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The Eyes of Darkness

Written by: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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A year had passed since little Danny's death - A year since his mother began the painful process of acceptance. But Tina Evans could have sworn she just saw her Danny in a stranger's car...Then she dreamed that Danny was alive. And when she awoke, she found a message waiting for her in Danny's bedroom - Two disturbing words scrawled on his chalkboard: NOT DEAD.

Was this someone's grim joke? Her mind playing tricks on her? Or something ...more? For Tina Evans, it was a mystery she couldn't escape. An obsession that would lead her from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the cold shadows of the High Sierras. A terrible secret seen only by...The Eyes of Darkness

©2008 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Good Book to listen. Good Story Line

Loved it. Must read this thriller. Wish this would have converted to a movie. It would have been great to watch.

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quite average story and narration

story was not as gripping and the narration left me wanting more. couldb have spent my credit point on a better book

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Wuhan Virus made me read

One of the many WhatsApp messages, that I received made me go for this book. The Wuhan Virus was mentioned in the Eyes of Darkness book by Dean Koonz. This was my first hand experience with an audio book. Enjoyed it.

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  • julia smith
  • 21-02-20

For the people that curious about the parallel everyone talking about between coronavirus and this books prediction of it.

yes, it has some writing about the virus that one of the scientists from China brought to a secret lab in America.
And yes, the virus was originated from Wuham town, biochemical laboratory 🔬 in China.
It didn’t called coronavirus, but was scary enough in its aftermath distraction.
Actually, the book was very interesting and kept me fully engaged through out the whole entire time!

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  • Sean DePue
  • 12-12-15

Excellent

I am not one who will sit down and read a book. I don't have the attention span for it, and maybe the imagination. For some magical reason my mother got me this book for my birthday when I was about 16. I don't know why I picked it up and started reading it. All previous attempts by my mother failed. But as soon as I got past chapter one I was obsessed. Couldn't put it down. Read it all in 2 days. A love for reading followed. It's been about 15 years since I read this book and I travel a lot for a living. I saw this book as a suggested title for a audio book and I thought, "I should read that again!" And as a father now - it definitely strikes a different cord. Great book!!! Will listen/read it again soon....

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  • P6PTX
  • 14-01-16

This book serves Hitchcock & Twilight Zone love

it has the pace of an action movie, with a gradual supernatural element.Koontz has written (according to the entertaining afterword) a basis for a hit suspense thriller.Definitely one of his hidden gems.
Tanya Eby did a great job expressing the grief, terrors, and determination of a mother..not to mention the oddball moments that we all encounter at the most unlikely times.

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  • Althea
  • 15-06-10

The Eyes of Darkness

I enjoyed the book very much. I think Dean Koontz has done it again this was a thrill ride to very end.

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  • George
  • 31-07-14

Twisty

I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn't put it down. It's a sci-fi thriller wrapped in a whodunit with a touch of mother bear and her cubs. Enjoyable read, one of Dean Koontz's first. However, unlike some Koontz novels, I wouldn't be afraid to listen in the dark.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-10

The Eyes of Darkness

Well written but you need to like Science Fiction to truly enjoy this book. I enjoyed it and would say ---read it- it ends where you think-this needs a follow up. What is next?

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  • Gabriel
  • 29-06-17

Awesome!

Ive never come across a book by Dean that I have not been satisfied with! Very gripping and enthralling story. Would highly recommend.

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  • donna
  • 27-05-10

some times you win

as with all D.K books its either his or miss unfortuatley this was a near hit but not quite. On the other hand he gives an acount of the delopment of the book and a related TV series that never was and that is worth the credit to listen to, very entertaining, thats why I gave it the thrid star.

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  • 🌟SL Cole
  • 08-03-20

Wasn’t too sure about this at first...

... but it went one way for awhile & then started veering off at another angle & I knew I was gonna like the ending when I sensed where that was. And I did. If you feel a little put off the first quarter or so, I’d encourage you to stay with it longer.

I really enjoyed the relationship of the two primary characters & found them very comfortable to hang with through their adventures. I’d have loved another couple chapters but have to say, chapter 41 left me totally satisfied... and giggling like crazy!

Whatever your expectations may be at the beginning there are serious kinks in the road along the way to get you to a very different end.

Perhaps I found this book satisfying, however, for completely different reasons than the author probably intended & than some may ever pick up on. If you are part of the #GreatAwakening, you’ll recognize reality playing out right now (March 2020) in tantalizing threads between the lines. In which case, you’ll likely enjoy this book as well on more than one level. Would love to compare notes!

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  • Michael
  • 21-03-10

Koontz-lite

The characters are significantly weaker than Koontz at his best. Koontz redid this kind of story better in another novel - with more characterization of the kid. I still liked this version but it is not the best of Koontz.

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  • Jonathan
  • 26-11-18

Dated, ridiculous and predictable

Back in the early eighties this probably worked, in an early Stephen King way, (firestarter), but its barely listenable now, even though it's apparently been polished up by Koontz for reissue. The characters are impossibility fake, the dialogue dreadful. The narration doesn't help, brings no gravitas, just breathy cheap emoting.

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  • libibif
  • 27-03-20

First audiobook

This was my first audiobook and to be honest I wish my first choice had been better. I had heard a lot about this book and was really looking forward to the story but it was not what I was expecting. I found the story quite boring and even fell asleep more than once during the telling. I found the narrators voice dull and flat, maybe if there had been more inflections in her voice throughout the story it wouldn't have been as bad.

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  • Duncan Lawrence
  • 28-02-20

Life Imitating ART ? Dec 2019

I Could not believe it when I read an excerpt from this book then looked at the newspaper and heard the news coming out of China. But then again this book is based on actual places and loosely based on establishments doing science that could easily go wrong and cause massive global implications !......Feb 2020

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  • Carina Dar
  • 05-03-20

This shows how important the narrator is.

The reading feels very flat and mechanic, like I was listening to Alexa or Siri. The characters are a bit flat and boring, they feel like Ken and Barbie. The storyline is interesting and if you want something easy to read it's an ok book.

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  • mikebush2
  • 03-03-20

it's got nothing to do with wulham China I was mi

it has got nothing to with wulham China coronavirus I was mislead thanks but no

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  • F. B
  • 18-03-20

Don't purchase for the Corona reason

I purchased and downloaded this book after the circulated messages and after many painful hours ( I wasted ) in the last chapter they talked about a virus which has nothing to do with Covid 19 so don't waste your credit or money on this book.

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  • Sarah Wills
  • 24-09-19

Good story

I loved the story . The performers voice was slightly annoying and she often had a humorous tone in her voice when there was absolutely no humour intended in the story. so that was a bit off putting.

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  • Lucy thomas
  • 02-02-16

One of my favourites

This is one of my favourite books to read and I enjoy the audiobook just as much.

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  • munky
  • 22-09-16

loved it!

great story, with as usual a great twist, defiantly recommended, the narrator was very good

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  • Greg LV
  • 17-03-20

Slow start but very good

Originally downloaded this as I heard it predicted the corona virus 30 years prior... which isn’t the case.
The book is entertaining though and a good read.

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  • Azam
  • 09-03-20

This book has nothing to do with Covid19!!!!

I've been told that this book had predicted the Covid19 outbreak, so I wanted to see it myself. Through the story, I was wondering how it's going to be connected to the coronavirus outbreak in the world, as the whole story has no scientific basis, at least to me. I kept reading until at the end suddenly the Wuhan name appeared, but obviously, it has no smart connection with Covid. Believe it or not, the story is not outstanding at all, so simple. The author could have named any other biological research lab around the world.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-04-20

No relevance to Corona virus at all...

Not that I believed the hype but it reminded me that I love Dean Koontz and haven't read this one.
The narrator spoiled the story for me, I believe it could have been quite good but the intonations of this narrator are
not suitable for this kind of book. She should be reading children's stories instead.....

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-05-20

great story line

it was a really good book. the story line was awesome, but the ending was really disappointing. all the hype, the suspense and excitement and then a flop ending. 6/10

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  • Kim
  • 01-05-20

Not my favourite but good

Not a bad little book. The final chapters somehow allowed me to drift of mentally so has to re-listen. The characters didn’t hold me. I just wasn’t feeling Tina. The development of her relationship with Elliot was a non event. I almost missed it. I just didn’t love it .