There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever.
Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine, where courage and honor are found in the most unexpected corners and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.
©2014 Dean Koontz (P)2014 Recorded Books
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"Dean Koontz is back!"
I hesitated to buy this book because Koontz has shall we say, "lost his touch" in some of his latest books. But hey, it's Koontz and I have to try because maybe I'll find the magic of Watcher's, or Strangers, and not the boredom of Darkest Night of the Year. In the city, I found it. This wasn't really a horror story as much as it is a story of surviving adversity. The supernatural is subtle but still drives the story. I really loved all of the characters and found myself whispering, "Don't let anything happen to this one." frequently throughout; I just had to know what happened next. The narrator portrayed each person clearly so that you always new who was speaking. The ending was perfect for the story. I loved this book.
"Simple but profound coming of age story"
It's very difficult for me to pin point why I enjoy Koontz's writing so much, but I thoroughly enjoy every book of his that I have read. It's the way he turns a phrase, and seven words are actually better than one word in his writing. He takes simple thoughts and makes them sound profound. He makes me think with just the simplest statements. For example, in THE CITY, he says numerous times, "no matter what happens, everything will be all right in the end.". For most people's belief systems, this is very true, but I never thought of it in such a straight forward way.
THE CITY is basically the coming of age story of a young African American boy, Jonah Kirk, born in the late 40's. He tells his life story around the events of the day. He's a musical prodigy from a musical family. Though his father had left the family when Jonah was very young, circumstances happen where his father's actions actually have a profound affect on Jonah's life.
It's difficult to say any more about this story without giving spoilers, so I'll just say that Koontz still remains one of my favorite authors and I think that it's definitely worth any serious reader's time to enjoy the style and stories of Koontz. I listened to this on Audible which I believe enhanced this story because it seemed as though Jonah was actually talking about his own life.
"Great story once you wade through the beginning.."
It's Dean Koontz ! Would always recommend a Dean Koontz for a great read.
Kept my butt in my seat the whole way through but certainly experienced some great moments.
Having a black man actually read the book instead of some white guy trying to sound black was a great touch.
The book was slow to get into. Too much telling and not enough doing. However, it is part of reading Dean Koontz to get a lot of character thinking. Not exactly preaching, tho I think Koontz would make an excellent preacher. But, a lot of "rambling" about the the same themes of love and acceptance, our place in the world, etc. portrayed as the hero's thoughts sometimes seems to drone on. A little talking goes a long way Rambling with those subjects works against them. Those are subjects best lived out by example. As a Koontz fan I know it's coming tho and wade through to enjoy the full rich story he always brings.
"How exactly a 2-star review with 4 hours???"
How is it anyway possible to give a two star review for a 13-hour audiobook that just CAME OUT 4 HOURS ago??? The answer? Its' not.
Audible needss to fix this system. Once again, here is another book that gets low reviews within just HOURS of release. THere is no one on the planet that can truly give a complete, fair, knowledgeable review in that amount of time!
It is unfair to the other buyers, who many like myself, depend on the reviews of others before using precious credits on a audiobook! IT is also unfair to the publishers, writer, etc.
Plus who would BUY an audiobook period when they already know that is only worthy of one or two stars??? Kinda fishy if you ask me...
Note - In order to support what I've said above, I will edit and give FULL review after I finish the novel...but otherwise this rating system is severly flawed (as are the people who don't take it seriously)
"What is the story about?"
I just don't understand what the book is about. Nothing made since to me. I am a die hard Dean Koontz fan and I have read a few books I'm not all that impressed with and this is one of them. the story rambles on and on and never actually makes you like the characters at all. I usually have a connection by the second chapter. although I do like the main character I'm just not impressed with anything he does which really is nothing but you are supposed to believe he is special. I never did see anything. not one of he's best by far. I wish I had could have skipped this one but because I read everything he writes the bad comes with the good.
"Story never goes anywhere"
I am a huge fan of the Dean Koontz,however, this book missed the mark with me. His usual fast paced exciting style is missing. Struggled through this one.
Korey Jackson did a great job with the material he had to work with.
Yes. I've enjoyed many Koontz books and hope to enjoy many more. This book, however, failed to engage me after eight chapters so I finally gave up and put it down.
This is but one book. It does not represent or as you say, "ruin" the genre for me. No one book can do that. It doesn't mean Koontz will not write engaging books in the future.
Korey Jackson's performance was fine.
My negative review is not meant to imply that I could do a better job than the writer. Dean
Koontz is a brilliant author. This book just didn't interest me.
"Weak Start, Decent Finish"
This is a good Koontz, but far from his best work. This seems targeted to young adults more than most Koontz books, thus it is a bit less intense, has less graphic action, has adult themes greatly muted, and even less intricate prose.
This was so sweet as to severely challenge my suspension of disbelieve (which is always necessary in this genre, yet generally less so with Koontz). I don’t meet many ten year old catholic black jazz prodigies that cross themselves every time they say “geeze”.
The narration was quite good and augmented the story well.
I did not at all regret reading this, but I will not read it again, and would not strongly recommend it, even to young readers.
"I can't believe the review i'm giving for a Koontz"
I love Dean Koontz novels. I have most of them in Hardback, Paperback, and Audio. This one however was a struggle to get through.
It took several days for me to force myself through the book. When you get to the end there are redeeming qualities, you really get a grasp of what Koontz is trying to get across, but getting there is a painful journey. I don't mind that kind of journey in life, but it shouldn't be in a novel.
No, I did enjoy his voices, and performance.
No, not really, the book was a struggle to get through.
Koontz is a wonderful author. I have enjoyed the majority of his Novels and I still think he is the best. Unfortunately this is not one of the best.
A better grip in the beginning. We bought this book for a 12 hour car ride. We listened for 2 hours and could not listen anymore. It was boring. There wasn't any typical Dean Koontz "pull" or engagement early enough in the book to keep us interested. No suspense. We all love traveling with Koontz, but this one wasn't a good road book. We were very disappointed.
More of a hook in the beginning for the listener.
I wouldn't read this book.
I couldn't tell you. I don't remember any of the characters as I couldn't engage.
Sorry, Dean. This one isn't a keeper. :(
"Out of my comfort zone but worth a read"
I love Mr Koontz. This was a bit of a departure from his normal fare. Interesting and engaging.
My gut reaction was to dislike it but it turned out better than I was expecting. Worth persevering with!
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