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Strangers

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Publisher's Summary

They were strangers.....
A handful of people, from different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear.

They were victims....
Cold and stark, an unknown terror gripped their dreams and turned their days into living nightmares.

They were chosen....
And they could not escape. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

©2008 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With its masterful blend of elements of espionage, terror, and even some science fiction, Strangers may be the suspense novel of the year." (Library Journal)
"The plot twists ingeniously...chilling." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Retzlaff Gordon, NE, United States 05-16-13
    Retzlaff Gordon, NE, United States 05-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This Book is definitely of a different sort"

    This book was definitely of a different sort. In the beginning it really didn't seem to make any sense the way it jumped from person to person with out no introduction, I think each part should have had a little more explanation. I kept having to go back because I wasn't sure who they were talking about.

    More towards the end I finally started getting it when they were starting to group up it started to make a little more sense.

    Definitely a re-read now that you have caught on to how it is written.

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    Philip Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-25-13
    Philip Ann Arbor, MI, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Nauseating."
    What disappointed you about Strangers?

    I've been listening to Ayn Rand's books. They are clear, intellectually brilliant, novel and eventually inspiring. Dean Koontz represents everything what Ayn Rand despises. He is a mystic. He promotes fear, the impotence or the human mild, the inability of man to control or direct his live, the superiority of the supernatural, relying on luck, the magical appearances of extraordinary abilities in ordinary people, unexplainable intuition, faith in the unknowable, self-sacrifice, death.


    Has Strangers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Comparing Koontz to Stephen King would be a compliment to Koontz. But both are better digested in 1.5-2 hour long sci-fi movies rather than by reading through thousand page books or 30-hour audio tapes. It cuts the crap and makes the visual part more appealing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Definitely not Dick Hill as a narrator. His dry timbre and bursting intonations are tiresome and hard to hear clearly in a car.


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    Beth Alvin, TX, United States 03-17-13
    Beth Alvin, TX, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "so-so"

    On the plus side: parts were very creative and entertaining. Good suspense building. The characters were interesting and well developed. On the minus side: other part were s-l-o-w. So slow. And the story was missing the dog and the quirky humor normally found in a Koontz story. It's a good use of a credit if you want something to moderately entertain you for a long time. The narration felt "over-the-top" at first, but I got used to it and at times appreciated the extra interest it added.

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    mrr1128 Dallas, TX United States 03-08-13
    mrr1128 Dallas, TX United States 03-08-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Story just didn't grab my attention"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    ?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill?

    Yes. I don't think it was the narrator's fault that I couldn't get into the book


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment is a good word for the book. I've tried listening to the book maybe a half a dozen times. Every time I just seem to stop listening and am just not intersted. I would say Dean Koontz is one of my favorite go-to authors and so it was just a bummer that this book didn't hold up to his standard thriller.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-26-13
    Doug in syd Sydney, Australia 02-26-13
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    "Keep busy while listening"

    I thought this was a good story,well performed and a well maintained suspence .Its a long listen and i would recommend doing other things while listening. The characters are easy to retain and although the story moves from location to location and person to person Kootz is able to use simple tells to identify who he's writing about. Not wanting to give to much away i thought he handled the subject well and with a realistic approch worth a credit.

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    Emily 02-25-13
    Emily 02-25-13
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    "Horrible reader, good story. Again, AWFUL reader."
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Hill?

    I will avoid any books read by Dick Hill in the future. His delivery varies in volume too much. He YELLS then whispers, YELLS then whispers...it is extremely annoying. His female voices are atrocious, and his male character voices aren't much better. They do not show emotion and all have a New York/Brooklyn accent, though the reader does not and many of the characters are from California.


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

    Yes.


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    12-07-12
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    "Good suspense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, because I liked it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the character development and the suspense.


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

    Dick Hill is great. At first I didn't care for his voice, but it grew on me. He sounds very much like an old time radio newsman Paul Harvey. Great voice. Easy to understand.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Good read. It is an older book than I realized, copyright 1986.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 08-27-12
    Dennis Augusta, WV, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Many explorations and adventures await!

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    "A Good Listen"
    Where does Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed this book, pretty good story line and entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    The mystery and momentum throughout the entire story kept me on the edge of my seat while driving. Of course Dick Hill is superb in his narrations as always.

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    Fred Newville, PA, United States 08-27-12
    Fred Newville, PA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Koontz!"
    If you could sum up Strangers in three words, what would they be?

    engrossing, exciting, fantastic


    What other book might you compare Strangers to and why?

    Darkest Night of the Year because of the character developement


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent ability to differentiate between characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What fantastic, world changing experience did these folks share... and then forget?


    Any additional comments?

    Koontz is always a good investment of my monthly credits!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan University Place, WA, United States 04-09-12
    Bryan University Place, WA, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Dick Hill Reads a Koontz Classic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Strangers to be better than the print version?

    This was the first Koontz book I read back when I was a teenager and I remember promising myself I'd revisit it later in life. So after listening to a bunch of Harry Bosch novels read by the great Dick Hill last year, imagine how psyched I was to see he narrated this 28-hour-plus classic! So yes, the print version is one of the all-time great Koontz books, but with Hill bringing to life the various characters (whom Koontz really really fleshes out) is a treat, indeed. I can't recommend this one enough!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the con-man, Jack (last name, I've already forgotten). He had such a tragic back-story but was such a bad-ass and such a key to the


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I love the way he brought to life most of the characters, but the one that perhaps stands out is Dom's artist friend, Parker. I could sense the energy of the character the way Hill read him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I wouldn't say that it made me laugh or cry, though there were a lot of emotions felt, from suspense to laughter to wonder and anger.


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  • J. Freeman
    United Kingdom
    6/17/13
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    "Cheesy amateur dramatics style narrator spoils it"

    I think I might be getting too picky in my old age but the cheesy, old fashioned, amateur dramatics style narrator made the whole book impossible to listen to. It was over performed to the point where all I could hear was the annoying voiceover trying to show off with his dramatic range.

    Very disapointed

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    1/24/09
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    "Gripping"

    Really enjoyed the story and it was well read. Realising what is going on before the author tells you works well because you keep listening waiting for when they all find out. Like this author in audible format works really well

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Grover
    1/9/15
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    "Awful Narrator"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Die hard Dean Kontz fans


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    Too many characters and no focus on plot development. It was lost, directionless and didn't seem to want to get started


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    No - the narrator was awful. Just awful. It was like listening to Fat Tony from the Simpsons reading a novel.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Strangers?

    Halved the characters. We don't need to know every tiny bit of history about a character as soon as they walk into a room. We don't need the writer to describe physical traits in such depth - you tell us she's a bit of a goth with a geeky side, we get what you mean. You don't need to say she had black hair with glasses, wore black clothes that matched her black nails that she had roughly bit... ugh!


    Any additional comments?

    Not bothering with any more Koontz

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Southport, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Good book"
    What made the experience of listening to Strangers the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the book Strangers. The reading of the story was ok, although some of the voices, I thought did not match my ideas of the characters, eg Ginger sounded quite timid were to get to the position she was she would have to be a stronger character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the character of Jack Twist, his fall from good to not so good but the rationale behind it.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not emotionally connect with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read some other Dean Koontz books. His books pass the time, they can have good ideas but the ending tend to not live up to the story preceding. This story shows the difference in time from when it was written to the present day it is read. The story has a lot of cliches (although novel at the time it was written) that help the reader (or listener) to guess the twist in the ending, well before we get there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T. Norman
    Dorchester, U.K.
    2/20/10
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    "Dreadful!!"

    I'm sorry, but this is the worst book i've had from audible... It's not the quality of the writing that's the issue, I've bought and loved many Dean Koontz books over the years; it just comes down to the poor quality of the narration.
    it's dis-jointed, with pauses mid sentence (this is really off putting!) and as the narrator attempts to play an individual accent for each character I found myself being turned off by the irritating nasal tone he adopts.
    I will never get another book with this narrator!!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. J. Stewart
    5/27/15
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    "fantastic!"

    hooked all the way through in the fashion of Stephen kings under the dome. Definitely going to check out some other Koontz books now

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adaline
    Ireland
    4/7/15
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    "Fantastic tale"

    I am a Dean Koontz fan but it took me a while to get into the book. It was worth the endurance. Once it gets going, the story is great and the characters and believable and well developed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    CHATHAM, United Kingdom
    4/1/15
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    "Lovely story!"

    Can remember reading this book years ago and enjoyed it just as well now, even better having it read to me on long commuter driving!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom
    2/17/15
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    "Play at 1.5"

    Love the book, but the narrator speaks very slowly so I'd advise you play at 1.5 speed if you don't want to get annoyed. Also, sometimes when as he talks in different voices for different characters, I couldn't make out what he said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    hambledon, surrey, United Kingdom
    7/19/10
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    "Strangers"

    Good listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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