©1995 Dean Koontz (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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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.
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.
How utterly predictable. I'm sorry I wasted the money for this. Koontz can be a bit grandiose and the reader over-acted.
I'd like my money back.
I really had to force myself to finish this book and I like Dean Koontz.
I didn't care about the characters, the action was almost non-existent and when there was a little bit of action it was confusing and I still didn't care about the characters. The dialogue was juvenile. At one point one of the characters is thinking about a trait of the other and thinking that is why he loves her. At that point he'd known her for under an hour. Just silly.
Normally even with poorly written books if I make it near the end I at least want to find out how it ends. Not only didn't I care about this one but I knew what the ending would be from the first hour anyway.
The narration was unremarkable, neither good nor bad. I would guess this narrator could have been good if he'd had anything to work with.
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.
There are few things better than a good story well told!
What happened to the rest of the book? There's only one story here. Disappointed.
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.
I think the rest of the book would be nice!
Seems like Koontz has an agenda- rekindle your faith in god and your life will change for the better.
If you can get past that, it's a decent read. It has good parts. Something a bit Steven King like. Good narrator.
Yes. But where are the other 11?
Celeste. She is a strong female and full of faith in good.
Never heard him before.
If all the book was there.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
I like time travel novels. I have read all that I can find on Audible. Koontz' "Lightning" happens to be one of my favorite time travel books, but this one just didn't cut the proverbial mustard. The writing really feels sophomoric for most of the book. For instance, Koontz constantly removes the suspense and danger the characters find themselves in by telling the listener things like "but he was okay" or "it looked horrific, but she was alive"... the reader needs to wonder about the results of an event before just telling them the outcome. Another thing that bugged me was that when Koontz felt that the reader needed some information that is not common knowledge to make sense of something, it was abruptly inserted and felt like it was read from Wikipedia. It somewhat disrupted the flow of thought. The climax was not that great either. The narrator could have been better. I listened comfortably at 1.5X speed. I don't think I would use a credit on this one, but wouldn't hesitate on grabbing Lightning. If any of my review helped, please click YES below. Later.
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