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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597100328
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Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name—and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there? Over the next few days Frank develops a fear of sleep, because each time he wakes he discovers strange objects in his hands and pockets—objects far more frightening than blood.

Husband-and-wife detective team Bobby and Julie Dakota specialize in high-ticket corporate security investigations, but when a distraught and desperate Frank Pollard begs them to watch over him, they can't refuse. Out of compassion—and curiosity—they agree to get to the bottom of his mysterious, amnesiac fugues.

It seems a simple job: just follow a client who wants to be watched and tell him where he winds up. But as the Dakotas begin to discover where their client goes when he sleeps, they are drawn slowly into ever-darkening realms where they encounter the ominous figure stalking Frank. Their lives are threatened, as is that of Julie's gentle, Down's-syndrome brother, Thomas.

To Thomas, death is "the bad place" from which there is no return. But Julie and Bobby—and their tortured client—ultimately learn that equally bad places exist in the world of the living, places so steeped in evil that in contrast death seems almost a relief.…

Praise for Dean Koontz

"A master storyteller, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. His characters sparkle with life. And his fast-paced plots are wonderfully fiendish, taking unexpected twists and turns." —The San Diego Union-Tribune

"One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers." —The Macon Telegraph & News

"His prose mesmerizes…Koontz consistently hits the bull's-eye." —Arkansas Democrat

"An exceptional novelist…top-notch." —Lincoln Journal-Star Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danya | 2/18/2014

    " I keep saying I won't read another Dean Koontz book. But I do. They are readable, but not my faves. The pace at the end was good, but the ending was lame. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlotte | 2/11/2014

    " This books was rather disturbing. Still, it kept enough mystery for me to finish it. But disturbing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 2/3/2014

    " Weird! This was a long road trip novel to keep me awake into the night. It did that, but little else. The book does show a wild imagination and a pretty predictable plot. There is violence, insanity, teleporting, riches, rare diseases, genetic disorders and did I mention bizarre violence! Certainly not a recommended read, but I also didn't fall asleep driving! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rey Walker | 1/26/2014

    " Koontz handles the mentally challenged very well; the character is endearing and believable. There are bits of sci-fi and a cool locale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry Coleman | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed the supernatural aspect of this book and the way the characters worked together to complete the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Launiquela | 1/21/2014

    " This is one of my favorites. I think the story line and the way the book is set up is perfect. Dean Koontz is a great writer, this book was the first of the many I have read of his stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Der-shing | 1/19/2014

    " The first time I read this book I was in 8th grade, and wasn't exactly brimming with literary experience. Now I'm 26 and just read it again for the second time... my god, I can't believe how awful this book is. I'll be fair and mention the positive first: the "bad guys" are rather... unique. You won't find characters like them in other books. And I thought their psychology, the plot twist at the end, and some of the strange powers that they have and places they get to were pretty interesting. THAT BEING SAID. The rest is trash. Dean Koontz pulls out all the stops here, piling on his favorite things: Asians (especially Vietnamese boat people), the mentally disabled, a duo of boring protagonists. As an authentic Asian person (wow) with a mentally disabled brother, I find his writing EXTREMELY annoying. He stereotypes his characters with a lot of "good" characteristics, but it's still stereotyping. Yes, Asians are quiet and tend to have a great work ethic. Except when we don't, because we weren't all pressed from some special mold. Moving on. Dean also can't go a book or two without giving the mentally disabled some kind of super power, which is a pretty shitty consolation prize if you ask me. Why can't they just be the awesome people they are? Unless you just wrote him in to yank on the easiest heartstrings. Before I stop ranting I'll mention the duo, who have some of the worst written dialogue in the world. They are utterly hateful people who justify their morally gray decisions by claiming to be "the good guys." I mean, yeah compared with the alternative, you are wonderful people. But in real life I'd be tempted to throw both of them under a bus. It's a sad day when you root for the generously besacked psycho at the end to finish all of them off. And then on top of all of that, Dean still can't one sentence without some ill-thought out metaphor ("the grass was as dry as sand, and twice as brown"). This guy gets paid good money for this, people. If I were you'd I'd skip this book unless you are in the mood for tearing your hair out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keisha | 1/17/2014

    " This book is strange and weird...and awesome. The story line could only come from the imagination of Dean Koontz. I can't even describe the scene without giving away details but if you're into super weird scenarios and (literally) out of this world action, you should pick this one up. Loved it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Adventures In The Dating Worldâ„¢ | 1/16/2014

    " I own two copies. This story is hard to fathom but very entertaining "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 1/11/2014

    " This book is so creepy, and I just couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 10/29/2013

    " Love the diamonds under the skin "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 10/2/2013

    " Just like book candy (and most of Koontz's novels) "The Bad Place" had an entertaining plot and made for a quick, easy read. A good guilty pleasure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry Morris | 9/26/2013

    " A great book that kept me interested till the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darnett Carr | 9/23/2013

    " great book, however very weird story line but that's Dean Koontz for ya. Took me a few chapters to really get into it but after that I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven Sawyer | 8/24/2013

    " My first Koontz book, hooked ever since. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trainreq | 4/1/2013

    " This has got to be one of the better of the Koontz books. Somewhat interesting twists as compared to some of the other simpler sub-human beings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Litwicki | 9/10/2012

    " One of my favorites by Mr. Koontz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 8/16/2012

    " Very weird but makes you want to read more... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonia | 6/21/2012

    " This is one of Koontz's more memorable books for me personally - a page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 6/3/2012

    " Listened to this on CD. Very imaginative interesting story - more of a sci/fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deirdre Maxwell | 10/12/2011

    " The Bad Place has always been my favorite Koontz novels. I love the characters and the plot twists in the end. His supernatural stories are by far my favorite and this one sits at the top of the list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glenn | 9/30/2011

    " This Koontz effort started fast and strong and stayed that way throughout the entire story. The plot built in a way that was fascinating and clever - with a satisfactory ending to boot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corinne | 8/30/2011

    " Loved the book in my youth. Will re-read but I am worried I won't still love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 8/30/2011

    " I read it. Some guy goes to another world full of bugs and big jewels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kimberly | 8/10/2011

    " Dean Koontz always has interesting reads. I think this started out a little slow, but it didn't take me too long to get into it. I wish the ending had been different, but it was believable if you can say that about a Koontz book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes him, or similar authors. "

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

    " This novel introduced me to Dean Koontz. I loved it. Great suspense. Some weird characters. A fantastical plot. It totally worked! If you want to start out a novel with suspense, check out the first chapter. How could you go wrong? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candice | 6/21/2011

    " One of the worst books I have ever read. "

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

    " ok, wouldn't read for a second time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggysue | 5/19/2011

    " Couldn't put it down. Like most of Koontz's books, you get taken on a mind screwing rollercoaster. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/18/2011

    " This book was crazy. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Betty | 5/6/2011

    " This was the book that started it all. Yes I have always read but this was the match that light my reading fire. "

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

    " I read it. Some guy goes to another world full of bugs and big jewels. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 3/2/2011

    " I guess I need to read this one again. Other than the lovable character with down-syndrome, I don't remember much about this one. Good thing I own it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcia | 3/2/2011

    " This book was so dark and negative that I just couldn't enjoy it. Each time I picked it up to read it, I would just feel bad. It was very hard to get through. This is one I'm glad I bought on my kindle because it's easy to just DELETE it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandee | 2/12/2011

    " This book really got under my skin; not unlike that bug did at some point in the book! Exciting, creepy, and full of suspense, this book was a great read. Lost a lot of sleep trying to finish this one! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/1/2011

    " Entertaining read, but not his best. "

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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.