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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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    mary 02-09-14
    mary 02-09-14

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "Don't Pass This One Up"

    I read novels by Dean Koontz many years ago and stopped reading them because there was too much of the supernatural and not enough storyline.
    Not so with this book. I'm back now and hooked. I haven't even finished the last three hours of the book and I don't care what they are because this novel had me from the beginning. Great character development, lots of mystery and suspense, never know what's around the next corner. I don't want this book to end.

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    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-01-14
    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Felt Strange"

    I love Dean Koontz books. Have read most, but I am going back to find those I have not read and this is one of them.
    First, I did not like the performance, his female voices really irritated me, but all were just a bit off somehow.
    The story itself was just ok, part of the way through you knew what was coming and it just became going through the motions at that point. I wanted more, more from the characters, and more from the story. So much possibility, but disappointing.

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    Chitina M. Schatz 01-01-14

    Been there, Read that

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    "Worst reading I've ever heard"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I will recommend a friend to read this story for themselves. This reading is awful. The story is Dean Koontz fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strangers?

    The nightmares of the characters and their misunderstanding of them, sorry, no spoilers!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I had to give the reading a star in order to rate it. This reading ruined the story. Period. I've never returned a book, but I'm tempted to this one. This is not a reader to try to give voice to characters. Most sounded the same offshoot of one voice. The reader sounded as if he had a mouthful of something. His interpretations of emotions made his words even harder to understand. Audible, you cropped out on this one. Sorry.


    Did Strangers inspire you to do anything?

    Read more koontz.


    Any additional comments?

    Please try harder to match readers with stories, this guy is awful.

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    Deborah United States 11-06-13
    Deborah United States 11-06-13
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    "Disappointed"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It felt/sounded stopped and stuttered, copied and pasted. Almost as if I were listening to an old (1987ish) software program where I could "talk" to my computer and it would type whatever...


    Any additional comments?

    Extremely disappointed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-26-13
    suzanne Milwaukee, WI, United States 10-26-13 Member Since 2013
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    good but predictable. enjoyable listen but kind of knew half way thru what kind of end there would be.

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    Debbie Francis Wichita, Ks 09-21-13
    Debbie Francis Wichita, Ks 09-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up Strangers in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, captivating and suspenseful


    What did you like best about this story?

    I always enjoy Koontz's characters and attention to detail. This book had many different characters and simultaneous stories and he made me care about each of them.


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

    I love Dick Hill. He's got a warm earthy quality to his voice and he is a master at bringing the characters to life. I was very happy to see Dick Hill was narrating this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it's too long for that, but I did enjoy listening for several hours at a stretch.


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    CHARLES DILLON 09-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "too long"
    What would have made Strangers better?

    just too long for me this time around


    Would you ever listen to anything by Dean Koontz again?

    I love his books


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

    yes


    What character would you cut from Strangers?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    I appreciate your return policy

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    Retzlaff 05-16-13
    Retzlaff 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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