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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sharon
  • 2018-09-22

Everybody says this is great

It's good. But I disagree, it is not great, it is very good. It's an easy listen, the narrator does well, good inflection, not many mispronunciations (my pet hate). The story itself is a little mundane in my humble opinion, not one of Koontz's best. A good story to listen to, go do something else and pick up again.

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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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  • Margaret G
  • 2018-09-27

Wonderful Book!!

I stayed on the edge of my seat and caught myself holding my breath with excitement!

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  • Jgunn
  • 2018-05-27

Great Read.

loved this one. It was definitely worth buying.
I will listen to this book again!

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