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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,957 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Ariadne Meyers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9780739301791
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In one of the most dazzling books of his celebrated career, Dean Koontz delivers a masterwork of page-turning suspense that surpasses even his own inimitable reputation as a chronicler of our worst fears—and best dreams. In The Taking he tells the story of a community cut off from a world under siege, and the terrifying battle for survival waged by a young couple and their neighbors as familiar streets become fog-shrouded death traps. Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant in the face of mankind’s darkest hour, here is a small-town slice-of-doomsday thriller that strikes to the core of each of us to ask: What would you do in the midst of The Taking.

On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

As hours pass and the rain continues to fall, Molly and Niel listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. Before evening, their little town loses television and radio reception. Then telephone and the Internet are gone. With the ceaseless rain now comes an obscuring fog that transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. By nightfall the Sloans have gathered with some of their neighbors to deal with community damage...but also because they feel the need to band together against some unknown threat, some enemy they cannot identify or even imagine.

In the night, strange noises arise, and at a distance, in the rain and the mist, mysterious lights are seen drifting among the trees. The rain diminishes with the dawn, but a moody gray-purple twilight prevails. Soon Molly, Niel, and their small band of friends will be forced to draw on reserves of strength, courage, and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a terrifying instant what is happening to their world—something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency. Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in perspective, The Taking is an adventure story like no other, a relentless roller-coaster read that brings apocalypse to Main Street and showcases the talents of one of our most original and mesmerizing novelists at the pinnacle of his powers.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Koontz remains one of the most fascinating of contemporary popular novelists ... he is a novelist of metaphysics and moral reflection. Publishers Weekly
  • A thrill ride. Daily News (NY)

Listener Opinions

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

    " Eh. Definitely had it's scary moments, but overall, I felt a great deal of the writing was like being hit with an anvil, over and over again. He really needed to tone it down and let the story tell itself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun Tennant | 2/8/2014

    " It's sort of like a survival horror video game in book form. Spooky town, strange creatures, gloomy atmosphere. I liked the ending quite a bit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linnja (Lynn) | 1/25/2014

    " 3.5 stars....My first jump back into Dean Koontz's books. Enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lori | 1/22/2014

    " Ok, so all of his books are kind of creepy, but this one bothered me. The idea of "sifting of the wheat" stuck with me. "

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

    " This book is weird and kinda hard to understand at some points. Overall it ended up being good. "

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

    " Very intense book, had me on the edge of my seat and couldn't put it down. A great Koontz read for sure!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Gloss | 1/16/2014

    " my first dean koontz book... interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brianne | 1/12/2014

    " Pretty good until the end... the author frequents religious themes throughout this book (and his other works), but it was a bit too religious for me in the end. Good suspense and sense of terror, but poor character development. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julie | 1/3/2014

    " Call it what it is: an End Times/Revelations piece of preachiness dressed up as a regular Koontz thriller. If you have to cheat to get readers, that might say something about the message, don't you think? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Doust | 12/26/2013

    " Very strange book. It definitely makes you wanna finish it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rosanne | 12/6/2013

    " Could not finish - did not hold my interest "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun | 11/29/2013

    " This is a great Dean Koontz book. It's a little weird, but really suspenseful. I thouroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Wilson | 11/28/2013

    " Never read anything quite like this book, and I loved it. All I will tell you about the story is that you will love the ending. It is not what you will expect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 RK Byers | 11/25/2013

    " this was weird and almost good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Porter | 11/17/2013

    " I loved this book!!!! I read it when we were house sitting this huge house, and I was terrified to even walk alone at night. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geokowgurl | 6/25/2013

    " The supernatural element and the suspense of this novel are unrivaled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/8/2013

    " Interesting idea, weak character development. The whole book reads like a "What If..." idea, with characters thrown in to flesh it out. Koontz could have easily done the entire thing as a short story or a novella. Easy read, though, and not too taxing on the brain. Perfect mid-winter reading. "

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

    " you won't be able to put this one down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxanne Rustand | 10/2/2012

    " I couldn't put this one down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meri | 7/25/2012

    " Very good, the ending left me slightly unsatisfied, but really the whole thing was creepy and left me not wanting it to end...not what I expected of Dean Koontz at.all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roz | 5/9/2012

    " This is one I would really like to see made into a movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 3/17/2012

    " One of my favorite DK stories. A fascinating story that repeats the theme of contrasting the unbelievable evil in the world that resides alongside those who demonstrate the highest pinnacles of love that our kind is capable of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 3/15/2012

    " I loved this book. One of the best dean koontz novels I have ever read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Macamboy | 2/27/2012

    " Story was a little weak, but there was some good visualisation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ramona | 1/6/2012

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haleybethhill | 11/29/2011

    " I was surprised that I liked this book as much as I did considering that it's kinda science-fictiony. But I did like it and it was interested. I don't think it was one of Dean Koontz's best books, but it was definitely worth reading in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaron | 7/12/2011

    " One of Koontz' more spooky and engaging stories. Loved this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Mccrary | 6/27/2011

    " Koontz's is at it again with a good story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve | 6/27/2011

    " The idea for the book was good.. I thought the book was NOT put together very well.. I just had issues with the writing.. I had to go back an reread many things in this book, because it jumped around so much--transitions were not clear. "

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

    " Dean got the pacing, the atmosphere, the characters, and the plot right in this one. It was a short novel that kept my interest in both the suspense and mystery surrounding the event that takes place in this small community. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Whitney | 6/22/2011

    " Absolutely love this book. It's like a syfy version of the Rapture. But in a really freaky way. I read this book for the first time in 4 hours! It is still one of my favorite books! "

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

    " this book had one heck of a twist-did not end to the point it was leading to! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lorelei | 6/16/2011

    " I thought this was too gross in parts. TOO much bad stuff in the middle of the book. He is better than this and I am disappointed. The best parts of the book is the first and last chapters. Won't be keeping this one on my shelves. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 6/14/2011

    " One of the few I started to read and couldn't get into at the time...will try again based on reviews I see here possibly. One star for now until then. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sky | 6/14/2011

    " Very creative. I never saw the end coming. One of my favorite Koontz books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Juanita | 6/11/2011

    " The book is ok, the ending wasn't what I expected but was somewhat interesting, I found it a bit repeatative throughout but over all it was a good read.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne | 6/8/2011

    " Koontz is an awsome writer, he makes you think and feel when reading his storys.
    U have to read this book u might learn somthing. "

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

    " Interesting alien twist on a sort-of modern day Noah's ark story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyra | 5/25/2011

    " Very unsatisfying ending....I'm a little confused. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 5/22/2011

    " some how I missed this one the first time around. be afraid, be very afraid. this is the stuff that nightmares are made of. not for the squeamish, but a rip roaring creepfest if you're up for it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda | 5/13/2011

    " This is definitely not one of my favorites from Koontz. I don't know why, I just had a hard time getting through this book. "

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

    " This is one of my favorite dean koontz books. "

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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

Ariadne Meyers was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1969. She began an acting career at twelve, with her role as Al Pacino’s stepdaughter in Author! Author! and hasn’t looked back since. Her most famous role to date is that of “Emma Jane McCardle,” which she portrayed on the 80s sitcom, Kate & Allie for six years. In 1991, she graduated from Yale with honors and a double major in philosophy and theater arts.