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One Door Away from Heaven Audiobook

One Door Away from Heaven

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In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.

Despite her deformed left leg and withered left hand, nine-year-old Leilani Klonk radiates a buoyant and indomitable spirit that inspires Micky. Beneath Leilani's effervescence, however, Micky comes to sense a quiet desperation that the girl dares not express. Leilani's mother is little more than a child herself, and her stepfather, Preston Maddoc, is educated but threatening. Slowly, ever more troubling details emerge in Leilani's conversations with Micky. Most chilling is Micky's discovery that Leilani had an older brother, also disabled, who vanished after Maddoc took him into the woods one night and is now "gone to the stars".

While the child-protection bureaucracy gives Micky the runaround, the Maddoc family slips away into the night. So Micky sets out across America to find them: for the first time living for something bigger than herself. One Door Away from Heaven is an incandescent mix of suspense and humor, fear and wonder, a story of redemption and timeless wisdom that will have listeners cheering.

©1991 Dean Koontz; (P)1991 Random House, Inc.

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    Cathy San Jose, CA, USA 07-28-08
    Cathy San Jose, CA, USA 07-28-08
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    "Starts out good but I had enough after a while"

    The main characters had well quirky personalities and I enjoyed them very much. They showed great humor in the face of poverty and violence. The overall story grew tiresome after some time. Maybe it should have ended sooner. Maybe i'm just not into aliens...or maybe it was the narrator?

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer F 03-21-17
    Jennifer F 03-21-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Disappponted"

    I always love dean koontz but I felt like this story never picked up. I am about half way through and if I were reading this and not listening I would have given up a long time ago. It feels like j still don't know what the book Is about.
    The narrators voice was also very soothing and sing song... which just doesn't fit such a dark book. I found it hard to listen to for that reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MetaSpiritualMichael91 Plant City, Florida 02-26-17
    MetaSpiritualMichael91 Plant City, Florida 02-26-17 Member Since 2017

    MetaphysicalMinister;Intuitive;ReikiPractitioner;mid50's;HIV+(my ex didn't take vows as seriously as I); I LOVE: God;Mom;MyCats=Chrysa&Tia

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    "I'm sorry to report that I am thoroughly disappointed by this audiobook."

    This audiobook could have been really good but, in my humble opinion, the entire book simply dragged and dragged and dragged. It's hard for me to explain effectively. The storyline could have been really great. It has good characters (by that I mean interesting) but they just don't seem to come together effectively and expeditiously.

    I don't know, I'm even lost on how to explain exactly what I mean. I kept on listening thinking surely it would get better, and it did for a short while. Unfortunately from getting better to becoming worse the story rambled on back and forth finally ending in a bizarre way.

    This didn't really seem like a Dean Koontz book.

    I hope if you decide to listen to it that you totally disagree with me and that you thoroughly enjoy it from start to finish. Maybe it's just me, but that's just not how the experience unfolded for me. St any rate, Happy Reading (or listening )!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. F. 09-16-16
    K. F. 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak"

    A decent story ruined by one of the most inane endings in literary history. Worse, the ending is copied almost exactly from Sole Survivor, published only four years prior. As you might guess from the title, One Door Away From Heaven gets much too religious. Finally, the title of the book is a reference to a riddle which Koontz teases us with the whole book. His teasing insistence leads one to believe the answer must be brilliant, maybe life changing, but his answer is a giant pile of nothing, incredibly disappointing.

    The narrator is one door away from terrible, never using the appropriate tone for what she's reading. Everything comes out in the same drolling monotone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Angelmarie Chico, CA, United States 08-16-12
    Angelmarie Chico, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "GREAT story!! Highly recomend!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Door Away from Heaven the most enjoyable?

    The long length of the story, excellent narration, bio-ethical disgussion.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Anne Twomey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, great!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ought one feel the right to....


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Stevenson Spokane, Washington, US 03-27-17
    Helen Stevenson Spokane, Washington, US 03-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story but bad narrator."

    This is a typical Koontz book and thoroughly enjoyable however I found the narrator to be less than an enthusiastic reader. She nearly put me to sleep a number of times with her singsong whispery voice.

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    Kimberly 03-13-17
    Kimberly 03-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "fabulous story!"

    I love this story, and the narrator does a fine job. Dean Koontz is one of my all-time favorite authors and this book is definitely in my top 5

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    Amazon Customer 03-08-17
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    "Awesome!"

    Amazing book, it definitely kept me hook. I will be listening to this book again!

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    HollyH 02-25-17
    HollyH 02-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved this book & the way it was read!"

    I read this book years ago but had forgotten much of it. I had also forgotten how good it is! Love it!

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    C W 01-10-17
    C W 01-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "another great book!"

    Another great book from the master. I have yet to listen to or read a book from Mr. Koontz that was easy to put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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