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Summary

An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

©1984 Nkui, Inc. (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. The author gratefully acknowledges permission to quote from Something Wicked This Way Comes © 1962 by Ray Bradbury, permission granted by Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A great storyteller." ( New York Daily News)
"A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting." ( The San Diego Union-Tribune)
"Koontz is brilliant." ( Chicago Sun-Times)

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End a little dissapointing

Good book overall, interesting story line. Performance by Angela Dawe great. Unfortunately ending wasn't great. Readers ability to change voice for characters was very impressive.

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Good story until the end!!

Where does The Servants of Twilight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've not been that lucky with audiobooks I must confess, so this one is up there, but that's not much of a benchmark!!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Rubbish!! It was the ending that spoiled it for me - felt rushed and was an anticlimax.

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

No.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

You can run but you can't hide!!

Any additional comments?

Really good story right up until the end.

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Superb novel.

Loved it, Dean Koontz never disappoints me with his work. Narrator did a great job.

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Awful narrator but great book.

Another typically good book by Dean Koontz. Intreaging, saddening and left me looking forward to listening to the next hour or so everytime. Unfortunately the narrator is quite off putting and spoiled it a bit for me, she is very robotic and seems to not have any emotion at all. You get used to it and as you get in to the book it becomes less of an irritation.. however you would think that an established company such as brilliance audio would have recognised the issue and done better by the book and it's writer. That said I still enjoyed the story very much.

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One of my favoirite Koontz books

Mainly because I like it very much when the author introduces children characters. The end is totally unexpected and I like this too. Some will see the story as supernatural, some will not.
This is good. I liked the performance moderately. The children parts are performed very well, the other voices are not bad, but the narration is read (my usual complain) as if granny was reading a Grimm tale to a 6 year old. Very few performers can make the narration sound natural.

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Give the reader credit

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was very good at the voices for each character, pity she didn't let the reader determine who was speaking. I found it very tedious having to hear her telling us who was saying what.

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Bit boring really

A mum and her six year old son are chased as a religious sect leader thinks the son is the anti-Christ.

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I am sure this is a wonderful book but.....

The narrator sounds like an automated "text to speech" programme which I cannot possibly tolerate for 15 hours. I gave in after less than 2 minutes.

Someone should be screening and approving these editions with more stringent acceptance criteria.

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  • Kim Venatries
  • 05-08-13

A Good Listen!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wanted to. It hardly seemed like 15 hours. The suspense kept me engaged. I read this many years ago when first published and I've seen the movie but the audiobook still had me glued to the earphones. If you are a Dean Koontz fan it's a must listen. The narrator's voice seemed a bit shrill at first but I soon forgot all about it. Overall a very good experience.

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  • Michael
  • 13-01-14

Exciting but Simplistic Old Koontz

I had read this many years ago under the title Twilight and I did not notice this was the same book before I ordered it. It is pretty early Koontz and, although the writing is better than most in the genre, this is substantially below Koontz's best work. The characterizations are somewhat weak, and the story, although exciting, is a little simplistic. I really did not like the narration which was a bit nasal and really grated on me. I did learn to live with the narration, but never liked it. The story and characters kept me interested but not really engaged. The end was very mildly unexpected and unlike most Koontz is mildly enigmatic. There is one R rated sex scene which might bother some people and some treatment of religion that some might find sacrilegious. I certainly would not listen to this again with this narrator.

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  • Deb
  • 19-11-13

On Toes

What did you love best about The Servants of Twilight?

It was well written, I enjoyed very much, kept me interested to the end. Narrator was good, did have a little trouble with a few of the voices, but well read. Was not sure about the boy joie, was hoping would be fine in the end. His Mom & the detective were in good form for the story, all charters were. Kept me on the edge wanting more.

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  • Cheryl
  • 15-08-13

Bad Narration

Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Angela Dawe?

By Dean Koontz absolutely - but not narrated by Angela Dawe

If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

The narration is so wonky that it takes away from the story. The voice used when not talking as a particular character is terrible. Every sentence sounds the same with the last word drawn out in a wierd annoying way.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration is so wonky that it takes away from the story. The voice used when not talking as a particular character is terrible. Every sentence sounds the same with the last word drawn out in a wierd annoying way.

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  • Marg224
  • 04-08-13

Different spin

Would you listen to The Servants of Twilight again? Why?

I love Dean Koontz and will probably always give his books a chance but this one was a bit slow in some spots. I would not listen to this book (or read) it again. At times it just seemed to drag on and on...the endless descriptions of every little detail just sort of turned in to bla...bla...bla after a while. The narrator was a bit grating at first, then, kind of fell in to the flow of things in the second part. Don't think I could listen to this again but it was enjoyable enough for a one time listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were diverse and for the most part unpredictable which I think added to the appeal of the story. Things picked up in the second half and made the book a worthwhile listen.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The narrator was not exactly bad, but, at first, she just didn't seem to be a good fit for this novel. Towards the second part of the book, her performance either got better or I got used to her style.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, not one way or the other but the overall story was pretty interesting.

Any additional comments?

A young mother and son are threatened by a cult convinced that the son is the anti-christ...they are joined by a private eye and are on the run. It was handy for them that money was not an issue, when they needed cars, guns, hideouts...they all fell in to place. One of the sad parts for me was the pain the child had to end. The story and narrator both picked up towards the end of the book. Of course, there is the ending...

I find long and drawn out reviews tiring and for the most part very unhelpful so I try to keep my reviews short and if I've left out some information that some might find helpful in deciding whether or not to purchase this book please forgive me. In the end we all have to make our own decisions and as I've discovered in the past you can't always depend on just a few reviews. Some of the shortest reviews have been most helpful to me and some, no matter how long or rambling or descriptive have not been.

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  • Eric Mochnacz
  • 25-08-17

One of my Koontz favorites!

Would you listen to The Servants of Twilight again? Why?

This is actually the second time I've read this book - the first time read it when I was younger, and have since decided to revisit some of my favorites by Koontz. I still feel the fear associated with being stalked and followed incessantly by a zealot and her cult of followers. As this happens to the main character and her son, I am still frightened by the ease with which they find them. There is no escape, and this is a downright scary book.

It also forced me to ask the question - Is Mother Grace really crazy? Or is little Joey Scavello truly the anti-Christ? It's definitely a thought-provoking, thrilling book - for the most part. One of my first experiences with Koontz as a young reader and it still chills and resonates now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Mother Grace and Tony Barlowe are unique characters that only Koontz knows how to write. They are unique villains and present a serious threat to the protagonists. Although they are villains, they are complex with complex motives.

What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

Overall, her tone was a bit whiny and she ended every sentence with unneeded emphasis.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes because it is initially relentless. However, there was a portion of the book where Christina, Joey, Charlie and their dog, Chewbacca, escape to the wilderness - and the book veers from horror to survival thriller. It was very difficult to make it through this portion, as it slowed the pace and took away from the overall story.

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  • Kristen Giles
  • 17-02-16

Not Koontz' best

Not tightly written & I found myself growing frustrated with the main characters, especially the woman.

I found the narrator's voice to be jarring, but she did do a good job differentiating people's "voices." I don't think I would buy another audio book narrated by her.

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  • Susan P Montgomery
  • 22-12-15

Bad Narrator

The story might be great, but I can't stand to listen to the terrible narration. What a shame, because I usually like stories by Koontz.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 14-09-14

Intense from start to finish

I had read this book years ago and forgot how intense it really was. There is no slow build up, this one is a thrill ride for the entire book. And in the end, you are left wondering. I found myself looking forward to my commute to hear more. Really, it is one of Dean Koontz' best books, along with "Lightning" and "the Watchers". The narration takes some getting used to, it was almost annoying at the beginning but ended up decent. If you are a fan of Dean Koontz then I would say this is one you will really enjoy.

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  • A. L. DeWitt
  • 11-01-14

It Will Keep You Guessing

The thing I liked best about this book is that it keeps you guessing. If you have read Koontz before you know he believes in creating some really strange and unusual bad guys. The bad guy -- actually a bad gal -- here is one of his more unique signatures. The relationships that develop and the over-the-top symbolism at first left me very much confused. Was Koontz trying to make this book easy for the not-too-bright, or was he just being heavy-handed with foreshadowing? Suffice it to say that in that way that is uniquely Koontz, he won't let you down. You're going to be misdirected, establish expectations, and be wondering what just happened while you're being thrust into another plot change with incredible speed and intensity. This kept me guessing past the last page. It's not exactly The Lady or the Tiger, but it is as close in modern fiction as you're likely to come. And I wouldn't be surprised to find Mr. Koontz recycling one of the characters here somewhere down the line. In short, get this book. It's an entertaining listen!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful