Thursday, August 4, 2011

No Audiobook Review for The Good Guy by Dean Koontz

Here is a summary of The Good Guy from Dean Koontz' website:

Timothy Carrier, having a beer after work at his friend’s tavern, enjoys drawing eccentric customers into amusing conversations. But the jittery man who sits next to him tonight has mistaken Tim for someone very different—and passes to him a manila envelope full of cash.

“Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she’s gone.”

The stranger walks out, leaving a photo of the pretty woman marked for death, and her address. But things are about to get worse. In minutes another stranger sits next to Tim. This one is a cold-blooded killer who believes Tim is the man who has hired him.

Thinking fast, Tim says, “I’ve had a change of heart. You get ten thousand—for doing nothing. Call it a no-kill fee.” He keeps the photo and gives the money to the hired killer. And when Tim secretly follows the man out of the tavern, he gets a further shock: the hired killer is a cop.

Suddenly, Tim Carrier, an ordinary guy, is at the center of a mystery of extraordinary proportions, the one man who can save an innocent life and stop a killer far more powerful than any cop…and as relentless as evil incarnate. But first Tim must discover within himself the capacity for selflessness, endurance, and courage that can turn even an ordinary man into a hero, inner resources that will transform his idea of who he is and what it takes to be The Good Guy.

My No Review:
Yes, you read this correctly!  I don't intend this to be a review for The Good Guy, but more of a way of venting my frustration with my local library about the condition of these discs from this audiobook.  I actually looked at these discs before checking the book out from the library and thought I would let them know that they should be cleaned.  Well, I was informed that they don't clean them until patrons bring the discs back and complain about them.  Ok, well I will take the book anyway as I knew I had to work at the video store in the next couple of days and I will just buff the discs then.

So that is what I did.  Buffed the discs when I was done working one night and proceeded to listen to the audiobook.  Well not only did this book still skip all over the place, including over entire chapters, but the last disc, that basically sums up why this guy was trying to kill some woman he didn't know and who he was working with to accomplish the task, basically skipped over the entire ending.

Please don't get me wrong, because I am very grateful for our local library, as they offer a wonderful service to our community.  Why can't they just clean the discs before people check them out if they look bad?  Or if one disc looks bad out of the whole book even replace it?  I don't understand!  I clean movies for people at the video store all the time, so I don't see why it is out of the realm of possibility.

So because I didn't get to listen to this audiobook in it's entirety I feel that I cannot offer an honest review, so I'm not giving you one.  I can tell you that this book definitely held the suspense that Koontz usually delivers but that is as much as I will share with you.

Hmmmm....I think I need to check out


Anna said...

I've had the same thing happen with audiobooks we took out for long car rides. It's so frustrating. And I remember back when there were audiobooks on cassette and those would always be screwed up. That's why I don't take audiobooks out of the library anymore, though some libraries in my area are now offering mp3 players with the books loaded on them.

Ti said...

I get audiobooks from the library but I use OverDrive and download them to my iPod (sometimes my phone). Much cleaner and easier that way.

I listened to this on on audio and as much as I love Koontz, this one just didn't do it for me at all, so you didn't miss much!

bermudaonion said...

My question is, why don't people take better care of them when they have them checked out?