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Elsewhere

By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Imani Parks, Josh Bloomberg, Brian Holden, Kevin T. Collins, Soneela Nankani, Alexander Cendese, Amanda Leigh Cobb
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Summary

The fate of the world is in the hands of a father and daughter in an epic novel of wonder and terror by Dean Koontz, the number one New York Times best-selling master of suspense.

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his 11-year-old daughter, Amity, in Suavidad Beach. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep.

Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object - something he calls “the key to everything” - and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder, could Michelle be just a click away?

Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

Includes an audio-only short story, "Parlor Trick," a kind of karmic coda to the novel.

©2020 The Koontz Living Trust (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Ballerini (a Koontz veteran) is tremendous, and Parks makes strong choices in diction, pronunciation, and pacing to bring Amity Coltrane to life. The collaborative effect of Ballerini and Parks' narration works as a deliberate “all-in” to the production, making the audio version even more of a standout.”—Booklist

“Colorful, imaginative…a lively, offbeat novel.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a genre-busting work that happily will appeal to readers who enjoy thrillers, horror, sci-fi or just a flat-out well-told story with a breakneck pace that never lets up.” —Bookreporter

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Potentially a great story, but...

Elsewhere is a great story idea but I found the actual execution of it a bit disssapointing. Not up to the usual Dean Koontz standards. Was it really written by him..? I also found the girl's narration to be irritating. Painfully slow, bland and childlike. Maybe a first timer developing her skills...? The short story at the end also seemed completely pointless. So for me a big disappointment all round.

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Decent Story, abysmal female narrator,

A mostly entertaining story by Koontz, perhaps not one of his best but definitely entertaining. I do wish I had read this one rather than listening though as the female narrator is awful. She is mostly monotone through her entire performance and to make it worse reads painfully slow with odd pauses at inappropriate times. The only thing that managed to get me through her chapters was by speeding up the narration to 1.3 x normal speed. however as the make narrator reads at a normal speed I had to keep changing the speed chapter to chapter which really took the shine off the experience for me.

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Koontz back to his best!

One of my all time favourite authors who I felt had lost his way recently but with this and the Jane Hawk books he’s back!
Unfortunately as other reviewers have said I did feel the female narrator let the book down although it didn’t stop me listening! I know she’s supposed to be a child but that doesn’t forgive the poor pronunciation or mistakes in reading the grammar. Luckily for me Edoardo Ballerini is one of my favourite narrators so he saved the day!

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Nail biting story

Another great book by Koontz. Had me entranced from beginning to end with many twists and turns. I really enjoyed the three dimensional characters and how their stories intertwined. Only let-down was the narration. Kevin T. Collins is really good to listen to, a true talent. Unfortunately the interlacing of Amanda Cobb didn't work for me. Her tone and style interrupted my listening enjoyment, needing me to adjust and break my concentration. Once I'd heard her say 'doodie' (duty), I couldn't get it out of my head. Overall, an excellent book.

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Throughly enjoyable!

Couldn't stop listening once I'd started! Like a good book that you just can't put down!

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Ok story, dreadful narration

As above. The female voice artist was truly terrible- stilted, unnatural and with incongruous breaks in her sentences that ruined the meaning. V disappointed.

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terrible female narrator

such a terrible female narrator. she pauses every 3 words. she is so annoying and completely ruins thus book.

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Gripping storyline.

Gripping s, I couldn't wait to resume listening after each session, the storytelling took a bit to get used to but it didn't spoil the experience at all.

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a bit long!!!!!

not bad but not Great and a bit repetitive and long. prefer other materials thanks

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Simply brilliant

A rather fine piece of highly imaginative story telling that draws the reader in from page one.

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