Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: Michael Hayden
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio
Published In: May 2005
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 20 minutes
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Dean Koontz’s unique talent for writing terrifying thrillers with a heart and soul is nowhere more evident than in this latest suspense masterpiece that pits one man against the ultimate deadline. If there were speed limits for the sheer pulse-racing excitement allowed in one novel, Velocity would break them all. Get ready for the ride of your life.…

Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.

It seems like a sick joke, and Bill’s friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it’s Bill’s fault: he didn’t convince the police
to get involved. Now he’s got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum…and two new lives hanging in the balance.

Suddenly Bill’s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication—until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath’s innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: The choice is yours.

Reviews (22)

Written by Mariana Toro on February 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I really like the trama, but it's written in an unnecessary complicated way. I feel the author is looking for literary excellence, but falls short

Written by Jessica Heath on January 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Dean Koontz is fantastic at being creatively expressive. I love his books. He never ceases to amaze me and hold my interest. The narrator was great!

Written by MyKayla Tuning on December 24th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I love how the voice is smooth and easy to follow. I just love dean koontz books


Written by TrAcEy on May 18th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Classic Koontz - kept us turning pages (inserting discs). Lacked some of the humor and metaphoric images we have come to love with Koontz - but still very entertaining.

A bit odd

Written by Anonymous on August 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I liked this book, but it took a while to get into it. I am not sure I would really back it for all to listen to, but not really a waste of time either. If you are searching and need something - OK.


Written by Anonymous on June 25th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I always enjoy Koontz' books, and Velocity was no exception. The moral dilemma of the choices his character must make is a fascinating peek into our psychology as humans and does what all good books do, encourages us to examine ourselves.

Screaming Halt

Written by Mickey Way on April 3rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Sorry folks, but this one is a dud for me. Quite forgettable. Half way through the second CD, I packed it up and sent it back.

Fast and furious

Written by Kathy B on August 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I thought I owed Dean Koontz a good review after bashing The Taking. I loved this book and prompted me to go back to reading him. If you are looking for a book that is fast paced and easily read, this is it. I love the psychological suspense - as long as I am not the target!

Picks Up Speed

Written by Brian Gleason from Chelmsford, MA on July 13th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

It is Excellent! It keeps spinning and going in directions you could not predict. I found a new Author to read and listen to. This is worth a listen!

Typical Dean Koontz

Written by Anonymous on September 20th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors. He did not disappoint in this book. I can't say that it was one of my favorites, however. If you are looking for a real Koontz thriller, I feel this just did an okay job of accomodating. From other recommendations and reviews on this book, I thought it would be scarier. Through a few points, I couldn't put it away, through others, it was a way to pass time. Overall, I do recommend the book, but mostly as an in between book. I am a delivery driver and am looking for things to pass the time. I was very satisfied in that sense, but I think if you are looking to listen while not commuting, choose something else.

Author Details

Author Details

Johnson, M.D., Spencer

"Spencer Johnson, M.D., is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The One Minute Manager, all in the entertaining style of a parable that contains useful information readers can use in their own lives. There are more than thirteen million copies of his books in print in over twenty-five languages.
Dr. Johnson's education includes a psychology degree from the University of Southern California, an M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons and medical clerkships at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic."

Koontz, Dean

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction, under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Koontz's protagonists,with the exception of Odd Thomas,arm theirselves with guns to do combat against the various monsters and madmen,and Koontz gets all the technical details right.There are no mistakes(functions and capabilities of different types of guns.)

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic events featured in most of his novels.

Koontz also has a very interesting way of adding his own little quirks to his novels, such as adding simple quotes from a book by the name of The Book of Counted Sorrows. Counted Sorrows was originally a hoax, like the nonexistent Keener's Manual Richard Condon cited for epigraphs he wrote himself. Eventually Koontz put together a poetry collection of that name, using all the epigraphs; it was printed as a limited edition in 2003 by Charnel House and as an eBook by Barnes & Noble. His more recent novels, starting with The Taking, have no verse by Koontz; rather, they have quotes by other authors (in particular, The Taking uses quotes from T. S. Eliot, whose works figure in the plot of the novel).

Koontz has long been a fan of Art Bell's radio program, Coast to Coast AM. He appeared as a guest after a fan reported to Bell that one of Koontz's novels featured a character describing a paranormal event as an "Art Bell moment."

Koontz currently resides in Newport Beach, a city in Southern California (as such, most of his novels are set in Southern California) with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie Koontz, under whose name he published the book, Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living, in 2004. Trixie is also often referenced in his official newsletter "Useless News".

Dogs often figure heavily in Koontz's novels, as he is an avid dog lover. Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and One Door Away from Heaven are prime examples. However, lately he has seen fit to include cats as characters, most notably the smart cat Mungojerrie in the Christopher Snow novels.