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Lightning Audiobook
Lightning
Written by: 
Dean Koontz
Narrated by: 
Christopher Lane
Lightning Audiobook

Lightning

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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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    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 01-21-11
    avoidthelloyd Poteau, OK 01-21-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Honestly...it was a clean page turner!"

    This is probably the best book I've read on time travel to date. The story was not overly complicated with scientific garbage, but there was enough to make the story believable! The twist in the story in part 2 was brilliant although i thought the motive behind the time traveler should have been a more fatalistic one. for the most part, everything was well thought out. The book is definitely worth a credit or purchase...

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-20-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.

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    "First Koontz book for me; won't be the last"

    This book, written in the 1980s exceeded all my expectations. I had heard of Dean Koontz but had never read or listened to any of his books. Lightning was well-conceived, well-written and, although fantasy, made a lot of sense. There's violence but it's not gratuitous. The characters are easy to root for or against. And an interesting twist, not really germane to the story, helped close out the tale in a most creative manner. I usually listen to mystery/thrillers and this was one where the science fiction aspects really made the story enjoyable. A great book.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 10-07-13
    AudioAddict 10-07-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Tons of Twists and Turns"

    STORY - (Suspense) Like the Publisher's Summary says, there's lightning and a stranger. Is he a guardian angel, the devil in disguise or a master of time and space?

    I don't know how I can write anything about this story without giving something away, so I will just comment that it is unusual and very good. I was expecting it to possibly be scary, but it isn't. There's sadness and violence, but there's also humor and love. This is my first Koontz novel, but it's not going to be my last.

    PERFORMANCE - Good job with multiple voices and accents.

    OVERALL - (Actual rating 4.5) Highly recommended for both guys and gals. Probably too much violence for young teenagers. Must be in the mood for some mystery with lots of action and suspense.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    M. Kaplan 06-25-09
    M. Kaplan 06-25-09
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    "Good story, well read."

    I enjoyed both the story and the reader. As with most Koontz books, it has well woven characters into a good sci-fi story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thug4life Sutton, MA 10-09-13
    Thug4life Sutton, MA 10-09-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.

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    "Ends with a whimper"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Lightning was an audio daily special for $2.95. Considering the price, Lightning was a nice listen (slightly below average). The first half of Lightning was a terrific thriller that keeps the listener guessing and constantly problem solving. Dean Koontz keeps the story progressing at a manageable pace. However, the story begins to bog down as the key protagonist enters adulthood. As a listener you just burn-out on the same type of repetitive action sequences. Others may like this fast paced and action orientated book. After completing 60% of the book, I found the characters under developed and superficial. If you are looking for a great Koontz book, try Intensity.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2015

    From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.

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    "Daily Deals provide a heck of deal!"

    No way I'd have read this had it not been a daily deal. So glad I did!
    If nothing else, this book gives you characters you will love. It's an interesting twist on time travel and all it's paradoxes. And it's a mystery that surprised me, something I'm always grateful for.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 05-15-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 05-15-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Great Mystery... Very Enjoyable"

    This is a great listen... a suspenseful page turner with lots of twists and turns... the plot really thicken towards the end. There is a lot of action (shootem up) but not over the top. I cared about what happened to the characters. A great performance by Christopher Lane who performs with multiple voices and accents. This story had me on the edge of my seat at times and is more futuristic than not... is he the devil or an angel? why is he watching her? first as a baby, then child and finally as a young lady... Koontz ties it up nicely in the end. There are minor characters that have great parts to play too. I'm glad I read the reviews on this one! Worth the time listening and the chip spent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doris 04-17-13
    Doris 04-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.

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    "Good Story - well written, starts quickly"

    I wasn’t sure what to expect, but pleasantly surprised. Not really a horror, more sci-fi – but a good read. Some characters were quite amusing, others were uneventful – but that’s how it’s supposed to be, I guess.

    Sci-Fi fans would like this more that horror fans…not scary or nail-biting, but an interesting story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-27-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a great story!"

    I thought about it frequently afterwards. At times it was a roller coaster ride, frightening, intense, and I didn’t want to stop reading until I got through the current crisis. The main story is Laura’s life from birth to adulthood. A strange man appears at critical times in her life to save her from disaster. Laura is not a wimp. She does smart things. This is one of the few books where I don’t want to say much about the story. It is sooo much better not to know. There is suspense, danger, courage, clever things, and surprising things. The characters are rich.

    I had two problems. The author used the artificial device of interrupting scenes. For example, there’s a scene in 1977 and another in 1988. The author split each of those scenes into about four parts and then went back and forth between the two showing pieces of each scene. The effect was interruption, and I was angry at the author which took me out of the story. This happened a few times during the book. There was such great “natural” suspense and action, the author didn’t need to use this device. I would have been ok with splitting the scenes into two parts each, to allow the two climaxes/resolutions to be told together, but no more than that.

    Second problem was the narrator (Christopher Lane) using an effeminate gay guy’s voice for young girls. It was terrible acting - the wrong tone and voice for girls. Get a version with a different narrator (if ever available) otherwise read the physical book to eliminate that problem.

    The strange man was able to do something a few times but not another time which bothered me. The explanation given was not consistent since it did not apply to all situations. But the story was so good I was willing to look past it. Again I can’t say more. I don’t want to give anything away.

    The author does not used tired cliches. I was delighted to hear a character say “I’m a legend in my own scrapbook.”

    Genre: time travel suspense thriller.
    Ending: satisfying and complete.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 06-15-12
    Tim United States 06-15-12

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "Not a big Koontz fan but this is a good book"

    If you are into alternative history novels, this is a good book for that niche. It was entertaining and unique, 4 stars is a fair rating but probably 3.75 would be more appropriate. You won't regret it if you buy it but don't think this is the book that will change your life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Susan
    York, United Kingdom
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    "Excellent book - superbly read"

    My husband is the Dean Koontz fan. I bought this in order that we could sit and listen to this together whilst I was knitting and he was not knitting! I fould it an excellently thought out book if a little 'strange' at first but coming to a fast paced finale. It was excellently read and I have to admit to a 'go faster, section that did my knitting no good at all. Really enjoyable.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    1/24/09
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    "Another winner from Koontz"

    I seem to find excuses to stay with Koontz' books and take every opportunity to keep listening. Again this has an interesting plot and great narrator ..and you just want to know what is going on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • cliff
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    7/30/13
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    "How good can a book be..."

    OUTSTANDING.... I have listened to many audio books and this is one of those that just kept getting better, I could imagine it as a film easy.. great characters great story...if you listen to nothing else then listen to this...that is only my opinion?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Great!! Well thought out"

    I read this book many years ago and loved it then. Thought I would get it on audio to remind me if it was as good as I remembered and it was. Not your usual Dean Koontz Story but brilliant just the same. the charicters are well thought out and loveable. You feel the need to finish it to find out what happens to Laura through her life to see if she lives or dies???
    What can I say Koontz at his finest and narrated very, very well.
    Buy you will enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    12/7/11
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    "Guardian Angels"

    Whenever lightning strikes her guardian angel comes to save her. How many times can he alter her future? Where does he come from? Can he save her that one last time when she really needs him? Great listen, enjoy it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    ambleside, United Kingdom
    3/1/11
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    "different but still good"

    Great listen, great narration, not the normal Koontz ( of the few I have read), but very gripping. well worth getting

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marian
    Whitburn
    5/31/16
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    "Love it"

    I always enjoy dean koontz and this was no exception, well read, excellent story and thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss H E Briars
    3/17/16
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    "Great book"

    First audio book I've listened too . Really enjoyed it. Not quite sure about the accents and voices of the narrator but I got used to it. Great book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • munky
    3/3/16
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    "brilliant"

    I have read this in paperback, but loved listening on audiable. Great twist to the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/24/15
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    "Slow Start But Stick With It."

    Struggled at first but glad I persisted. Confusing, complex but brilliant. Off to by the kindle version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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