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Midnight

Narrated by: J. Charles
Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Summary

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent sent to Moonlight Cove to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths.

They meet Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, who has seen things from his window that he was not meant to see. Together they begin to understand the depth of evil in Moonlight Cove. Chrissie Foster, a resourceful 11-year-old, running from parents who have suddenly changed and in whom darkness dwells, joins them. Together they make a stand against darkness and terror.

©2004 Dean Koontz (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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Koontz exaggerated slightly.

I think that people are a bit harsh on Mr Charles. I thought that He wasn’t bad at all. Slightly rushing through the book at times but not bad.
(If you want to hear bad reading then listen to Hundred Years of Solitude).
The story started really well and then became too unbelievable to me. He was trying to make it scary but too much.
Still, I love Dean Koontz and I will keep listening his books.

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Way too fast

Reading at this clip destroys everything. An insult to both listener and writer. What a shame.

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  • K. Banham
  • 31-03-17

Great Koontz, not crazy about narrator

Very interesting story that draws you in instantly. I listen to books constantly and rarely dislike the narrators, but this one was pretty bad. No real voice changes, so sometimes it's hard to tell who's speaking. Also, he mispronounces words that end in -wn, like known and shown. He inserts an 'e' and its sounds like knowen and showen and it's very distracting. I feel it would have been much more enjoyable were it not for that.

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  • Will
  • 10-01-11

Really Interesting and Imanginative

This is my wife's favorite book and after listening to it, I can see why. Koontz was very imaginative and kept me interested for the entire book.

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  • HervesVuin
  • 25-05-15

NARRORATOR RUINS STORY, ANGRY MOB RIOTS DOWNTOWN!

OMG! Who the hell found this man, if he indeed he is a flesh and blood person. He sounds suspiciously like a voice in my husband's GPS Navigator!

What a way to totally ruin one of the Best Koontz books EVER

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  • SnideSide
  • 14-04-09

Scary, exciting, yet heartwarming too.

This story is, first & formost a terrifying story of one mans ego changing a town into something unknowable and horrible. The cat & mouse between these "changed people" and the normal is very exciting, esp when an 8 yr old girl takes them on to save her life. Heartwarming when a detective, a woman there researching her sisters death and the little girl meet up with a paraplegic man to take on the Boogyman and his horrid, terrible henchman. I have re-reaad the book and re-listened to the audio book. Good science fiction that seems like it could happen. I loved it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-08-13

Still like it after all these years!

Where does Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of my favorites of Dean Koontz's books, along with Watchers

Who was your favorite character and why?

The dog of course

What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

He has a comforting voice. His reading style is a bit old fashion, that's why only four stars.

Who was the most memorable character of Midnight and why?

The veteran in the wheel chair. I felt his fear,being handicapped in the midst of all that evil.

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  • Peggy
  • 27-06-08

Just a bit much for me

The story moved along at a good pace and, over-all, did keep me interested. However the gist of the story just seemed a bit far fetched and difficult to take seriously. The narrator sounded so cheerful it occurred to me he might be better suited to more up-beat stories. No glaring mis-pronunciations. Even though I normally love D. Koontz stories, this book is a good reminder to me to pay closer attention to the description and reviews.

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  • john
  • 31-05-13

good story not read well

I love this story but the narration is lacking. I just could not get into it.

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  • Kathleen
  • 12-04-16

I think this was a decent book....

The narrator made it so bad I am not sure if I liked the book. I can see some ideas that Koontz develops in later books, but I don't think he really captured them here. Certainly not one I plan to listen to again

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  • believer
  • 05-04-17

Could have been as awesome as koontz' other books.

Great story but ruined by narrator. Narrator hadn't a clue as to where to place emphasis. So disappointed, almost couldn't finish the book because of the poor reading.

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  • Blue Dragonfly
  • 30-01-15

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

Mad scientist horror

Who was your favorite character and why?

The book is so character rich, it is hard to decide, but I guess my favorite was Harry.

What about J. Charles’s performance did you like?

J. Charles does varied voices so well he really makes the characters come alive. You never get the feeling he is reading.

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

And you thought Frankenstein was creepy!

Any additional comments?

My favorite Dean Koontz books have a dog, very likable characters, humor and stories with great twists and turns. This is definitely a book that has all of those things and that keeps your attention all the way through. This is not the first time I had heard it, but wanted to listen again and will probably listen again after awhile.

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