Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: City of Night

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz , Ed Gorman
Narrator: John Lloyd
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: July 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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From the celebrated imagination of Dean Koontz comes a powerful reworking of one of the classic stories of all time. If you think you know the legend, you know only half the truth. Here is the mystery, the myth, the terror, and the magic of...


They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created -- and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios -- once Frankenstein -- can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison. Deucalion's centuries-old history began as Victor's first and failed attempt to build the perfect human -- and it is fated to end in the ultimate confrontation between a damned creature and his mad creator. But first Deucalion must destroy a monstrosity not even Victor's malignant mind could have imagine -- an indestructible entity that steps out of humankind's collective nightmare with one purpose: to replace us.

Reviews (6)

Frankstein: City of Night

Written by Jeanne Peterson on May 9th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I didn't think I was going to like this book, however the more I listened the more I got into it! It was a great story with a really bad ending. Dean had better start working on a sequel! I really need to see where this story is going to go.

very cool story

Written by Jonathan Jones on November 5th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

i love koontzs take on the frankenstein story, keeps you on your seat. i cant wait till the conclusion to this story.

Frankenstein: City of Night

Written by Gabrielle Ludwig-Martin on September 27th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

WOW! I haven't even heard the first one yet, but even though I'll know what's going on and the 'ending' of the first one, I can hardly wait for the 3rd one to be available! And the 4th! The suspense and the terror that Koontz supplies in great abundance, is a real treat for those who love this genre. Putting believable characters into unbelievable situations, is difficult for any author. Koontz pulls it off without a misstep. A 'must hear'!

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein:

Written by Alayne from Mt. Penn on April 14th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great scary and surprising book. But when is part 3 coming and why is the second book in this trilogy not available unabridged??? Abridged books are the worst! You will really enjoy this one.

Frankenstein City of Night

Written by Christine Beck from Harrisburg, PA on November 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very good book but disappointed ending...or lack of ending. Drama builds and get you totally immersed in story and then you have to use your imagination to guess how it will end. Its just like Mr. Koontz used up his word allotment for this book and just ended it. Is there a sequel? Hm...


Written by Jeff Johnson on November 1st, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book by excellent author. Good read. Hard to put down.

Author Details

Author Details

Koontz, Dean

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction, under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Koontz's protagonists,with the exception of Odd Thomas,arm theirselves with guns to do combat against the various monsters and madmen,and Koontz gets all the technical details right.There are no mistakes(functions and capabilities of different types of guns.)

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic events featured in most of his novels.

Koontz also has a very interesting way of adding his own little quirks to his novels, such as adding simple quotes from a book by the name of The Book of Counted Sorrows. Counted Sorrows was originally a hoax, like the nonexistent Keener's Manual Richard Condon cited for epigraphs he wrote himself. Eventually Koontz put together a poetry collection of that name, using all the epigraphs; it was printed as a limited edition in 2003 by Charnel House and as an eBook by Barnes & Noble. His more recent novels, starting with The Taking, have no verse by Koontz; rather, they have quotes by other authors (in particular, The Taking uses quotes from T. S. Eliot, whose works figure in the plot of the novel).

Koontz has long been a fan of Art Bell's radio program, Coast to Coast AM. He appeared as a guest after a fan reported to Bell that one of Koontz's novels featured a character describing a paranormal event as an "Art Bell moment."

Koontz currently resides in Newport Beach, a city in Southern California (as such, most of his novels are set in Southern California) with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie Koontz, under whose name he published the book, Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living, in 2004. Trixie is also often referenced in his official newsletter "Useless News".

Dogs often figure heavily in Koontz's novels, as he is an avid dog lover. Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and One Door Away from Heaven are prime examples. However, lately he has seen fit to include cats as characters, most notably the smart cat Mungojerrie in the Christopher Snow novels.

Gorman, Ed

Ed Gorman's western fiction has won the Spur Award and his crime fiction has won the Shamus and Anthony Awards and has been shortlisted for the Edgar(R) Award. In addition, his writing has appeared in "Redbook", the "New York Times, Ellery Queen Magazine, Poetry Today, " and other publications.