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Strange Highways: The Chase [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Dean Koontz , Chris Sarandon
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Sept. 30 2002 Strange Highways
Back by popular demand-master of suspense Dean Koontz's classic collection of stories-now available on CD! One of the most popular and prolific storytellers of our time, Dean Koontz has many classic New York Times bestsellers to his name, but none quite like this. STRANGE HIGHWAYS: THECHASE is part of Koontz's spellbinding collection of tales interconnected by the strange highways of human experience-the adventures, terrors, failures, and triumphs encountered on the roads that are chosen, and on those detoured by fate. As profound as it is mesmerizing, STRANGE HIGHWAYS:THECHASE is a remarkable achievement.

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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Format:Audio Cassette
I liked 'Chase.' It was read quite well by the narrator and you do start to feel much empathy for Ben Chase, who is a young, struggling Vietnam hero who is feeling anything but heroic. As Ben drinks whiskey and eats apples in the solitary of his apartment day by day, the reader is right there with him, sipping along, staring at the bare, white walls of his drab one-room studio apartment. He is miserably content in his solitude, only venturing out to see his psychiatrist. But then he witnesses the murder of a young man, and his protective shell begins to be chipped away -- and not always by the right people and circumstances. The true identity of the stalker/murderer is hidden well throughout the book; I did not begin to figure it out until toward the end. Another plus to this book is that Ben Chase is a modern, Shakespearan tragic hero with an evolving tragic flaw that the reader discovers as the book goes along.
On a negative note for 'Chase,' I felt Ben's love interest needed more character development; it's like she's just thrown in there suddenly. The book goes rather slow at times, and I found myself wondering if an abridged version might have been better. Also, this might just be a personal thing, but I had different expectations for what type of person the killer would be, so it was a strange ending and resolution at the end for me. But perhaps that adds to the mystique of the book, and you yourself might like that.
Now, as for the short story, "Down in the Darkness," I loved it so much that I listened to it twice so I, the second time around, could hear those subtley wound clues a virgin listen may have missed. The story from the very beginning grabs your attention and holds on tight until the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Simple Read but Not Quality Koontz Sept. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
An ex Vietnam war hero Ben Chase has retreated into a world of seclusion. While checking out young couples at a hilltop make out place, he observes a lone man acting strangely. The man stabs a young male in a car and Chase intervenes before the girlfriend is murdered as well. Slipping on wet grass, Chase isn't successful in stopping the killer from escaping.
Chase starts to get phone calls from the killer who calls himself The Judge. He tells Chase that he is researching him and his judgement will come soon. Can Chase work out Judge's identity before he is killed himself?
This is a very short and simple to read book. It is not one of the masterpieces Koontz has written but you have to remember this is one of his first books written by him over 30 years ago. It is still an enjoyable read and would be ideal for those who are just moving up from the junior fiction world into novels and do not want thick or complicated novels. His novel Shattered is also like this.
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The audio version of Chase is done in a gripping and mysterious style fitting with the content. The story is one to sympathize with as the listener feels he is living out the adventure with the main character, a misunderstood Vietnam vet who wants only to be left alone in his misery. His struggle towards heroism in the context of Koontz's expert thriller content is an enchanting mix. The extra content added to this book only adds to its value in the same vein. The "Down in the Darkness" story is similarly a story of struggle of a man against his baser instincts and against his more natural and unnatural inclinations.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book Oct. 17 1999
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Format:Audio Cassette
Dean Koontz is the best writer on earth, I have all his books and I read them over and over
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Chase' is a good read, but short story is riveting!! Dec 14 2000
By A. Marsh - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked 'Chase.' It was read quite well by the narrator and you do start to feel much empathy for Ben Chase, who is a young, struggling Vietnam hero who is feeling anything but heroic. As Ben drinks whiskey and eats apples in the solitary of his apartment day by day, the reader is right there with him, sipping along, staring at the bare, white walls of his drab one-room studio apartment. He is miserably content in his solitude, only venturing out to see his psychiatrist. But then he witnesses the murder of a young man, and his protective shell begins to be chipped away -- and not always by the right people and circumstances. The true identity of the stalker/murderer is hidden well throughout the book; I did not begin to figure it out until toward the end. Another plus to this book is that Ben Chase is a modern, Shakespearan tragic hero with an evolving tragic flaw that the reader discovers as the book goes along.
On a negative note for 'Chase,' I felt Ben's love interest needed more character development; it's like she's just thrown in there suddenly. The book goes rather slow at times, and I found myself wondering if an abridged version might have been better. Also, this might just be a personal thing, but I had different expectations for what type of person the killer would be, so it was a strange ending and resolution at the end for me. But perhaps that adds to the mystique of the book, and you yourself might like that.
Now, as for the short story, "Down in the Darkness," I loved it so much that I listened to it twice so I, the second time around, could hear those subtley wound clues a virgin listen may have missed. The story from the very beginning grabs your attention and holds on tight until the end. Just what is the story behind the disappearing cellar in this new house? And what is down there? These are the questions you'll be urgently asking yourself as you explore the cellar with 'Jes.' The sights, smells and anxious but curious horror that Jes feels truly come to life. And the end will lead you on a path of self-introspection that makes you question your own motives and feelings at times. This short story is a concise work of art -- not too long, not too short -- your daily dose of Koontz at his best. Needless to say, I highly recommend it, and while I give 'Chase' a 4, I give this short story a 5++!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping rendition of an earlier work, well revised. Oct. 28 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
The audio version of Chase is done in a gripping and mysterious style fitting with the content. The story is one to sympathize with as the listener feels he is living out the adventure with the main character, a misunderstood Vietnam vet who wants only to be left alone in his misery. His struggle towards heroism in the context of Koontz's expert thriller content is an enchanting mix. The extra content added to this book only adds to its value in the same vein. The "Down in the Darkness" story is similarly a story of struggle of a man against his baser instincts and against his more natural and unnatural inclinations.
Highly recommended.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Simple Read but Not Quality Koontz Sept. 17 2003
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
An ex Vietnam war hero Ben Chase has retreated into a world of seclusion. While checking out young couples at a hilltop make out place, he observes a lone man acting strangely. The man stabs a young male in a car and Chase intervenes before the girlfriend is murdered as well. Slipping on wet grass, Chase isn't successful in stopping the killer from escaping.
Chase starts to get phone calls from the killer who calls himself The Judge. He tells Chase that he is researching him and his judgement will come soon. Can Chase work out Judge's identity before he is killed himself?
This is a very short and simple to read book. It is not one of the masterpieces Koontz has written but you have to remember this is one of his first books written by him over 30 years ago. It is still an enjoyable read and would be ideal for those who are just moving up from the junior fiction world into novels and do not want thick or complicated novels. His novel Shattered is also like this.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story telling, but too unbelievable July 26 2003
By James Duckett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
This is the first book I've picked up by Dean Koontz and I love his command of the English language. He has such a wonderful way of explaining things and illuminating certain details. His writing skills really impressed me.
This had the potential of a five star story but fell short in a few areas. The biggest one was his characters. While you learn to understand the motivations of the main character, Benjamin Chase, a war hero with a past that he is not particularly proud of, the rest of the characters just don't make any sense to me.
For instance, we have a homicide detective who has 1) the ring of the killer, which is a BIG clue that should lead right to the killer, and 2) somebody claiming to be in contact with the killer. He can't figure nor seems to do anything with the vital clue (#1). He also ignores Ben (#2). The detective believes Ben originally, but gives up on him too easily and on such false pretenses. I can almost understand taking the cop/guard but he could have left the phone tap behind so Ben could record the incoming calls. Was it being put to use elsewhere? I doubt it.
It seems like the murder victim had some lousy friends. His "lover" couldn't care less he had died or that she, too, had witness something utterly horrifying. She was shocked at first, but recovered quickly. A little too quickly. In fact, a lot too quickly. The best friend also doesn't care because, hey, we all die anyways. I don't know, I think most teenagers would have a little bit more reflection on their own immortality.
And then there is the shrink... WHERE TO BEGIN???? I'll leave it at that.
And I can't go over the victim's parents without giving too much of the story away, but there that doesn't add up either.
Ben also picks up a love interest during the course of this story. This story would be better without even mentioning her. It added to the story's disbelief.
The basic plot of the story started off good. There is a psychopath who wants to execute others for their sins. Okay, that is fairly believable. But then at the end you find out the true motivation of the killer. Oh, boy. Boy, oh boy, oh boy. I won't give it away, but he should have stuck with the original idea.
I will probably give the author another shot sometime in the future. As I stated, his writing ability is wonderful. Hopefully other stories are a little bit more thought out and more believable.
0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book Oct. 17 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Dean Koontz is the best writer on earth, I have all his books and I read them over and over
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