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Hideaway(CD)Libr(Unabr.) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Dean Koontz
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From Publishers Weekly

After a near-fatal car accident, a Californian must deal with the deranged killer with whom he now shares visions. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections in cloth.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

From School Library Journal

YA-- Koontz's latest thriller sits at the intersection of the weird and the ordinary. Once again, he explores a ``what if'' scenario in a most satisfying fashion. In this case, a near-death survivor accidentally carries a piggy-backing evil spirit through an open door from the afterlife. Hatch Harrison, the typical good-guy hero, is revived by a brilliant team of doctors more than an hour after drowning. Strange visions and half-waking dreams soon convince him that his recovery is not at all normal. His fears are soon magnified when people who have annoyed him are murdered, and he knows that he is somehow responsible. Paralleling the story of Hatch's recovery is the unfolding revelation of a young man so evil that ordinary people cannot imagine his existence. As he skulks about selecting victims to murder and mutilate, a bizarre bond develops between the two men. Gory incidents tumble one after another as the two men become locked in first a psychic and then a physical battle between good and evil. The violent climax is symbolically set in an abandoned amusement park where at last the true duel identity of the murderer is revealed. Once again, evil is resoundingly defeated, but as any Koontz fan knows, the victory is only temporary.
-Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Koontz's novels crest bestseller lists not only for their heart-pounding horrors but also for their celebration of righteousness and redemption. Here, the author of Cold Fire, etc., offers his most overtly religious tale yet--a fiercely exciting battle between two men who have returned from the dead. The California-set conflict is as simple as good vs. evil. In a roaringly suspenseful opening, antique-dealer Hatch Harrison, the soul of sweetness, drowns during a car accident that nearly kills his wife Lindsey as well, and is surgically ``reanimated'' after a record 80 minutes dead. Meanwhile, a life-hating young man known only by his self-adopted demonic name of Vassago stalks the subbasement of a nearby abandoned amusement park, admiring the rotting bodies of those he's sacrificed to Satan in hopes of being allowed to return to hell--which he apparently visited during his own brush with death. Upon awakening, Hatch's first words are ``Something's out there''--for he now suffers a psychic link with Vassago, who, days later, reaps a new ``trophy'' as Hatch helplessly flashes on the savage killing. And at the same time, Vassago flashes on Hatch's world, including Lindsey and spunky, crippled Regina, the orphan the Harrisons have just adopted in their new embrace of life after years of mourning a son lost to cancer. Deciding that vibrant Regina would make the perfect final offering to Satan, Vassago--revealed through tense and brutal flashback as the homicidally deranged son of the surgeon who saved Hatch--cuts a bloody path to the Harrisons' door, kidnapping Regina off to his underground lair. In a slam-bang finale, amidst charnel- house horrors, the Harrisons take on Vassago with a gun, a crucifix, and a little angelic help. A grandly melodramatic morality play that will have Koontz's fans--both here and in heaven--cheering. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

A dual reading by Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan heightens the drama in a way the written word could never achieve. With this narrative choice, readers receive a clear, strong and effective audio horror story which is just about impossible to stop listening to. -- The Bookwatch, May 1992

BTW...for those of you who are into unabridged audio books by DK...you may want to check out a company called, The Reader's Chair. They have several books by DK on audio, and they are read by *excellent* narrators. I highly recommend it. Yes, this is a shameless plug...but it was unsolicited. Good reading is good reading. -- R. O., 3/18/97

First I want to tell you that the awards you have received are well deserved! NOBODY can tell a good story like Carol and Michael. The performances are exactly on par, if not better than, the works of art that are read. Audio book companies should place THE READER'S CHAIR as their goal. -- M. P., 8/1/98

Having heard a friend's copy of Hideaway, I purchased the Dean Koontz collection for myself. I am still impressed with how good they are compared to other audiobooks on the market today. Michael and Carol are excellent readers and compliment each other well. -- aiyume, 01/27/98

I have purchased all of your Dean Koontz selections and I could not be more pleased with them. Keep up the good work! -- R.T., April 5, 1997

I have two titles from The Readers Chair, both Koontz books, and the narrators are great and the quality of the recording is excellent. -- T. J. P., May 13, 1995

The voices of Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan, who respectively represent the male and female characters, are extremely effective in portraying the nuances of gender, mood, age, and background. They also bring mere words to life in a unique, bloodcurdling way. An extremely effective work of great horror, a white-knuckle listening experience. Highly recommended. -- Wilson Library Bulletin, October 1992

Thought you might like to know one of our regular renters just called to let us know that he thought that your Koontz productions with Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan contain the best reading he has ever heard and he particularly appreciates the two reader concept. -- Duncan, 5 Apr 1996

We sufficiently scared ourselves listening to Dean Koontz while working in our herb garden. You have an excellent product... keep up the good work! -- Achterman, 22 Jan 1996 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Publisher

The Reader's Chair has won more awards per title than any other audio publisher, including 2 Audie Awards for Best Small Publisher. The hardcover edition of Hideaway reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller list. This unabridged audio title includes an exclusive conversation with Dean Koontz and is the winner of 4 awards for audio excellence: AudioFile's Earphones Award, an Audie Award, and 2 Golden Headset Awards.

The Reader's Chair publishes only full-length unabridged audio productions. Each book is packaged in a protective vinyl binder designed to be long-lasting and collectible. Replacement cassettes and packaging are available directly through The Reader's Chair. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Author

Thanks to The Reader's Chair versions of Hideaway, Cold Fire, and The Bad Place I can smile and nod when someone tells me they listened to a book of mine on tape. I think the two readers did very nice jobs. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.

From AudioFile

Dean Koontz presents a cast of characters strangely entwined in a fascinating plot which ultimately brings the forces of good and evil face-to-face in an abandoned fun house. Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan, more storytellers than readers, are perfectly suited to Koontz's style. Both presenters use excellent phrasing, pace and pitch. Hanson's resonant tone oozes with evil as he narrates the story of Vassago, the Prince of Darkness. Cowan is at her best as 10-year-old Regina whose conversations with God are full of brisk, lively dialogue. The audio quality is excellent, and the presentation attractively packaged. T.J.M. An AUDIOFILE Earphones Award winner (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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