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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,884 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Jeffrey Cummings, Jeff Cummings Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781423357070
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In the stillness of a golden September afternoon, deep in the wilderness of the Rockies, a solitary craftsman, Grady Adams, and his magnificent Irish wolfhound, Merlin, step from shadow into light…and into an encounter with enchantment. That night, through the trees, under the moon, a pair of singular animals will watch Grady’s isolated home, waiting to make their approach.

A few miles away, Camillia Rivers, a local veterinarian, begins to unravel the threads of a puzzle that will bring to her door all the forces of a government in peril.

At a nearby farm, long-estranged identical twins come together to begin a descent into darkness…. In Las Vegas, a specialist in chaos theory probes the boundaries of the unknowable…. On a Seattle golf course, two men make matter-of-fact arrangements for murder…. Along a highway by the sea, a vagrant scarred by the past begins a trek toward his destiny.

In a novel that is at once wholly of our time and timeless, fearless and funny, Dean Koontz takes listeners into the moment between one turn of the world and the next, across the border between knowing and mystery. It is a journey that will leave all who take it Breathless.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Another gripping novel laced with both high adventure and suspense…Has all of the literary snap, crackle, and pop so evident in Koontz’s previous books.”

    Tuscon Citizen

  • “A first-rate first-alien-encounter yarn.”

    Booklist

  • “You know a book is good when you forget to eat. You know it’s great when you forget to sleep. When you temporarily lose sight of all around you, you know that it is another masterpiece written by Dean Koontz…With dazzling imagery, the characters become real as their intensity—and often times innocence—soar off the pates. Offering his readers an overhead view of life in his world, Breathless is without a doubt his best.”

    Suspense Magazine

  • “In Breathless, Dean Koontz shows his fans why he is such a brilliant storyteller. His imagination moves even the stoic naysayer, and his exploration of the paranormal is a literary event in itself in this tale that weaves together many seemingly unrelated stories of terror, hardship, and agony…Koontz truly leaves his reader breathless by book’s end.”

    BookReporter.com

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Madie Vietor | 1/24/2014

    " this book was amazing all the way up till the end, i thought they could of ended it way better, it felt like they rushed the ending. the story itslef was really smart and interesting. i love it when a book comes together at the end, but there was some holes they didnt fill in. otherwise the biginning and middle of the book was great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mari | 1/23/2014

    " One of my goals for the year is to read thrillers aimed at grownups in an attempt to broaden my readers advisory skills. This was the first one I tried. It had short chapters with mysterious or cliff-hanger endings and multiple plot lines/characters that mostly tied together at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Davidson | 1/21/2014

    " Wasn't really as good as I thought it would be. I really wanted something wild to happen at the end, but it didn't. Ending could have been better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jamie Wilson | 1/21/2014

    " I pre-ordered this book since it had been a while since I'd read a Koontz book and had some high hopes for it. I was extremely disappointed. I'm starting to think that Koontz has peaked and his publishers will ship anything he sends them. Don't waste your time with this one, some of the more interesting elements have little relation to the central plot and you'll be left wondering "but what about...?" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham | 1/13/2014

    " I'm thinking the Koontz estate has one of those computer programs. Enter the amount of good/bad characters, enter the killers weapon of choice, enter the location - woods/forest/farm etc, enter an ending - aliens good, aliens bad, shape-shifter, dimension-jumper, time-traveller etc and press GO.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Tatar | 1/7/2014

    " Breathless is bound to leave you breathless...and hungering for the unknown mysteries to actually become. This is one of Koontz's best and will leave you feeling much better for having read it. If only the suspension of our disbelief could become a wonderful reality. I don't want to spoil this one, but it is a must-read for anyone who craves beauty in this world. I especially loved several phrases in the dialogue on page 312...words I hope to be able to live by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline Seewald | 1/6/2014

    " It's a page-turner. Kept me reading, wanting to know how the characters would eventually interconnect. Interesting sci-fi horror. Intelligently written. Koontz has a gift for descriptive language. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 1/2/2014

    " A phenomenally fast read that developed quickly and then abruptly ended. I suppose that's why it was called "Breathless" who knows. But I was left with an empty feeling when it was over, sort of wondering what just happened? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Morris | 1/1/2014

    " Wonderful writing and a powerful, suspenseful book with great imagination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 12/28/2013

    " Delightful! A fun, fast paced read. I enjoyed the cast of characters and the humor this story provides. I've already read it twice and plan to immerse myself in the sheer joy and wonder of it again very soon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terri W | 12/5/2013

    " didn't live up to the hype "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jon Archer | 9/24/2013

    " Bought at airport to read on the plane. Seemed intriguing to start with, but the denouement completely failed to satisfy. Koontz has done better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 9/18/2013

    " Read this for book club. It was ok, but it just ended. It was finally getting sorta good and then, poof, the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 8/1/2013

    " Wish Koontz would have developed his characters more! Great read but not enough depth! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 3/12/2013

    " A fast read, a little farfetched of course. The furry white creatures were worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marjorie | 2/5/2013

    " Just so so. Not exactly my type. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stacie Fredrickson | 6/30/2012

    " Dean Koontz is usually one of my favorites but this book's disjointed story lines come together to form a very weak ending. It started off decent but fell so so flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frani LaChance | 1/1/2012

    " NOT one of my favorite reads!!! Just wanted to get done reading it ....ending suck!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Ford | 10/24/2011

    " Great book! Not my favorite of his work, but still awesome. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tammy | 6/28/2011

    " Not Dean Koontz best but it was ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annelle | 3/22/2011

    " I didn't find this book as dark. Makes you think! After reading some of Koontz's books you know he believes in God! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jude | 2/11/2011

    " I enjoyed most of the book but it lacked a decent ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 DWGibb | 12/11/2010

    " Strange new animals like none ever seen before. Products of genetic engineering? ...or what? But the government wants them under wraps, much to the dismay of our protagonist and his veterinary friend. This one is a credulity-stretcher. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Haneline | 10/24/2010

    " Mindless easy read until I get a good book suggestion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patty | 10/24/2010

    " Love a book that I can't figure out how everything will come together or even if it will! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jdeare | 6/15/2010

    " Not very good, even by Koontz standards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B J Couch | 3/4/2010

    " Again Dean Koontz holds you spellbound by his wonderful story. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is one of the most popular writers in the world. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in thirty-eight languages with worldwide sales over 400 million copies. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and sixteen have risen to the number one position in paperback. Several of his books have been adapted into feature films and television miniseries, including the highly rated Intensity on the Fox Network. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever Trixie.

About the Narrator

Jeff Cummings, as an audiobook narrator, has won both an Earphones Award and the prestigious Audie Award in 2015 for Best Narration in Science and Technology. He is also a twenty-year veteran of the stage, having worked at many regional theaters across the country, from A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City and the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky. He also spent seven seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.