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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
Definitely not Dick Hill as a narrator. His dry timbre and bursting intonations are tiresome and hard to hear clearly in a car.
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.
Yes. I don't think it was the narrator's fault that I couldn't get into the book
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.
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.
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.
yes, because I liked it.
the character development and the suspense.
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.
I laughed at times.
Good read. It is an older book than I realized, copyright 1986.
Many explorations and adventures await!
I enjoyed this book, pretty good story line and entertaining.
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.
engrossing, exciting, fantastic
Darkest Night of the Year because of the character developement
Excellent ability to differentiate between characters.
What fantastic, world changing experience did these folks share... and then forget?
Koontz is always a good investment of my monthly credits!
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!
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
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.
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.
"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.
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
Die hard Dean Kontz fans
Too many characters and no focus on plot development. It was lost, directionless and didn't seem to want to get started
No - the narrator was awful. Just awful. It was like listening to Fat Tony from the Simpsons reading a novel.
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!
Not bothering with any more Koontz
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.
I enjoyed the character of Jack Twist, his fall from good to not so good but the rationale behind it.
I did not emotionally connect with this book.
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.
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!!
hooked all the way through in the fashion of Stephen kings under the dome. Definitely going to check out some other Koontz books now
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.
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!
"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.
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