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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,315 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2003 ISBN: 9780739301753
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Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone ) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once chilling and wickedly funny, a brilliantly observed chronicle of good and evil in our time, of illusion and everlasting truth.

He’s Hollywood’s most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic “messages” breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim’s fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim’s security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an
insidious killer—and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life. As a seemingly endless and ominous rain falls over southern California, Ethan will test the limits of perception and endurance in a world where the truth is as thin as celluloid and answers can be found only in the illusory intersection of shadow and light.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope.

Here a magnificent mansion is presided over by a Scottish force of nature known as Mrs. McBee, before whom all men tremble. A mad French chef concocts feasts for the mighty and the malicious. Ming du Lac, spiritual adviser to the stars, has a direct line to the dead. An aptly named cop called Hazard will become Ethan’s ally, an anarchist will sow discord and despair, and a young boy named Fric, imprisoned by celebrity and loneliness, will hear a voice telling him of the approach of something unimaginably evil. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler. The Times (London)
  • Dean Koontz almost occupies a genre of his own. He is a master at building suspense and holding the reader spellbound. Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • “Koontz has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match. Los Angeles Times
  • "Still the DEAN of suspense...a rewarding climax...you'll enjoy the ride. People Magazine
  • Both terrifying and amusing, The Face is classic Dean Koontz—a blend of murder, mystery and wit...Koontz's dialogue is sharp, his characters multidimensional, and the plot is tight. New York Daily News
  • A modern Swift...a master satirist. Entertainment Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn Bain | 2/18/2014

    " Why didn't anyone ever tell me to read Dean Koontz before? He is so good at keeping you on the edge of your seat. Nothing like throwing someone into a tall building with a killer. His descriptions bring you into the story. This book brought me right to the edge (or in this case, to the ledge). My heart raced and my palms actually sweated. I loved this book. One of the best I've ever read. And when I thought I knew who the bad guy was, I was wrong. Makes me love it even more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Anderson | 2/18/2014

    " This isn't a bad book by any means, but it definitely blends in with the rest of the mediocre Koontz books. This is probably best suited for Koontz fans, and most likely wouldn't lure anyone into becoming an avid fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 2/15/2014

    " Knocked this out in a day. Very fast paced and exciting. Maybe a little too sappy an ending but it was a good read anyway! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gillian | 2/12/2014

    " He is back, the author who grabs you, shows you the way then reassures you..... before pulling not just the rug out from beneath you but blows it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee | 2/12/2014

    " One of his early thrillers, and some moments that just didn't make much sense. With a sicko psychopath on the loose in New York, decent mid '70's chills & thrills. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Takedown | 1/20/2014

    " Nothing special, you can skip it safely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lia Rock lantz | 1/18/2014

    " Loved this book. The story just about gave me anxiety. Well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 11/26/2013

    " I read this in my summer of Dean Koontz. I remember being slightly unimpressed with the characters and the plotting. I may re-read to see how an adult version of me finds the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert Grant | 11/9/2013

    " Pretty good thriller here. Very fast read. Felt like I just started reading and the book was done! Well done Mr. Koontz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 11/7/2013

    " Read this book a long time ago but added it to my list because I remember it being a very good read. It was a thrilling, page-turning mystery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 10/14/2013

    " This certainly had some interesting twists to it, but the criminal characters were just too weird. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronald | 6/5/2013

    " Good read. Probably not one of my favorites by him but still worth reading. Very suspenseful and a good twist to this type of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady Danielle aka The Book Huntress | 12/7/2012

    " Five stars for very likeable protagonists, who find a creative way of escaping from their situation. The villain is another one of those crazy sickos with a knife. Not my favorite kind of horror. But, with the fantastic action/adventure, I have to give this one a high rating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 12/4/2012

    " One of Dean Koontz's "simple" novels. I don't mean that in a bad way, it was just not very complicated. I got a little adrenaline rush towards the end and could see this as a movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi | 8/30/2012

    " I loved this book..it was creepy and sucked me in from page one. It was something that you could see happening in real life which made it even more "entertaining" for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 8/11/2012

    " Amazing when i read it in 9th grade! Seven years later I still say it's an interesting piece! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 7/8/2012

    " One of the few keepers in the Dean Koontz collection. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 4/29/2012

    " Another fun re-read. When you spend 2-3 hours a day commuting, you get a lot of reading done. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Soukup | 1/24/2012

    " Page turner. Not a book for kids. Surprise ending. Decent pacing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 9/26/2011

    " First dean koontz book i read. still play out my escape plan in my office building to this day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 8/31/2011

    " great book, can't put it down, would make a great Criminal Minds episode "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 8/28/2011

    " I really liked this book!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 8/9/2011

    " Tons of action and suspense - but this storyline involves actual people and nothing supernatural, which can actually be even more scary! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desiree | 6/9/2011

    " The book is not in par with his usual stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Blanca | 6/8/2011

    " It was creepy and had to stop reading it when it got dark outside. Really good book! "

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

    " Fun page turner with an adorable character that you want to take home as yours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hayley | 6/2/2011

    " Absolutely loved it. (: If I didn't have to work every day, I wouldn't have put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 5/4/2011

    " Excellent book. This one will keep you up at night!

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

    " Just OK. No spine tingling--but I did like the relationship that finally slowly developed between the boy and the security chief.
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 4/1/2011

    " read fast on plane to paris, evil is scary "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/3/2011

    " A great book that is impossible to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Takedown | 3/3/2011

    " Not very interesting and too long to read(1200+ pages) but i like Corky character and all serving chaos stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angi | 3/2/2011

    " One of my favorite Koontz books. "

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

    " A great example of how diverse Dean Koontz's writing gets. You've never read a story like this one. . . . "

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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

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9.