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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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    Dianne Winnfield, LA, USA 06-06-09
    Dianne Winnfield, LA, USA 06-06-09
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    "Solid Koontz entry"

    I first fell in love with Dean Koontz via 'Odd Thomas'. Odd's story remains one of my favorites as have some of his other titles (The Watcher is a must read). Lightening Road is a very satisfying read. The thing about Koontzs' work that I love is his ability to transport me immediately to the scene and keep me on the edge of my seat. I felt the same way about Lightening Road. Loved the characters, their struggle and undying hope. It is well worth your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela J United States 12-12-10
    Pamela J United States 12-12-10 Member Since 2014

    Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

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    "A great distraction"

    Perfect book for when you want a bit of adventure, a bit of drama, and a bit of fun. Koontz wrote some great characters to star and co-star in this story with wide appeal. While it won't put you on the edge of your seat it will keep you greatly entertained.

    10 of 12 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Moore Springfield, IL 03-29-14
    Tony Moore Springfield, IL 03-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "It's been done before"
    What did you like best about Lightning? What did you like least?

    Nothing really stands out, as a fan of Dean Koontz I believe this may not be up there with some of his other books.


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

    yes, I'm a fan of his work.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Did a good job, despite the story falling apart.


    Did Lightning inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-03-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.

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    "Good story"

    Very inventive, solid story about the life of one special girl and a man who is fighting his own internal battle between good and evil. The story moves along pretty fast with just a few places that lagged but there are good characters that make up for it.

    I am reading another Koontz book and I can't help thinking that if I had read this one I would have enjoyed it more. The narrator does good voices but his regular narration is very monotone. To each his own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved It!"

    This was my first reading of Dean Koontz, and won't be my last. So glad it was on sale, so I could give this author a try.,
    The story is quite mysterious from the start, and keeps you guessing all the way through the book. Found myself laughing and crying in this book, and that's what makes a novel a 5 star for me. I love to get wrapped up with the characters lives, letting my emotions go. It's very well written and the narration was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12
    John Lane Plano, TX USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A Decent Read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved Odd Thomas. I loved Watchers. So I looked for the highest rated Dean Koontz book on Audible. And this is it. So maybe I was just a little disappointed. It's an okay story but I don't think it is as good as the other two.


    If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

    Better than Forever Odd, but not as good as Watchers or Odd Thomas.


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

    He does a good job of reading the story.


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

    No, the characters covered the full spectrum.


    Any additional comments?

    I think my expectations were too high.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Becky 01-23-11
    Becky 01-23-11
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    "I wanted to like it"

    I love time-travel stories, but this one took way too long to develop. Maybe I should have purchased the abridged version. I really wanted to like it, but overall, I can't say that I did.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 12-16-10
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 12-16-10 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Great story. Highly creative. Great reading."

    A compelling story right from the start. It weaves and turns, but kudos to Mr. Koontz as he manages to catch all the potential loose ends that tend to get left hanging in other stories tackling a similar theme. Great job. Great twists.

    I have to also give huge kudos to the reader, Christopher Lane. Mr. Lane's command of multiple voices, styles, accents and inflections made listening to this story such a compelling read. Well done.

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    Ida 12-09-10
    Ida 12-09-10 Member Since 2009
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    "What is it? A mystery? Sci-Fi? A disappointment"

    I actually enjoyed listening to the narrator. The narrator was one of the positives related to this story. I thought the variety provided to the characters' voices was very good and realistic. In addition, I loved the first part of this story up until the "guardian angel's" identity and background was revealed. What a disappointment. If you like science fiction, you may like the changes. In my opinion, the change was a disruption to the plot line and really did not fit into what I expected. A lot of mumbo jumbo that was really not part of the story. (I think that I have seen the movie on which this may have been based.) I have stopped listening to the story because of the unrealistic and abrupt twist to the plot and characters. The change in behavior and personalities of the heroine and her son was incredulous. It was like a different story was inserted into the one that I was listening to and I missed the transition. I was not prepared for the ridiculousness of the second part. I may go back and finish listening, but not anytime soon. I wish I could give 2.5 stars.

    2 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • April
    1/11/15
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    "Gripping and thrilling"

    A love story with a major difference, leaving you to wonder if this could have been possible !!!!!!!!! What if ? Do we all have a guardian?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    6/7/14
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    "Fabulous!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lightning the most enjoyable?

    As ever Dean's ability to transport the reader into the book and let us feel as if we are living it was excellent.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He read well. I enjoyed listening to him and will hope he reads more of Dean's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    lancaster, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Great listen !"
    Would you listen to Lightning again? Why?

    Well read, I couldn't put this down , even listened in the shower !


    What other book might you compare Lightning to, and why?

    References in the book mention back to the future which it does give a nod to,


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Can't pick one , good twists all the way through


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lightening can strike twice


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book it was sad, exciting, nerve racking stuff all the way to the end.

    0 of 0 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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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