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  • The House at the End of the World

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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The House at the End of the World

By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
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Summary

Soon no one on Earth will have a place to hide in this novel about fears known and unknown by #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz.

In retreat from a devastating loss and crushing injustice, Katie lives alone in a fortresslike stone house on Jacob’s Ladder island. Once a rising star in the art world, she finds refuge in her painting.

The neighboring island of Ringrock houses a secret: a government research facility. And now two agents have arrived on Jacob’s Ladder in search of someone—or something—they refuse to identify. Although an air of menace hangs over these men, an infinitely greater threat has arrived, one so strange even the island animals are in a state of high alarm.

Katie soon finds herself in an epic and terrifying battle with a mysterious enemy. But Katie’s not alone after all: a brave young girl appears out of the violent squall. As Katie and her companion struggle across a dark and eerie landscape, against them is an omnipresent terror that could bring about the end of the world.

©2023 The Koontz Living Trust (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic reviews

“Natalie Naudus narrates with the emotion required for a Koontz thriller in which danger lurks around every corner.… Naudus is at her best as she deftly balances the older woman's slightly deeper voice with the frightened teenager's higher pitch.”AudioFile Magazine

"The House at the End of the World is author Dean Koontz at his very best…deftly narrated from start to finish by the vocal acting talents of Natalie Naudus. Of particular and special interest to fans of dystopian novels, science fiction, and suspense thrillers.”Midwest Book Review

“Koontz has always had near-Dickensian powers of description and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”Los Angeles Times

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Ok

Slow to start and disappointed at the end.
Very anticlimactic and left wondering if I had missed parts out.

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Maybe 4.5 stars; the ending was a touch disappointing

But I wouldn’t take a whole star off, so 5* it is. Walking around the house with my noise cancelling headphones in, my daughter had to tap my shoulder to get my attention, with great hilarity because I physically jumped every time. The half star would be mainly for the ending, that seemed tidied up and sorted far too easily, the last tense moment not quite near enough to the end. But after a disappointing run of ‘domestic thrillers’ that were anything but thrilling, this was a welcome relief. I’ll be reading more by this author for sure.

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Quite Good

This story had mystery and intrigue in the beginning, a catastrophic conundrum in the middle, then a double climactic ending. I liked that there was scary enough build towards the mystery of the goings on inside the secret science facility. We find out the secret in nerve wracking ways, but the suspense is sorted quick too, from scary moment to scary moment. This story could have had a triple happy ending with the first being the mysterious problem they defeat, the second being that they find their way through more hurdles, but the third could have been justice served to those who deserved it that had wronged her so massively. Good suspense science fiction and fantasy story.

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Wonderful Koontz tale

As always Dean Koontz delivers a story both disturbing and hopeful. Vivid characters with an exploration of the darker side of humanity but with the hope that our better nature will prevail. Superb narration that enhances Koontz’ storytelling perfectly. Well worth your time!

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First ever Koontz

Not read/listened to Dean Koontz before and I started to read the book but was running out of time for book club. It’s a beautifully written book, masterfully descriptive and is not too cliche ridden. Struggled a bit with the monster on the island but this is very much “of his style” I’m told. I’d read/ listen to another.

Narrator was good enough… way better than a rendering of SK’s Talisman…

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Enjoyable but….

As a huge fan of the majority of Dean’s earlier books I have been disappointed by many of his newest books. Unfortunately, this one is not really great either. Lots of long descriptive prose that makes the story drag, followed by a shortened version of the really interesting! It’s as if he just can’t be bothered anymore..and a very disappointing ending, none of the usual stressful excitement.

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Fantastic Book!!

Dean Koontz is my favourite writer of this genre and I really loved this book! Great characters. Great storyline with the right amount of twists, turns & suspense and a decent conclusion. Great narration too!

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Not bad, but not Koontz at his best

The story is generally good, the performance excellent, but overall the book feels forced. It’s a shame, because it’s just off enough to miss out on being a classic Koontz book. Certainly worth a listen if you’re generally a Koontz fan, but where I’ve often reread his books in the past, I’m not sure I’ll be listening to this again.

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Love it!

Another great story of Dean Koontz author of the fantastic Jane Hawk series and Relentless. Excellent narration too.

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Enjoyable story

I enjoyed this book by Koontz, two good main characters and a good narrator. The only down side is that I was thinking it was maybe the first of a series and it just ended! Think he could have made it much longer!

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