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Strange Highways | [Dean Koontz]

Strange Highways

As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.
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Publisher's Summary

As he leaves town, he gets a mysterious second chance to relive the night in 1975 when his life began its downward spiral: to both literally and figuratively take the road that he didn't originally take. On this road he is supremely tested by conflict with his successful and charismatic older brother P.J., by conflict between his cynicism and his lost faith, and by conflict between the ultimate good and evil.

©1995 Dean Koontz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    William Palm Bay, FL, USA 03-17-14
    William Palm Bay, FL, USA 03-17-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but Only title story- Rest missing."
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Jeff Cummings?

    Yes. But where are the other 11?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Celeste. She is a strong female and full of faith in good.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Cummings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never heard him before.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If all the book was there.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-24-14
    Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2002

    I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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    "OK Koontz but Shorts not Included"

    This book does not include the short stories originally published under this title.

    The story itself is not the best of Koontz. It has quite a few weakness I don’t usually see in Koontz books. It is among the most blatantly religious of his novels, with characters weaker than usual, a plot that is a bit too straightforward and plot twists that were reminiscent of video games. I very rarely find myself arguing with Koontz’s choices (as I do with most other authors in this genre) but several times I found myself drawn out of the story by the silliness of the action. Yet this is not really a bad book, the prose and imagery is better than most, but I won’t read it again though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia K. Russell Maryville, TN United States 03-19-14
    Alicia K. Russell Maryville, TN United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing Without The Short Stories"

    When I first read the synopsis of this book, it listed not only the title story "Strange Highways" but also many other short stories. I was disappointed when the title story ended and more did not follow. "Strange Highways" was good but not Koontz best work. It was somewhat tedious and did not fully keep my attention. While I still recommend this book, I caution the Audible buyer to focus on reviews of the audio book so that they are not disappointed when all of the short stories listed in other reviews do not follow the title story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 03-20-14
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2010

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "So Where Are the Rest of the Stories?"

    What happened to the rest of the book? There's only one story here. Disappointed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    IGGY Mom Yonkers, NY 08-27-14
    IGGY Mom Yonkers, NY 08-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If all of the stories were included. The reader is okay but the voices he applies to the characters were a little silly. The story itself (the title story and the only one included) was a little silly. I've been reading Koontz for 20 years and this just didn't seem much like him.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    Of course.


    Do you think Strange Highways needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think the rest of the book would be nice!


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    robin bloomington, in, United States 06-09-14
    robin bloomington, in, United States 06-09-14 Member Since 2008

    Woof!

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    "The older version was better!"
    Any additional comments?

    James Spader read the abridged version. Maybe 1995? I have it on tape. He did a great job. Even though it was abridged I like it much better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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