Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: J. Charles
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2015
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose... Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind s darkest creation..."

Reviews (31)


Written by Sally M on April 29th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have read this book twice and now, many years later, listened to it on audiobook. It was worth it. Many, many times better than the movie. I'm sure I'll listen to it again someday.

Koontz at his best

Written by Anonymous on November 29th, 2014

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding story..............really enjoyed it as I have all of his other books.

One of Koontz's best!

Written by Trish on June 28th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This one is less metaphysical and more sci-fi. It has it all from hair raising suspense to warm fuzzies.


Written by genomo on September 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A great listen. Just another hit for this great author.

Ages Poorly

Written by Anonymous on May 21st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Does not hold its value as time passes. Way too long and way too predictable.


Written by Anonymous on June 23rd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent story and the reader does a great job! I have listened to this several times over.


Written by Anonymous on March 25th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I've read the book and love the story, but why does the reader read so fast?

Doesn't get better for Koontz

Written by Anonymous on January 26th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I read Watchers many years ago and decided to try it out on audio CD. Turns out it was a great idea! It was wonderful to enjoy the best book the Koontz has written again. It definitely lived up to its memory. If you have never enjoyed this book before, then you must give it a try!

Odd Thomas

Written by Paul White on January 13th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great book. I wanted the story to go on because it was so fasinating and enjoyable. I hope Mr Thomas emerges in more featured books by Dean Koontz. Excellent!

Worth the Listen

Written by Bret on October 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am a pretty big fan of Dean Koontz and enjoy the way he is always bringing together multiple genre's into a single novel. This book has the added benefit of a great dog character. As a dog lover, it is really great to hear the narrator describing the dog's communication. If you like dogs, you will be smiling through a lot of this book. I don't have a problem at all imagining these words in my dogs head. As for the rest of the storyline, it is Koontz'ish if I can use that word. I would rarely say a Dean Koontz book isn't worth a listen and this is no exception. I actually rank this one as one of my favorites from him.

Author Details

Author Details

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.