• Midnight

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (2,620 ratings)

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Midnight

By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: J. Charles
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Publisher's Summary

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent sent to Moonlight Cove to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths.

They meet Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, who has seen things from his window that he was not meant to see. Together they begin to understand the depth of evil in Moonlight Cove. Chrissie Foster, a resourceful 11-year-old, running from parents who have suddenly changed and in whom darkness dwells, joins them. Together they make a stand against darkness and terror.

©2004 Dean Koontz (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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Great Koontz, not crazy about narrator

Very interesting story that draws you in instantly. I listen to books constantly and rarely dislike the narrators, but this one was pretty bad. No real voice changes, so sometimes it's hard to tell who's speaking. Also, he mispronounces words that end in -wn, like known and shown. He inserts an 'e' and its sounds like knowen and showen and it's very distracting. I feel it would have been much more enjoyable were it not for that.

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NARRORATOR RUINS STORY, ANGRY MOB RIOTS DOWNTOWN!

OMG! Who the hell found this man, if he indeed he is a flesh and blood person. He sounds suspiciously like a voice in my husband's GPS Navigator!

What a way to totally ruin one of the Best Koontz books EVER

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Scary, exciting, yet heartwarming too.

This story is, first & formost a terrifying story of one mans ego changing a town into something unknowable and horrible. The cat & mouse between these "changed people" and the normal is very exciting, esp when an 8 yr old girl takes them on to save her life. Heartwarming when a detective, a woman there researching her sisters death and the little girl meet up with a paraplegic man to take on the Boogyman and his horrid, terrible henchman. I have re-reaad the book and re-listened to the audio book. Good science fiction that seems like it could happen. I loved it.

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Really Interesting and Imanginative

This is my wife's favorite book and after listening to it, I can see why. Koontz was very imaginative and kept me interested for the entire book.

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Still like it after all these years!

Where does Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of my favorites of Dean Koontz's books, along with Watchers

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dog of course

What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

He has a comforting voice. His reading style is a bit old fashion, that's why only four stars.

Who was the most memorable character of Midnight and why?

The veteran in the wheel chair. I felt his fear,being handicapped in the midst of all that evil.

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Just a bit much for me

The story moved along at a good pace and, over-all, did keep me interested. However the gist of the story just seemed a bit far fetched and difficult to take seriously. The narrator sounded so cheerful it occurred to me he might be better suited to more up-beat stories. No glaring mis-pronunciations. Even though I normally love D. Koontz stories, this book is a good reminder to me to pay closer attention to the description and reviews.

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Delightfully creepy.

Midnight was among the first Dean Koontz books I ever read. To this day it remains among my favorites.
As the story opens, Janice Capshaw, a 35-year-old night owl and fitness enthusiast, is going for a nighttime run along the beach in the peaceful California town of Moonlight Cove when she finds herself pursued and ultimately brought down and brutally murdered by unknown assailants. Some weeks later Samuel Booker, an undercover FBI agent jaded by life and his strained relationship with his teenage son, rides into Moonlight Cove to investigate Janice's murder as well as a series of other bizarre killings in and around the town which the local authorities seem bent on covering up. Soon he meets Tessa Lockland, TJ to her mother, the younger sister of Janice Capshaw. Tessa came to Moonlight Cove to investigate Janice's murder, refusing to believe the story of suicide presented by the local authorities. Tessa was frightened into fleeing the one motel in Moonlight Cove by an attempted break-in at her room. Meanwhile Chrissie Foster, a perky twelve-year-old, flees from her home after catching a disturbing glimpse of her parents in an altered, beastlike state to wich they seek to "convert" her as well. These three take refuge with Harry Talbot, a paralyzed war veteran who witnessed many of the disturbing events in the town via a telescope in his bedroom and alerted the FBI. As they dig deeper they discover a secret so disturbing that it frightens even some of those who willingly embraced it.
As is the case with any audiobook, the narrator can either make or break the production. Fortunately J. Charles has a fine voice for narration and, while he doesn't perform hundreds of accents and dialects, he nevertheless makes it easy to distinguish between one character and another. Even the nonhuman speaking characters are well realized. All in all this is a production I can easily listen to over and over without having to worry about a cassette or a disc eventually wearing out.

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good story not read well

I love this story but the narration is lacking. I just could not get into it.

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I think this was a decent book....

The narrator made it so bad I am not sure if I liked the book. I can see some ideas that Koontz develops in later books, but I don't think he really captured them here. Certainly not one I plan to listen to again

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Weird Technology

If you could sum up Midnight in three words, what would they be?

Mad scientist horror

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is so character rich, it is hard to decide, but I guess my favorite was Harry.

What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

J. Charles does varied voices so well he really makes the characters come alive. You never get the feeling he is reading.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

And you thought Frankenstein was creepy!

Any additional comments?

My favorite Dean Koontz books have a dog, very likable characters, humor and stories with great twists and turns. This is definitely a book that has all of those things and that keeps your attention all the way through. This is not the first time I had heard it, but wanted to listen again and will probably listen again after awhile.

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  • Karolina
  • 11-08-19

Koontz exaggerated slightly.

I think that people are a bit harsh on Mr Charles. I thought that He wasn’t bad at all. Slightly rushing through the book at times but not bad.
(If you want to hear bad reading then listen to Hundred Years of Solitude).
The story started really well and then became too unbelievable to me. He was trying to make it scary but too much.
Still, I love Dean Koontz and I will keep listening his books.

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  • Sharon
  • 08-28-20

Disappointed

The story didn't really go anywhere and seemed drawn out. Many words were badly mispronounced. A shame because there was foundation and I love Dean Koontz.

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  • Stephen Fry
  • 01-25-20

Way too fast

Reading at this clip destroys everything. An insult to both listener and writer. What a shame.

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  • Mark
  • 07-13-22

Fabulous story

Read the book in 1990 during GW1. it was a great listen because I could hardly remember the story, so was all newish to me again. Think the narrator's voice didn't match the story but that's my opinion only. Great story ...

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  • Joanne Vincent
  • 05-17-22

Great read

Fantastic story keeps you totally gripped from start to finish. Dean Koontz at his best.

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  • G. Maroney
  • 04-28-22

Koontz at his imaginative best

A really strong idea with excellent characters who are thoughtfully developed. Midnight features Koontz's usual high-octane action & trademark rapid pace, but there's pause enough to catch your breath and smile, even laugh along with some of the more loveable characters.

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  • Cynders
  • 03-27-22

Story was a bit meh

Story was a bit out dated, but it was written in 1988-1989. I read some reviews complaining about this; ie why didn't Sam use a mobile phone etc. If the story had been updated and modernised, then it would have changed the whole story. I think the one thing that ruined this novel was the narrator, J. Charles. He mispronunced so many words that it was a distraction. He has trouble with every word that had "own" in it, by adding an e, making it owen. Example. Shown would be said as showen. I read some other reviews that said they were also annoyed by this. Overall, I love Dean Koontz and his love for dogs. I do wished he had spent a little more time developing Moose, the lab.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-26-22

Enjoyable

I liked the story, the reading was a little rushed at times but ok overall (in my opinion of course!). A good Dean Koontz story for me!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-17-22

Brilliant

Wonderfully written love Dean Koontz this book is full of suspense keeps you on the edge of your seat, narrator brings book to life with each character and some blood curdling vocal performance well done J. Charles.

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  • M. Thornhill
  • 10-14-21

One of my favourite Dean Koontz stories

I really enjoyed listening to this. It kept me engaged and they really should make this into a film.

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  • C T T
  • 09-28-22

Classic Koontz, awful narrator

The book was good, no spoilers but if you're a fan of Koontz you won't be disappointed by the story.

With that said, the narrator is awful. There's no effort to convey emotion or differentiate between characters. He may as well be reading a dry textbook. I stopped listening and picked up the actual book.

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  • Loretta.
  • 07-30-21

Midnight by Dean Koontz

it's been a long time sence I read this book it was grate to have it read to me ..Thank you Dean and Thank you J.Charles
very much appreciated 💜💜

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-21

Excellent

Excellent story but it did get a bit predictable towards the end. It's classic Koontz, a must read.