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Dean Koontz

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Listening to audio books has given me an opportunity to revisit favorite authors. Dean Koontz has been writing suspense novels since the seventies and as a longtime fan, I find some of his earlier works can be quite frightful. A good way to get to know Dean Koontz's current works is through his Odd Thomas series, published from 2005 to 2015. Although Dean Koontz's writing style can be overly descriptive, I find this entertaining when tuning in to his stories.

While perusing the audio books section at the Duxbury Free Library I came across a 2004 novel entitled Life Expectancy. On his deathbed, the grandfather of the protagonist, Jimmy Tock, revealed five dates over his grandson's lifetime that would be metamorphic. I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself laughing out loud as I listened to the story unfold. The banter between the main characters never got old. There are twists and turns as these days take place and how Jimmy and his family handle them.



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As a lifelong reader I am thrilled to be working at Duxbury Free Library. With a longer commute, I have a new-found passion for audio books. Discussions with many like-minded patrons has lead me to write this blog. The available variety of fiction genres and non-fiction works seems endless.

In this blog I hope to give you some insight into the gratification of listening to audio books. Those of us who read by listening know that various factors are key to an enjoyable read. For myself, first and foremost is the narrator. The sound and quality of a story comes down to that voice.
My first audio book review is the trilogy by Robert Galbraith: Cuckoo Calling; Silkworm; andCareer of Evil.


I loved this trilogy in a big part, because of the wonderful narrator Robert Glenister. He portrayed the lead character of Comoron Strike with such "crass-class". 
The series is set in London and follows a modern day private detective and his intelligent, quick thinking assistant Robin. Strike is a…