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77 Shadow Street | [Dean Koontz]

77 Shadow Street

Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....
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Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff....

Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad....

For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again....

Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms, everywhere and nowhere....

Disturbing shadows move along walls but have no source....

Images on security monitors show strange places that exist nowhere in the building or its grounds....

A young boy talks of an imaginary playmate - who turns out to be terrifyingly real....

A figure like a man but clearly inhuman is glimpsed in the courtyard gardens at night and in other locales, perhaps a hoaxer of some kind, seemingly oblivious of those who see it - until it suddenly takes an interest in one of them....

©2011 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Sarah 16/01/2012
    Sarah 16/01/2012
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    "Bit boring really"

    Have you seen that Family Guy episode when they make fun of S King and D Koontz, saying they'll make a story out of anything? That's what this was like. Haunted house, check, kid with problems, check, future of world depends on ex-military/navy seal, check, the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    jackie donhead st mary, United Kingdom 02/05/2012
    jackie donhead st mary, United Kingdom 02/05/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "awful !!"

    I love Dean Koontz but this is awful hate the narrator, story really hard to follow sound quality really poor very very disappointed want my credt back !

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ana El Casar (Guadalajara), Spain 03/04/2012
    Ana El Casar (Guadalajara), Spain 03/04/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "I agree with Sarah, BORING"

    I found this book uninteresting and somehow predictable. I would save the narrator, however, who is very good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel Bedworth, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    Samuel Bedworth, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
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    "Detailed but a poor read"

    I usually enjoy Dean Koontz, but his most recent books have failed to hit the mark for me. I'm not sure whether he has found God in recent years but this book would certainly suggest so. Very preachy, not nearly has disturbing as early novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    tracy Rossedndale, United Kingdom 17/01/2013
    tracy Rossedndale, United Kingdom 17/01/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Lost its way"

    I enjoy koontz books and i have read most of his work . I was disapointed in this story . I felt the plot became very complicated and over discriptive . It lost a lot of the suspence by jumping from character to character.

    over all if you like the syfi koontz then this is for you ..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cliff 27/08/2012
    cliff 27/08/2012 Member Since 2012
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    "this is a must"

    Excellent, a little confusing in parts, but just great to listen to and wish it to go on...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Harold
    Knoxville, Tn, United States
    17/01/12
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    "BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book is great for the hyperactive. It will bore them into a coma


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Will wait for a review from other listeners.


    How could the performance have been better?

    As the reader progressed in the story I could pick up his boredom with the story. Just a bad performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    If I were the editor and Mr Koontz I would buy every print copy of 77 Shadow St and have them recycled into a better purpose. Toilet Paper


    Any additional comments?

    Character development and Sterotypes are better in a game of Clue than in this book. A complete and total waste.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tracie
    Hurkett, ON, Canada
    14/01/12
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    "boring and forgettable"

    after listening for an hour I knew I made a mistake with this one...forced myself to finish part one and i couldnt tell you anything that happened...dont make the same mistake and waste your credit on this one

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Len
    Melbourne, Australia
    06/01/12
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    "Dean Koontz should be ashamed."

    I have been a fan since his first book. Twilight Eyes in particular is excellent and I am pleased it is now on Audible. This book is so bad I find it hard to believe a writer of his calibre would risk his reputation ... Dean, do you have no shame ... do you need a buck. Boringly simular to many plotlines of haunted homes and houses, not an original concept in it.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon
    Glendale, AZ, United States
    02/01/12
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    "What the....?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story. It was all over the place.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Yes, I've loved previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    Winchester, VA, United States
    26/09/12
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    "i was so disappointed .....what happened"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't know what happened to the Dean Koontz I've known and loved but this book was boring.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Picked up the pace


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Idk who's fault it was but it was boring


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

    Sleepiness


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • robin
    bloomington, in, United States
    10/08/12
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    "I'm ready to give up on Koontz!"
    What disappointed you about 77 Shadow Street?

    I could not finish it! The last few books of his....have been awful. I used to love his books....not anymore. I wish he would return to his old writing style. I loved False Memory, Chris Snow books, and even Strangers.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gone Girl


    What character would you cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    I don't like the way he writes the children roles.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alicia K. Russell
    Maryville, TN United States
    17/05/12
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    "Disappointing for Koontz Fans"

    I was disappointed. I usually rave about Dean Koontz but this book didn’t “do it” for me. It was okay. It’s worth listening to as long as you don’t have the expectation that it will be as good as some of Koontz’s previous books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wallasey, United Kingdom
    30/03/12
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    "A Real Mess"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An editor with guts to cut and completely retool. One of the worst I have read by a mainstream, respected writer. This is a real shame as it starts out with promise. For the first few chapters you think you are finally going to read a good, chilling horror story about the residents of a high rise apartment block. To begin with, the characters are introduced in a way that you start to know and care for them and time is taken to set up a real spooky atmosphere that slowly builds. Then, after a lot of padding, we descend into the sci-fi and fantasy category and it's a real mess. Here, yet another horror writer fights against the fact he does write horror and tries to mix one terrible cliché of bubbling, spewing, mutated creatures from one silly genre into the next. The story, all told over the period of a few hours, is one


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    With Caution


    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Performance was fine and only inhibited by the material he had to read.


    What character would you cut from 77 Shadow Street?

    85% of them. Character development comes to a full stop as more and more people are introduced all the way through, leading to a melting pot of one dimensional bores. Some live, some die, you won't care.


    Any additional comments?

    This book could've been amazing, instead it's just another one of those promising chilling stories that turns out to be government conspiracy/ alien invasion, etc (that's an example, no spoiler there). Dean ties up the ending in a pretty bow, telling you from a mile off what he is about to do so as to kill any suspense you may be bothered to have left. This book, like his last, shows signs of lesser horror writers like John Saul than it does Koontz or King, and is another reason why people dismiss the horror genre as pulp.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr Who
    18/03/12
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    "Disappointed by 77 Shadow Street"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am a Dean Koontz fan that was disappointed by his latest novel. 77 Shadow Street was the worst Dean Koontz book I've listened too and my library has at least 10 books in it plus I have 10 more on CD. My question is: What's happened to the Dean Koontz fans know and love?


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz???s story?

    The book was choppy at best. I kept asking myself


    Did Peter Berkrot do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not for me


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Wood Village, OR, United States
    17/02/12
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    "The first Koontz book I didn't like."

    I quit reading this book twice. It is not up to Koontz's standard. I wonder if he really wrote it. If this is the first Koontz book you have read give eariler books a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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