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Hideaway

Narrated by: Michael Hanson, Carol Cowan
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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Summary

He was clinically dead after the accident - but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life.

But something has come back with Hatch from the other side: a terrible presence that links his mind to a psychotic's, so that a force of murderous rage courses through him.

©2005 Dean Koontz (P)2005 Brilliance Audio

Critic reviews

"Fiercely exciting...a slam-bang finale." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"A dual reading by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan heightens the drama in a way the written word could never achieve. With this narrative choice, readers receive a clear, strong and effective audio horror story which is just about impossible to stop listening to." ( The Bookwatch)

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Awful narration.

I read this book years ago and I enjoyed the story as much this time. It was, however, completely ruined by the dreadful narrators. Why on earth are there two narrators who both represent the same characters but, obviously, with different voice characterisations?! The story doesn’t need two narrators and it is infuriating to hear the different approaches as it makes the whole thing feel disjointed. To add further insult, some of Michael Hanson’s pronunciation is just ridiculous, even accepting the American accent. For example, ‘boosom’ instead of ‘bosom’, the ‘fra’ of ‘fragrance’ pronounced as in ‘fragment’ and his unnatural. And. Annoying. reeeeading. Good story but I’ll be avoiding these narrators in the future. Shame.

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  • James
  • 04-08-12

Another nail-biter from Koontz

If you could sum up Hideaway in three words, what would they be?

Hang on tight.

What did you like best about this story?

The complete development of the characters.

What about Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan ’s performance did you like?

The ability to pronounce words most of us would trip on. They never missed a beat as their pacing was excellent.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The pre-adoption meeting.

Any additional comments?

As always, Koontz is a master of suspense and you never know what's around the next corner.

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  • Robert
  • 18-03-10

Hideaway

Vassago (I heard Massago?) is the most singularly evil character I have encountered in a long while. Delicious. Carol Cowen's Regina was perfect. Last quarter of the book seemed to drag on a bit, and I was hoping for a more painful end for the villain.

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  • CFMAGA
  • 05-08-08

First Knootz

THis is my first of Mr. Knootz books. I enjoyed it, although it did drag in some areas. However, that aside, I look forward to hearing more of his works.

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  • Voracious Reader
  • 08-12-15

A Wild Ride: From Hell to Eternity

Would you consider the audio edition of Hideaway to be better than the print version?

Yes. Great readers. I was really drawn in by the narrators as well as the story itself.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hideaway?

Hatch & Lindsey's meeting with Regina - and their breakfast afterward in which they discussed the meeting - was amazing. Regina is a Koontz kid for sure - super smart, super verbal, and a total joy.

What does Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Hatch came alive for me with Michael Handson -- the calm reasonable kindly man suddenly plagued by horrific nightmares and daylight delusions - or are they? Lindsey came alive with Carol Cowan, the elegant, caring woman who fought like hell to save her husband's life and the lives of those whom she loved. They are great readers/performers. Thoroughly enjoyed. (And it's not as easy as it sounds. I've bought several books read by one particular reader reading one of my favorite authors and I just won't buy another book she reads - ruins the books for me with her offhand delivery.)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A Wild Ride or From Hell to Eternity

Any additional comments?

Spoiler alerts! I do NOT like books involving devils/Satan, etc. I was "swept away" with the story of Lindsey & Hatch's car accident but as soon as Vassago entered the story I turned off, put the book aside, lost my enthusiasm. (I also thought the hospital resuscitation was too long & a drag.) But when I got back to it, Hatch & Lindsey's attempt to adopt Regina totally reeled me in. I loved these scenes & I loved Regina & I couldn't abandon this family. I must add I thought Dr. Nyeburn was an IDIOT to bring his son back, to believe his son's new Simple Simon personality, to focus on resuscitation given his past experience (about what evil he could bring back), to fail to call the police when the P.I. disappeared, to tell Hatch the front part of the story about his son but not the rest, to tell Kari the story and still do nothing... He should have become a vet a lot earlier. (On the other hand, he brought back Hatch, obviously the antithesis of evil.) Toward the latter part of the book I started to nitpick a bit: Regina knew the folks were nervous & should have mentioned the sneaky noise, Hatch should have KNOWN what the footprint on his hood meant (just look up) & should have known that the noise could be related to something that happened BEFORE he fixed the garage window, Lindsey should have SHOT Vassago as soon as she managed to get her gun (I guess he would have leapt across the room w/his acrobatic superpowers tho...), and most especially Uriel. But on the whole it kept me on the edge of my seat A LOT. A wild ride.

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  • Alma
  • 22-06-19

Koontz the best

It's Amazing!....loved it so much I will read it twice😗
It has everything i want and more

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  • Shannon
  • 06-05-19

Great Good vs Evil story

Anither Good vs Evil story that is engaging and delivers a solid ending. I reccomend it.

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  • Pauline
  • 31-12-18

Dean Koontz never fails to entertain and enlighten

Anything by Dean Koontz is bound to leave a reader entertained, enlightened, and feeling immeasurably better than when you first picked up the book.

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  • Paul A. Baldassarre
  • 25-10-18

I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan, but...

...in a how to book that Mr Koontz wrote on writing best selling fiction he talked about being careful not to make the nemesis of the story so evil that you loose your reader. This book crossed that line for me. I finished it, but near the end was so disturbed by the evil of the character that it was pretty difficult to do so.
I won't give away any of the ending but I came away feeling less than satisfied by it.
overall, I'm still giving it 4 stars but I have grown accustomed to giving this author's works 5, so this one fell a little short for me.

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  • Peter Sobotta II
  • 19-10-18

good story, vocals could be better

I read this book years ago, great overall story. personally felt the narrators could have been better, neither narrators seemed to try to have a different vocal style for the characters also the male voice was very deep and monotone which made it difficult to listen to. The repeated mispronunciation of the word patina was a little annoying.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 16-02-15

NEW AGE MUSIC IS FOR THOSE WHO FIND ELEVATOR MUSIC

TOO COMPLICATED.
ONE OF THE VIRTUES OF THE DEAD WAS PATIENCE.
I am Mr. Impatience and I almost gave out during the first two hours. The first two hours describes a car accident, but it is described in poetry form. The colorful, flowery words, served mostly to draw out a 15 minute event into two hours. After that things got a lot better. The story got more interesting with a very unusual bad guy and the poetry stopped. The bad guy is the star of the show and you want to stay long enough to hear about his childhood and how he started killing.

THE DEAD STAY DEAD AND THE LIVING ONLY WANT TO JOIN THEM
I am a Koontz fan and some of his books will live in my mind forever. I enjoyed this book as I listened to it, but I guarantee you that a month from now, I will not, without some help, remember the story line of this book. It has been a couple of days and I had to read my notes to remember what it was about. This was written in 1992, as Koontz was coming out of his boring, preachy books and moving more into suspense. There is some preaching in this and some interesting questions about death. If you can get this on sale, I would say go ahead, but I would not waste a credit.

Kramer and Read have been around for a while, but before them there was Hanson and Cowen. They have done a lot of books together and most of them are on tape. Anytime you get a chance to hear them, you should take it, they make all books better.

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