Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
This is probably the best book I've read on time travel to date. The story was not overly complicated with scientific garbage, but there was enough to make the story believable! The twist in the story in part 2 was brilliant although i thought the motive behind the time traveler should have been a more fatalistic one. for the most part, everything was well thought out. The book is definitely worth a credit or purchase...
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.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 11-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.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
What a nice surprise! This starts as a rather mysterious, dark story and turns into an international thriller featuring a unique form of time travel. Great characters, great story with lots of fascinating twists and turns. Narrator is quite good and the story just an enjoyable listen through and through.
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.
I like a lot of what Dean Koontz writes, but Lightening was not worth the listen. The premise is absurd, the characters are two-dimensional (with the exception of the truly amazing Ackerley twins, who were delightful!) Skip this one and listen to something else.
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.
I first fell in love with Dean Koontz via 'Odd Thomas'. Odd's story remains one of my favorites as have some of his other titles (The Watcher is a must read). Lightening Road is a very satisfying read. The thing about Koontzs' work that I love is his ability to transport me immediately to the scene and keep me on the edge of my seat. I felt the same way about Lightening Road. Loved the characters, their struggle and undying hope. It is well worth your time.
Brett from NC
Lighting is a time travel action suspense story that revolves around a girl named Laura who is selected by a time traveler as special - so special that this time traveler risks his life, the lives of others, and the fate of the world to save her at various times in her life.
I found this book dated, tedious and tiresome due especially to the author’s penchant for unfunny comic relief and melodrama. The story unfolds very slowly. More than half of this book is spent in exposition of Laura’s life. When the plot finally starts you realize that ALL of this could have been skipped. Why you ask? Because this girl is only secondary to the plot which is all about the time traveler’s attempt to keep the evil forces that created the time travelling portal from changing the world as we know it. I am tempted to tell you who the “evil forces” are just to reveal how worn out this plot is, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.
While the author does a good job with the mechanics of time travel, the plot, at times, changed gears so roughly that it forced me out of the story. I found myself turning the performance off when I didn’t have to. The characters surrounding the Laura are annoying and made worse by the narration which, in my opinion, made odd choices for the some of the voices.
I know people love Koontz stories and maybe if I had read this in 1989 I would have found this story fresh and lively but it is 2013 and I found it average at best.