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The Taking: A Novel

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Ariadne Meyers

9 Hours 30 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

May 2004

Audio Book Summary

In one of the most dazzling books of his celebrated career, Dean Koontz delivers a masterwork of page-turning suspense that surpasses even his own inimitable reputation as a chronicler of our worst fears—and best dreams. In The Taking he tells the story of a community cut off from a world under siege, and the terrifying battle for survival waged by a young couple and their neighbors as familiar streets become fog-shrouded death traps. Gripping, heartbreaking, and triumphant in the face of mankind’s darkest hour, here is a small-town slice-of-doomsday thriller that strikes to the core of each of us to ask: What would you do in the midst of The Taking.

On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

As hours pass and the rain continues to fall, Molly and Niel listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. Before evening, their little town loses television and radio reception. Then telephone and the Internet are gone. With the ceaseless rain now comes an obscuring fog that transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. By nightfall the Sloans have gathered with some of their neighbors to deal with community damage...but also because they feel the need to band together against some unknown threat, some enemy they cannot identify or even imagine.

In the night, strange noises arise, and at a distance, in the rain and the mist, mysterious lights are seen drifting among the trees. The rain diminishes with the dawn, but a moody gray-purple twilight prevails. Soon Molly, Niel, and their small band of friends will be forced to draw on reserves of strength, courage, and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a terrifying instant what is happening to their world—something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency. Epic in scope, searingly intimate and immediate in perspective, The Taking is an adventure story like no other, a relentless roller-coaster read that brings apocalypse to Main Street and showcases the talents of one of our most original and mesmerizing novelists at the pinnacle of his powers.

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  • Judy Pettigrew

    I loved this book! Koontz did an excellent job of "wrapping everything up" in the end. I was almost afraid that I would be left guessing on why it all happened. I listened to it in my car & I found myself driving a little more than I should have. Maybe not a good idea since gas prices are so high these days!

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  • ALadyJett

    I read a lot of reviews on this and I really loved it. It kept me interested from the start wasn't a place in the story that dragged along. I thought the whole thing was great from start to finish.

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  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed this book alot. Koontz has a way of using words and describing things that is almost poetic. Who is to say how the end of the world will look when it is hear.

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  • Anonymous

    I remember liking this book better when I read it. I didn't think the reader did much for the book as her "guy" voice was distractingly bad. I'd suggest trying to read this book if you are a Koontz fan... but if you must listen, it will still put a scare in you.

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  • Barbara

    The Taking was a wonderful book. I would reccomend this to all readers. Wonderful just wonderful.

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  • jonathan

    this particular koontz book was very different. I liked the idea of the story but the narrator wasn't very good and the story seemed to drift a lot. there were times i had to back up and re-listen to parts of the story. In the end it all made sense. but getting thru the middle of the book was tough.

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  • Anonymous

    I just could not get into this book. I tried for two discs, but in the end, sent it back. I would tell you "not this one."

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  • Anonymous

    I have come to enjoy Dean Koontz and his writing, but this book was just plain ridiculous. I don't agree with the other reviewers who disliked the reader, I think she was fine, it was just the whole plot line that was horrible in my view. I do not recommend this book. If you are a Koontz fan, beware, this title is not like his others, it is just plain bad.

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  • R M

    Wow... the reviews of this book were all over the place but I took a chance and really enjoyed it. Koontz did go a wee bit overboard on the wordage though. The reader has been bashed on as well but I found her right on target for the "tone" of the book. I normally shy from female readers... I know not why... I just do, but I found her enjoyable. Almost everyone I have ever met, and every culture I have ever studied seems to have a little voice of someday doom. Nice work on blending sci-fi with a grain of religion to spell out our last days.

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  • Robert Weidman

    One of my favorite Dean Koontz's stories. Unfortunately the reader's delivery distracts from the story. Her monotone delivery leaves you fretting over her reading instead of enjoying a well written book. My wife has the same opinion of the reader.

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