Friday, September 7, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz!!! @deankoontz #Horror #Thriller @randomhouse #Suspense #books #bookreview #booknerds

Title: 77 Shadow Street
Author: Dean Koontz
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Suspense
Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Publisher: Brilliance Audio/Random House
Source: Purchased 
Length: 14 Hours 9 min/451 pages
Purchase: Audible, Amazon, Book Depository

Audio Description:

I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton’s history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .

The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents—among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager—the Pendleton’s magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.

But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With each passing hour, a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton’s past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. Soon, all those within its boundaries will be engulfed by a dark tide from which few have escaped.

Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real—and where a group of singular individuals holds the key to humanity’s destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street.

My Opinion:

This starts out with some history of the Pendleton and those that inhabit it. Certain paranormal activities start happened to residents of the Pendleton. There is an evil that has lurked in this building for years. I loved the humor from Winnie and I enjoyed Bailey. The sisters have a banter that I enjoyed as well. I loved how as they were walking through rooms they changed and not for the better. This book gives you the creepies with the building watching you. You can't go anywhere that you are safe. 

Every 38 years this building wakes up and it's hungry and if you are one of the people living there - watch out. You will find out why this building "wakes up" and that was interesting to learn. I also enjoyed that it had a witness to this also. You get taken through the eyes of several people that this is happening too and them coming together to get out of it. It was suspenseful and creepy as only Dean can do. 

I enjoyed the narrator and all the voices that he came up with to make this audiobook come to life. I recommend giving this one a read as it was very enjoyable. Just don't turn off the lights. =)

I give this book 4 of 5 stars!

About the Author:

When he was a senior in college, Dean Koontz won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in 38 languages and he has sold over 450 million copies to date.
Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list (One Door Away From HeavenFrom the Corner of His EyeMidnightCold FireThe Bad PlaceHideawayDragon TearsIntensitySole SurvivorThe HusbandOdd HoursRelentlessWhat the Night Knows, and 77 Shadow Street), making him one of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. Sixteen of his books have risen to the number one position in paperback. His books have also been major bestsellers in countries as diverse as Japan and Sweden.
The New York Times has called his writing “psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.” The New Orleans Times-Picayune said Koontz is, “at times lyrical without ever being naive or romantic. [He creates] a grotesque world, much like that of Flannery O'Connor or Walker Percy … scary, worthwhile reading.” Rolling Stone has hailed him as “America’s most popular suspense novelist.”
Dean Koontz was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: “I’ll support you for five years,” she said, “and if you can’t make it as a writer in that time, you’ll never make it.” By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband’s writing career.
Dean Koontz lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.
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Disclaimer: I purchased this audiobook on my own. No one sponsored or endorsed this post. All opinions are my own. All information on the book or author can be found at the authors website.


  1. How creepy! I might be scared to get into an elevator after reading this.

  2. This is an author I've found more miss than hit. I did love Lightning though!

  3. I love listening to books on long trips. Looking into this one.

  4. I still get shivers just thinking about the first Koontz book I ever read, 'Whispers'.

  5. Okay I think this one is too scary for me!

  6. Sounds like a nail biter. I think I would enjoy listening to it.

  7. Sounds kind of interesting. I've tried Koontz before, but didn't care for it... might consider a re-try sometime.

  8. Sounds good. I love finding new horror books to read.

  9. Not a book I'd read even with the lights on. Not a scary book fan.

  10. Love his books! Looking forward to reading this one.

  11. I don't believe I've ever read any of Dean Koontz' work before. This book sounds like a true thriller. It's going on my books-to-buy list.

  12. This sounds like something id read and listen too, love his books!!

  13. This sounds really good. And Halloween is coming soon.

  14. I like thrillers. Sounds good.

  15. I definitely want to check this one out! This will be my first time listening to a book on audio.

  16. This looks like a great book but I think I'd get nightmares!

  17. This sounds like a very interesting read and loving that cover on that book

  18. I love the artwork on this cover. It makes me want to read the book. I've heard good things about this author. Thanks for posting!

  19. I love suspense books, especially in the winter where I can be snuggled up under the covers!!!

  20. This would be a good Halloween read.

  21. This must be Koontz's 989th book yet he still comes up with new, entertaining ideas!!!!!!!!

  22. This sounds good. I've just started getting into audiobooks and right now I'm listening to It by Stephen King. This would be great to listen to next. Thanks for the great review!

  23. (Koontz!!! @deankoontz #Horror #Thriller @randomhouse #Suspense #books #bookreview #booknerds) This book sounds like one that I would really enjoy reading.

  24. This may be a book that I would enjoy reading. Thanks so much for the review. I always read reviews and I always let a review for books I read too.


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