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Lightning | [Dean Koontz]

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)

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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 11-03-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Changing the past ~ Koontz is excellent~ now a FAN"

    PLOT: Tragedy marks Laura's Life but can lightening change it?

    Laura is a child when tragedy finds her an orphan. Laura fieels her guardian is a man who appears when lightening "strikes" who saved her when she was a child. Now in an orphanage she again is "saved" by the same man. An adult Laura married with a son again finds her fate changed by the "lightening man" from the past. This is an excellent audio. I am now a major Kootz fan. Laura fate in the orphanage is both dramatic tragic and well done. the ADDED bonus of her "guardian" who shows up to avoid fate adds to the story. This is a very good story with good plotting. Full of twists and turns and flows along well. Koontz is the master of description and character development. I would have liked about 5 hours less of filler but worth the entire listen for the end of a well done story. I liked the reader. Koontz tosses in some historic fact along the way and adds the occasional dark humor. I loved it. I GIVE IT 5 FOR STORY 4 FOR PERFORMANCE AND 4 FOR OVER ALL horror thriller that is one of Koontz trade mark thrillers GREAT audio.

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    Debbie 07-30-12
    Debbie 07-30-12
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    "Unexpected thrills"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lightning to be better than the print version?

    There is something to listening to this book that reading it yourself might not have given to you. Christopher gave each person depth that had I read the book I may not have felt the pull into the story like I did listening to it.


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

    My listening time is somewhat limited but I found myself giving this book just a little more time ... just one more chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    Love gives you strength and depth all it's own. The fight we give for our loved ones and strength we find to push forward is found in this book. Great book!

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    mdd 06-29-12
    mdd 06-29-12 Member Since 2002
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    "getting better and better"

    ok, so Koontz always had strange stories with supernatural aspects to them akin to mr. king, but as stated in a past review, he had such an insecure need to impress the reader with his vast vocabulary that one almost had to read with a dictionary at hand. it was to this reader, highly egotistical and psychodynamically insecure. Now that is virtually gone, no... completely gone. So i don't know if this is mr. Koontz's work or that of a ghost writer. either way it is so much better at every level than any earlier book. The last two impressed me for these maturational developments. If this is a ghost writer, he has mastered the Koontz mind, and the writing is thoroughly enjoyable. This story is compelling, gripping, and if you are a reader comfortable with the suspension of reality as we know it (if not you wouldn't be reading Koontz in the first place) this is worthy read/listen that will be one of your fastest.... just because you will want to listen at every available free moment... and isn't that what escapist literature is about?!

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    Thomas Sacramento, CA, United States 02-03-12
    Thomas Sacramento, CA, United States 02-03-12 Member Since 2011

    I spend about four hours per day on the road. Audio books make my commute go by much faster and make it somewhat enjoyable.

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    This book was decent, but I've read much better stories by Dean Koontz. It was not a complete disappointment.

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    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 11-30-11
    R. Sippel San Jose, CA United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2007

    Chef

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    "I was confused starting out"

    I was having a hard time following the story to begin with and kept getting lost, restarting the book 4 times! I finally got it. This book is not a heavy read but I needed to pay attention and not daydream while listening. When I finally caught on, I had a hard time putting the audible down. What a good listen, CL does a wonderful job narrating!

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    S. Alcee Tampa, FL 04-20-11
    S. Alcee Tampa, FL 04-20-11 Member Since 2006
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    "DELICIOUS!!!!!"

    Absolutely the best book I have read/listened to this year!!!!
    The plot, the details, the wordage: positively yummy!!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Waxhaw, NC, United States 03-04-11
    Heather Waxhaw, NC, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Electrifying!"

    Incredible narration makes this great book even better. Christopher Lane is just incredible. This story has many german accents and he manages to have different sounding german accents for each of them. You always know who is talking based on the timbre of the accent. Truly a gifted narrator. To be perfectly honest, I've only read a handful of Dean Koontz and this story has really stayed with me. I find the premise fascinating. Listen to this book! You'll enjoy the story and love the narrator!

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    Lisa Dayton, OH, United States 01-23-11
    Lisa Dayton, OH, United States 01-23-11 Member Since 2010
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    "READ THIS BOOK!"

    This a great book, starts out with a bang and is thrilling and captivating till the end. I love Dean Koontz!

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    Lisa Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-10-11
    Lisa Pittsburgh, PA, United States 01-10-11
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    "A worthwhile Koontz book"

    While Koontz can be a little wordy at times, this one was a pleasent surprise. Less rambling, more story, the characters were likeable and the premise of time travel was quite interesting.

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    "Lightening"

    This was a fairly good book but as I read the more I had to make myself continue. I am not hooked on science fiction and that is what alot of this book really is. Dean Koonz is an excellent writer and I bought this book because she was the author. I finished the book but it was not one I could say - you will love it - or at least I didn't. It is fair.

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