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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)

What Members Say

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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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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 10-30-08
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 10-30-08 Member Since 2012

    Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!

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    "Where's the Dog?"

    I am Dean Koontz number one fan, so of course I was thrilled that this was added to Audible. Somehow I missed reading it... It was typical Koontz with several characters being built then they come together as a team with some falling in love. Although he seems to always use the same formula, each are so unique and original that I CANNOT GET ENOUGH. I wish he would write faster... I almost didn't download this because of the comments about the narrator - because a bad narrator can be real irritating and I have dropped some audiobooks midstream because listening to the narrator was so difficult. NOT SO IN THIS CASE. I thought he was just fine. Maybe not the best, but certainly not bad enough to quit or not enjoy the story.

    If you are an avid Dean Koontz fan you will enjoy this book. You may also be wondering, like me, where was the dog?

    21 of 25 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.

    21 of 25 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.

    31 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    J WHEATON, IL, United States 08-23-08
    J WHEATON, IL, United States 08-23-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Numbingly Long"

    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.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Russell 01-23-14 Member Since 2016
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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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    6/11/16
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    "mediocre listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Strangers the most enjoyable?

    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


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

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • richard williams
    5/9/16
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    "Boring story far too long"

    struggled all the way through this one, best moment was when it ended, narrator was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kirsty battrick
    5/3/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    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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