Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.
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"[Suzy] Jackson narrates with verve and also conveys a folksy quality in Bibi's dialogue with friends, her parents, and her boyfriend, a Navy SEAL. With dramatic flair, Jackson collapses the distance between the protagonist and listeners. Her deliberate pacing and Koontz's inventiveness as a storyteller are a terrific pairing." (AudioFile)
I give up on a book, but seriously I have listened to the first half and couldn't tell you anything about it. It has literally gone in one ear and out the other, sorry.
"A truthful review"
I've enjoyed Dean Koontz for decades but I will admit my trepidation about purchasing this one based on the reviews and more so based on the AWFUL previous book he published...of which I despised the narrator and story so much the title is erased from my memory HOWEVER I am so GLAD I went ahead and gave his writing another chance.
The narrator does not have a squeaky voice as reputed in other reviews...she sounds like a woman in her late 20's to early 30'a which equates to a not quite fully matured voice but one with a pleasant quality
If you are a follower of Dean Koontz then you know the qualities that define his best works: a strong brave and independent but sometimes innocently ignorant or naïve main character, a sprinkle of the supernatural, a profound battle between good and evil and of course a beautiful intelligent magical Golden Retriever...this book fulfills each of those listed. I won't say it is one of his best works, not even close to a Christopher Snow or Odd Thomas level nor Tick Tock and Sole Survivor BUT it does come close enough to prove he still is on his writing game.
I am not one to give away ANY part of a story...that is a writers gift to his readers and I trust if you don't let bad reviews cloud your judgement and just "walk the board" and "pet the cat" as you listen that you will be pleased with your purchase. Areana Szkola
As a huge Koontz fan I was very excited to see a new book out. If I had to guess the author, I would not have guessed Koontz if his name had not been on the cover. Not a typical Koontz book in many ways. Poorly executed plot that had promise but never grabbed you like the usual Koontz book. The surfer premise was not skillfully weaved into the overall storyline. Lots of open-ended things that never go anywhere. The plot never really delivered and the characters just weren't likable or believable. Worst rating I've ever given a Koontz book.
If you are going to read this book, you must be willing to suspend disbelief and go along for the ride. The ending is either sheer genius or it is a total cop out. I'm still undecided. It is a long book and I feel like there are some loose ends hanging out there; and yet I can't put my finger on what they are. But, if there are loose ends out there, I'm sure they will be wrapped up in the next installment, because there is no doubt that this is going to be an ongoing series.
The book as a whole I really liked and I wanted to give it 4 Stars for holding my attention and making me want to read any chance I had. Then when the creepy parts came, though few and far between, I wanted to give it 5 Stars for giving me the willies. But, then taking into account the crazy and unnecessary surfer-talk throughout from Bibi's parents, friend Pogo, and occasionally Bibi herself, made me want to chuck the book and give it no stars. And alas, that ending. Right now I'm thinking 2 Stars, but I feel like I could be swayed to give the ending at least 4, if not 5, Stars if I discussed the ending with the right person. So after all of that, I've landed on a middle-of-the-road 3 Stars because I can't justify anything lower or higher for the book as a whole.
"Imagination, the power to cure oneself?"
A very touchy story (and different from the author) of someone fighting a terminal disease with the power of imagination. It was a very interesting idea that the fight took place in two different worlds the “real” and the fictitious world.
"Boring and Meandering"
One of the facets of Dean Koontz books I enjoy are the quirky characters and the humor along with the chills. I found the characters in this one not all that likeable and even though he reaches for some quirky characters, they are too contrived and not all that interesting. For example: the surfer mom and dad who break into surf lingo now and then seemed a contrived reach back to Mr. Koontz's Christopher Snow books. It just didn't seem to make sense in this one. I found the heroine of the story annoying and didn't really care what happened to her. The story seems to meander around a lot without getting to the heart of the story. There are a lot of boring side trips that don't seem relevant. In fact, it lost me by about the middle and I will return it. I actually bought the book because I love Dean Koontz's books that have dogs in them and the sample included the heroine finding a lost Golden Retriever. Unfortunately, as far as I got in the book, this is only a very minute segment that is a memory of the leading character and which through most of the part I listened to, never came up again.
More humor, making the dog more of the story, some of his old creativity with characterizations.
Whiney, annoying, squeaky. But, then, I have to admit I've only found very few female narrators that I care for.
The Golden Retriever, that plays a very small part in the book.
I have read or listened to all of Dean Koontz's books and have been a long time fan. So, I always look forward with eagerness to the next one. My favorites are the ones with interesting quirky, but likable characters and lots of Dean's signature humor amid the chaos (which makes the thriller quality of his stories more palatable). This one seemed like it was a story that wasn't quite well thought out....like a sort of "filler book" because he is expected to turn out a certain number of books in a time period, maybe? I realize that every writer has ideas that just don't work and certainly, I have to give him credit for writing many books over the years that are really wonderful and creative. Unfortunatelly, this, in my opinion, isnt one of his best.
"Different and wonderful..."
The imagination can make anything and anyone 'real', as Dean Koontz well knows. Everyone carries the ability to invent worlds, but only a few can bring them to life. I truly enjoyed this book, in exploring the world 'behind'the one we see and live in every day.
"Truly a Kootz Masterpiece"
I've read all other Koontz books before this one, and most were excellent while others lagged. So it was with tremendous (cautious) excitement that I grabbed this latest work and started in. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the new feel to the main character, and the book grew on me with each chapter. Now, at the end of the book, I believe I've discovered a new favorite! Hope, fear, love, shame, pain... I was right there inside the story, completely involved. Little nuggets of wisdom, like all Dean Koontz books, are sprinkled throughout, and I had to pause to write them down. Highly recommended!
I'm a long time fan of Dean Koontz. He never let's me down. Fast paced and full of unexpected twists. I especially love that this is a story about the magic of writing. Kept me guessing and gasping with surprises.
"Glad I can return books to Audible!!!"
I have read many of his books, however I gave up on chapter 11. Couldn't follow the story. Kept jumping around. Never got any sense of character development. Glad I can return the book and get something I hope I enjoy more. I was looking forward to it, because like many of his books, it includes a dog.
"Not the best of Koontz"
If you're a fan of Dean Koontz, do yourself a favor and don't buy this one. It seemed pieced together. The only reason I finished this is because I kept hoping the end would get better.
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