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2.99965389940009 out of 52.99965389940009 out of 52.99965389940009 out of 52.99965389940009 out of 52.99965389940009 out of 5 3.00 (8,668 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Anthony Heald Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9780739341452
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A man and a woman meet by chance in a bar. Suddenly they are fleeing the long arm of a clandestine and increasingly powerful renegade government agency -- the woman hunted for the information she possesses, the man mistaken as her comrade in a burgeoning resistance movement.

The architect of the chase is a man of uncommon madness and cruelty -- ruthless, possibly psychotic, and equipped with a vast technological arsenal. He is the brazen face of an insidiously fascistic future. And he is virtually unstoppable. But he has never before come up against the likes of his current quarry. Both of them are survivors of singularly horrific pasts. Both have long been emboldened by their experiences to fight with reckless courage for their own freedom. Now they are plunged into a struggle for the freedom of their country, and for the sanctity of their own lives.

Dark Rivers of the Heart is an electrifying thriller that steers us along the razor edge of a familiar, terrifying reality.


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Quotes & Awards

  • As usual, Koontz's writing is flawless....Dark Rivers of the Heart is exciting, entertaining, and thoughtful. Denver Post
  • A believable high-tech thriller. The New York Times
  • A humdinger of a chase novel...Dark Rivers of the Heart deserves to go to no.1 on the bestseller list. Entertainment Weekly
  • A fresh surprise on virtually every page...and a pyrotechnic denouement full of marvelous mayhem. Washington Post
  • Viscerally exciting...An extended, tense tour de force...An expertly crafted, ornate suspenser...Koontz fans will love it. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ian | 2/19/2014

    " brilliant....has elements of that film 'enemy of the state'....but with the main FBI peron chasing them being a complete psyco.and that's not how u spell psycho. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilly Gayle | 2/17/2014

    " Koontz combines action, suspense, and a dash of romance in a techno thriller that put this book on my keeper shelf. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eberge | 2/14/2014

    " One of my top books. I have read this one quite a few times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Vance | 2/7/2014

    " My favorite Dean Koontz book so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Knapp | 2/3/2014

    " Since I was so disappointed with "Odd Thomas," I am really happy to report that "Dark Rivers of the Heart" was a wonderful read and I enjoyed it immensely. It flowed very nicely, grabbed my interest from the very first page, and kept me interested. Of course, we all want that with every novel we read, but in some ways, I guess it's good that not every book we start, we finish it feeling satisfied. And that is why we appreciate the really good ones so much more. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 1/31/2014

    " I attempted to read this one more then once, couldn't do it, too boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 1/28/2014

    " Really enjoyed this one compared to the last few Koontz books I've read(Tick Tock, By the Light of the Moon, and Cold Fire.) Roy Miro is such a hilarious bad guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pablo Miguel | 1/20/2014

    " Koontz at his chilly best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Founds | 12/28/2013

    " Great book. Leaves you with a lot to think about as our society becomes more technologically advanced. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 12/21/2013

    " This was the first Koontz novel I struggled with. Towards the end, I actually just read the dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karina | 12/18/2013

    " This story is amazing! Mr.Koontz never disappoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jak | 12/17/2013

    " I don't remeber a great deal about this other than the main characters being oursued by an all powerful government agent/agency. I seem to remeber enjoying it though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zombyz1 | 12/12/2013

    " Again another that I enjoyed so much I have read it several times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martine | 12/4/2013

    " This was the book that jump started my love for reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph Carson | 7/31/2013

    " This is one of my favorite Dean Koontz thriller. Classic Dean Koontz. The story travels across the west with excitement and adventure at ever turn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bill | 3/5/2013

    " This is easily in my top five favorite Dean Koontz novels. The characters are great, with an especially entertaining antagonist. I didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 7/24/2012

    " Best book he ever wrote. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janessa Gentry | 5/23/2012

    " THis is my favorite book by me koontz "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merilee Roussat | 4/26/2012

    " This is a love it or hate it book. It was my first Koontz experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Aziere | 2/21/2012

    " This was my first Koontz novel, and I enjoyed it. The conspiracy theory got a little heavy for me at times, but I really responded to the characters, which were very well-developed, as was the plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 1/22/2012

    " My favorite Dean Koontz book of all time. I've read it three times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorsch and Navarre Branch Libraries | 12/30/2011

    " Great book. Lots of twists and turns. A total page turner. I found myself yelling at the book towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shaun | 11/22/2011

    " GREAT READ! This one comes highly recommended. also check out From the Corner of His Eye Large Print and Life Expectancy After this sample you will be hooked and will surely want more. This Koontz addiction is like crack. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 StrangeBedfellows | 9/14/2011

    " Awkward, tedious, and ultimately forgettable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 9/13/2011

    " I thought it was a great book, a little slow at the beginning and hard to get into. But it then became very interesting it got me hooked :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura D. | 8/3/2011

    " This was a really strange hard to follow book, came together at the end. One of the evil characters was so sick I really did not enjoy like other Koontz books. Way to dark. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 6/24/2011

    " I'd like to give this one 3.5 stars. The characters are very well developed. The villain is really disgusting...but in a good way. But other than a few scenes, not much happens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ericka | 6/20/2011

    " Rather flowerly language for a thriller, but the plot still had me hanging on the edge of my seat. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Walter | 6/5/2011

    " This is my first Koontz disappointment! Way too much detail in too many areas. I've read several Koontz novels but this one was simply boring. "

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

    " This would have been a three star book if the author hadn't bored me to death with his political beliefs. Political beliefs are great, I just don't want them inserted into a thriller where they bring the action to a screeching halt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 5/6/2011

    " It is not one of my favorites but I did enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brittney | 4/27/2011

    " It was very interesting I liked it. There were some inappropriate parts....and the ending was a little bit blah but other than that it was great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joseph | 4/24/2011

    " This is one of my favorite Dean Koontz thriller. Classic Dean Koontz. The story travels across the west with excitement and adventure at ever turn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sara | 4/6/2011

    " Not one of Koontz's best, but still entertaining. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melanie | 1/7/2011

    " I attempted to read this one more then once, couldn't do it, too boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peregrine 12 | 12/16/2010

    " Suspenseful, definitely, and gruesome. I like a lot of Koontz's earlier stuff, but this wasn't really my thing. "

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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

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television’s Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. Heald has also won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.