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Summary

#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz “pulls out all the stops” (Publishers Weekly) in this haunting psychological thriller...

For thirty-five years, Bruno Frye has lived in the shadow of the adopted mother who made his heart beat with constant fear. And even though she died five years ago, the whispers still haunt him in the dark...enough to make him kill - and kill again.

Hilary Thomas is one of his intended victims. And she’s about to learn that even death can’t keep a bad man down...

©2007 Dean Koontz (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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Koontz delivers the goods again.

Good book, some interesting twists in the story but that is a trademark of the author. The suspense, horror and mystery that Koontz fans expect is all here. So far as I?m aware this is the only Dean Koontz novel released as a movie, I can?t say the adaptation was good at all and really didn?t like the film, but the book is great!

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Too drawn out

This is the first Dean Koontz book I have listened to although I have read a number of them. Whether this was the difference I don't know, but I was disappointed with Whispers. It was a decent story but seemed to be drawn out. Too much pointless dialogue in my view which would slow the story down. Shame really as the story was good.

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    3 out of 5 stars

A good listen story but...

A good listen story but...you will have to suffer through some toe-curling sex descriptions (pink flowers, turgid nipples, his hardness, etc). In addition Dean Koontz is unfortunately unable to be subtle with his characters - if a character likes to paint - they are suddenly THE ONE AND ONLY AMAZINGLY TALENTED undiscovered artist EVER. If a character had a tough upbringing - not only was it THE WORST CHILDHOOD ever but they also find a reason to bring it up in virtually every situation to the point of teeth wrenching annoyance. He is also guilty of the American authors habit of being European pretentiouness - especially with Italian food - which is always found in THE BEST UNDISCOVERED BUT SMALL AND COSY AND WARM AND PERFECTLY AUTHENTIC ITALIAN RESTAURANT ever, which is obviously run by a friend of one of the main characters (who is always very generous with his/her PARM-E-ZHAAAN 'shavings'). Take it as a given that the wine compliments the food perfectly (and is never drunk, always... savoured) and the meal will always be gratis (but the AMAZING ARTIST CHARACTER will promise an INCREDIBLY WELL EXECUTED oil colour as a gift to say 'Tar'). In the same way John Grisham is guilty of shoe-horning Italy in to everything he can as well - just so he can rattle on about RICH DARK THICK SWEET COFFEE, PERFECTLY AL-DENTE PASSST-TAH and of course PARM-E-ZHAAAN SHAVINGS not grated, but SHAVINGS (of a brick sized block of cheese by the way, of course).

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If you get past that it's a very good and gripping listen equal parts horror, disgust and psycho nasty business. I nearly stopped listening at the first bedroom/sex scene. I am glad I did not.

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brillant

love this book to bits broke my heart beautifully read gripping, on the edge of your seat and a love story in there as well i would give this 10 stars if i could.

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Great as always

Think this was the third book of Dean Koontz I read year’s ago enjoyed listening to just as much as reading it, he is the master

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That performer. Wow

I loved this story, but the performance by William Dufris is the best performance I have ever heard on an audible book. He brought the characters to life and I forgot I was listening to one man read the book. Absolutely fantastic.

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Not one of his best.

Not one of his best stories. Too much personal interaction between main characters. Woman’s dialogue unlikely.

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Superb listening.

Great book, superb listening value. I loved it. Having read several of Dean Koontz books now, he has become, to me, the new James Herbert' whom I avidly followed and read all his breathtaking books. He death, sadly, has been a great loss not only to his family and friends but also to the literary world. Finally I've found another author whose writing grips me from the beginning to the very end as James Herbert's did. Thank you all involved in the making of this Audio book with special thanks to the Author and narrator. BRILLIANT!!! 😊

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So Disappointing : (

Would you try another book written by Dean Koontz or narrated by William Dufris?

As a fan of Dean Koontz I was so very disappointed with this book. I would always try further books by Dean Koontz as I am usually a big fan but what happened? It turned into a sloppy romance… there were parts I wanted to speed through, there was no, I don't know, no uuuumph! It felt like a third rate romance novel…. uuuugggg. If I had wanted chick lit I would have looked at that genre. It just got soppy and full of cliches… just wrong, wrong, wrong.

Has Whispers put you off other books in this genre?

No…. I just wouldn't have place it in this genre.

Did William Dufris do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I think he did the best he could do with the script. His voice as the female lead was just… well… annoying. It just didn't work and I felt like it had a child like quality to it… it just wasn't happening.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Seriously disappointed. I always so look forward to any Dean Koontz books but this just really let me down and I feel I can't wait to finish it so I can get onto something I enjoy. Strangely it made me feel sarcastic towards the characters as they were so dumbed down and obvious.

Any additional comments?

So disappointed I cannot recommend this book. From the plot to the characters to the reading to the soppy cliches… it really… and my apologies but I cannot think of any other word that truly works but it really sucked.

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Could have been better

Would you try another book written by Dean Koontz or narrated by William Dufris?

No

Has Whispers put you off other books in this genre?

No

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

Yes

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

dissapointed

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Characters were two dimensional and it slowed down in the middle to a snail's pace.

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  • SA Shay
  • 01-04-10

Turn on the lights!

I read this book when it first came out, and I haven't read any book since that terrified me more! It was very intense and I had to have the lights on to listen. Awesome book and awesome narrator. Definitely credit worthy.

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  • Mary
  • 11-08-08

Super Listen

This is one of the best Koontz audios I have listened to this year. You can visualize each part as if it were a movie and identifying with the main character's position is mind boggling.

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  • Thom & Donna
  • 27-03-10

super narration

wow, that was made a better story due to the outstanding narration. kudos William Dufris !

19 people found this helpful

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  • Sandra
  • 09-07-09

Whispers

Beautiful love story, spooky stuff with a perfectly koontz twist

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • R. V.
  • 09-10-08

Wonderfully Creepy

I was delightfully creeped-out by the ending!

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  • Gail
  • 21-06-10

What?

This is my 6th Koontz book so I think I am familiar with his "out there" style which can be very interesting for some and a "Oh brother this is so stupid" for others. I am somewhere in between on this one. I will still continue to be a fan because some of his books are so good.

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  • David
  • 23-06-10

Whispers

Dry and predictable. Way too much emphasis on the sub characters. This book is also slow. Just when the story starts to get good, it switches to the dull and boring sub characters lives. Not his best work. I'm sorry I wasted a book credit on this one.

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  • Lovemybooks.
  • 24-08-20

Seriously disturbing

I think I will stick to romances, seriously disturbed book which I got through audible.

This was a mystery slash thriller with a dash of romance. I remember reading Koontz in my teens along with John Saul, while I prefer romance I do like to switch out of that genre every once in a while especially if I am going through a book drought.

This author is amazing, the story was so full of twists and turns, though you as the reader/listener understood early one what was going on, you had to live the characters trying to figure out what was going on.

Sometimes the story dragged, mainly while we where interacting with Tony and his police work, getting to know him. I felt that it was an unnecessary filler , that is until the story progressed I appreciate this insight.

A gripping story a little dated because, well I think it happens in the 70’s or 80’s pre-pager and way before a cellphone, LOL, I found myself constantly thinking, call the cops, use your phone, well in those days things where not that easy and it was frustratingly funny looking back and thinking how the heck did we survive. We did, but it was an interesting dichotomy for the reader.

The villain was seriously evil but Koontz somehow, through the progression of the story made us very interested in him and what made him the way he was and let me tell you it is bad very bad you almost feel sorry for him, almost.

I do recommend this book but with the warning it will creep you out. Nothing politically correct in this book if you are sensitive to that, well you have been warned.

The individual who reads the story was fantastic managed to scare me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-06-09

NOT GOOD and I'm a big dean koontz fan

I do not written reviews but this was so bad I could not believe it was koontz. In the story you have to believe that smart people can not think of the obvious but jump to the extreme.

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  • Michael
  • 20-08-08

Not my favorite Koontz

The story is uncharacteristically predictable. The characters, both good and bad, were less well rounded and fleshed out than the best of Koontz. I did not have any audio drop out problems, but I found the action scenes and conclusion somewhat uninteresting.

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