Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
This book, written in the 1980s exceeded all my expectations. I had heard of Dean Koontz but had never read or listened to any of his books. Lightning was well-conceived, well-written and, although fantasy, made a lot of sense. There's violence but it's not gratuitous. The characters are easy to root for or against. And an interesting twist, not really germane to the story, helped close out the tale in a most creative manner. I usually listen to mystery/thrillers and this was one where the science fiction aspects really made the story enjoyable. A great book.
I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.
Lightning was an audio daily special for $2.95. Considering the price, Lightning was a nice listen (slightly below average). The first half of Lightning was a terrific thriller that keeps the listener guessing and constantly problem solving. Dean Koontz keeps the story progressing at a manageable pace. However, the story begins to bog down as the key protagonist enters adulthood. As a listener you just burn-out on the same type of repetitive action sequences. Others may like this fast paced and action orientated book. After completing 60% of the book, I found the characters under developed and superficial. If you are looking for a great Koontz book, try Intensity.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
No way I'd have read this had it not been a daily deal. So glad I did!
If nothing else, this book gives you characters you will love. It's an interesting twist on time travel and all it's paradoxes. And it's a mystery that surprised me, something I'm always grateful for.
I am a bit of both a science and science fiction fan. I think it is very interesting to watch and see how much past science fiction is now reality and wonder what marvels are coming in just the next 50 years. Koontz is definitely one of my favorite authors and really liked this book. As others have said here, the narration was superb. The way he changed voices was amazing. The producers and mixers obviously helped a lot the the entire team did a terrific job with this one.
This is a great listen... a suspenseful page turner with lots of twists and turns... the plot really thicken towards the end. There is a lot of action (shootem up) but not over the top. I cared about what happened to the characters. A great performance by Christopher Lane who performs with multiple voices and accents. This story had me on the edge of my seat at times and is more futuristic than not... is he the devil or an angel? why is he watching her? first as a baby, then child and finally as a young lady... Koontz ties it up nicely in the end. There are minor characters that have great parts to play too. I'm glad I read the reviews on this one! Worth the time listening and the chip spent.
Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but pleasantly surprised. Not really a horror, more sci-fi – but a good read. Some characters were quite amusing, others were uneventful – but that’s how it’s supposed to be, I guess.
Sci-Fi fans would like this more that horror fans…not scary or nail-biting, but an interesting story.
I thought about it frequently afterwards. At times it was a roller coaster ride, frightening, intense, and I didn’t want to stop reading until I got through the current crisis. The main story is Laura’s life from birth to adulthood. A strange man appears at critical times in her life to save her from disaster. Laura is not a wimp. She does smart things. This is one of the few books where I don’t want to say much about the story. It is sooo much better not to know. There is suspense, danger, courage, clever things, and surprising things. The characters are rich.
I had two problems. The author used the artificial device of interrupting scenes. For example, there’s a scene in 1977 and another in 1988. The author split each of those scenes into about four parts and then went back and forth between the two showing pieces of each scene. The effect was interruption, and I was angry at the author which took me out of the story. This happened a few times during the book. There was such great “natural” suspense and action, the author didn’t need to use this device. I would have been ok with splitting the scenes into two parts each, to allow the two climaxes/resolutions to be told together, but no more than that.
Second problem was the narrator (Christopher Lane) using an effeminate gay guy’s voice for young girls. It was terrible acting - the wrong tone and voice for girls. Get a version with a different narrator (if ever available) otherwise read the physical book to eliminate that problem.
The strange man was able to do something a few times but not another time which bothered me. The explanation given was not consistent since it did not apply to all situations. But the story was so good I was willing to look past it. Again I can’t say more. I don’t want to give anything away.
The author does not used tired cliches. I was delighted to hear a character say “I’m a legend in my own scrapbook.”
Genre: time travel suspense thriller.
Ending: satisfying and complete.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
If you are into alternative history novels, this is a good book for that niche. It was entertaining and unique, 4 stars is a fair rating but probably 3.75 would be more appropriate. You won't regret it if you buy it but don't think this is the book that will change your life.
This is one of my all-time favorite Koontz-books, which I have read countless times. It was a treat to finally listen to it as well. But it's a pity that other fantastic Koontz titles like "The door to December" and "Watchers" aren't available at Audible.