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One Door Away from Heaven | [Dean Koontz]

One Door Away from Heaven

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.
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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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    Joy West Jefferson, NC, United States 10-28-09
    Joy West Jefferson, NC, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2015

    Love to read as I drive; never leave home without. Love the Cousins O'Dwyer Books #1 - made me feel I was there. Narrator X-celent! Purrfekt

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    Absolutely LOVED this story AND the "reader" - this was so synchronistic - storyline and reader. More like this one would be relished! Definately a HIGHLY PRIZED work in my 'collection' and recommendations

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    Angelmarie Chico, CA, United States 08-16-12
    Angelmarie Chico, CA, United States 08-16-12 Member Since 2015
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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....


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    JenK 05-10-15
    JenK 05-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "love love love this story!"

    I've read this novel multiple times and decided to buy the audio version and less than 24 hours later, I have finished it. still gives me goosebumps :)

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    Stemark 04-26-15
    Stemark 04-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A good Koontz read"

    It has all the components of a classic Dean Koontz novel with the darkness, some humor, plenty of action and, of course, a dog.

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    Sekure Atty 04-12-15
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    "Wonderfully Touching"

    This has to be in my top 5 Dean Koontz novels. Touching, heartbreaking, thrilling, endearing, tragic and surprising.

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    Janet 04-02-15
    Janet 04-02-15
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    "It was entertaining"

    I didn't think this book was one of Koontz's best, but it was entertaining enough to keep me interested. I did like the narration and was able to finish it without forcing myself. Overall I would recommend this book for those who like Koontz.

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    F. K. Stucki Rexburg, ID USA 03-31-15
    F. K. Stucki Rexburg, ID USA 03-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Liked the book"

    It took a long time to get where it was going. Really loved the last quarter of the book. Enjoy!

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    frank 03-05-15
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    "The Best"

    This plot and story line turned out to be the best Koontz novel I have ever listened to. Just amazing.

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    oldspot 12-30-14
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    great story, a relaxing getaway from my usual information based audio based diet. another book by knootz? you bet!

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    Amazon Customer United States 09-02-14
    Amazon Customer United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up One Door Away from Heaven in three words, what would they be?

    Best Book Ever!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Small disclosure; I read this book when I was young and it was THE book that encouraged me to read. The plot of the story was something I could relate to because I had a twisted childhood as did some of the characters.

    This was my favorite book for YEARS until I read Bryce Courtenay's Power of One. This was the first book I ever read by Dean Koontz and I was just discovering an interest in political issues as a kid, and I loved how he incorporated that twist into the book in a way that wasn't overbearing. I immediately bought all of his books I could get my hands on thinking they would be the same way (like Jodi Picoult's style of writing) but I was pleased to end up with a slew of type horrors books which led me to discover Steven King.

    Bought the book without credits, because I wanted to see if the book was really that good, or if I glamorized it in my mind. I was blown away again by how much I loved the book. I loved all of the main characters and the way they interacted.


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

    The book has a few eccentric characters, and part of the reason I bought the book again was to see how those parts would be read. She read it just as I imagined as a kid and I loved it.


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

    Absolutely!


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