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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (30,090 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Michael Hayden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN: 9780739315576
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Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.

It seems like a sick joke, and Bill’s friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it’s Bill’s fault. Now he’s got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum, and two new lives hanging in the balance.

Suddenly Bill’s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication, until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath’s innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: The choice is yours.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dean Koontz again delivers a top-notch thriller full of well-drawn characters and anxiety-spiked sequences.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • Velocity will have readers turning the pages—and checking to make sure their doors are locked and bolted.”

    Associated Press

  • “Graphic, fast-paced action, well-developed characters and relentless, nail-biting scenes show Koontz at the top of his game.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Genuinely terrific.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2006 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clackamas | 2/15/2014

    " I wish Koontz would just once write a book that isn't completely predictable. I stopped caring about his tired story line after the second or third book I read back in middle school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzy Betker | 2/13/2014

    " My First real Koontz novel...so far so good! The other books have been about Trixie, so they don't really count :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Callie | 2/4/2014

    " IN-TENSE! The whole way through it was intense. A little more gruesome than I usually enjoy but I quite enjoyed this little thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blissbitch | 1/23/2014

    " another koonzt that you dont want to put down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saskia Meintjes | 1/17/2014

    " Incredible read, could not put the book down! Dean Koontz' writing style leaves you yearning for more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Ouellette | 1/15/2014

    " My second favorite Koontz novel. The title says it all, very fast paced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruthie | 1/15/2014

    " My suggestion - don't listen to this audiobook while driving at night by yourself. Dean Koontz is known for his thrillers because he writes them very well and this is no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reading Cove Book Club ❧ | 1/9/2014

    " Bonus Book - January 2007 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsie Bush | 1/3/2014

    " First book I've read by this author. I am usually squeamish about violence, but this was written in a way that acknowledged the violence without being too offensive. I also appreciate the author's use of literary references. I will consider reading more by this author. "

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

    " I loved this book. Could not put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lana Gladkov | 11/23/2013

    " Scariest book I've ever read. I honestly wanted to cry out of fear at one point. Messed up, but AWESOME :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JY | 11/20/2013

    " I guess I thought it was boring (this was my first Koontz and maybe I expected too much?). I couldn't get behind the main character and that made it hard to care about what happens to him. Disappointed, particularly since it's marketed as a high action thiller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Launiquela | 10/26/2013

    " It moves pretty slow and isn't very exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Piper | 10/9/2013

    " It didn't make a great load of sense and wasn't completely believable, but it was a quick read that kept me in suspense. Very interesting concept as well...with an idea that interesting, maybe it could have been played out better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maggie Goodwin | 6/19/2013

    " Loved this book, not too keen on the ending, but I could not put it down.....there is a part in this book that I still keep thinking of over & over again, it got to me so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew Davis | 5/27/2013

    " Great book! If you enjoy a lively, suspenseful, twisting novel, you will enjoy reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Super | 3/25/2013

    " Suspense all the way with my 6th book from Koontz. Started while on Jury duty (When you REALLY need to have a good book with you) in February of 2008 and finished after some on and off reading spurts. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shan | 2/27/2013

    " Pretty good. But was also a bit predictable. A very good read if you don't want to be too committed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam J | 2/11/2013

    " If you like psychological thrillers that make you second guess yourself (and the main character), the you'll love Velocity "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 1/9/2013

    " This book confirmed my opinion that this guy is one sick puppy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Manning | 10/25/2012

    " This book is SO intense I couldn't even stand it. One of his best books in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Les Lowe | 9/1/2012

    " Just one of those run around crazy thrillers that I greatly enjoy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monica | 9/1/2012

    " I was interested at first and by the 3rd body I was like would this really happen? What are the chances? Nice heart felt story within in regards to Barbara, but didn't feel it went with the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 8/18/2012

    " This book was so good, but it scared the crap out of me. I had to put it down several times just to get my heart rate to slow down. Koontz's writing is fantastic! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Jacques | 6/22/2012

    " This book was VERY intense but i really liked it. It was one of those books that is impossible to put down. It is for people who like a lot of action, and there is quite a bit of violence. But it's a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/16/2012

    " I could not put this book down. I literally had to force myself to stop reading to go to bed. It made me think about what I would do if I was put in the same position. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tisha | 12/10/2011

    " This was great. Constantly on your toes waiting to see what happens "

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

    " Wow, I thought I had worked this one out but then WHAM you are hit with the truth. What a master of deceit this man is how can he keep coming up with these wonderful story lines and oh such devious plots?? Brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 6/8/2011

    " Intense! One of his best pieces of work! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 5/19/2011

    " My 1st novel from Dean Koontz... a good way to start reading his novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 5/15/2011

    " good book but had too many points where the excitement went up and down. Too many times either I couldn't put it down or it killed me to pick it up and read anything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 5/15/2011

    " Outstanding book. Intense page turner... will keep you guessing until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 5/14/2011

    " Had to stay up late to finish this - gripping! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 5/12/2011

    " Such a crazy book! I really had to stop reading it a couple times on a late night flight back to SGU because it got too scary for me lol. Get ready for a intense and crazy ride with this read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rachel | 5/10/2011

    " Despite it being titled "Velocity," the plot seemed to develop SO slowly. Ack. Struggled to get through it, and even by the end, I just didn't care. Not a fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kenzie | 5/9/2011

    " Kinda creepy book, but it makes you think. The story was put together really well, and was very enjoyable. At times you were flat-out grossed out, but the novel came together in a nice way in the end. Well worth the read. "

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

    " A weird killer decides to play a game with some random bartender. And then go on a killing spree while framing the bartender. This is another story where the hero stumbles his way through winning the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 robert | 4/25/2011

    " Keeps you guessing and turning pages quickly. Action is fast and non stop. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers, including suspense thrillers and books for young readers. His books are published in thirty-six languages, and his worldwide sales top 450 million copies. Several of his books have also been adapted into feature films and television miniseries.