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From the Corner of His Eye

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Dean Koontz

Narrated By: Stephen Lang

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: November 2007

Duration: 22 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Bartholomew Lampion is born in Bright Beach, California, on a day of tragedy and terror, when the lives of everyone in his family are changed forever.  Remarkable events accompany his birth, and everyone agrees that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen.

On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew.  He doesn't know who Bartholomew is, but he embarks on a search that will become the purpose of his life.  If ever he finds the right Bartholomew, he will deal mercilessly with him.

And in San Francisco a girl is born, the result of a violent rape.  Her survival is miraculous, and her destiny is mysteriously linked to the fates of Barty and the man who stalks him.

At the age ot three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons reluctantly remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer.  As the growing boy copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother, an exceptional woman, counsels him that all things happen for a reason, that there is meaning even in his suffering, and that he will affect the lives of people yet unknown to him in ways startling and profound.

At thirteen, Bartholomew regains his sight.  How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure.  His mother once told him that every person's life has an effect on every other's, in often unknowable ways, and Barty's eventful life indeed entwines with others in ways that will astonish and move everyone who reads his story.

People magazine has said that Dean Koontz has the "power to scare the daylights out of us."  In this, perhaps the most thrilling, suspenseful, and emotionally powerful work of his critically acclaimed career, Koontz does that and far more.  He has created a compulsive page-turner that will have you at the edge of your seat, a narrative tour-de-force that will change the way you yourself look at the world.


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  • Christopher Huerta

    I am a huge fan of Dean Koontz, and after reading "From the Corner of His Eye" that won't be changing anytime soon. This book was gripping, beautiful, intense, suspenseful and uplifting, and written in the Dean Koontz way that takes time to exquisitely introduce the characters, seemingly void of any connection with one another early on, then Mr. Koontz (as only he can do) slowly threads these characters so that we get glimpse after glimpse of small, possible pieces of how each character and their story is part of another character and their story, and how that relates to the whole story. Big reveals and small reveals throughout reading. I loved the development of each character and how each characters story unfolded into the larger story, and how in some instances those individual stories or backstories aren't completely revealed until late in the whole of the story. For me, the characters are largely why I enjoy the books. Don't get me wrong, this and all the Dean Koontz novels I've read have great stories, though it's the marriage between the brilliant story and characters that we become engaged, invested, and care and identify with that make it difficult to stop reading. From the Corner of His Eye has characters that made me want to know more. Even in the case of the antagonist, I wanted to continue to learn and find out what the next move, or where and why does this person do this. This is a truly brilliant story that builds and builds, and once you've gotten to know the great characters, you'll be invested, hooked, and find this story one that's truly difficult to stop before it's finished, and then you'll want more!

  • David Lee

    You have to approach this like no other. I really enjoyed, had to listen twice and few times. I really like how the story is told backwards.

  • Robert Egged

    This book is just boring. I think it is mostly because the reading, but the pacing and dealing with inconsequencial scenes are also boring. It is a really sorry performance by both artists since I have read a few Dean Koontz books and enjoyed them.

  • Michelle Basham

    This was an amazing book with not only a fantastic story, but a lot of history. It teaches or better yet shows you we are all connected in some way or another.