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The Taking: A Novel

Author: Dean Koontz

Narrator: Ariadne Meyers

Unabridged: 9 hr 20 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 05/25/2004

Genre: Fiction - Suspense


"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)

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About the Author

Author Dean Koontz was born in Everett Pennsylvania in 1945. He has used various Pen names such as, Aaron Wolfe, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, K.R. Dwyer, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Owen West and Richard Paige. His accomplished occupations include novelist, short story writer, screenwriter and poet. Most people were not aware of his many Pen names and various talents in literature besides novelist. Koontz genres of choice are suspense, horror and science fiction thrillers. He has had 14 hardcovers and 14 paperbacks making it to #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list. According to the Dean Kootnz official website, he has sold more than 450 million copies of his books.

A little known fact about Dean Koontz is that he had hair transplantation in the late intos. Many of his novels are set in or around Orange County, California where he lives with his wife Gerda, in Newport Coast in an estate named Pelican Hills. His reported annual salary is $25 million.1990

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AudiobooksNow review by Jennifer on 2007-05-10 19:37:09

I truly disliked this book, and can't seem to shake the disturbing, 'ick-y' (for lack of a better word)feeling it left me with. I'm a Koontz fan, but this one really was hard for me to get through. It was as if the author tried to think of the most gruesome, disgusting images he could imagine, and then crammed them into this book without any real developed plot or likable characters. It just seemed to be a way to showcase his ability to gross us out. The end was too abrupt and convenient--no real explanation and so many unanswered questions. I like the horror genre, but this was pointless.

AudiobooksNow review by Dutch on 2008-04-15 14:51:56

I don't know why I gave this two stars instead of one - probably because Koontz is still articulate, even when producing this kind of dreck. The reader, Ari Meyers, would be better suited to recording Hallmark cards than reading this relentlessly grim story. Although grim, the story is oddly unmoving - you don't care about the central characters at all, unless knowing that one of them loves T.S. Eliot and the other is a carpenter is enough to make you care about them. From a man who can write the wonderful Odd Thomas stories, The Taking is a great disappointment.

AudiobooksNow review by Stefani on 2009-02-22 18:17:24

This book was scary. A real page turner. Different from what I am used to reading by Koontz.

AudiobooksNow review by Teresa on 2011-01-05 03:41:48

Warning: SPOILERS FOLLOW! It should not matter anyway, because you should not read this book. I've never been so utterly disgusted in my life. I listened to this whole book, whose characters were never developed in the least, only to find in the end that the antagonist was none other than: Satan. That's right, the Satan of the Bible. Are you kidding me? If I hadn't had to send this awful **** back to Booksfree, I would have set it on fire. Was this written to appeal to the Tea Party people? What is going on?

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