved this story, so it's really nice when someone reads it too you. It really puts you in alot of other characters shoes.

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its ookay

The story is slow for what I'm use to listing to. Its not scary! good for teens

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Just OK for me

I found the first part of the story intriguing and had me hooked however was struggling towards the end and lost its mystery and interest for me. Although I'm sure the book is some readers fav story it was just OK. Well narrated.

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enjoyable tale

I enjoyed this one! I'm not an avid Koontz reader, and I didn't enjoy the last one of his I tried, but I liked this one.

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Strange and odd

This was my first exposure to Dean Koontz. The story is well written but the context was a bit too out their for me. Experiments gone array, communicating dogs, fog monsters. Well written but not my thing.

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Overall excellence

A unique, atypical love story with a favourable hero and some interesting twists throughout. The author includes many messages that serve as a reminder of daily life values. The narrator's engaging delivery makes for an excellent listen and a difficult book to step away from. Can't forget the Geriatric James Bond!

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I Loved this book!!!

Great, great, great book!!! Every time I had to step away, I couldn't wait to get back to it.

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Captivating Story

The book flows well. The development of the characters is some of the best I’ve experienced. The storyline is solid and keeps you captivated to the end. Highly recommend!

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Sorry, but fiddle broken on this one

I was really looking forward to this book however I just found the "talking dog" aspect was taken way too far. There were times I almost stopped listening, I just found some of it quite corny and predictable and so unrealistic. The narration was great though!

There were parts I rather enjoyed and hence I gave the book an overall the stars. I enjoyed the part where the lawyer is trying to make "the phone call" without the security agency being able to listen in or trace it. This was very well written and thought out in a very entertaining way.
If you can get past a genetically engineered dog that can talk by arranging scrabble tiles to express himself and understands all aspects of human living you will likely enjoy this book. This dog also has an extreme sense of his sixth sense to the point where he is psychic. For me it required far too extreme suspension of disbelief to give it a higher rating.

Also, the story line of the crazy repair man who terrorized Nora was just odd to me. She didn't call the company he worked for to complain not to mention, you would think there would have been several complaints about him prior to it going where it did.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-31

A stunning masterpiece that leaves you with hope.

I don't normally write reviews but this story has left me awestruck. Dean Koontz's greatest work in my opinion. At the end you will be left with a great hope for the world and a realization of the power of connections made with others, be it humans, dogs, or any other form of life capable of love.

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  • 2018-07-14

Absolutely splendid. A 'tail waging' worthy tale indeed.

In a 2003 interview, DK said, "Watchers is the best book I've ever written...it's my finest hour." And I wholeheartedly agree. Watchers is a true masterpiece of fiction. There's no doubt that this novel will continue to stand the test of time.

Eduardo Ballerini's performance is, quite simply, beautiful. Whether the characters are human, monsters, animals, or NSA agents, the life and depth of emotion he brings out in them is unparalleled.
MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

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  • Leigh
  • 2018-07-25

The Best of Koontz

Koontz is my favorite. I have read many of his works and this is, by far, the best of them. The book is 30 years old, but this is my first introduction to it. The story stands the test of time with themes of love and friendship. On a deeper level, Koontz addresses the morality of genetic testing, the power of the individual versus the government, and the meaning of life. I cried at the end simply because it was over.

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  • Tango Trouble
  • 2018-08-23

Such a wonderful story!

Just a beautiful story of love and loyalty, in all it’s two and four legged varieties. I can see why people say this is Koontz’s best work. Be warned- it’s going to give you major dog fever :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-24

Spectacular

This is an amazing book with a great narrator. Absolutely fantastic! A must buy. You can't be disappointed.

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  • deb
  • 2018-10-11

kept me awake all night,

loved this book to pieces. Will listen to it many more times to come.
At times I am so cynical in regards to our human race, especially when it comes to the cruelty people are capable of inflicting on animals, that it's difficult to believe we might ever rise above some of the more base aspects of our nature. While I was listening to this story, it was as if my heart was being relieved for a time of that knowledge. The novel actually shines as a ray of hope for what we might become.
And, it was just a damn awesome story!
kudos Mr. Koonz

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  • Karen R Moore
  • 2018-06-03

Best yet

Been listening to Dean Koontz’s books for awhile & just discovered this one—totally wonderful!
Thanks Mr. Koontz~

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-09-23

Great book

This book is heartfelt, sweet and smart. The narrator was good but not excellent, thus the 4 star overall rating. If you are a dog lover, this book will enthrall and move you. Enjoy!

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  • Victoria Harriman
  • 2018-12-17

Decent story, poor writing

This was my first Dean Koontz novel and I was highly disappointed. The story itself was interesting, but I found the writing long winded and irritating. Lots and lots and LOTS of “telling”, not much “showing”. I felt no connection to the characters, no empathy, no suspense. The way every line of action was followed by a paragraph of how the character feels about what’s happening, it was like when someone tells a joke and then explains why it’s funny. Dude...just stop. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The writing killed it for me.

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  • MK
  • 2019-05-27

Great Start; Lame Finish

The book was great until the last six hours. Then it became cheesy. The writing was lazy, the research nonexistent, and the plot predictable as hell. One example: Travis apparently was in Delta Force. But his actions in response to danger are ridiculous. He makes stupid mistakes that even Forrest Gump wouldn’t make. It was just lazy writing. Do your research, Koontz.

No lie, you’ll hate the last 5-6 hours. It’s meaningless detail after meaningless detail. We spend 30 minutes listening to how the two idiot main characters are going to spend the night at the vet while their sick dog is treated. It’s pointless filler. And the way they react to their dog vomiting is so utterly annoying and stupid.

I had to turn the book off because it got so bad that I couldn’t stand to listen to another second.

Last Koontz I listen to.

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