Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Review: At First Sight by Stephen J. Cannell (Audiobook)

Meet Chick Best—a middle-aged, self absorbed, disaffected, California dot.com millionaire. Other than his house and high-priced foreign cars, Chick’s most expensive possession is his trophy wife, Evelyn. Evelyn is good at spending Chick’ money, money that has pretty much run out. Another problem is his drug-addled sixteen-year-old daughter, Melissa. Though concerned about his life and family, Chick has resigned himself to a miserable state of acceptance. That is, until he, Evelyn, and Melissa take a Christmas vacation in Maui. With this, Chick’s life changes…

Chick experiences unrequited love at first sight when he observes Paige Ellis emerging from the hotel swimming pool. His obsession, exceeded only by his need to possess her, isn’t diminished when he learns that she is happily married. Instead, he befriends Paige and her near-perfect husband, Chandler. A short time later, back from Hawaii, Chick’s obsession compels him to drive to Paige’s house, where he runs down and kills Chandler in a drugstore parking lot. But this is just the beginning of Chick’s nightmare as his life spirals homicidally out of control, resulting in the destruction of everything he holds dear. Will Paige learn the truth about Chick before it’s too late?


This was the unabridged audiobook on CD edition (7 CDs/9 hours).


This was my first experience with one of the author's books, but I've enjoyed his television work (Hunter!) and figured I'd give one of his books a try. It was certainly worth it!

This one gets eight stars. It was a nice blend of complete insanity with humor. While it was a bit on the long side at nine hours the reader, Scott Brick (one of my favorites) did an excellent job. Without his excellent performance the book probably would have been a seven. Koontz fans will appreciate a kindred soul, as will fans of his television work. I'm certainly going to look for other books by the author.

Rating: ★★★★★



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