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)
While this book may well be an interesting read, after a few hours, I just could not stand listening to it. The Reader reminds me of "Ted Baxter" from the old Mary Tyler Moore Show. For those who don't know this character, he was a TV news Anchor who was rather bombastic. This is how the Reader of "Strangers" came across to me. I have enjoyed most of the Dean Koontz books that I have read or listened to so I will get a paper copy and try again.
Strangers is one of the better Dean Koontz books I've read. It is long but the cast of characters is interesting and their mysterious but similiar circumstances keep you interested in their toils long through the book. The book has an air of supernatural to it without being ridiculous except for parts of the end but the book doesn't rap up in 5 minutes and the wait is well worth it. Koontz develops the characters in such a way as to keep you interested and you feel their plight and their humanity. Kudos
This is the book that started me reading every book Dean Koontz has written. It continues to be one of my favorites and I'm thrilled Audible has it. I loved listening to it. Thank you Audible!!
Although the book was very long, it was interesting every step of the way. I have read all of the Koontz, and this one was very good. His writing continues to get better every book. Not quite so dark anymore, almost with a touch of spirituality. A must read.
The story is fine as are most everything by Big Dean.
The narrator is the problem. He has a fine reading voice, and some of his characters sound fine.
His characters to whom he imparts New Yorkish type accents sound cartoonish and very unreal.
His female voices sound amateurish.
These two accents range from mildly to extremely irritating, as the audibook progresses.
I believe that a narrator has two ways to go when he reads. If he does characters, as does this author, he needs to perfect them. If he can't or won't, than he should just read the story straight through, don't 'create' characters.
I prefer books where the narrator simply reads, and does not try and create "radio theatre", which is to bring in sounds and character accents.
I would have rated this audiobook at least a star higher with a successful narrator.
If the real Dean Koontz wrote "Intensity", then,
who is the terrible writer masquerading as
Dean Koontz who wrote this trash? The book
is verbose. The plot is forced and unimaginative.
The protagonists are just too, too wonderful to
qualify as human beings. And their treatment is
so politically correct as to make one think about
setting up a home shrine for each. And that,in spite of their heavy handed right wing political views. Further, it seems that the writer must
be getting paid by the word. I love long, long
books...if they are well written. This turkey
could have been done in about half the words.
Next awful feature... Dick Hill is the
narrator. There are worse, but few can over
emote for as long and as consistently as Mr.
Hill, even in passages where little emotional
flavoring is called for.
If you want to listen to a bad book, buy it.
Lacking the breakneck pacing and/or humor of Koontz's other offerings, this is a long, drawn-out, predictable and ultimately uninteresting book. Others have criticized the narrator but I feel he had no chance with this one. I am a long-time Koontz fan but I cared not a whit for any of these characters. Pass on this one, but I will look forward to the next Odd Thomas or Christopher Snow.
The only mystery was "why did I buy it?" I'd had a couple of other Koontz books that I liked well enough, but this one seems to be just an unending collection of every sort of teenage mutant zombie alien psycho nonsense that has ever been published. At least I'm guessing it's unending, since I wasn't able to finish it. There were a couple of characters whose fate I'd have liked to know, but just couldn't stick it out.
Sometimes I like to consider what could be done with a book by eliminating or altering characters or storylines or changing the narrator to make the book readable, but this one just wouldn't be worth the work. I wish Audible would screen it's categories better, so I wouldn't have to do so much research before purchasing.
Yes I would recommend it. It is a well written story but a great author. This would be a good starter book for people just finding Koontz. It has great twists and turns to the plot. Just when you're sure you know where it's going bam, you're left guessing again.
Mostly it did. There are some parts that seem to drag out longer than necessary. Some sections felt more like filler than an actual important plot point to the characters or storyline.
Dick Hill does a great job on the narration of this novel. However I can't really say that this method of delivery offers anything that you wouldn't get reading it. Unless you count convenience. I don't have alot of free time. This unfortunatly cut deeply into my reading time. I missed it greatly, but just couldn't cut out the time I normally had for reading. This format allows me at least two hours a day that I can listen to a book. One hour on the way into work and one on the way home from work. I get the same relaxation and find myself gripped just as tightly by a good story as when I read it. Although there is something about cuddling up with a good book in hand that can never be replaced in my opinion.
No, I think to add another book to this would just be over kill. There were sections that the story didn't hold up. Other than to see where they ended up I can't really see a reason to continue this story.
This is a good starter book for new Koontz fans. It is also a good introduction to the world of audible books.
"a good read if a little long"
Interesting story with a nice build up but ultimately was a bit bland at the end... I expected it to be more gripping
For the first time in 2 years I'm disappointed. The pronounced pauses between EVERY word make this completely unlistenable. Its as if the narrator had never spoken aloud before.
I had read the story 20 years ago, it had been a teenage favorite of mine so I really enjoyed revisiting the storyline. I didn't enjoy the narrator that much but out of nostalgia enjoyed the story itself
No, I didn't like him that much. His reading of Ginger, and the other female characters in particular was awful, the term 'mincing' always came to my mind anytime a female character came into play and I found his characterization so annoying that I glossed over their parts a bit
Loved this book to read but didn't enjoy the audio performance that much, particularly the female characters. The music etc was very dated too and it detracted from my overall enjoyment of it.
"Boring story far too long"
struggled all the way through this one, best moment was when it ended, narrator was annoying.
"not good at all "
struggled to finish this book. Boring story.
Would not recommended to any one. Very disappointing. dean Koontz best books are intensity and the husband. you can't get either of these on here which is a shame.
"Great story, narritive flaws."
Great, some issues
Overall a good performance, but he does have a touch of the William Shatner's at times.
Have read and listened to many Koontz books. This is not my favourite but well worth a listen. Many characters all with the same goal trying to find out WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ME!!??
Very good. Try it you'll like it.
Amazing story line and so unexpected. I love dean koontz and was not disappointed. I would recommend this to anyone who has either read dean koontz as well as anyone who never has but wants to. Very pleased and cannot wait to listen to another x
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