The Bad Place

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: Carol Cowan , Michael Hanson
Genres: Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2015
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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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

Reviews (31)

Written by Anonymous on September 10th, 2020

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Incredible story...I was enraptured from the first time I read it and the narrator does a great job bringing it to life.

Written by Anonymous on April 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

loved it, but loved it more when I read the book myself.

Written by Shelly McAdoo on January 26th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I really liked this book. I was enthralled from beginning to end. Some of the plot was weird at times, but it was interesting. There were times that I was verbally aghast. Good read!

Skip this one

Written by Anonymous on May 17th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I just could not get into this book. Wow - boring! Skip it.

Excellent Listen

Written by Anonymous on March 26th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great book..solid plot and conclusive ending....Koontz could have/should have left the small sci fi / alien twist out of it...distracted from primary plot...only reason I didn't give it a 5.

Not worth the time

Written by Christine B. from Monroeville, PA on March 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

The problem with Dean Koontz novels is that they are so hit or miss when it comes to writing style and holding interest, not to mention character development. This book was a total miss. Overall it followed the usual Koontz formula of disgusting description designed to make you dislike a character although there's no real basis, repetitive epiphany (often shared) that there is a god, horrific creature(s) created by man and therefore doomed, and characters with disabilities that make them better than anyone else in the book, thus angels. Unfortunately, there was no redeeming, interesting character to pull you in, the gory descriptions were over the top, and the verbal exposition was heavy-handed to the point of parody. I kept going to find out the WHY of it all and was fairly disappointed. There are much better written Koontz books to try, give this one a skip.

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Written by Tony Crites on April 29th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is a very interesting book, typical Dean Koontz, He is a lot like Stephen King, keep you amazed at the things he comes up with. This book gives you a whole new outlook on Downs Syndrome; at least it did for me.

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Written by Anonymous from Carlisle, PA on April 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This was my first introduction to Koontz, an alumni of where I teach. I found him a bit too intense for me.

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Written by Susan Wiltfong on February 10th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The book keeps you wanting more. Keeps you trying to figure out which way it is going. Excellent from start to finish. Loved it.

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Written by Anonymous on February 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was a bit over the top with the sexual weirdness as well as other very bizarre characters. Could have done with fewer gross and disgusting graphics. I kept listening because I eventually came to like the two main characters; at first I found them to be a bit "out there" too and quite different from most fictional characters with whom I can identify. It kept my interest but I've heard much better.

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.