Written By: Dean Koontz

Narrated By: Kirsten Kairos

Date: November 2007

Duration: 9 hours 10 minutes


With each of his #1 New York Times bestsellers, Dean Koontz has displayed an unparalleled ability to entertain and enlighten readers with novels that capture the essence of our times even as they bring us to the edge of our seats. Now he delivers a heart-gripping tour de force he’s been waiting years to write, at once a love story, a thrilling adventure, and a masterwork of suspense that redefines the boundaries of primal fear—and of enduring devotion.

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she’s a legend for the risks she’ll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy’s heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can’t allow herself to return, Amy’s behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents. An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion.

And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy’s every move and that, whoever it is, he’s not alone.

Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she’s always been there to save. But now there’s no one to save Amy and those she loves. From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, The Darkest Evening of the Year is Dean Koontz at his finest, a transcendent thriller certain to have listeners entertained until dawn.


  • Larry D.

    Terrible terrible

  • Patricia G

    I had purchashed the paperback of this book sometime ago and still have it. Decided to listen to it and had totally forgotten how much I had forgotten. I think this book is amazing, the way it all ties together at the end. True angels vs. demons. Love this book!!!!! Narrator was wonderful!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I kept waiting for the story to begin, however is never happened. Almost made it to the second CD, but not quite before I gave up. Sad, I usually really enjoy Dean Koontz.

  • Anonymous

    I'm a big Dean Koontz fan and have read several of his books. For the most part, I find them entertaining, suspenseful & always interesting to say the least. I have to admit that I am a bigger fan of his earlier works but this one I found very difficult to get through. Koontz is a genius at creating heartless & ruthless villains that makes the reader cringe with disgust. The problem in my opinion is that whatever redemption the hero of the story is finally given is too easy and such a let down. I found this to be most evident in this book. The story is so slow and takes forever to get to the action and when we finally get there...who cares? I also found the narrator to have a very monotone droll to her voice and didn't capture my interest at all. Overall, I found this to be what I would consider the slowest and most indulgent of the Dean Koontz novels I've read/listened to date.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this story, mostly because of the Golden Retrievers; but the storyteller was also awesome.

  • Anonymous

    A good story that kept me engaged; very different from other works I've read by this author. If you like golden retrievers, this one's for you.

  • Anonymous

    I was so disappointed in this novel. I felt it was sappy and unrealistic. I am a dog lover and still felt the story was uninteresting and silly. I think the reader's voice was too childlike and may have played into that. For Koontz, this was simply disappointing.

  • GregRedi

    A typically good Dean Koontz novel. Not as gruesome as some, if you're a dog lover and into suspense novels, you should add this to your list.

  • Anonymous

    Overall a good book, it started a little slow and it took me a while to get into it but then it really kept my attention. The female reader was OK, but not my favorite.

  • Anonymous

    I have read many Koontz books and I always enjoyed them. Once I started trying them on audiobook... not so much. I have found the Koontz readers to be some of the worst. This one was no exception. Lame story. Lame reader. At least the book was short.

  • Lorna

    This book is exactly what you expect from Dean Koontz. The plot has a few weak links but you keep enjoying it anyway. Definitely dog oriented - a tribute to his late golden retriever.

  • Anonymous

    For Koontz this was only OK. I have been a big fan for many years and was disappointed by this one.


    Typical Dean Koontz. But not the best of Koontz. The plot of the story dragged until the last quarter, then picked up a bit. The ending was a bit anticlimactic. But still worth the read.

  • Kay

    This book was more than good, it was great. Again, Dean Koontz does his magic with the somewhat spiritual twist. Being an animal lover the dog, Niki only added the finishing touch to this book!

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