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Devoted

Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
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From Dean Koontz, the international bestselling master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him.

Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening.

A uniquely gifted dog with a heart as golden as his breed, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it’s too late.

Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by a malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he’s not alone. Only a force greater than evil can stop what’s coming next.

©2020 The Koontz Living Trust. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A book that did not need a sequel

It was an ok read, the story was very predictable though, not sure why of all his books he decided this one needed a sequel

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wonderful story

I really enjoyed this book and I am sad it's over. Fingers crossed we get to someday find out what happens in the future for Kip, Woody and the Wire. If you loved The Watchers I'm fairly certain you have imagination enough to love this book also. Narration was brilliant.

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Absolute Garbage

I couldn’t wait for it to end. This is some of the laziest writing I have experienced. It reads with all the depth and substance of essays written by school students. Pointless waste of time and money. I felt ripped off the whole time I listened to this waffle.

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lacked depth

the premise for the story is great but just as it gets going it wraps everything up and finishes all to easily.

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Nice

l am a horror fan and have read both Koontz and King many decades. It interesting how both writer have changed over time.

His writing is wonderful, always has been. Whoever he is using as narrator is perfect. I like that he stays relevant by blanketing stories, at times, with technology. His writing these days connects with the thinking sceptic of what people in power can, and try? to do.

I feel he wants us to read and think. This book was nice if you wanted something a little 'uplifting' then this would be that, but just know this author has such a huge portfolio l recommend you try another of his works also - perhaps something earlier just to see the span of this authors talent. Enjoy

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Love every bits of it!

Excellent narrator by Edoardo Ballerini, I felt like I'm there throughout the journey of the story

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A lot of similarities to 77 Shadow St.

Totally enjoyable story, I'll come back to this one like I do to Shadow St.

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I lost sleep

Probably the best audio book I’ve heard. For a while I had to wait till morning to listen, parts of this book terrified me, in a good way that you want a book to.

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Dean Kootnz at his best

Old style Dean Kootnz. Type of book you don’t want to put down until the end. Loved it.

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First Koontz Timer

Love Dean's style, I will be adding him to my 'approved' list with Clancy, Cussler and Child.

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  • shelley
  • 01-04-2020

Descendants of WATCHERS...

If you enjoyed WATCHERS then you should also like DEVOTED. If you’ve never read WATCHERS but love dogs and would like one who can communicate with you through actual words and thoughts as an equal intelligent being, then this is the book for you!

Kip is a descendant of the original experimental genetically altered dog. He belonged to Dorothy who got him as a puppy. Once she realized what a unique dog he was she began to teach him. Upon her death Kip takes off to save an autistic boy who is a genius.
After hacking into a murder for hire dark web site, his (Woody’s) snooping is discovered. Shortly after some very bad people would like to get their hands on him. Woody knows too much, like these are the people who murdered his father.
Edoardo Ballerini is the best! His narration is superb
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Kitty
  • 05-04-2020

Just a rehash.

I guess I'm in the minority but I'm just... tired of the endless rehashing of the same characters and plot over and over again for no purpose. I mean, this is basically an extremely sentimental mashup of the Moonlight Bay series with Next Door to Heaven. There's really no connection to Watchers other than intelligent golden retrievers. You know what would have been great? An actual sequel to Watchers, or an actual new Moonlight Bay book. Because both of those had awesome stories and characters. This book had no story whatsoever... I was actually surprised when it wrapped up because I felt like all that had been done up to that point was to set up for the story to begin, but it never really did. The characters were bland rehashes of other, better, Koontz characters. I'm afraid this one has got to be returned.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-2020

So-So

This would have been better without the language. I’m a first time reader of a Koontz story, and wasn’t impressed with the language. It’s simply not necessary. The story line was lacking as well.

It would be of value to all customers if Audible could have a filter of some type available so their customers could know ahead of time if the story has language. If there already is, I’m unaware of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-2020

great book, reader easy to listen to

haven't listened to Koontz in awhile because they can get bit dark. This book had a easy flow and didn't drag on. he took the time to develop his characters.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-04-2020

I usually love Dean Koontz but....

this just felt like he phoned it because he had a book due. This book is a re-hash of Watchers with a bit of update thrown in. None of the characters are fully developed except the dog. There were times when I literally had to check to make sure I was not listening to an old novel. There are very few books I have ever returned for credit, but I am going to do it with this one. I have NEVER felt this way about a Koontz novel. For a while I felt he was slipping a bit, but his latest books about Nameless and Jane Hawk have been amazing. This one was just tired and rehashed. Sorry, wanted to love it, but I was really disappointed.

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  • BSpolin
  • 03-04-2020

The Best Of Koontz

For every canine lover, this story is for you. I feel it is a love letter to the authors love of his long time companion and best friend. A wonderful tribute to all canine lovers everywhere.&

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  • Catherine
  • 06-04-2020

Excellent Narration, Mediocre Story

Edoardo Ballerini is an excellent narrator, and he makes any book better. I am a long-time fan of Dean Koontz, but this was a little too sappy and preachy for me. I love the idea of highly-intelligent dogs and the "feel goods" that go along with all of that. Having it wrapped up in a story about evil people is very entertaining. I'm familiar with the tone of his books, but this one was just a little too much for me. I recommend this if you're looking for something semi-light with evil v. good and really smart, brave, and loyal dogs. If you want something darker with more substance, this probably isn't the book for you.

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  • SGH
  • 05-04-2020

Awesome!

This was the best book I have listened to for quite some time. I love Dean Koontz for incorporating golden retrievers into many of his stories. There were aspects for all readers in this book, horror, supernatural, suspense , love stories, sadness and great joy. Dean Koontz is by far my favorite author since the Odd Thomas series and he keeps getting even better. Please keep it up!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-04-2020

Devoted

Very much like The Watchers (one of my favorites) but it wimps out at the end.

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  • Vic Mclendon
  • 04-04-2020

Dean Koontz hits another home run

I just finished Devoted. Dean Koontz scores another home run! This is book number 54 for me.

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  • Freda
  • 08-04-2020

A doggy tale

Very much like his earlier book The Watchers. A dog with a human mind and a monster. A boy with autism and his mother are attacked by an old beau (now turning into a monster) of the mother. The dog who when his mistress died left to find a boy. An ex Navy seal and te companion of the dogs owner, all come together to combat four killers who had been sent to kill the mother and boy because the boy had infiltrated a site on the dark web where murderers where for hire when he tried to find who had killed his father. Brilliantly read by Edwardo Ballerini.

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  • Mrs Saleem
  • 05-04-2020

Good but a bit soppy...

So, I've loved Dean Koontz's books since I was a child, loved how quickly he gets through the intro and throws the readers into the story, and then it's a fast paced journey until the end. This book and a few others have mostly a brilliant storyline, but the language has become more about love and light and peace and belonging, and less a thrilling story you never want to end. I hope he will get back to how he used to write, which was a language full of descriptions but also thrills and fear. All the way through this book I could hear the violins in the background...not what I look for in a thriller/horror.

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  • Julie
  • 17-05-2020

So disappointed

Sentimental claptrap. This book feels like he'd written it 30 years ago, before honing his skill. Maybe he did? Massive disappointment, kept hoping it would get better, but nope.

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  • Crazycats
  • 05-04-2020

Great Book

Truly enjoyed listening to this book. First book I've read of Dean Koontz it became quite chilling in parts the book keep me listening and awake late in the night was unable to stop listening. Also to remind the human race to show. kindness towards our fellow man and all animals alike.
Narrator voice was good though he told the story a little bit fast for me at times I did at times get mixed up with people names and postions in the story and was unsure who was who. I will definitely be listening to more of Deen Koontz books.

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  • Lynda Kingston
  • 27-06-2020

Good book ruined by the narrator.

I liked this book, but my goodness the narrator was annoying. His tone was the same all the way through. I nearly gave up on it because of that. I did finish though, but it would have been so much better with a more expressive reader.

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  • Rosie Lane
  • 19-06-2020

Genius & emotional.

Another beautiful book by Koontz. lovely,flowing prose,that stirs all emotions. couldn't stop listening. koontz to my mind is still the best Thriller writer on the planet.

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  • Mary P
  • 13-06-2020

I feel cheated

If I hadn’t just listened to Watchers, I might have really enjoyed this book. Sadly though it is a carbon copy of Watchers with some small details changed to fool you into thinking it is a new book. I have no idea what his publishers, never mind his editor, was thinking.
None of us have sufficient spare cash to waste on buying 5he same book twice. Seriously fed up.

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  • Mrs. Shenda J. Bennett
  • 11-06-2020

Loved it

I did not read the preview to this book. Another great story by Dean. Thoroughly absorbed into it. I have not been able to read recently, so I thought an audio book might get me back on track. Loved it.

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  • Marion Shepherd
  • 06-06-2020

classic Koontz

A familiar story for Koontz fans. A widow and her gifted son are up against the powerful bad guys (genetically engineered ). Special K9s, and hero's come to the fore. whats not to love?

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  • Jo
  • 15-05-2020

Brilliant but...

As a huge Koontz fan I had become increasingly disappointed with his books over the past few years ( apart from the Jane Hawk ones which are amazing) so I was very excited about this one, which seemed to take him back to his roots!
I still loved it but just felt there was something missing! The ending was all a little contrived and easy...he didn’t exactly say..they lived happily ever after...but...really!
Gutted to once again be left a bit disappointed but still worth the credit!