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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2019 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator with an afterword read by the author

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....

©1987 by Nkui, Inc. Afterword © 2003, 2018 by Dean Koontz. (P)2018 by Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“His best story yet! Cross Lassie with E.T., add a touch of The Wolfen and a dash of The Godfather, and you get a sense of some of the ingredients in this thriller....this is the sort of thoroughly frightening and entertaining tale that has its readers listening for noises in the night.” --Publishers Weekly

“His best ever, an imaginative and unusual blend of sense and sentiment. A fable about love and trust...with echoes of Frankenstein and The Island of Dr. Moreau. A breakthrough for Koontz.” --Kirkus Reviews

“Displaying...more depth and a lot more humor than Stephen King, Dean Koontz has really hit his stride.” --The New York Times Book Review 

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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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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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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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Well Worth the 16 hours!

If there is such a thing as a feel-good horror novel, this is it. I believe it was originally written in the late 1980’s, so it doesn’t rely on technology like cell phones, which I find refreshing. I
was originally reluctant, fearing that the dog component would be too emotional for me. I think, however, that any dog lover will find the story is worth it. I’m sorry to hear this one end.

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I loved the story but it was too slow paced for me.
the idea behind the story is great!

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Great Book

My wife and I love audio books while driving. this was a great one. captivating and fun story

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Excellent

This book was excellent - Great story - Loved it - Would recommend it to anyone.

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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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  • nat
  • 2022-01-25

This book

has not aged well. yes, this an engaging enough story line, but it is hard to digest the oh so out dated views of women, trauma and sexism.

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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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  • CW
  • 2019-02-05

Nonsense?

Honestly, i mean its like the author took a big bag of mixed tiles with themes and dramatic situations written on them then selected some blindly from the bag to put into this story. However, apparently he selected every single high drama, wild idea, conspiracy theory and alphabet agency in the bag to write about and then attempted to smash it all into one story. My take, nonsense... Not even remotely could i place myself in this bizarro world he created to make it somewhat believable that in even an alternate universe could i find myself in the shoes of the protagonist.

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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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  • Laura 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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  • Disavowed1979
  • 2019-07-09

Not a bad story, but...

The overall story itself was pretty good. The only issue that I had with its is there are sequences where he goes on descriptive tangents that could easily be finished with 1 or 2 sentences but tends to drone on for 4 or 5 minutes. Over all I would definitely recommend this book.

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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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  • Mary
  • 2019-12-06

It came from the 80's

I grew up reading Dean Koontz and was excited to listen to one as it's been over a decade. Somehow I did not realize when I bought this book that it was written in the 80's. I only noticed the audible release date of 2018. Boy oh boy is it truly a product of it's era. I'll be honest- I could not finish it. I think we all have books or authors that we grew up loving, only to find their views or works problematic when we grew up. I personally found his characters, especially the females, to be personifications of the socially prioritized standard for the time (men are tough, hero-soldiers, who are considered poetic loners rather than suicidally depressed and the women are either horrible shrews or beautiful, chaste, mice that are too cowed and terrified to recognize their own beauty or worth until a man, predatory or otherwise, tells them about it) and it made it incredibly difficult to care about the plot.
If you're a die-hard Koontz fan and can dip into these stories without triggering your gag-reflex, then more power to you. Alas, I cannot.

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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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