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Publisher's Summary

Bartholomew Lampion is born in Bright Beach, California, on a day of tragedy and terror, when the lives of everyone in his family are changed forever.

Remarkable events accompany his birth, and everyone agrees that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen.

On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He doesn't know who Bartholomew is, but he embarks on a search that will become the purpose of his life. If ever he finds the right Bartholomew, he will deal mercilessly with him.

And in San Francisco a girl is born, the result of a violent rape. Her survival is miraculous, and her destiny is mysteriously linked to the fates of Barty and the man who stalks him.

At the age ot three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons reluctantly remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As the growing boy copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother, an exceptional woman, counsels him that all things happen for a reason, that there is meaning even in his suffering, and that he will affect the lives of people yet unknown to him in ways startling and profound.

At 13, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure. His mother once told him that every person's life has an effect on every other's, in often unknowable ways, and Barty's eventful life indeed entwines with others in ways that will astonish and move everyone who listens to his story.

People magazine has said that Dean Koontz has the "power to scare the daylights out of us". In this, perhaps the most thrilling, suspenseful, and emotionally powerful work of his critically acclaimed career, Koontz does that and far more. He has created a compulsive pause-resister that will have you at the edge of your seat, a narrative tour-de-force that will change the way you yourself look at the world.

©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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Confused book

This book didn't know what it wanted to be. The events in the book are hung on what turn out to be a series of murders, yet it's not really a murder mystery. It gradually evolved (devolved?) into an awkward and sentimental attempt to marry religion to quantum mechanics, which just doesn't hold this book together. Is this a personal belief system of Koontz's that he earnestly wants to share with us? That didn't work in my opinion, and if that's not the case and the book actually wanted to be a murder mystery and the whole quantum mechanics/religion argument was there just to solve the mystery and add a unique twist, then it works even less well. I honestly couldn't tell from the book itself.


The plot, bounced haphazardly from one of it's various parallel realities, so to speak, to another. Eventually all the characters/threads get pulled together but it was a real strain. Strained by the growing improbability of the plot, strained by the impossible saintliness of some of the main characters, and strained by the often maudlin sentimentality which characterized their interactions and conversations, and most burdensome, strained by the author's need to make his overarching point (religion, quantum mechanics). I stuck it out all the way to the very weak ending in which Koontz tidily ticks off all the loose ends whether or not we care any more, and whether anything else worth knowing has happened. The most complex character in a cast of mostly cardboard cutouts, the murderer, is by far the most interesting but Koontz steps away from developing him more, instead opting for more sermonizing and too cute by half kiddie conversations. The other viable option would have been some serious editing so that Junior's character development didn't get buried.

It may be that more recent Koontz work has taken a different direction from the small handful of older books I have read and that this book is part of him moving away from thriller/horror/mystery, but I can't really recommend it.

As usual, Stephen Lang did an excellent job with narration.

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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.

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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!

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WOW!

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

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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.

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Gripping

Narrator was fantastic. Second time reading this book and loved it all over again. As with all Koontz’s books, a bit of suspended belief is needed - a great escapism book. I would give it a solid 8.5 or 9 out of 10.