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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,981 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Buck Schirner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781423339304
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CLOSER… They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California. AND CLOSER… At first they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease. AND CLOSER… But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined… Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cierra | 2/18/2014

    " Sooo good and suspenseful throughout the whole story, and then I was completely let down by the end, I just thought it was a total cop-out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kitty | 2/16/2014

    " Kind of a let down for me. The first half of the book seriously scared the crap out of me(Reading this when I was home alone in a new house was probably not the best idea- I must have jumped every time the house creaked). Half way through, however, the "source" of the disappearances is revealed and the book lost all of its suspenseful momentum. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Elkins | 2/13/2014

    " This was a very well written novel. Koontz captured the essence of what a ghost town would feel like. An enjoyable read that got turned into a decent film. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A. R. | 2/12/2014

    " This is the best Dean Koontz book, and I believe it's his first, before his stuff under and alias, K.R. Dwyer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shank | 2/8/2014

    " I have read this book a couple of times so far. His ability to combine forces of good and evil, despite how far fetched it may seem, into a line so blurred that you start to wonder if it really could happen is amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie Burnside | 1/26/2014

    " This book starts out fast-paced, and I found myself flipping pages like humming-bird wings to keep up. Jenny Paige, doctor and the new guardian of her younger sister, returns to her home in Snowfield with her sister, Lisa, to find that the entire town is dead -- literally. What happens in Snowfield is far from unique, as we'll find out, one of Earth's oldest secrets. As Jenny, Lisa, and a good portion of the local police force will discover, there's a thinner line than we think, separating the natural from the preternatural. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dad | 1/23/2014

    " This one had me riveted from the opening paragraph. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 1/20/2014

    " I consider this to be Koontz's second best novel. Midnight is his best. I have the hardback but I originally read the paperback edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani Sue | 1/16/2014

    " I read this in high school and it scared me so much that I couldn't sleep in the dark for a week! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ckg | 1/10/2014

    " I read this book and was sorely disappointed when I learned the source of the horror in this book. While it is not Koontz' best work it should not be ignored. I have liked almost every ting he has ever written. this book is still a page turner regardless of the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cristina Sabates | 1/10/2014

    " Scariest book I have ever read!!! White knuckled holding the book, did not want to sleep with the lights turned off. If you have seen the movie, the book is a thousand times better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Rodriguez (Furnari) | 12/19/2013

    " This was my very first Dean Koontz book! OMG, it got me hooked. This book kept me at the edge of my seat. If you haven't read any of Dean Koontz, this is a MUST read! Trust me. It will get you hooked! He is a tremendous writer. He is intense. I love ALL his books. I am a huge fan! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 12/19/2013

    " I loved this book! It's one of the most exciting reads I've ever had. I was hooked from page one! "

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

    " I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 10/24/2013

    " It scared the crap outta me... yet at the same time, I had a difficult time putting it down. I'd probably still be terrified if I re-read it, even though I know now what the creature turned out to be. It's just that good! I love how Koontz portrayed the town and the complete isolation. =) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy Oliver | 10/24/2013

    " One of the first Dean Koontz books I read. I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Napolitano | 9/22/2013

    " This book scared the crap out of me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara Giacalone | 9/21/2013

    " So very cheesey...but I rather liked the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 7/31/2013

    " Ben affleck was the bomb in phantoms yo "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne Gilbert | 3/30/2013

    " First book I ever read by Mr Koontz and still my favorite book from him ever. Grips you from the beginning and for me, could not stop reading until the book was done. "

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

    " Way better than the movie. Rewatched the movie and kept getting mad at everything they changed. I've been finding that all of Dean Koontz's books have a very similar element in them. In Phantoms the "Ancient enemy" reminds me of something that was in his Midnight. Overall, a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 12/15/2012

    " wow, loved this , it was my second book of his I read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 10/15/2012

    " I liked this book so much that I just couldn't bring myself to watch the Ben Affleck movie of it - "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne | 10/5/2012

    " Protean yet intelligent monsters. Yeah, I'm in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Lynn | 7/19/2012

    " Only Koontz book i have been able to finish. It's a very good book, despite the fact i don't care much for his work overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn L | 2/25/2012

    " Phantoms was an amazing book. I greatly enjoyed reading it. Dean Koontz always seems to keep you on your toes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 2/23/2012

    " Read this book while on two days of bed rest, I needed another book for the rest of my time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerard Hovanessyan | 2/6/2012

    " The last time I read a horror book was more than 10 years ago. Probably that's why I enjoyed this book pretty much. The story is intriguing enough to keep you awake till the late hours of the night. Of course, never start reading it before 0:00. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 12/26/2011

    " Wow, my first ever book from Dean Koontz but I absolutely loved it. It kept me entertained all the way through. It was spooky in places and made me laugh in others. I am looking forward to reading my way through the other books from him. It was one book I really couldn't put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Slavick | 9/8/2011

    " Good, creepy tale about an alien invasion descending upon a town. Koontz does a very good job with atmospheric description in this book. The characters were not as well drawn out as other novels, but the plot is a pretty good one. It's more of a horror novel than any of his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara22 | 6/30/2011

    " Suspense, miedo. Me lo leía mi hermana cuando era pequeña y pasaba mucho miedo. Lo leí más mayor y me siguió gustando. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/24/2011

    " Good, creepy tale about an alien invasion descending upon a town. Koontz does a very good job with atmospheric description in this book. The characters were not as well drawn out as other novels, but the plot is a pretty good one. It's more of a horror novel than any of his other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne | 6/21/2011

    " my first Dean Koontz- got me hooked "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bente Fie | 6/18/2011

    " I thought the book was good. It wasn't anything new. I feel like it's a story that's been told before. The beginning of the book felt very Stephen King'ish. I propably won't be reading it again. "

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

    " This was the first Koontz novel I read and from then on I was hooked.
    Being a huge fan of mystery/horror this appealed to me and i.m.o. did not disappoint. The film adaption was awful, I'll give you that but do not let that deter you from a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 6/3/2011

    " A great tribute to H.P. Lovecraft. If you like Lovecraft there's a good chance you'll like this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 5/26/2011

    " I thought that this story was really captivating, until I reached the end. I was very disappointed with the ending. It was almost like he didn't know how to end it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 5/24/2011

    " As I have reviewed the paperback copy of this book, this is strictly a commentary on the Kindle version. As these popular fiction books go, there are relatively few typos, though a surprising amount of text is randomly boldfaced. Overall, though, a clean and readable edition. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennie | 5/21/2011

    " This book was fantastic. Thrilling, great plot, interesting characters. Gave the the chills at different times. I say it was a great time to be had :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 4/23/2011

    " Affleck was THE BOMB in the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 4/14/2011

    " It was a good read.
    ~ML~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serra | 4/14/2011

    " This book is truly scary! I couldn't read it by myself. It is nonstop from start to finish. I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants to be scared. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cierra | 4/7/2011

    " Sooo good and suspenseful throughout the whole story, and then I was completely let down by the end, I just thought it was a total cop-out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 4/7/2011

    " I really thought this book was good, it started off fast which was perfect and I was constantly reading because he had a cliffhanger at the end of each chapter. Great book! "

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