Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: Paul Michael
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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A strange doll is left on Tommy Phan's front steps--stranger than anyone could ever imagine. Later he hears an odd popping sound and is intrigued to find it coming to life. Tommy pursues the thing as it scrambles away--and then is pursued by "it" as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious manikin into a larger, more formidable opponent bent on killing him. What in the world is this thing and why is it after him?

Reviews (6)

Another Koontz Hit

Written by genomo on June 11th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Entertaining to the very end. Koontz just keeps turning out great CD's, especially while driving. I love his well researched embellishments.

1st Dean Koontz

Written by TomS on May 7th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was my first Dean Koontz novel. It was an interesting book. It kept my interest and had me curious as to what was next. He gets a bit weird at times but overall not too bad.

Tick Tock

Written by Anonymous on May 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Not one of Koontz's best novels, but still kept the suspense going. I especially liked the humor and loved the labador character, wishing mine was that smart!

Tick Tock

Written by Tony Crites on April 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Very slow at first, But it picked up, Started to put it down,then it got interesting, weird, lots of action, first time I had read Dean Koontz, would recommend it.

Loved it!

Written by Tina on December 19th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I was spellbound from beginning to end. A spooky, sometimes comical story with all the twists and turns I love and expect from Dean Koontz. The narrator is a master of voices and dialects and delivered this story masterfully.


Written by Tim Rankin on November 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

A "humourous" thriller by Koontz. Some funny parts and a few good action pieces, but not what you expect from Koontz. Far from his best work. Easily 2-3 CD's too long.

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.