- Audio CD
- Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (May 25, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073931212X
- ISBN-13: 978-0739312124
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 6.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 758 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #497,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Taking Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Actress Meyers delivers a curious performance of Koontzs latest novel (following Odd Thomas). Executed with a kind of curt, crisp precision, her portrayal of the main character, Molly Sloan, is unexceptional and doesnt encourage the proper empathy from the listener, which is unfortunate because Molly and her ex-priest husband Neil are up against steep odds. They wake one morning in their small California town to find that a strange-smelling, luminous rain has heralded a worldwide change. All communications, even the Internet, cease functioning, but only after broadcasting some disturbing sound snippets. Soon Molly and Neil find themselves in a world where most other humans have been hunted down, the dead are reanimated and extraterrestrial invaders harvest souls. On the few occasions when Meyers gives voice to supporting characters (e.g., children, a possessed doll, the walking dead and the evil alien beings), her reading changes from run-of-the-mill to downright chilling. The transformation is astonishing and causes the listeners gooseflesh to rise; alas, these instances are far too infrequent.
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"Koontz remains one of the most fascinating of contemporary popular novelists ... he is a novelist of metaphysics and moral reflection."—Publishers Weekly
"A thrill ride."—Daily News (NY)
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I am the type of person who gets an adrenaline rush from nightmares. Once they are over, I am relieved, but I would not change the dreams I had. This was one of those sort of experiences. I felt like it was one of those long, scary, end-of-the-world type of dreams that is brilliant in its own right.
After this book, I will always look at rain and the San Bernardino mountains in a different light and with a memory of one of my favorite stories.
Some people are giving one star ratings, and I've noticed many of them failed to finish the book. This tells me that simple minds may not be intrigued by the complex and implausible situation in the plot. If you like simple, one-track books, you may not like this one, but if you like an intriguing and other worldly experience, I highly recommend it.
I saw such beauty in most of the story, even in the horror of it all. I began reading with an open mind, and I felt like a better person somehow after finishing it. I felt closer to God, whether or not that's what Koontz intended.
Molly and her husband Neil have but only one crusade , to rescue the children everywhere , flowers with no malice completely pure that are actually protecting them without really understanding that is HOPE what makes them reigned over this unspeakable evil. The triumph of the spirit.
Starting out as an alien invasion thriller, the descriptions of the cataclysmic ecological changes engulfing the world are truly frightening. The unknown aliens that are seemingly able to plunge the world into chaos and strike fear into the hearts of man certainly give the reader pause. The descriptive imagery of the author was truly superlative throughout the book. I was riveted!
When a young married couple, Molly and Neil Sloan, wake up one night, in their remote mountain top house in California, there is an incessant, relentless, luminescent rain that is falling. It is unlike any other rain they have ever experienced. News reports on their television tell of weather disturbances around the globe. Moreover, a group of astronauts have had a close encounter of the third kind that has not gone well. So, Molly and Neil decide to leave their home and find others in the town below. After all, isn't there safety in numbers? When they reach it, all is not what it seems. What they discover will change their lives forever.
Definitely Koontz is in top form for most of this haunting and scary book that starts out as an alien invasion book and segues into an allegorical age old tale of the battle between good and evil. Though I wish it had been just a good old fashioned alien invasion thriller, I cannot fault the author for taking the story where his heart led him. The themes in the book are those that have appeared in many of the author's other books and are obviously themes close to his heart.