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Publisher's Summary

A spine-tingling nightmare reawakened with a new recording & new narrator.

Joanna Rand left the U.S. ten years ago to sing in a Japanese nightclub. Ever since, she’s been haunted by the same horrifying nightmare. Each time she awakens, she feels violated, used, and scared. The only man who can help her is Alex Hunter. Ten years ago, he saw her picture in the papers as a senator’s daughter who’d disappeared. Now he has to bring her memories back to her - memories of a past more terrifying than they dreamed possible...

©1979, 1995 Nkui, Inc. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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DK's first book (originally published in 1979)

The first commercial success for Dean Koontz. This is NOT new material (quite the opposite). Originally published via pseudonym, so publication might precede 1979. Still an interesting listen. Definitely a Mystery. Nothing remotely supernatural here.. It's worth the Kindle price. Don't expect the quality or vibe of "Strangers", "Intensity" or any other of his best early novels. The Kyoto setting is enjoyable, different. It's *only* worth a credit if you're the most hardcore fan. 5 stars for Caitlin Kelly's narration!

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Used to love Koontz

The last 2 books have saddened me with the direction of his writing. He was always quirky scary fun. Not it feels like forced gruesomeness and leaning on forced vulgarity. This isn’t the Koontz I used to love and gobble up.

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seems like a romance novel

not my cup of tea overall. story seemed unbelievable enough that my imagination couldn't stretch far enough

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Enjoyable lisy

I just downloaded the book because it was a Dean Koontz novel that I had not read yet. I was expecting something supernatural. this is not that it's more of espionage and intrigue. that being said, I still enjoyed it very much. not my favorite Dean Koontz novel, but it was a really good one.

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Koontz in Kyoto

I read this book in tangible form a couple decades ago. Still great. I enjoyed the Japanese details in the book.

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So terrible….. who really wrote this?

Wow…. I’ve could only last 1.5 hrs and I usually find Koontz books at least ok and at best really engaging. This is the worst…. So stereotypic…. Handsome rich white man must save beautiful blonde. She gazed into his eyes… doesn’t know why she felels this way…. All the cliches are painfully there. Maybe it gets better but I doubt it. I hope I can exchange this.

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Took me forever ro get into this book. Stopped listening twice before I got though the beginning

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enjoyable

started slow but the story quickly got interacting.
I really enjoyed this one. I recommend it.

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ick

gah.. waiting for something Interesting
and it's chapter 27. Dean.. your worst
done. delete.

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Tried and tried but couldn’t finish

I really don’t like leaving things unfinished and normally enjoy Koontz but this is awful. The story drags on and on while being weak. It became so bad I started hoping our heroes would lose and be finished off by the evil villain. I would compare the writing and story to a college paper that you needed to hit a certain number of pages to meet requirements creating wild tangents that bore the reader to death.
Is there such a thing as requesting your credit back? I’m seriously considering out of principal as no one deserves payment for this.
I’ll be a bit gun shy on my Koonts in future.

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  • Vicki Dalsgaard Simonsen
  • 12-19-21

Excellent narration!

I absolutely loved the narration. Her pronunciation of words in other languages is amazing.
I liked the characters, but I found the storyline predictable and a bit dull.

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  • 04-22-22

Interesting

I was a little disappointed with this one, didn't quite come up to the usual super standard that Dean Koontz exhibits.