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Devoted

Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (79 ratings)

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An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.

From Dean Koontz, the master of suspense, comes an epic thriller about a terrifying killer and the singular compassion it will take to defeat him.

“Canine or human, it is hard to find a more lovable character in fiction than Kipp. Devoted has every mark of a classic.” - Associated Press

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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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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Another Great, from A Great Writer.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT, made me laugh & cry hard to stop listening. Highly recommend.

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Not as good as Watchers

I bought this book because I thoroughly enjoyed Watchers, However, if not because my love for dogs, I would not have been able to finish this book. It took me days to finish it is a tell.

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  • Sue
  • 15-08-2020

Really enjoyed

Was a great book. Bit like the watcher I think from years ago. He’s a great story teller

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His best work in years.

This is Koontz's best book in years. Back to the quality of his early work.

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Devoted Dean Koontz

1st Watchers Know Devoted You bring these Dogs to life..makes me sit,and watch my dogs ..Thank you Dean.

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Really enjoyed it.

Loved it. l liked the link to The Outsider. I recommend reading The Outsider first but this book can be read as a stand alone.

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Not the best of koontz but ok.

Quite predictable and seemingly rushed toward an ending with a favourable outcome. I enjoyed it to a point but found the stark differences between the protagonist and antagonist unwieldy, clunky and disjointed. Just my two bobs worth.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dory McAllister
  • 19-04-2020

Not worth the money.

The plot is good if you can find it under the preponderance of slimy sex.

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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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  • ray stachurski
  • 25-04-2020

gruesome

I didn't expect it to be bloody and gruesome. I like more mystery. so this wasn't for me

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Katy
  • 05-10-2020

loved it

I love this man's narration his voice is gorgeous and he gets the nuance in every word. the story had me in tears at times. ok so it was a bit mushy in places but never mind!

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  • Mr Richard J Whalley
  • 18-09-2020

Great start but .......

Great start and I was really enjoying the story and premise, but the plot ultimately was weak and I felt it came to an unsatisfactory conclusion. love the narrator and the author but won't be recommending to friends in this instance.

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  • willowes
  • 09-09-2020

Devoted

Loved this book. Great story read very well. Made me feel I would love to be part of the new world to come.

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  • Jack Denz
  • 27-08-2020

Koontz best

A fabulous story read by a fabulous narrator! Bravo on a memorable work of fiction!