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Intensity

A Novel
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Past midnight, Chyna Shepard, twenty-six, gazes out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend’s family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Foreman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer,” Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit. 

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive - until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess’s next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl...as moment by moment, the terrifying threat of Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

©1995 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not a bedtime book

I listen to books before I go to sleep at night but that wasn’t enough for this.
So fast paced and gripping, I was listening constantly. In the car, cooking meals, when I was “working”.
The best Dean Koontz for me so far

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Extraordinary story.

What would you do if you were stuck with a serial killer in a vehicle? What would you do if he found you?
Griping story from beginning until the end. What a brilliant idea for a book! Psychological thriller at it’s best.
I just love Dean Koontz’s imagination and the beautiful way he describes people, places and emotions almost as if he was writing a poem.
I think that narration was very good. The main character was a female and in rather impossible situation. Frankie did her justice presenting a variety of emotions going through her head.

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Gripping - Lose Yourself In Intensity !

Perfect Dean Koontz - could not stop listening . Unforgettable villain who embodies evil and an inspirational heroine . Highly recommended

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Exceptional.

I have read and listened to this book many times. Chills your bones, wondering, why

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an intense story

read the book 3 times. first audio listen. entertaining, however the narrator could do with more contrast between characters. Chyna Shepherd untouched and alive. great strong character.

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ending didn't live up to the book

good story but felt the ending was weak. not in keeping with the story line ended up feeling disappointed

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Decent airport novel, poorly performed.

Sadly this serviceable thriller, which picks up well towards the second half was narrated in a decidedly flat voice which failed to modulate effectively and left it lacking "intensity". Shame.

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Gripping

This book kept me on the edge of my seat I loved it thanks .

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Not now of his better books. Could be down to the narrator. Found that her voice was very flat. Not much expression in the way she read the story.

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  • VGold
  • 22-08-19

Narration painfully bad

Between the ‘valley girl’ accent ... “Ki-enn” for kitten and the non-pronunciation of T’s in general, to the astounding number of mispronounced words; I am at a loss as to how this person is employed as a narrator. Only my love and loyalty to Dean Koontz kept me hanging in there

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  • Brandy Rea
  • 05-02-19

book is awesome... reader lacked excitement

loved the book, reader lacked excitement and animation... male reader was way better when I listened to this years ago

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  • Mimz
  • 28-09-19

Great book...ok narration

Dean Koontz is one of my all time favorite authors. The story line of Intensity is very good and a typical Koontz nail biter. My biggest complaint about this audiobook version is that the narrator seems to keep a very monotone feel to the reading. Many other narrators make you feel like you are part of the book with their crescendo and diminuendos in the timber of their voice as they read the books but Frankie Corzo, at least in this book is very flat and I don’t feel like I’m seeing a movie in my mind.

Anyone that likes Koontz will enjoy this book, but I wouldn’t suggest this audio book.

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  • Shelly Farber
  • 17-10-18

Great story poorly narrated

I read this book several years ago and couldn't put it down. The writing moved the story along in such a way that atmosphere it created was intense and I literally felt exhausted after I finished. This was in no way shape or form the way it was narrated, thereby making an exceptional read a disappointing listen.

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  • T. D. Copeland
  • 13-08-18

second listen, still scary! Mr. Koontz weaves an i

This is the second time I've listened to this story; still scary! Mr Koontz is an excellent story teller.

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  • AmazonAddict-Joe
  • 24-10-18

Way TOO Wordy!!!

Holy cow... the story may be half way good but the ‘over description’ of EVERYTHING made the story sooo much longer than it needed to be. It dragged and dragged because of the over dramatic excessive verbiage! Usually really like his books... disappointed!!

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  • Mattie Zieniewicz
  • 04-04-19

OMG!! WOW!! This is an amazing book!!

This book grips you and doesn't let go! Well written and named. It had me on edge the entire time

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  • Tamara Nielson
  • 04-08-18

Maybe not the best narrator

The narrator has some speech quirks that are distracting. One example is that she doesn’t pronounce the letter “t” if it is in the second syllable of a word. So the word “mittens” becomes “mi-ens”. It doesn’t ruin the experience but it is quite noticeable throughout the book.

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  • Sharon Lovegrove
  • 17-07-18

My favorite Dean Koontz book!

There was an earlier audible version with a male narrator that was a bit better. Otherwise well done!

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  • Adrienne F Ryans
  • 12-05-18

Awesome

I really loved this story.
This book made me think a lot about people who are in position to negatively or affect people’s lives. Presidents, police officers, senators , etc.
The killer really makes you think. The heroine makes you want her to succeed. You find yourself saying no, just save yourself.
I really liked this book.

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