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Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (65 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nominee for the 2019 Audie Award for Best Male Narrator

A “superior thriller” (Oakland Press) about a man, a dog, and a terrifying threat that could only have come from the imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz - nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

On his thirty-sixth birthday, Travis Cornell hikes into the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains. But his path is soon blocked by a bedraggled Golden Retriever who will let him go no further into the dark woods.

That morning, Travis had been desperate to find some happiness in his lonely, seemingly cursed life. What he finds is a dog of alarming intelligence that soon leads him into a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation....

©1986, 2018 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Super stoked

What a book!
The blurb didn’t read amazingly to me, however, it truly was an amazing read.

The story is utterly incredible and you fall in love with the wonderful characters.

I wish it didn’t end .

Read it! ( or listen ;)

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An excellent story

What can I say but a absolutely fantastic read I am glad I discovered your books Dean Koontz they have kept me company on my journeys. Can’t wait to read more of your books.

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Dean Koontz is one of my most favourite author's. Watchers is the very 1st book I ever read of his and is my most favourite read. I love how this have been read and will most diffently revisit it time and time again.

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Excellent

Took me about an hour to properly get into it but once I did I was hooked! Right until the very last word.....

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Great book

One of Dean Koontz's best stories, wonderfully narrated. Well worth the purchase price. I'm off to the library to download more now.

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pretty good

Reader was excellent, story itself was pretty good, characters were believable but a little too sugar sweet

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Totally enthralling

Absolutely loved this book it was so hard to stop listening and do anything other than listen to this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2018

A stunning masterpiece that leaves you with hope.

I don't normally write reviews but this story has left me awestruck. Dean Koontz's greatest work in my opinion. At the end you will be left with a great hope for the world and a realization of the power of connections made with others, be it humans, dogs, or any other form of life capable of love.

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  • 14-07-2018

Absolutely splendid. A 'tail waging' worthy tale indeed.

In a 2003 interview, DK said, "Watchers is the best book I've ever written...it's my finest hour." And I wholeheartedly agree. Watchers is a true masterpiece of fiction. There's no doubt that this novel will continue to stand the test of time.

Eduardo Ballerini's performance is, quite simply, beautiful. Whether the characters are human, monsters, animals, or NSA agents, the life and depth of emotion he brings out in them is unparalleled.
MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

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  • Leigh
  • 25-07-2018

The Best of Koontz

Koontz is my favorite. I have read many of his works and this is, by far, the best of them. The book is 30 years old, but this is my first introduction to it. The story stands the test of time with themes of love and friendship. On a deeper level, Koontz addresses the morality of genetic testing, the power of the individual versus the government, and the meaning of life. I cried at the end simply because it was over.

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  • Tango Trouble
  • 23-08-2018

Such a wonderful story!

Just a beautiful story of love and loyalty, in all it’s two and four legged varieties. I can see why people say this is Koontz’s best work. Be warned- it’s going to give you major dog fever :)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-09-2018

Spectacular

This is an amazing book with a great narrator. Absolutely fantastic! A must buy. You can't be disappointed.

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  • deb
  • 11-10-2018

kept me awake all night,

loved this book to pieces. Will listen to it many more times to come.
At times I am so cynical in regards to our human race, especially when it comes to the cruelty people are capable of inflicting on animals, that it's difficult to believe we might ever rise above some of the more base aspects of our nature. While I was listening to this story, it was as if my heart was being relieved for a time of that knowledge. The novel actually shines as a ray of hope for what we might become.
And, it was just a damn awesome story!
kudos Mr. Koonz

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  • Karen R Moore
  • 03-06-2018

Best yet

Been listening to Dean Koontz’s books for awhile & just discovered this one—totally wonderful!
Thanks Mr. Koontz~

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-2018

Great book

This book is heartfelt, sweet and smart. The narrator was good but not excellent, thus the 4 star overall rating. If you are a dog lover, this book will enthrall and move you. Enjoy!

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  • Victoria Harriman
  • 17-12-2018

Decent story, poor writing

This was my first Dean Koontz novel and I was highly disappointed. The story itself was interesting, but I found the writing long winded and irritating. Lots and lots and LOTS of “telling”, not much “showing”. I felt no connection to the characters, no empathy, no suspense. The way every line of action was followed by a paragraph of how the character feels about what’s happening, it was like when someone tells a joke and then explains why it’s funny. Dude...just stop. I couldn’t wait for it to be over. The writing killed it for me.

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  • MK
  • 27-05-2019

Great Start; Lame Finish

The book was great until the last six hours. Then it became cheesy. The writing was lazy, the research nonexistent, and the plot predictable as hell. One example: Travis apparently was in Delta Force. But his actions in response to danger are ridiculous. He makes stupid mistakes that even Forrest Gump wouldn’t make. It was just lazy writing. Do your research, Koontz.

No lie, you’ll hate the last 5-6 hours. It’s meaningless detail after meaningless detail. We spend 30 minutes listening to how the two idiot main characters are going to spend the night at the vet while their sick dog is treated. It’s pointless filler. And the way they react to their dog vomiting is so utterly annoying and stupid.

I had to turn the book off because it got so bad that I couldn’t stand to listen to another second.

Last Koontz I listen to.

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  • Amelialegbar ♥️
  • 26-05-2018

EXCELLENT

One of my favourite all time Koontz novels, that I have read many many times in the past and now available on Audible!
I loved listening to the story, a whole new dimension to this excellent story, one I intend to listen to many times in the future!

Super narration too!

Buy it, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Mrs
  • 09-06-2018

Best book by Dean Koontz

This may have been one of his earliest books but it’s my favourite. It’s got everything you could want in what he calls a rip roaring good story.

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  • Mikey
  • 21-06-2018

Love this book

I absolutely love this book, my favourite Dean Koontz novel, read many years ago, and hugely enjoyed again. Highly recommend people, don’t hesitate, download it and listen now.

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  • 21-07-2018

Excellent Koontz at his best

Really enjoyed this audio version of a Koontz classic
Arguably one of his finest stories, with great narration

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  • yvonne fahy
  • 27-08-2018

Koontz at his best.

as a dog lover myself, I found it to be most entertaining. I loved this book

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  • Philip C
  • 17-08-2018

A wonderfully gripping story

Could have listened to this in one sitting if time allowed. Great characters, gripping story and well read too.

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  • Promis Christodoulou
  • 13-06-2018

one of my favourites

Absolutely loved it, start to finish. I first read it some years ago and listening to it some 20 years later didn't take anything away from the experience. A really good bit of escapism.

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  • cliff
  • 02-07-2018

Incredibly captivating

Such a lovely violent, compassionate story, it embraces all emotional aspects of people, even the bad ones....

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  • Kaz Whiteley
  • 14-06-2018

Dean Koontz best ever book

until listening to the afterword I did not realise how long ago this book was written. it was the book that started me following Dean koontz about 30 years ago. has always been my favourite and the original paper back never being got rid of. not having much time for reading was over the moon when it was finally released in audible form. a must to listen to. BRILLIANT

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-05-2018

My favourite book

Watchers was the first Dean Koontz book I bought and I read it so many times my 1st copy almost fell apart. Thrilled to find it on audible and enjoyed it all over again

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