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Shadowfires

By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
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Publisher's Summary

A haunting hair-raiser resurrected with a NEW recording and NEW narrator.

“His prose mesmerizes…Koontz consistently hits the bull’s-eye.” –Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Rachel's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She’d never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was killed in a traffic accident. Shocked and relieved, Rachel had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue—and suddenly, Rachel is being stalked by someone who looks just like her dead husband.

©1987 Nkui, Inc. (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I can tolerate some foul language, but as soon as I hear "Jesus #######", that book goes in the toilet.

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Ugh....

** plot points revealed**

I found myself speaking back to the audio with things like "seriously?" and "no kidding... (sarcastic face)" and guessing the next plot moment before it happened. It seems like a book written by a freshman college English major trying to be Dean Koontz or Stephen King, and with a Thesaurus at the ready. The writing is just not good.

I am a Dean Koontz fan and know what I am getting. But this one... jeesh.

And seriously? Rattle snakes? And what did the guy turn into exactly? A reptile? Was an original edit of the book chopped up so that things don't make full sense?

Gosh. Just did not like it. I listened to the entire book knowing full well I would be disappointed. Which I was. And had seen the ending coming.

I have tried for myself to determine if the reader was part of the problem. I'll say yes - but only in part. One can only do so much with the weak material. However, I think she did contribute. But I do no blame her.

In the end, I found it weak, predictable, and almost annoying. When one finds themselves talking back to the audio in annoyance, that's a sign.

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Good story

I would liken this book to a summer movie. Don’t worry about the believability of the story. Just check your analytical mind at the door and enjoy the ride. I did.

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Not written by Dean Koontz

I'm been suspicious for a while that Dean Koontz uses ghost writers and I'm now convinced. Whoever wrote Devoted, Watchers, Lightening, did not write this book. It's ok, but I love the underlying morals of the real Dean Koontz books, whoever wrote this book does not have the same outlook on good versus evil.

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An original Dean Koontz book

I probably read this book back when it first came out and it is still a great story. I liked the early books using a lot of freeways and cities in California. Very good narration.

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Like superfluous details?

I like Koontz stories and this one is decent, but the redundant descriptions and unnecessary minor character backgrounds had me wanting to fast forward often.

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Narrator needs help with Mexican accent

The story was pretty good. I agree with other reviews that it was a bit wordy. The main issue that completely threw me off was the narrator trying to do a Mexican accent. She made Julio sound like Dracula.

What really sucks is when I’m completely immersed in the story and then she does the Mexican accent. I get completely thrown off and I don’t know if I should feel offended that she didn’t take the time to learn this accent or just irritated.

Unfortunately the narrators lack of knowledge of how a Mexican accent should sound did ruin more than a few parts of this book for me.

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DK always the thriller!

Dean Koontz presentation of the Shadowfires marvels with minute details of evolution and is intense with specifics one would undergo in case of an evolution forced on them. Perfect presentation with one another thriller of science.
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to the presentation as would have watching a movie !

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A Book too Far

This story stretches believability to it's end. The concept of scientific advancement vs. law is not strong enough. The characters don't know enough about ? throughout.

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Dean Koontz is a master storyteller!

For years I’ve enjoyed all of Dean Koontz’s novels. The Odd Thomas series, Frankenstein series, the Jane Hawk series, By the Light of the Moon, Innocence, A Big Little Life, Velocity, everything. I’m a Hugh fan and will always enjoy the beauty of his prose and wit. Moral dilemmas abound.
Thank you.

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  • ducky
  • 07-13-22

Good, but……

Rather dated tale made frustrating to listen to as the narrator seems to be unable to pronounce a large number of words. She should have pre-read it first. Spoiled the experience

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  • Kindle Customer John S.
  • 06-22-22

Zombies sigh

It’s probably a fine novel if your imagination can stretch to Zombies. Just couldn’t finish but you might want to.

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  • Call me Bob
  • 10-12-22

One of the worst books I've listened to

Had a funny and witty review that explained why this is a very gad book but it got lost in the update process so I will not lose any more time trying to reproduce it.
Besides i was really inspired since I wrote it after finishing this abomination of a book.
Just read the other proper reviews of people complaining and you will get a better idea about why this is crap.
I agree that it does not feel like Koonz wrote this or if he did he is going downhill fast.
Best way to describe my experience is to imagine a old and sick dog that you know you should put down as quick as possible but you just cannot until the bitter and inevitable end.
This book does not get better.
This book goes nowhere.
The monster is stupid and predictable, things are thrown in at random and go nowhere.
Do not waste your time except if your really want to see how bad it can get.
And I was a big fan of Koontz.

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  • Christine
  • 12-03-22

Typical Dean Koontz

Just as good the second time around as it was the first. Thoroughly entertaining story with usual gore but not to gory and horror but not to horrible, just enough truth to make you think.

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  • M Domaschenz
  • 07-06-22

Didn’t see that coming

What a crazy journey!
So many deep feelings, emotional turmoil, and I’m not even going to mention the turn this book takes ….
Would recommend to people who really want an escape from reality.

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  • Debra Symmans
  • 06-11-22

Not my kind of book

Predictably unpredictable in a gratuitous way- not my author of choice it would seem never

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  • Shaz
  • 05-30-22

Not happy.

couldn't wait for this book to finish not because I was enjoying it but because I found it couldn't keep my attention: although I listened to it while doing house work, it did not grasp my attention. I did not enjoy listening to the narrator.

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  • Loretta.
  • 05-27-22

ShadowFires by Dean Koontz

iam shore I read this book quite a long time ago .Man that Eric is a lizard lips if I ever sore one Lol Thank you so much Dean 💜 And Thank you Jane Oppenheimer for reading to me much appreciated 💜