Book Reviews of The Voice of the Night

The Voice of the Night
The Voice of the Night
Author: Dean R. Koontz (writing as Brian Coffey)
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ISBN-13: 9780425128169
ISBN-10: 0425128164
Publication Date: 7/1/1991
Pages: 339
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 276 ratings
Publisher: Berkley Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I am not a Koontz fanatic and I can honestly say that this is the first book that I have read that he has written. It held my intrest and I can not explain the story line other than to say... The two guys in this story are the best of friends and couldnt be any more different from one another. They say opposites attract but in this case they shouldnt have
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A tale of two very different teenage boys and the harsh reality of those who are popular and those who are desperate to be, one of whom has a lust for blood. A terrifying call from the dark side of man's psyche. The voice of the night can transform childhood fantasy into terrifying reality.
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Helpful Score: 2
One of Koontz's best!
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This makes my top 10 Koontz books list.
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Classic Dean Koontz. Great book like the others.
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The Voice of the Night, by Dean R. Koontz is the best book I have ever read. I couldn't put if down from the minute I picked it up and started reading it. If you want an example of a page turner, then here's one for you. The book is about a young fourteen year old boy, Colin, who moves to a new little town in the 1990's. Right when Colin moves there, he becomes bestfriends with a boy named Roy, who is about the same age. The are inseperable. The boys are together all of time. Roy has become Colin's new bestfriend, which is something Colin has never had. He had been the outcast in his old school, but now he is friends with the most popular boy in his class. Roy has a deep secret that he desperatly wants to share with Colin, but he first has to test Colin to see if he is trustworthy. When Roy finally feels that Colin is trusted enough, he tells him his awful secret. Roy kills people for the fun of it. And he wants Colin to help him kill someone to prove their friendship. Colin cant possibly kill someone, but he doesnt want to lose Colin as a friend. He decides that their friendship is not worth what Roy wants it to be, so he says 'no' to Roy's offer. This angers Roy and he is out to kill Colin. But in the end..... well, i guess i'll just have to let you read and find that out! This is an excellent book, and I would recommend it to ANYONE. It has just the right sequence of events to make you keep wanting to turn the pages and never stop. Which is what I love about this book. I will read it many times.
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Helpful Score: 2
Great book as usual for Koontz!!
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best friends so different, bind together in a game of killing...
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I really enjoyed this one, one of his better books.
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Excellent book, I am a huge Dean Koontz fan. Only reason why I am trading this, is that I have a hard copy in my permenant library.
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I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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Anything by Koonz is DYN O MITE
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Great Koontz book, twists and turns around every page turn. I enjoyed reading this book, also read twice.
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VERY GOOD
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Colin Jacobs is a shy, akward, nerdy fourteen year old boy who recently moved to town. His father is a beer-guzzling, wife-beating redneck and Colin lives alone with his mother who is always working and never has time for him, nor does she ever trust him. Colin's only friend is Roy Borden, also fourteen. Roy sometimes likes to talk about sick things, but Colin just assumes he's putting him on. When Roy reveals that he's killed not only animals, but people, Colin doesn't believe him. But when Colin tries to force him into helping him cause a massive disaster in town, Colin must make the most important descision of his life. If he refuses, Roy will kill him. If he goes along with it, he'll be responsible for several lives.

Eerie and really sticks with you as Koontz's book usually do!
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I enjoyed this book but must say it is at the bottom of my list for Koontz's work. Usually when I open up a book by Koontz, I can't put it down. He has this sneaky way of making small chapters so you always say "One more chapter. It's only a few pages". And that continues on and on throughout the book. This one didn't make me feel that way though (at least at the beginning). I didn't start to feel that way until more than half way through the book. Then it did pick up but not like I was expecting. It still was a good book. One that still lingers in the mind long after it's over. I do recommend it but if it's your first Koontz book, don't let it be your last.
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Reviewer: Jessie (USA) -
I'm surprised that this makes so many people's least favorites list. This was Koontz number 18 for me and it looks like I'm going to have to add it to my top ten favorites! It's more teenager oriented than his other books, much as The Funhouse was. It should be refreshing for anyone who doesn't like Koontz's heavy descriptions, as The Voice Of The Night has much more dialogue and is lighter on the descriptions and metaphors. It has a RL Stine rated R feel much as The Funhouse did.

Colin Jacobs is a shy, akward, nerdy fourteen year old boy who recently moved to town. His father is a beer-guzzling, wife-beating redneck and Colin lives alone with his mother who is always working and never has time for him, nor does she ever trust him. Colin's only friend is Roy Borden, also fourteen. Roy sometimes likes to talk about sick things, but Colin just assumes he's putting him on. When Roy reveals that he's killed not only animals, but people, Colin doesn't believe him. But when Colin tries to force him into helping him cause a massive disaster in town, Colin must make the most important descision of his life. If he refuses, Roy will kill him. If he goes along with it, he'll be responsible for several lives.

The book was pretty disturbing at times. Roy is a pretty messed up kid. It's his reasons for being a messed up kid, revealed at the end, that made me shed a tear. And it's much more than you may think. You'd never think you could feel sorry for this twisted boy who likes to torture, maim, and fascinates about rape, but you do.

I highly recommend The Voice Of The Night, along with: Intensity, The Door To December, Watchers, Whispers, Darkfall, Hideaway, Shadowfires, The Funhouse, Twilight Eyes, and Phantoms.
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I did pick this book because the first line, "'You ever killed anything?' Roy asked," intrigued me. I should have predicted the violent behavior of this fourteen-years-old boy. What I didn't anticipate was violence towards animal and small children. (Okay, I partly knew about "the cat incident" from his podcast, but I didn't know it was from this book.) It was a funny combination though. The main characters are Colin and Roy, who are fourteen, so their thoughts and actions are sometime very simple. They could be a little slow and boring sometimes. Yet, there are these violent scenes. Technically, those were told as the past events, but they disturbed me a bit. (Especially where "popper" came from...) Many of us unfortunately get used to watch some violent scenes from movies, but those movies hardly include violence towards animals and children. Therefore, we are not used to watch/imagine/read such scenes. I think that's why I was disturbed by those violence more than the one towards adults.

It was a quite page-tuner, but future readers should be warned that there are short violent scenes I mentioned. If you don't want to read such scenes, just skip this book.
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Not one of Koontz's best, but still good enough I finished it in a day without putting in down. He's very good still, as always.
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I started this on the weekend before thanksgiving, I read it in two days! It was a great,book. Very interesting from stat to finish about these 2 boys. Almost reminded me of 2 I grew up with. But if like mystery mixed with intrigue some scary, a little puppy love in the mix, Red it! Excellent read.
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Little twisted, but overall I really enjoyed this book
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I loved this book. Not easy to put down - the phone rang twice while I was reading this, and I didn't even hear it! Finished it in 2 days, even with my busy scheduale. I recommend it.
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Having read most of Koontz\'s book, I would rate this among his \"spookiest\".
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No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. They were complete opposites. Colin was fascinated by Roy--and Roy was fascinated by death. Then one day Roy asked: "You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game to terrifying to imagine.
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One of Koont's best...
No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was so shy; Roy was so popular. Colin was nervous around girls; Roy was a ladies' man. Colin was fascinated by Roy - and Roy was fascinated by death. Then one day Roy asked his timid friend: "you ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine...and too irresistible to stop
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This is the book club HARD COVER edition. Jacket has a few small tears. "From the library of..." sticker on the inside front of the book. Otherwise in Very Good condition.
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this is not my favorite of his but still a good read
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Two young boys fascinated with death...
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I did not find this book to be as memorable as Koontz's other works.
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always enjoy Koontz...pretty creepy.
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one small tear on bottom front cover
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VERY GOOD
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Another on of my favs. A+++
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I really enjoyed reading this one. It is one of koontz stories that stick to ya.
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No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was so shy; Roy was so popular. Colin was nervous around grils' Roy was a ladies' man. Colin was fascinated by Roy---and Roy was fascinated by death. Then one day Roy asked his timid friend: "You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine...and too irresistible to stop.
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Good book.
I am a smoker and I also have a cat in the house.
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No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was shy; Roy was popular. Colin was nervous around girls; Roy was a ladies man. Colin was fascinated by Roy-and Roy was facinated by death.Then one day Roy asked Colin:"You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine.
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Noone could understand the relationship of Colin and Roy - best friends so different. Colin was shy and Roy was so popular. Roy asked Colin one day "You ever killed anything?" and from that time on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine and too irrestible to stop.
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No one could understand why Colin and Ray were best friends. Colin was so shy; Ray was so popular. Colin was fascinated by death. Then one day Ray asked his timid friend: " You ever killed anything?" and from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine... and too irresistable to stop.
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No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was so shy; Roy was so popular. Colin was nervous around girls; Roy was a ladies' man. Colin was fascinated by Roy-and Roy was fascinated by death. Then one day Roy asked his timid friend: "You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine...and too irresistible to stop.
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From Inside Cover:
No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was so shy; Roy was so popular. Colin was nervous around girls; Roy was a ladies man. Colin was fascinated by Roy - and Roy was fascinated by death. Then one day Roy asked his timid friend: "You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine and too irresistible to stop.
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No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was so shy; Roy was so popular. Colin was nervous around girls; Roy was a ladies' man. Colin was fascinated by Roy-and Roy was fascinated by Colin. Then one day Roy asked his timid friend: "You ever killed anything?" And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagine...and too irresistable to stop.