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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Stephen Lang Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.

Author of one #1 New York Times bestseller after another, Koontz is at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and miracles, enthralling tales that speak directly to today’s listeners, balm for the heart and fire for the mind. In this stunning new novel, he delivers a tour de force of dark suspense and brilliant revelation that has all the Koontz trademarks: adventure, chills, riddles, humor, heartbreak, an unforgettable cast of characters, and a climax that will leave you clamoring for more.

Dylan O’Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He’s on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious “doctor,” injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee--before the doctor’s enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.

Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery--and wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Shep’s path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that they’ll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jilly’s classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air.

Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom they’re running from--or why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior. And whatever it is that’s coursing through their bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another. Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to crime scenes--just minutes before the crimes take place.

What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work “by the light of the moon.”

By the Light of the Moon is an audio of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us--a masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears. USA Today
  • “Surefire plotting and a roster of characters built out of painful tragedies make the pages move…. Koontz has a touching faith in the human spirit. People
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/17/2014

    " Another great book by Koontz! Twisted right up till the end. Dylan is the main caretaker of his autistic brother Shep and they are enjoying a typical night in a hotel when a strange man infects them both with a strange solution. Jilly in another customer at the hotel who has an encounter with this strange man and the three of them embark on an adventure that has them united. Jilly does not trust men and you will learn about her current companion and her past history while Dylan's and Shep's history is unwound as the trio get to know each other. I thought it was interesting how Jilly listens to a radio station that boardcasts paranormal stories, talk radio ideas since she seemed to be a straight forward kind of character. The identity of the strange man is discovered to the trio and only then do you discover the future that awaits these players as the solution in their bodies travels throughout them. No romance between the characters as there was no time for that when you have a strange solution soaring through your body and you feel like the characters feel in this book. I ended up staying up till 1 in the morning finishing the book - I had to know the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Wendy Hamnett | 2/14/2014

    " I struggled getting into this book until half way thru, then it got interesting "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vladimir Zhivanevskaya | 2/10/2014

    " Like many prolific writers, Koontz has written books that appeal to everyone. That said, if you like the idea of a mad scientist performing some pseudoscience on a few great multi-dimensional (could that be considered a spoiler...?) characters who then are beset upon by malevolent forces, straining their very beings to the uppermost limit of human understanding only to end up...oh, I guess you'll just have to read it to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jason | 2/9/2014

    " This story starts out great. 3 characters are brought together by chance and circumstance and injected with an evil substance of God knows what by a mad scientist type of man. They have to do research to find out what they've been injected with and also exactly what is at store in their future. They come to learn that each of them has developed some type of supernatural-like abilities which will come in handy later while dodging reckless gunmen. However, later on the story kind of fizzles out because every time the author develops a jam for the characters or a tough situation they just seem to solve it by the snap of their fingers..Kaput..Over. I don't have a problem suspending disbelief but I found the childish solutions and happy-sappy endings to be a little more than I could fathom. There is no doubt that Dean Koontz is a master of suspense and story-telling but I feel some of the scenes should have been condensed to avoid getting glazed-over eyes and that the intensity of the story faded later on in the book. The book would have been far better if the author had cut out some of the more frivolous parts and stuck to the compelling story that started at the beginning of the book. "

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