Voice of the Night

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No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. They were complete opposites. Colin was fascinated by Roy--and Roy was fascinated by death. Then one day Roy asked: "You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game to terrifying to imagine.
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Overview

No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. They were complete opposites. Colin was fascinated by Roy--and Roy was fascinated by death. Then one day Roy asked: "You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game to terrifying to imagine.
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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times
A fearsome tour of an adolescent's psyche. Terrifying, knee-knocking suspense.
Houston Chronicle
Hair-raising from cover to cover!
Library Journal

Shy, geeky, and generally lonely, adolescent Colin is unexpectedly befriended by the outgoing and popular Roy, whom the more astute listener will recognize as an experienced manipulator and possible sociopath. With Colin so worshipful and vulnerable, the exchanges between the two are almost painful to hear, though that doesn't mean the narrator isn't skilled. Audie® Award finalist Patrick G. Lawlor lends the dialog the right blend of slyness and naïveté. Originally published in 1980 under one of Koontz's early pseudonyms, Brian Coffey, the book on which this audio is based doesn't show the craft in character and plot we've come to expect of Koontz's current works. Tight budgets are better spent elsewhere.
—Kristen L. Smith

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606298353
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

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Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Good book

    One of the first Koontz books I read. It made me a fan forever!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    Written for 6th graders!!

    AWFUL!!! Words cannot express how terrible this book is. First of all, I had to keep checking to make sure I wasn't reading a young adult book because this sounds like it was written to be read by 5th or 6th graders!! Aside from the few sexual references (which add absolutely NOTHING to the plot), I would give this to a 6th grade student to read. The characters are completely one-dimensional and lack depth of any sort. The plot is something you would read in the children's "Goosebumps" series. The sub-plots in the story disappear and are never addressed at the end of the novel! It is like when a little kid writes a story and has everyone blow up at the end because they don't know how to end it! It's not scary, it's actually comical how bad the writing is. The only scary part was thinking that someone actually thought this would be thought-provoking to an adult. This was my first Dean Koontz book and I have heard some good things about his books but I don't think I would pick up another one. If you like smart reads, forget this book, I felt dumber after reading it.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    GREAT!!!!!!!!

    The Voices of the Night by Dean Koontz This book is filled with so much suspense and intensity that you¿ll never want to put it down. Dean Koontz is an outstanding author that is well known for his spine chillers such as: Demon Seed, Midnight, Night chills, etc. This book deserves five stars for its roller coaster of emotion and adrenaline rush of fear. This book was a hard one to put down. In the beginning, the book starts off friendly with two boys, Roy and Colin, who are wondering how to spend the rest of their summer. But the book takes a big turn as Colin finds out that Roy is fascinated by death. Colin doubts Roy¿s stories of him killing animals and even people. He soon find out every thing is no longer a joke. Colin tries to come up with a plan to stop Roy, but does it work? I would recommend this for those who love thrillers. Would not recommend this book for those who are preteens or children because of the vulgar use of language. Jazmyne Bailey Waukegan High School `09

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2002

    Excellent!!!

    This was my first Dean Koontz book that I read, and that was three years ago. Now I've read Fear Nothing, Seize the Night, The Bad Place, False Memory, etc. and I loved them all. But I didn't love them all as much as this book - this book was just plain awesome. It was never wordy like some of his are and I just LOVED it. It was scary, violent, readable - just great!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Wonderful

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Great story of a childhood gone wrong.

    I really enjoyed reading "The Voice of the Night." It kept my interest from page one. The characters were fun to imagine and the story was memorable. Some good moments, some bad...but a great story. I recommend it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2007

    First Book!

    The first book I have read on my own without school, this tells an amazing story of friends who turn on each other guarentee it will have you reading chapter after chapter of greatness!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2007

    I loved it!!!

    There are some parts in here that actually make me feel like I am the character. I can feel the emotions running through his head and everything. I have never experienced that with a book before. I loved it. Good job again Dean Koontz. I recommend this to anyone. You will feel this book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    first dean koontz novel i read, but has not been the last

    i picked this book up and let me say that i read it in a day! it just takes you to places you hope that you will never go or see in your lifetime... i have read all of his books since

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    Powerful

    Before the columbine shootings there was the 'voice of the night'. This was the first novel I ever read in my life and afterwards I've read many books, but I'll never forget this one. It truly gets into the minds of American teenagers in a way that no other novel has before it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!!!

    It was the first book i'd ever really cared to read and i just couldn't put it down. i loved the relationship between the two friends. It's a good book for anyone, for a young child or an elderly adult you'll just love it!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    What a book!

    This was an excellent book. It started with page one and it never stopped. I loved the theme between two friends, one being good and the other being evil. I would highly recommend this to anyone of all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    It's the bomb!

    The voice of the night was a chilling tale that kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. I could not put this book down. I reccomend this book to anyone who enjoys an enthralling book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    A GREAT BOOK!

    This book was one of the many books i have by Koontz...and it was probably the best one too! I couldnt put the book down! I didn't want it to end...at some points in the story i actually felt i was there! This is a GRRRRRRREAT book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Very well written

    As a teenager i was able to relate to the book and the way it was written. I enjoyed every suspensful and terrifying moment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    Left hanging

    Another story that the character development were weak. The final chapter was predictable. This is another story in which the conclusion left the reader hanging.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Quick read...

    Interesting but was not captivating. Too much time wasted on the girlfriend talking about how she was not pretty and her body was not perfect blah blah blah...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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