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Strangers Audiobook

Strangers

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Publisher's Summary

They were strangers.....
A handful of people, from different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear.

They were victims....
Cold and stark, an unknown terror gripped their dreams and turned their days into living nightmares.

They were chosen....
And they could not escape. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

©2008 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With its masterful blend of elements of espionage, terror, and even some science fiction, Strangers may be the suspense novel of the year." (Library Journal)
"The plot twists ingeniously...chilling." (The New York Times Book Review)

What Members Say

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    JB Pittsburgh 06-28-14
    JB Pittsburgh 06-28-14
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    "the Strangers"
    Was Strangers worth the listening time?

    I don't mind long books, but this is one of the very few times that I wish I had the abridged version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aleeta R. Hall 04-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fair Story - Too Long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - probably not. The basic story was good, but it took far too long to get to the conclusion. Too much time was spent on describing clothing :-(


    Has Strangers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Mr Hill did a great job. Regardless of the length of the reading he never lost his momentum and he kept the characters separate and realistic.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. J. Capwell Buffalo, NY USA 03-20-14
    C. J. Capwell Buffalo, NY USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The worst Koontz book I have read"

    Repetitive, annoying, boring, flawed are just some of the words that came to my mind over and over again listening to this story. I love Dean Koontz and this is the first of his books that I did not like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Genie Columbia, SC, US 03-10-14
    A Genie Columbia, SC, US 03-10-14

    Genie G. Perry

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    "Suspenseful"
    Where does Strangers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will was always calm and thinking of the best solutions


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

    Yes ~ at the top


    If you could rename Strangers, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't rename it


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful story and performance; I listened to it twice

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim 03-10-14
    Jim 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Even the title is misleading... but that's OK"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure it's long, but there are alot of folks to fit in. Dick Hill keeps it going.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Perhaps.... when Ginger goes back in time to unearth the events near Elko.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I suppose my extreme reaction was... I NEVER made a list of characters in a book before ! I have read hundreds of books.


    Any additional comments?

    Koontz kept the "explanation" to the mysteries hidden for a Looooooong... time. It was fun guessing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-19-14
    Karen 02-19-14
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    "Not one of his best."
    What disappointed you about Strangers?

    Thought the story was lacking. The inserting of so much yiddish made no sense. It just didn't have the usual Dean Koontz magic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy R. Snyder 02-18-14

    J.R. Snyder

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    "A reliable DK story, well read, but a bit wanting"

    This book was a favorite of my youth that I returned to in audio form. I was not disappointed by the story--although all the works of Dean Koontz begin to sound the same after a while--and Dick Hill was a fantastic voice for the male characters in the book. His slightly squeaky, falsetto attempts at the women's voices, however, were a trifle hard to take seriously. This was an enjoyable audiobook, but I yearned for a female reader to lend her talents to Mr. Hill's otherwise great skill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary 02-09-14
    mary 02-09-14

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "Don't Pass This One Up"

    I read novels by Dean Koontz many years ago and stopped reading them because there was too much of the supernatural and not enough storyline.
    Not so with this book. I'm back now and hooked. I haven't even finished the last three hours of the book and I don't care what they are because this novel had me from the beginning. Great character development, lots of mystery and suspense, never know what's around the next corner. I don't want this book to end.

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    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-01-14
    E LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Felt Strange"

    I love Dean Koontz books. Have read most, but I am going back to find those I have not read and this is one of them.
    First, I did not like the performance, his female voices really irritated me, but all were just a bit off somehow.
    The story itself was just ok, part of the way through you knew what was coming and it just became going through the motions at that point. I wanted more, more from the characters, and more from the story. So much possibility, but disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chitina M. Schatz 01-01-14

    Been there, Read that

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    "Worst reading I've ever heard"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I will recommend a friend to read this story for themselves. This reading is awful. The story is Dean Koontz fantastic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Strangers?

    The nightmares of the characters and their misunderstanding of them, sorry, no spoilers!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I had to give the reading a star in order to rate it. This reading ruined the story. Period. I've never returned a book, but I'm tempted to this one. This is not a reader to try to give voice to characters. Most sounded the same offshoot of one voice. The reader sounded as if he had a mouthful of something. His interpretations of emotions made his words even harder to understand. Audible, you cropped out on this one. Sorry.


    Did Strangers inspire you to do anything?

    Read more koontz.


    Any additional comments?

    Please try harder to match readers with stories, this guy is awful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • J. Freeman
    United Kingdom
    6/17/13
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    "Cheesy amateur dramatics style narrator spoils it"

    I think I might be getting too picky in my old age but the cheesy, old fashioned, amateur dramatics style narrator made the whole book impossible to listen to. It was over performed to the point where all I could hear was the annoying voiceover trying to show off with his dramatic range.

    Very disapointed

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    1/24/09
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    "Gripping"

    Really enjoyed the story and it was well read. Realising what is going on before the author tells you works well because you keep listening waiting for when they all find out. Like this author in audible format works really well

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Grover
    1/9/15
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    "Awful Narrator"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Die hard Dean Kontz fans


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    Too many characters and no focus on plot development. It was lost, directionless and didn't seem to want to get started


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    No - the narrator was awful. Just awful. It was like listening to Fat Tony from the Simpsons reading a novel.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Strangers?

    Halved the characters. We don't need to know every tiny bit of history about a character as soon as they walk into a room. We don't need the writer to describe physical traits in such depth - you tell us she's a bit of a goth with a geeky side, we get what you mean. You don't need to say she had black hair with glasses, wore black clothes that matched her black nails that she had roughly bit... ugh!


    Any additional comments?

    Not bothering with any more Koontz

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Southport, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Good book"
    What made the experience of listening to Strangers the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the book Strangers. The reading of the story was ok, although some of the voices, I thought did not match my ideas of the characters, eg Ginger sounded quite timid were to get to the position she was she would have to be a stronger character.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the character of Jack Twist, his fall from good to not so good but the rationale behind it.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not emotionally connect with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read some other Dean Koontz books. His books pass the time, they can have good ideas but the ending tend to not live up to the story preceding. This story shows the difference in time from when it was written to the present day it is read. The story has a lot of cliches (although novel at the time it was written) that help the reader (or listener) to guess the twist in the ending, well before we get there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • T. Norman
    Dorchester, U.K.
    2/20/10
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    "Dreadful!!"

    I'm sorry, but this is the worst book i've had from audible... It's not the quality of the writing that's the issue, I've bought and loved many Dean Koontz books over the years; it just comes down to the poor quality of the narration.
    it's dis-jointed, with pauses mid sentence (this is really off putting!) and as the narrator attempts to play an individual accent for each character I found myself being turned off by the irritating nasal tone he adopts.
    I will never get another book with this narrator!!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. J. Stewart
    5/27/15
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    "fantastic!"

    hooked all the way through in the fashion of Stephen kings under the dome. Definitely going to check out some other Koontz books now

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Adaline
    Ireland
    4/7/15
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    "Fantastic tale"

    I am a Dean Koontz fan but it took me a while to get into the book. It was worth the endurance. Once it gets going, the story is great and the characters and believable and well developed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    CHATHAM, United Kingdom
    4/1/15
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    "Lovely story!"

    Can remember reading this book years ago and enjoyed it just as well now, even better having it read to me on long commuter driving!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Norwich, Norfolk United Kingdom
    2/17/15
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    "Play at 1.5"

    Love the book, but the narrator speaks very slowly so I'd advise you play at 1.5 speed if you don't want to get annoyed. Also, sometimes when as he talks in different voices for different characters, I couldn't make out what he said.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Colin
    hambledon, surrey, United Kingdom
    7/19/10
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    "Strangers"

    Good listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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