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Phantoms

Lu par : Buck Schirner
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Closer...
They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

...and closer...
At first, they thought it was the work of a maniac. Or terrorists. Or toxic contamination. Or a bizarre new disease.

...and closer...
But then they found the truth. And they saw it in the flesh. And it was worse than anything any of them had ever imagined.

©2008 Dean Koontz (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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"First-rate suspense, scary and stylish." ( Los Angeles Times)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ann C
  • 04/11/2008

Terrifying

One of the scariest Koontz novels I've listened to recently. Not a lot of psychological nuance (as in some of Koontz' later works), but downright chilling to listen to on a dark night when you're all alone. . .

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Crystal
  • 26/04/2011

GREAT story. HORRIBLE narrator!

Phantoms is one of Koontz better stories, scary and it keeps you wanting to listen more. HOWEVER! Buck Schirner is probably on of the WORST narrators I've ever heard. One person said he sounded like Daffy Duck. I'll go so far as to say that he sounds like a cross between Daffy Duck and Barry White. Quite annoying! But since Phantoms is such a great story, I will tolerate it. If you can handle the Daffy/Barry voice, you will be pleased.

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  • Tony M
  • 01/01/2014

Better than expected.

If you could sum up Phantoms in three words, what would they be?

Wild ass story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Phantom(s)

What about Buck Schirner’s performance did you like?

Very good, at times I thought there was more than one person. He does a very good job changing his tone and pitch.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, but it was a very interesting story.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • MARCIA
  • 30/01/2009

Great Fun!!

I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz who writes imaginative, fast paced stories about compelling characters (likeable or not) who are often forced to re-think their world and their lives during the course of the action. "Phantoms" is one of those books. I like to listen to my audible books while I knit but I made the mistake of trying to listen to this book while knitting a very complicated sock pattern with four double pointed needles. Not a good idea. I was so involved with the story I was halfway done with a sock when I realized I totally messed up the pattern, had to rip it out and start over. Next time I knit and listen to a Dean Koontz book I think I'll stick with a simple "no brainer" knitting project, like a basic dishcloth.

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  • STEPHANIE
  • 29/12/2011

Scary!

Would you listen to Phantoms again? Why?

I found myself turning on all the lights! I have never been so scared by a book before.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kat T
  • 16/09/2009

great book..odd reader

I really love this book and was really looking forward to listening to it. Sadly, the narrator does this weird breathy thing every time he talks for a female...and it's just annoying as hell. When two of the main characters are female, it's important to get a narrator that can do female voices.

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  • Amanda H.
  • 07/05/2012

True Horror!!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Phantoms to be better than the print version?

My preference is the audible form for all books, dumb question to ask and does not pertain to whether a book is good or bad. Anyway.... This is my first Koontz book and will NOT BE MY LAST. The talent for details, character development, plots, and undeniable horror is amazing. I first saw the movie so I knew the basic story. I thought the movie was pretty creepy and thought the book really wouldn't add much to whether the story was scary or not.....I WAS WRONG! The book was the concentrated horror i saw in the the movie. The most intense part to me was the sisters first appearance in town discovering the creepy and morbid remains of what is left of their isolated and quaint home. As the story intensifies and the government is called in the SH** really hits the fan. FEAR, ANXIETY, and HORROR will have you turning on the lights and pulling the blanket over your head to hide from the possibilities running through your head.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 12/05/2012

Shape Changers, Demons, Mythological Beasts ...

In our history there have been several Mass Vanishings and this is Koontz spin on that.

Like in most Koontz books, I am amazed on how much and many different things he throws into one book. This story as aspects of John Carpenter's The Thing, The Blob, Ghost Busters and Sphere in it. You will meet Prehistoric Animals, Demons, shape shifters, Mythological Beasts, bloated corpses, mutilations, etc. There are discussions on Mass Vanishings, Religion, First Encounters, Mythology, Biological Warfare, Poltergeists, The Ancient Enemy, Genetics, The Bermuda Triangle, Voodoo, and Devil Worship.

I liked the book and would recommend it as good entertainment. What kept it from getting five stars was that there got to be too much shape shifting and finding of bodies. That got a little old and there was one really stupid part in the book, which he should have cleaned up. This giant evil moth the size of an eagle attacks the window of a house they are in and then minutes later they decided to go outside and of course it attacks and kills a man.

Some have complained about the narrator, but I thought he was very good and did not notice what they were complaining about.

My favorite Koontz books are: The Bad Place, Lightning, Dragon Tears, By the light Of The Moon, Life Expectancy, Forever Odd and Frankenstein: Lost Souls.

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  • Bob Watson
  • 21/02/2014

Classic Koontz

Great Dean Koontz book! Very entertaining! Well worth the credit! This is my 4th Dean Koontz book, and it is my second favorite next to Twilight eyes.

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  • Michael
  • 18/12/2012

If you don't figure it out, it'll get you!

What did you love best about Phantoms?

It took a long time to figure out what the monster was, and how to try and defeat it. Koontz gave clues, but not obvious ones. Made the story more interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The pace at which it developed.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the were talking to the monster via computer terminals.

If you could take any character from Phantoms out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I'd take the English guy who wrote the book (book title "The Ancient Enemy")

Any additional comments?

Good, solid Koontz book. You can't go wrong.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27/01/2012

Koontz Meisterwerk

In meinen Augen (oder in diesem Fall Ohren) gehört dieses Buch, egal ob als Leseausgabe, oder wie hier als Hörbuch, zu den Meisterwerken von Dean Koontz. Die Geschichte um eine Stadt die all ihrer Bewohner beraubt wurde, und gruslige Phantome die den wenigen Menschen die sich in Snowfield aufhalten ans Leben wollen ist spannend beschrieben. Koontz schafft es in der Tat das man die ganze Nacht hindurch weiterliest, bzw. hört. Alle Fenster verschlossen und die Türen verriegelt.
Allerdings finde ich das es Zeit wird für eine deutsche Fassung des Hörbuchs. Nichts gegen Buck Schirner, dem es wirklich sehr gut gelingt den Zuhörer in die Story hineinzuziehen und durch die verlassenen Straßen Snowfields zu hetzen, aber eine deutsche Übersetzung, gelesen von einer passenden Stimme wie Rufus Beck oder Johannes Steck.
Dennoch, wer der englischen Sprache mächtig ist sollte sich dieses Hörbuch nicht entgehen lassen.

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  • Josef Hammel
  • 08/04/2016

Unglaubliches Glaubhaft

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Phantoms treffend charakterisieren?

Spannend Überzeugend intelligenter Horror

Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

Lisa
realistischer im Detail überzeugender Charakter eines 14 jähriges Mädchen.Aber eigentlich sind alle Personen überzeugend dargestellt. Das erreicht Koontz durch Dialoge die je nach Charakter in Wortwahl und Witz genau der sprechenden Person entsprechen.

Wie hat Ihnen Buck Schirner als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

sehr gut
Kritik: er spricht zu schnell und und undeutlich und kehlig, insbesondere wenn er einzelne Personen darzustellen versucht. Ein 6-jähriges Kind ist mit seiner Stimme im Übrigen einfach nicht darzustellen, auch wenn er sich große Mühe gibt. Das klappt dann bei einem brutalen Rockerbandenchef dann schon eher.

Wenn Sie dieses Hörbuch verfilmen könnten wie würde der Slogan dazu lauten?

Der Gestaltwandler

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Es gibt die Geschichte mittlerweile auch übersetzt in deutsch (Unheil über der Stadt). Da der Sprecher Buck Schirner gut, aber schnell und manchmal undeutlich spricht, wäre es sinnvoll, wenn man sie vorher auf deutsch liest und dann auf englisch - eigentlich amerikanisch - anhört und geniest. - anspruchvoller Horror vom Feinsten! Meines Erachtens das Beste von Koontz - und ich habe ALLES von ihm gelesen (er war später nie mehr so gut - leider).

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Thorsten Hartmann
  • Münster, NRW, D
  • 27/10/2015

Netter Ansatz, wenig Tiefe

Für meinen Geschmack wirkt die Story etwas zu oberflächlich zusammengereimt. Das kann Koontz auch besser.