My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Let me say it again, I am a Koontz fan. He is one of my favorites, yet this book will put you to sleep. I listened to 19 hours of this 29 hour snail paced nothing happening book. 19 hours, just ten hours to go and I could not hack it. Knowing that Koontz often has twists at the end of his books, I was looking at listening a whole day to this and could not do it.
FIBBING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
It could be argued that this has character development. The way in which he develops the characters is simplistic. One guy was in Vietnam and so we have a long drawn out history on him. One girl was abused by her dad, so we have a long drawn out history on her. This is not the way you develop characters. Characters are developed through the story. George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, and Orson Scott Card are the Character development experts and it is not done through long histories on each and every character. This was released in 1986 and is better then some of his earlier works. We still get descriptions of some of the more mundane parts of life, like he had orange marmalade on his toast, but it is not as bad as his earlier writings.
I have often wondered how some of this early boring stuff ever got published and sold and then I start thinking. When I was a kid, all TV shows were an hour long. Gunsmoke was one of our favorite shows. If I try to watch it today it seems so long and so boring, so I guess people and tastes change.
DOS EQUIS, Heineken, CORONA
At least Koontz knows his beer, this is the third book in a row by him in which he has mentioned Dos Equis. This time Heineken and Corona also get plugs. If I wrote a book it would have to include Bohemia, Tsing Tao and Product 19.
Strangers is one of the better Dean Koontz books I've read. It is long but the cast of characters is interesting and their mysterious but similiar circumstances keep you interested in their toils long through the book. The book has an air of supernatural to it without being ridiculous except for parts of the end but the book doesn't rap up in 5 minutes and the wait is well worth it. Koontz develops the characters in such a way as to keep you interested and you feel their plight and their humanity. Kudos
This is the book that started me reading every book Dean Koontz has written. It continues to be one of my favorites and I'm thrilled Audible has it. I loved listening to it. Thank you Audible!!
Although the book was very long, it was interesting every step of the way. I have read all of the Koontz, and this one was very good. His writing continues to get better every book. Not quite so dark anymore, almost with a touch of spirituality. A must read.
The story is fine as are most everything by Big Dean.
The narrator is the problem. He has a fine reading voice, and some of his characters sound fine.
His characters to whom he imparts New Yorkish type accents sound cartoonish and very unreal.
His female voices sound amateurish.
These two accents range from mildly to extremely irritating, as the audibook progresses.
I believe that a narrator has two ways to go when he reads. If he does characters, as does this author, he needs to perfect them. If he can't or won't, than he should just read the story straight through, don't 'create' characters.
I prefer books where the narrator simply reads, and does not try and create "radio theatre", which is to bring in sounds and character accents.
I would have rated this audiobook at least a star higher with a successful narrator.
This is classic Dean Koontz at his very best, this book is more reminiscent of books like Dark Rivers of the Heart and The Good Guy. There are thankfully no dogs to save the day, no families consisting of novelist, artist, 2 girls and a dog (Mr. Koontz, these families simply arent relatable unless were you), and in the best tradition of Dean Koontz, this book doesnt require you to suspend disbelief, it is all, sadly, too plausible.
If you are a long time fan of DK and liked books like Fear Nothing, Dragon Tears, and Dark Rivers of the Heart, then this will be another of your favorites.
Dick Hill does a good job on the narration, accents are not his forte, everyone sound New Jersey Jewish, but its not a detriment to this work.
This is the book that will engulf your attention until its done, its one I know I will listen to again at some point.
While this book may well be an interesting read, after a few hours, I just could not stand listening to it. The Reader reminds me of "Ted Baxter" from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show. For those who don't know this character, he was a TV news Anchor who was rather bombastic. This is how the Reader of "Strangers" came across to me. I have enjoyed most of the Dean Koontz books that I have read or listened to so I will get a paper copy and try again.
The only mystery was "why did I buy it?" I'd had a couple of other Koontz books that I liked well enough, but this one seems to be just an unending collection of every sort of teenage mutant zombie alien psycho nonsense that has ever been published. At least I'm guessing it's unending, since I wasn't able to finish it. There were a couple of characters whose fate I'd have liked to know, but just couldn't stick it out.
Sometimes I like to consider what could be done with a book by eliminating or altering characters or storylines or changing the narrator to make the book readable, but this one just wouldn't be worth the work. I wish Audible would screen it's categories better, so I wouldn't have to do so much research before purchasing.
Yes I would recommend it. It is a well written story but a great author. This would be a good starter book for people just finding Koontz. It has great twists and turns to the plot. Just when you're sure you know where it's going bam, you're left guessing again.
Mostly it did. There are some parts that seem to drag out longer than necessary. Some sections felt more like filler than an actual important plot point to the characters or storyline.
Dick Hill does a great job on the narration of this novel. However I can't really say that this method of delivery offers anything that you wouldn't get reading it. Unless you count convenience. I don't have alot of free time. This unfortunatly cut deeply into my reading time. I missed it greatly, but just couldn't cut out the time I normally had for reading. This format allows me at least two hours a day that I can listen to a book. One hour on the way into work and one on the way home from work. I get the same relaxation and find myself gripped just as tightly by a good story as when I read it. Although there is something about cuddling up with a good book in hand that can never be replaced in my opinion.
No, I think to add another book to this would just be over kill. There were sections that the story didn't hold up. Other than to see where they ended up I can't really see a reason to continue this story.
This is a good starter book for new Koontz fans. It is also a good introduction to the world of audible books.