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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz “pulls out all the stops” (Publishers Weekly) in this haunting psychological thriller...

For thirty-five years, Bruno Frye has lived in the shadow of the adopted mother who made his heart beat with constant fear. And even though she died five years ago, the whispers still haunt him in the dark...enough to make him kill - and kill again.

Hilary Thomas is one of his intended victims. And she’s about to learn that even death can’t keep a bad man down...

©2007 Dean Koontz (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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Turn on the lights!

I read this book when it first came out, and I haven't read any book since that terrified me more! It was very intense and I had to have the lights on to listen. Awesome book and awesome narrator. Definitely credit worthy.

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Super Listen

This is one of the best Koontz audios I have listened to this year. You can visualize each part as if it were a movie and identifying with the main character's position is mind boggling.

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super narration

wow, that was made a better story due to the outstanding narration. kudos William Dufris !

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Whispers

I have been a listener for many years and have never written a review. I have read all or most of this author's books and was appalled from the start by the amateur quality of the work. I had the plot in the bag in the first hour. The sex scenes were over the top and added nothing to the story. The dialogue needed serious editing. Even more annoying was the technical "dead spaces" that appeared several times throughout and the annoying whine of the narrator. I kept wondering if Dean Koontz was allowing someone else to write in his name. WHISPERS is a far cry from his brilliant "Odd Thomas" stories. I purchased the book excitedly because with a recent release date, I assumed it was his newest work . Ah....it all made sense at the end when we were told it was a work from the 80's.

As an artist, myself, I would be ashamed to sell my very bad early work. It would ruin my current reputation. I would suggest that Mr. Koontz reconsider his permission to sell his very bad early work. If this were my first Dean Koontz, it would have been my last.

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Whispers

Dry and predictable. Way too much emphasis on the sub characters. This book is also slow. Just when the story starts to get good, it switches to the dull and boring sub characters lives. Not his best work. I'm sorry I wasted a book credit on this one.

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Wonderfully Creepy

I was delightfully creeped-out by the ending!

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love koontz......to bad

One of my favorite books too bad the recording or perhaps the editing was bad. The first time, in the middle of the attack on the main charactor the story stops. I had to fast forward a bit(missing about 1-2 minutes of story) to restart. then when switching to the next part of the book (this happened in both part two and three) it jumped an hour into the story, had to rewind manualy until about 20 seconds in. Very frustrating... was disapointed.

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What?

This is my 6th Koontz book so I think I am familiar with his "out there" style which can be very interesting for some and a "Oh brother this is so stupid" for others. I am somewhere in between on this one. I will still continue to be a fan because some of his books are so good.

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Beautiful love story, spooky stuff with a perfectly koontz twist

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NOT GOOD and I'm a big dean koontz fan

I do not written reviews but this was so bad I could not believe it was koontz. In the story you have to believe that smart people can not think of the obvious but jump to the extreme.

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  • anthonyunionjackson
  • 02-18-10

A good listen story but...

A good listen story but...you will have to suffer through some toe-curling sex descriptions (pink flowers, turgid nipples, his hardness, etc). In addition Dean Koontz is unfortunately unable to be subtle with his characters - if a character likes to paint - they are suddenly THE ONE AND ONLY AMAZINGLY TALENTED undiscovered artist EVER. If a character had a tough upbringing - not only was it THE WORST CHILDHOOD ever but they also find a reason to bring it up in virtually every situation to the point of teeth wrenching annoyance. He is also guilty of the American authors habit of being European pretentiouness - especially with Italian food - which is always found in THE BEST UNDISCOVERED BUT SMALL AND COSY AND WARM AND PERFECTLY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT ever, which is obviously run by a friend of one of the main characters (who is always very generous with his/her PARM-E-ZHAAAN 'shavings'). Take it as a given that the wine compliments the food perfectly (and is never drunk, always... savoured) and the meal will always be gratis (but the AMAZING ARTIST CHARACTER will promise an INCREDIBLY WELL EXECUTED oil colour as a gift to say 'Tar'). In the same way John Grisham is guilty of shoe-horning Italy in to everything he can as well - just so he can rattle on about RICH DARK THICK SWEET COFFEE, PERFECTLY AL-DENTE PASSST-TAH and of course PARM-E-ZHAAAN SHAVINGS not grated, but SHAVINGS (of a brick sized block of cheese by the way, of course).

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If you get past that it's a very good and gripping listen equal parts horror, disgust and psycho nasty business. I nearly stopped listening at the first bedroom/sex scene. I am glad I did not.

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  • Shaun Sandy
  • 07-09-09

Koontz delivers the goods again.

Good book, some interesting twists in the story but that is a trademark of the author. The suspense, horror and mystery that Koontz fans expect is all here. So far as I?m aware this is the only Dean Koontz novel released as a movie, I can?t say the adaptation was good at all and really didn?t like the film, but the book is great!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-08-12

Too drawn out

This is the first Dean Koontz book I have listened to although I have read a number of them. Whether this was the difference I don't know, but I was disappointed with Whispers. It was a decent story but seemed to be drawn out. Too much pointless dialogue in my view which would slow the story down. Shame really as the story was good.

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  • suzanne
  • 06-27-11

brillant

love this book to bits broke my heart beautifully read gripping, on the edge of your seat and a love story in there as well i would give this 10 stars if i could.

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  • Noel Marshall
  • 07-29-22

Classic Koontz

Really enjoyed this book! Great characters and excellent narration. I would admit I kind of guessed what was going on quite early but its still a great listen.

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  • mrs l j anderson
  • 08-23-21

Great as always

Think this was the third book of Dean Koontz I read year’s ago enjoyed listening to just as much as reading it, he is the master

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  • Gfox
  • 03-20-21

That performer. Wow

I loved this story, but the performance by William Dufris is the best performance I have ever heard on an audible book. He brought the characters to life and I forgot I was listening to one man read the book. Absolutely fantastic.

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  • ann valerie shephered
  • 12-14-19

Not one of his best.

Not one of his best stories. Too much personal interaction between main characters. Woman’s dialogue unlikely.

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  • fuzzyhead
  • 09-24-17

Superb listening.

Great book, superb listening value. I loved it. Having read several of Dean Koontz books now, he has become, to me, the new James Herbert' whom I avidly followed and read all his breathtaking books. He death, sadly, has been a great loss not only to his family and friends but also to the literary world. Finally I've found another author whose writing grips me from the beginning to the very end as James Herbert's did. Thank you all involved in the making of this Audio book with special thanks to the Author and narrator. BRILLIANT!!! 😊

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  • ferti
  • 09-30-14

Could have been better

Would you try another book written by Dean Koontz or narrated by William Dufris?

No

Has Whispers put you off other books in this genre?

No

Have you listened to any of William Dufris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

dissapointed

Any additional comments?

Characters were two dimensional and it slowed down in the middle to a snail's pace.

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  • Carol Coddington
  • 08-02-22

Liked it a lot

Great story
Did not like the guys voice at all who narrated the story.

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  • Loretta.
  • 06-05-21

Whispers Dean Koontz

what can I say except how in hell can people be so vile and cruel I will never understand
thank you Deam Thank you William Dufris for reading to me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-17

Sex Scenes

I sdore Dean Koontz novels however it got way too Cheesy with the sex Scenes and I felt it would have been better to be left out or cut down !

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