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Lightning Audiobook

Lightning

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.
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Publisher's Summary

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.

Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer." (Library Journal)
"Fast paced and satisfying." (People)

What Members Say

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    Edie 08-28-14
    Edie 08-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "More self reflective writers angst"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Christopher Lane?

    Liked the narrator the story was interesting but got a bit too predictable


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    Not sure hes my cup of tea


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christopher Lane’s performances?

    yes


    Could you see Lightning being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    hope not


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    Kaye 08-24-14
    Kaye 08-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great time-travel story, mediocre narrator"

    Read from February 25 to March 05, 2014

    Story: 4.5 stars
    Narrator: 3.5 stars

    It goes a long way to ward explaining the strength of this story that even with a mediocre narrator, I found myself making any excuse I could come up with to listen, I was so enthralled with the story.

    I'm sure I must have read a synopsis of the story at one point; otherwise, I wouldn't have known it was a time-travel story in order to add it to my 2014 Genre Challenge list. But by the time I downloaded the audiobook and started listening to it, I really had no memory of what the story was about.

    And I'm really glad that was the case. I'm so accustomed to reading romance novels, that I always go into the story "knowing" what's going to happen. One of the reasons I'm challenging myself to read a bunch of books outside of my comfort genre is to break out of this---to read stories in which I don't automatically know what's going to happen, or, at least, can predict what's going to happen. I'd forgotten just how enthralling the not-knowing is when it comes to reading a book.

    Laura Shane's life was meant to be tragic. That's the storyline fate had written for her. But then a stranger, a man whose appearance is like that of an angel, intervenes. Not once, not twice, but multiple times. Laura isn't sure who he is or what his role in her life signifies. She only knows that her Guardian has saved her from tragedy time and again---but not always.

    I don't want to get too much into the whys and wherefores of the story, because this is one in which the explanation of who the time travelers are and when and where they come from is best left unspoiled. Suffice it to say that the explanation of the time travel worked for me (for the most part---I still had a question or two about potential paradoxes that could arise by someone time-traveling within his/her own lifespan). I loved the characters, and while there were times when I wished the POV would have been deeper and not so much just surface-level stuff (and there were a few situations that were somewhat glossed over and never explained---situations that would have had major consequences for Laura---like when she ran away from the second group home to check on Ruth and Thelma after the fire), the momentum of the book didn't give me much time to feel like I'd lost anything.

    This was a very fun read, and I'm really surprised it's never been made into a movie---it has all the cinematic elements one could hope for.

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    T. Troxel 07-25-14
    T. Troxel 07-25-14

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    "I Liked it"
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Christopher Lane?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I like Koontz's mix of science fiction and mystery and this book is a good combination with a bit of time travel thrown in.

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    Jack Skiles 05-30-14
    Jack Skiles 05-30-14
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    "Koontz brilliance continues!"
    If you could sum up Lightning in three words, what would they be?

    A Great Story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their development.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Laura and her family were at the cabin just before tragedy strikes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I became involved in the lives of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Hated to see the story end.

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    LK Heath, TX 75032 05-14-14
    LK Heath, TX 75032 05-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Kept my interest!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lightning the most enjoyable?

    It is so great to read a good action mystery with a love story and no vulgarity in words or acts. Really enjoy this author


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lightning?

    When Stefan returned after Laura was dead.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Laura


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. SW USA 05-12-14
    M.W. SW USA 05-12-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Just OK"

    I don't have much to say about this book. It just wasn't that interesting. The plot was forced. I could take it or leave it. I did manage to finish it, but I'd rather have used the credit elsewhere.

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    George 05-11-14
    George 05-11-14
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    "Is it or isn't it?"

    It wasn't a time travel book until about halfway through, then it became a suspense novel with a time travel twist. The reader is always hoping for a happily-ever-after outcome and history keep getting changed. Somehow, I hope that we humans never develop a time travel capability...fun to read, nasty to imagine for real.

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    newbie 05-07-14
    newbie 05-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent for recreational reading! Enjoyed this!"
    Any additional comments?

    I would read (listen) to this again - lots of characters, clever interactions, good story line.
    Not intended to be a deep work, but recreationally it is tops, some good moral points also.

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    GC 05-02-14
    GC 05-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Even better than Odd"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot did keep me on the edge of my seat waiting to find out who the mystery man is, and what is his motivation. I was surprised by the answer--I didn't see that coming.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 04-26-14
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 04-26-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not bad"

    This was an earlier work by Koontz and it shows but it wasn't bad, just very obviously written over a decade ago. Mr. Koontz has come a long way since this book, that's about all I can say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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