cover image What the Night Knows

What the Night Knows

Dean Koontz, read by Steven Weber. Brilliance Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 12.5 hrs., $38.99 ISBN 978-1-4418-1835-5

It is a good thing that narrator Steven Weber is capable of such enthralling performance%E2%80%94it's this audiobook's only saving grace. A young teenage boy savagely murders his family in a manner identical to the way the family of Det. John Calvino was murdered 20 years earlier. Though John, then a boy, had killed that perpetrator himself, he knows the spirit of that evil lunatic is now possessing people, good and bad, and is out to destroy John's own wife and children. The story becomes an exercise in frustration: spooky things occur to the Calvino family, and they each stubbornly refuse to share their experiences, either in a mistaken effort to protect each other, or to protect themselves from ridicule. Weber's seasoned efforts to bring emotion and drama to this book are valiant and rewarding. His voice is rich and comfortable in the narration and can keep pace as the story becomes intense. A Bantam hardcover. (Feb.)