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House of Thunder, The

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  13,315 ratings  ·  339 reviews
She woke up in a hospital room, barely able to remember her own name. What secrets are hidden within Susan Thorton’s mind? What terrible accident brought her here? And who are the four shadowy strangers—waiting, like death—in the darkened corridors?

One by one, Susan unlocks these mysteries. And step by step, she approaches the torment of her past—a single night of violence
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Published September 29th 2007 by Brilliance Audio (first published 1982)
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This was an entertaining read without much depth to it. Not Dean Koontz at his best but still very readable. The finale was a little bit too convoluted for me but I guess it was that or an even worse option to explain the strange events. Some silly dialogue, a doctor falling in love at first sight with a comatose patient and an entire town in cahoots to fool one individual did take a lot of swallowing but I still enjoyed it:) This is a book to while away a flew hours but which is probably not me ...more
Angel Gelique
An excellent story! Review to come....
Kasia S.
For those who are Koontz fans and even those who have never heard of him ( if that's even possible although he’s been sucking the last few years a bit) this can be a real treat. This is one of his older novels which I prefer, his good olden days were something to relish in story land. I love how The House of Thunder really messes with the reader's mind when things start to unfold. It gets nice and creepy and brings in the thrills, I read this story years ago back in 2003 and I wanted to add a r ...more
It's been quite a while since I've read anything by Dean Koontz, and I figured that it was about time to give him another go. This is one of his older books. That makes me feel old, actually, to say that, as it was published the same year I was born, but, it's true.

One of my favorite things about Dean Koontz is that he's able to keep me on my toes. He doesn't write the best dialogue, or write the best characters, but his stories are always twisty, and never end up where I think they're going.


Okay, so this started off so uber-badass! Really!

Well, badass for a Dean Koontz book. It was mysterious, tense, somewhat surreal. . . .I mean, it would've made an excellent horror thriller film. A woman wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. . . slight things in her surroundings start to bring back the hints of memories. . . and soon, the whole hospital begins to seem dangerous, the people around her are dangerous, everything is dangerous. . . and then, in the last 50 or 60
Mike (the Paladin)
Look...this book may be better than I found it. It's just that I couldn't get into the book. I tried.

The reviews I read about this told how it crept into their psyche and haunted them...terror, horror. So I picked it up (happily from the library). Mr. Koontz can write a good book. I've read some of them. He can write interesting and wonderfully weird characters, I've read some of them to.

But not least not for me. I found Susan one of the most annoying characters I've come across. If
The House Of Thunder,
This being an older novel by Mr. Koontz, originally penned under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, is not in my opinion his best work. Although I liked the book, I felt I couldn't connect with the characters. Susan is an enigma, not only her past but her present conditions are thin, lacking the depth needed to actually care about her character. The same is said about most of the characters that make appearances in this novel. It's very hard to care about characters you literally
Originally written under his Leigh Nichols pseudonym (hence why it’s different to a lot of his fare), The House of Thunder is the story of a young lady that wakes up after being in a coma for three weeks. After getting past an initial bout of amnesia she starts to see people from her past who were involved in the murder of her then boyfriend. However, they have not aged and she knows that some of them died not long after their crime. So how can this be? Can she really be being assaulted by ghost ...more
I was not impressed...

I am a fan of Dean Koontz and was happy to have got a copy of this from a friend... But I should have known when didn't have a page on this book. (It's in a book set but I only found it in audio-version... )

I thought when I read the description it seemed like a thrilling, suspenseful read. IT WAS CRAP!!
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So far reading like a straight, fairly awful, romance novel (why this from Koontz I don't know). Still on audio CD 1. Hopefully it will get better.

Now on cd 3 and the dialogue is pure drivel. A woman in peril story, oh and the woman is suppose to be a physicist but speaks like a complete idiot. Plus, the woman narrator (audio version) doesn’t help with her impressions of the older nurse, who she makes sound like Mother Goose. This doesn’t remotely read like a Koontz book. Plot is slow and flat.
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
I did not even realized how fast the time flew while reading this one - I could not put it down! Great plot, madness theme and creepy twist! My second Dean Koontz novel and definitely not the last one.
Jane Stewart
Too much of the story is a helpless victim being afraid.

In 1967 Susan saw four fraternity brothers beat her boyfriend to death in a college hazing. They were going to kill her, but she escaped and testified against them. Two of them later died in a car accident. It is now 1980. Susan just woke from a three week coma from a car accident. During the next several days she sees the four fraternity brothers in the hospital. Two are working as orderlies and two are patients. The four men
Benjamin Thomas
It seems like I am reading a bunch of horror novels lately (not to mention haunted house stories) but that's just the way it's worked out. I chose this particular book almost be default. I've been trying a new library that is closer to my work place, making it easier to pick up and drop off but turns out there are very few audio books there that aren't abridged. This was just about the only one I found that was unabridged, and since I've read quite a few Koontz novels before I felt pretty safe i ...more
Definitely not my favorite book by Koontz. I have been a big fan of just about everything I've read by him. (I went through a short phase in high school where I read probably around 10 or so... Give or take.)
The book is really closer to 2.5 stars, but I really like most Koontz books, so I'll bump it to 3. I would not recommend this to anyone who hasn't already read some of his work. This is really not his best, or anywhere close to it.

It had an interesting idea and premise- woman wakes up in a
Feb 11, 2010 Lauriek rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens adults who like mystery
I am torn on the rating for this book. I found it easy to read and difficult to put down. It is a mystery, suspense novel with a few of the bizarre and weird you would expect from Dean Koontz novel. It is written from the persective of a woman who unexpectly wakes to find herself in a hospital after being in a coma. The suspense is maintained through out, and the ending was a surprise although a bit abrupt. If romance was intended it is shortcoming. I would recommned this book to teens and adult ...more
Alissa Cook
I must say, I've really enjoyed the Koontz books I've read so far, and I have God-knows-how-many more stocked away in my closet that I have yet to read. I don't know if I even made it to the halfway mark in this book, but however far I got, I barely made it even there. This book was horrible...I had to put this one down I never finished it because I was so awfully bored. It got to a point where the thought of reading another page was torture. But you know what? Don't let me stop you! If it strik ...more
The House of Thunder was quite a good suspense novel but I felt it was a bit lacking in the interaction between the characters, especially compared with Koontz's other books. Then I discovered that this book was written in 1982 under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols. Koontz said his Nichols' books were "almost entirely about story, less about character and theme and language" than his other books. Yep, that was so and I felt the lack. However, it is a fast-moving, kind of scary story. Physicist Susan ...more
Bonnigene Cloud
This book is one of the descriptive and captivating thriller we have come to expect from Dean Koontz. It is about a physicist named Susan who has a car accident or believes she does... She is seeing people from a frightening past that are supposed to be dead and buried. As with any Dean Koontz novel you have to continually question what is happening because often times it is not what it seems. This book is no different! It has a great twist at the end the book that brings to light the situation, ...more
Joanna The Montrealer
I am a huge Dean R. Koontz fan and while I enjoyed The House of Thunder, I enjoyed his other novels more. Koontz usually has a great way of getting my attention and also, keeping me guessing until the end. This time, (while it was a page turner), I had guessed several different options as to what Susan's "hallucinations" (or whatever they may be) meant and when I was about 20 pages away from finishing the book, I was very disappointed to find out that I had been right.

Or so I thought.

With about
Jennifer Schaper
The House of Thunder by Dean Koontz is a psychological thriller about a woman named Susan who awakens from a coma and has hallucinations of her dead boyfriend and the men who killed him many years earlier.

I can’t say much more about the plot without giving away the good parts, but I can say it is easy to feel Susan’s terror and confusion throughout these episodes.

The House of Thunder is written in past tense and third person, limited to only Susan’s point of view.

It’s a great book, but it proba
Gabe Harper
So this book started off AMAZING! It was strange, eerie, and unerving, bad the last third or so of the book was terrible. The ending, in my opinion, had nothing to do with the first part of the story, I was so interested in what laid in the mind of the main character's mind, and the fact that the ending was what it was really got me mad, because up until that point, I was really into this book, and when I found out what I did I thought "Really? THIS is the ending? There could have been so many o ...more
J.S. Bailey
Koontz's books are kind of like potato chips: you can never read just one. I've never read a potato chip, though, so I'm not entirely sure what that is like. But you get the idea. I hope.
Joey LaBelle
YES, YES, YES! Finally! After reading Ticktock, The Husband and the entire five book Frankenstein series, I was quickly losing my faith in Dean Koontz. I decided to give one more book a try, going back to the early 80's, and was far from disappointed! This book has what I love about Koontz and his writing. He weaves a tale that just doesn't seem like it could doesn't seem feasible in the real world. Then, in the end, he fixes it all! He makes it all believable and possible! This book ...more
just when you think you know what's going're wrong. One of the best from Koontz when it comes to surprising the readers and making them turn the pages frantically.
This was definitely not one of my favorite Dean books, but it was still excellent just the same. I found out after reading it was one of his earliest. That made more sense.
This is one that you can definitely tell was written over 30 years ago but is still a good story. It may be a bit dated with the subject matter revealed at the end of the book. I'm a huge Koontz fan no matter what, always have been. I read this book back in the 90s and enjoyed it then. It had been long enough since I read it that I forgot much of what happens. I especially liked that the narration was performed by two people, Laurel Merlington and Mel Foster. It was nice to have a man do the men ...more
Коста  Сивов
Само ден и половина след приключването на невероятната "Ускорение" на Дийн Кунц, със съжаление затварям и "Гръмотевичният дом". Казвам със съжаление не защото книгата не е добра, а просто защото свърши. Мнението ми си остава същото - Кунц е невероятен. Романът е невероятен!

"Гръмотевичният дом" ("The House Of Thunder") е издаден за първи път в Щатите през 1982 година от издателството Pocket Books. На корицата на книгата обаче не е името на Дийн Кунц, а един от множеството му синоними - Лий Никъл
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12/8/12 - finished

Well, where do I start? Hm, let's first say that this is my first D. Koontz novel. I'm hearing that that's a good thing. The over all public opinion of this particular story is that it's perhaps not one of his better ones. So for it to be the first of his I've read I like it more than if I had read his other material before. I give it 3 stars since there are no half stars to give; if there were it'd be 3 1/2 stars because I did find his writing and the story to be entertaining.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Leigh Nichols is a pen name of Dean R. Koontz / Dean Koontz.
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