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Strangers | [Dean Koontz]

Strangers

A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. 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.
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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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    neil FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 06-14-10
    neil FORT PIERCE, FL, United States 06-14-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Overall, Awful"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 08-30-08
    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 08-30-08 Member Since 2014

    Secular humanist. Atheist. Dog lover (having had as many as four dogs in my pack). Skeptic.

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    "Great narration of one of Koontz's best stories"

    This was the second Dean Koontz book I read many years ago and is still one of my favorites. It is closer to science fiction than his more recent work. Particularly refreshing is the portrayal of a priest who embraces rationality rather. But what really earned this audio book five stars is the narration. This is one of the best readings of any fiction book I've listened to in the past couple of years. The only other book whose narration I think is of comparable quality is "Water for Elephants".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy_in_NEO Oregon 08-14-08
    Kathy_in_NEO Oregon 08-14-08 Member Since 2002
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    "One of the worst Narrators"

    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.

    20 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Waverly Vienna, VA, USA 10-23-09
    Waverly Vienna, VA, USA 10-23-09
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    "Top 5 for Dean Koontz"

    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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    totos_boss ohio 12-03-08
    totos_boss ohio 12-03-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful Story"

    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!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Bluffton, SC, United States 10-12-08
    Kelly Bluffton, SC, United States 10-12-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Story"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    GD 09-29-08
    GD 09-29-08 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my Top 10 ever--excellent"

    Great Book, great reader--what more could you want? Just enough of the supernatural not to be preachy or phony.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 08-03-08
    Lee Flagstaff, AZ, USA 08-03-08
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    "irritating narrator"

    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.

    30 of 38 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Russell 01-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Why was this in "mystery" category?"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 08-19-12
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Twists and Turns abound in this thriller"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


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

    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.


    Do you think Strangers needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good starter book for new Koontz fans. It is also a good introduction to the world of audible books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Simon C.
    7/7/14
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    "Great story, narritive flaws."
    If you could sum up Strangers in three words, what would they be?

    Great, some issues


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Overall a good performance, but he does have a touch of the William Shatner's at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
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    6/12/13
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    "Very interesting"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kerry
    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Fantastic"

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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