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Frankenstein, Book Five: The Dead Town

Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Frankenstein, Book 5
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

The war against humanity is raging. As the small town of Rainbow Falls, Montana, comes under siege, scattered survivors band together to weather the onslaught of the creatures set loose upon the world. As they ready for battle against overwhelming odds, they will learn the full scope of Victor Frankenstein’s nihilistic plan to remake the future - and the terrifying reach of his shadowy, powerful supporters. Now the good will make their last, best stand. In a climax that will shatter every expectation, their destinies and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

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

Critic reviews

"Koontz is a master of the edge-of-your-seat, paranoid thriller and perhaps the leading American practitioner of the form.” ( The Star-Ledger)
“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.” ( Los Angeles Times)
“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself. He writes of hope and love in the midst of evil in profoundly inspiring and moving ways.” ( Chicago Sun-Times)

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You will enjoy

Fantastically read. He brings all the characters to life. Jacko will have you laughing. All 5 books are brilliant.

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third time

I'm a big fan of Koontz, read these books twice. first audible listen, very entertaining.

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As good as all the others

All very good books, I listened to number 4 first, mistake, while they do work individual, they are obviously best in order.

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  • Simon
  • Retford, United Kingdom
  • 08-07-11

Frankenstein Book 5 - amazing

I listen to loads of books and rarey find the time or inclination to write a review. This one is different - I found the content and narration spot on. It was one of those that I didn't want to switch off.
A great ending to the series with a narrator who really set the scene and lived the characters.

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  • JBC
  • southampton, United Kingdom
  • 18-07-11

dummy or gummy

The best book yet,nummy is a a gift, made me laugh for ages,only Koontz could weave a story so entertaining around two characters.

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  • Jay
  • 14-06-11

Good, but with one issue

I started with Frankenstein, Lost Souls, which I thoroughly enjoyed, except that it left the reader in the middle of the story. That book led me into this one, which was, basically, a continuation of the same book.

I enjoyed book five, but must disagree with other commentators about the conslusion. I thought Dean could have been a little more "edgy,", "creative," or whatever you want to call it to bring this series to a conclusion.

No offense to the others and certainly no offense to Dean Koontz, but the depth and breath of this story could have generated more to bring it to a close. The story had all kinds of threads that I thought would lead to an end.

Still, I was satisfied with the book and would certainly recommend it .

I am going back to listen to the first three books in the series. I guess, I'll consider it a "prequel."

JAY NIEDERMAN
Manchester, NH

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  • Clark
  • 08-07-11

Mr. Koontz, more of this caliber, please!

Dean Koontz is unquestionably a master. This series is outstanding; on par with Fear Nothing / Seize the Night, Dragon Tears, and the darkly hilarious and oddly uplifting Tick Tock. This is where Koontz shines- action and humor that can not be separated, but work in perfect harmony. Characters are easy to invest in... especially Jocko! he might be the most entertaining Koontz character ever. I hope we will see more of this genius on display, and less of the sermons with no discernible point such as in 'The Darkest Evening of the Year' and 'Your Heart Belongs to Me'. I am a pastor, so I know what a vague sermon sounds like! These were not bad work, just bad by Dean's own high standard. I actually rate Frankenstein at 4.5 stars, only because it is not my absolute favorite (Seize the Night).

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  • Kimberly
  • 08-06-11

Jocko.... what can you say except......

LOVE THAT LIL TUMOR!!!!! I wish there was a Jocko website..... he makes me laugh, Dean, thank you for Jocko!

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  • Jennifer Brouillard
  • 30-04-18

Love love love this entire series!!

Thank you Mr Koontz for sharing your talent in such an entertaining way. I am well pleased with the ending & loved ALL the characters- especially Jocko of course :) And Christopher Lane—-what can I say? I always love your many voices who bring each character to life in a way I never have to wonder “who” is speaking while I listen. Bravo Bravo!!

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  • Eric Mochnacz
  • 14-10-16

A thrilling conclusion!

Where does Frankenstein, Book Five: The Dead Town rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was an enjoyable listening experience and was happy to reach the conclusion of a strong book series.

What other book might you compare Frankenstein, Book Five: The Dead Town to and why?

This is pretty typical Koontz - comparable to the works from his sci-fi and government conspiracy period.

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His narration of Jocko made me laugh throughout and did offer some levity among the bleak themes that existed throughout this series. Some of his other personifications were a bit overdramatic (namely Liss.)

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 31-01-13

Cramed Full

I am sad to see this series end. This book was the best of what was a great series, but you do not want to start here. Don't worry, all the books are great.

I am constantly amazed at what Koontz can cram into one book. Most authors would be happy to write a book about one of these things. Here is a short list of ideas and people mentioned in this book; Alien Invasion, Johnny Depp, nano animals,cocoons, Robert A. Heinlein, Orson Wells, H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds, Black Holes, The Big Bang, Jules Verne, Stephen Hunter, angels, Armageddon, lots of guns, hive people, clones, replicas, Village of the Damned, Prophesy, tongue with an eye, ear with teeth, Louis L' Amour, telaportation, pulp fiction hero, cyber cowboy and Mary Shelly.

With all that, the characters make the story. My favorite was Jocko, who started life as a tumor. He likes to pirouette. Then there is the smart mouth Hobo, who says he is so smart that every two months they have to open his skull and take out some brain so new brain can grow. He says if you make him mad he will cut you open and rearrange your insides to the point that you will have to piss out your left ear. He has a million of these and he is teamed up with a Forrest Gump like character who serves as his straight man. There are plenty more, those were just my favorite two.

There is also wisdom in the book, such as the story of the spider and the fly, which I really liked. On change Koontz says that some people can't tell the difference between constructive and deconstructive change.

There is lost more that I just don't have room for here.

The Narrator is excellent, excellent, excellent. I have no doubt that he made the book even better then it was written, which was excellent.

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  • brian
  • 30-05-18

Another great series

Love Dean Koontz. This book series did not disappoint. The narrator did the book justice too.

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  • Quadlink
  • 05-05-18

Brilliant

All five books of this wonderfully imaginative series are thoroughly enjoyable, thought-provoking,and engrossing. The books are beautifully written and the narration is just perfect.

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  • Mike Sewell
  • 06-08-17

Series is a Tremendously inventive!

i wish all 5 books of the series were available. Performance was masterful kweping character voices, accents and so on clwarly definable to the ear.

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  • Kenneth
  • 24-05-17

All five books are more fun than should be legal

Luckily I didn't find the Frankenstein series until all five were on Audible so I didn't have to wait for book five. I've listened to the series twice now, which I rarely do. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors and he outdid himself on this. Enjoy!

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