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  • Intensity

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (120 ratings)

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Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Past midnight, Chyna Shepard, twenty-six, gazes out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend’s family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Foreman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer,” Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit. 

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive - until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess’s next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl...as moment by moment, the terrifying threat of Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

©1995 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master.”—Associated Press

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose . . . The story does not move so much as rocket up the . . . gloomy highway with the reader in violent pursuit.”—The New York Times 

“The most viscerally exciting thriller of the year.”—Publishers Weekly 

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Not a bedtime book

I listen to books before I go to sleep at night but that wasn’t enough for this.
So fast paced and gripping, I was listening constantly. In the car, cooking meals, when I was “working”.
The best Dean Koontz for me so far

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Meh

Being a lifelong S King fan, I have been trying to give more of a variety of horror writers a chance. I've real some very inspiring work lately, though most of it has been the work of newer writers on the scene. So I thought I'd go ahead and finally give a Dean Koontz novel a try. Though this was a thorough story and suspenseful at various times, it confirmed for me that his work just isn't, stylistically, my thing. Also I was not a very big fan of the narration and didn't particularly like the narrator's odd or sloppy pronunciation at times, like dropping the second d in words like 'didn't'. That unnerved me for some reason, though it probably sounds pedantic. Anyway, wrapping it up, I'd say it's not really a bad or un-scary work, it's just that, again, the author's style isn't particularly riveting to me and the way he initially sets up his women characters feels a bit too old fashioned, outdated perhaps.

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Extraordinary story.

What would you do if you were stuck with a serial killer in a vehicle? What would you do if he found you?
Griping story from beginning until the end. What a brilliant idea for a book! Psychological thriller at it’s best.
I just love Dean Koontz’s imagination and the beautiful way he describes people, places and emotions almost as if he was writing a poem.
I think that narration was very good. The main character was a female and in rather impossible situation. Frankie did her justice presenting a variety of emotions going through her head.

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Gripping - Lose Yourself In Intensity !

Perfect Dean Koontz - could not stop listening . Unforgettable villain who embodies evil and an inspirational heroine . Highly recommended

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Fantastic

yet another fantastic tense listen hard to stop listening. if it was any tenser I would have no nails left

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Psychological Thriller

The author builds up the tension admirably and there are some great 'set pieces'. Some of the mundane information is rather stretched out though and it would be a better book if those sections were trimmed down a little.

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  • 16-12-21

Really good thriller/mild horror novel

Very well narrated, and a nicely flowing story. Very violent and disturbing at times. I really liked the main character who you really begin to root for once finding out her back story.

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the usual

same as all Koontz books starts like a king novel and looses all purpose to hook you in King he is not

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Feels like it should have been a short story

Had to stop @ 3rd "blood loving bastard". Really clunky prose. Ended up reading the wiki summary instead. Would have been better as a short story.

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Brilliant book completely spoiled by narrator!

This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Very luckily for me I purchased the kindle book as well which meant that I didn’t have to listen to the absolutely worst narrator ever! Whoever hired this very boring monotone performer to read this book should be fired!

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  • 22-08-19

Narration painfully bad

Between the ‘valley girl’ accent ... “Ki-enn” for kitten and the non-pronunciation of T’s in general, to the astounding number of mispronounced words; I am at a loss as to how this person is employed as a narrator. Only my love and loyalty to Dean Koontz kept me hanging in there

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  • Tamara Nielson
  • 04-08-18

Maybe not the best narrator

The narrator has some speech quirks that are distracting. One example is that she doesn’t pronounce the letter “t” if it is in the second syllable of a word. So the word “mittens” becomes “mi-ens”. It doesn’t ruin the experience but it is quite noticeable throughout the book.

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  • Shelly Farber
  • 17-10-18

Great story poorly narrated

I read this book several years ago and couldn't put it down. The writing moved the story along in such a way that atmosphere it created was intense and I literally felt exhausted after I finished. This was in no way shape or form the way it was narrated, thereby making an exceptional read a disappointing listen.

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  • AmazonAddict-Joe
  • 24-10-18

Way TOO Wordy!!!

Holy cow... the story may be half way good but the ‘over description’ of EVERYTHING made the story sooo much longer than it needed to be. It dragged and dragged because of the over dramatic excessive verbiage! Usually really like his books... disappointed!!

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  • Brandy Rea
  • 05-02-19

book is awesome... reader lacked excitement

loved the book, reader lacked excitement and animation... male reader was way better when I listened to this years ago

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  • Sharon Lovegrove
  • 17-07-18

My favorite Dean Koontz book!

There was an earlier audible version with a male narrator that was a bit better. Otherwise well done!

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  • Mimz
  • 28-09-19

Great book...ok narration

Dean Koontz is one of my all time favorite authors. The story line of Intensity is very good and a typical Koontz nail biter. My biggest complaint about this audiobook version is that the narrator seems to keep a very monotone feel to the reading. Many other narrators make you feel like you are part of the book with their crescendo and diminuendos in the timber of their voice as they read the books but Frankie Corzo, at least in this book is very flat and I don’t feel like I’m seeing a movie in my mind.

Anyone that likes Koontz will enjoy this book, but I wouldn’t suggest this audio book.

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  • Stacey Dietter
  • 30-11-18

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The story was good and keeps you listening. I did not like the performance of the story. The reader was kind of flat and breathy. I would have expected a story named Intensity to have some intensity in the voice and feel, and it did not. There was no distinction between characters and no matter what was happening, the same flat breathy read. Also, there were several words the reader was unfamiliar with and she pronounced them incorrectly. You know what the words should be based upon the sentence, but it was a bit distracting. I will likely stay away from books with this reader in the future.

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  • DiK
  • 06-01-19

Just Ok

Story isn't bad, but the narration is poor. The reader sounds just like that; a reader rather than the main character of the story. I quit after five chapters due to boredom.

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  • David Chall
  • 16-07-18

gave up after 3 hours, hated it

trying to listen to this book was like nails on a chalkboard. it was just hoorible and i could not listen any longer.

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