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4.0000651776935 out of 54.0000651776935 out of 54.0000651776935 out of 54.0000651776935 out of 54.0000651776935 out of 5 4.00 (35,595 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Kate Burton Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780739334263
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Chyna Shepherd is a twenty-six-year-old woman whose deeply troubled childhood taught her the hard rules of survival, and whose adult life has been an unrelenting struggle for self-respect and safety. Now rare trust has blossomed for Chyna into friendship with the woman whose family home she is visiting for the weekend: a farm in the Napa Valley surrounded by vineyards and hills, which Chyna can see from the guest-room window where she sits at one o'clock in the morning, fully dressed, unable to sleep. Suspicions she learned in childhood still make her uneasy in unfamiliar houses--even this one, where her closest friend is sound asleep down the hall. And in this case her most disturbing instincts prove reliable. A man has entered the house, a man who lives for one purpose: to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits--to live with intensity.

His name is Edgler Foreman Vess. He likes to make words with the letters from his name--GOD, DEMON, SAVE, RAGE, ANGER, FEAR, FOREVER, are just a few of them--and then makes sentences with the words. One of his favorites, GOD FEARS ME, is sometimes the last thing he whispers to his victims. Edgler Vess is a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer": On this night, his adventure--murdering everyone in the house--becomes Chyna's long nightmare.

Trapped in Vess's deadly orbit, Chyna thinks only of getting out alive. But when she inadvertently learns the identity of Vess's intended next victim, waiting for him far from Napa Valley, Chyna is gripped with concern for this other person, who is as innocent as Chyna, and as endangered. Driven now by a sense of responsibility for another, by a purpose and meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna rises to unexpected heights of courage and daring--her only hope as the threat of Edgler Foreman Vess closes in and grows more horrifying moment by moment.

Intensity unfolds over the course of just twenty-four hours, but within that brief time frame, Dean Koontz gives us what is perhaps his most inventive, emotionally intricate, and terrifyingly suspenseful novel yet.


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Quotes & Awards

  • The most viscerally exciting thriller of the year. Publishers Weekly
  • Intensity chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master. Associated Press

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 11/4/2016

    " Very good read. Kept me going all the way through. The title of the book couldn't be any more perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Simpson | 2/20/2014

    " This book was a page turner...one word...Intense! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lainie | 2/18/2014

    " This book scared the crap out of me. Dean Koontz has a tendency to be outlnadish with his books and characters but this particular book describes a serial killer that is chillingly real.. When I finally put the book down I had nightmares for 3 days. "

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

    " truely lives up to the title "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jax | 2/13/2014

    " One of my favourite thrillers! Definitely my favourite by Koontz. The title of this book is pretty self explanatory, from beginning to end it is pure intensity. I loved the heroine in this book and the story itself was so good, I could not put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie McConnaha | 2/8/2014

    " I think Dean Koontz is the Jane Austin of mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marco | 2/6/2014

    " This wasn't as scary as I expected it to be, unlike The Taking. More like nail-biting suspenseful. What I really like about Dean Koontz novels are the adept description of its heroes' (and in this case, of the villain's as well) thought process as they do the things that will get them out of the tight spot they were thrown in. I understand that it will throw some people off, but I find it really cool, un-corny, and un-boring. If you want a no nonsense suspense novel, please do grab a copy of this. It's worth every dime or peso. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 2/3/2014

    " When was the last time you read a book that made you shout out loud at the main character? That made your heart race and set you so on edge that you jumped at every creek in the floorboards or had to make a conscious effort to relax all the muscles you've tensed while reading? This appropriately named book did all of the above for me, making for a thrilling read once I got past the implausibility of the scenario and the uneasiness of spending half the book inside the head of a disgustingly lucid serial killer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy Owen | 2/1/2014

    " Scared the CRAP out of me!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Manda | 1/18/2014

    " This was kind of hard for me to read because it's about this creepy serial killer and it's pretty graphic, (it even gave me a nightmare)I only kept reading to make sure he got what was coming to him in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Prentiss | 1/13/2014

    " One of his better books. It was realistically scary and lived up to its name--"Intensity" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vadim Khait | 1/9/2014

    " Non stop terror from the beginning to the end. This book was glued to my fingers and I finished it in one day. One of his best works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol King | 1/8/2014

    " It was a bit gruesome in parts, but I liked some of the others so much I gave it a read and it is certainly one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 1/2/2014

    " Dean created and showed how intense this character is. Quite good! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Travis | 12/31/2013

    " Not my average fair when it comes to reading, but I found the suspense in this Knootz's thriller compelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Silverspringsrr | 12/24/2013

    " This book is really terrifying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Craig Faris | 12/8/2013

    " One of Koontz most intense and entertaining thrillers. I own this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicki | 12/8/2013

    " Loved this book! COULDN'T put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 4/23/2013

    " This was my first Koontz and I LOVED it! I've read this like 10 times and it never gets old! I still find myself on the edge of my seat sweating at each turn of events! I think its probably been close to ten years ago I read it for the first time too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 2/2/2013

    " Scared the crap out of me! I really mean it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike M | 1/18/2013

    " This is a solid 4 star book with a great start and finish, worth reading especially since it's a quick read. A little predictable but still enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alma | 12/20/2012

    " Wow!! Intensity is the best name of this book cause that's what it was intense!! My heart pounded the whole time and I had to stop myself from reading ahead. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Scott | 12/12/2012

    " My stomach is in knots already and I've barely completed the first chapter!! Love! This book is rather INTENSE! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jess | 10/24/2012

    " A present and the only Koontz I will ever read.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashvin | 8/22/2012

    " Intense. From page one till the end. Fucking intense. It is a Dean Koontz book. But an awesome one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Domani | 12/6/2011

    " This book is a page turner. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gobnait Lucey | 11/12/2011

    " This book is amazing.. what i like about most of Dean Koontz books is that they nearly all take place over a short space of time. Intensity is over 24 hours. which in my opinion makes it fast paces and never never boring "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaja | 9/19/2011

    " One of my favorite Dean Koontz books of all time. Second only to "The Husband". This book is exactly what it says... Intensity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adarsh Mergoju | 8/15/2011

    " 24 hours of pure wild survival instincts!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carole | 7/2/2011

    " I hvae re-read this book several times and each time my heart pounds and I cannot put it down. literally. I dont think I get a good breath until I finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 6/29/2011

    " Sometimes I think Dean Koontz has lost his mind. I think he is a very sick man. I really love his work, but sometimes I think he has to go to another place to be able to write some of the things that he writes. "

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

    " This was a good novel with a good villain, but it was too bizarre and sadistic for me. The hero/heroines were okay. Overall, it's not one I'd recommend to readers unaccustomed to Dean Koontz's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 6/12/2011

    " I can barely remember what this was about....after Lightning, most of his books left me wishing for more....Lightning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bella | 5/16/2011

    " This book I never forgot and like Twilight, it really affected me during my childhood. Awsome book and one of my favourites. "

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

    " Mostly I thought this book was dumb, but I did want to see how it ended. I wouldn't read anothe rDean Koontz unless someone I trusted recommended one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " People who were brought back from death come back with a demon in one case and an angel in the other. Kind of creepy and a pretty good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 5/3/2011

    " I liked it, but it scared the stuffing out of me and I'll never forget it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/30/2011

    " I actually finished this book last week. A very good thriller exploring what can happen when modern medicine can bring you back to life after dying and what horror you could bring back with you. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lady | 4/26/2011

    " I read up to page thirty something and could not get into it that much. I will put this book on hold until I gain the ability to just bite the bullet one day and sit and read as much as I can in one sitting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Greathornedowl | 4/12/2011

    " This book was somewhat interesting as a story, but the characters seemed one dimensional and the plot was forced. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/21/2010

    " Kept me reading to the end...One of his better books in my opinion!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaiah | 10/21/2010

    " Dean Koontz hooked me in the first to pages of the book and doesn't provide any slow or boring parts. I had no struggle reading the long book for all the pages provided excitement and mystery and ended it with a great ending that is memorable for any reader
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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dee | 10/8/2010

    " I actually stopped reading it and got rid of it. Serial killer books are just not for me I guess...don't have the stomach for it. "

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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

Kate Burton, winner of four Earphones Awards for narration, is best known for her work on Broadway in Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, The Constant Wife, and Spring Awakening, as well as on television in Grey’s Anatomy and Empire Falls. Her films include Big Trouble in Little China, The Ice Storm, Unfaithful, and Remember Me. She played the title role in Alice in Wonderland with her father, Richard Burton, on PBS.