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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.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Definitely Not The Best Koonz Book Ever....

I was surprised when I saw a review titled, "The Best Koontz Book Ever". Yeah sure, if you read this one first I guess. No it's not the best Koontz book and not by a long shot.

Now too be honest it started out strong, and there was some solid character development and a good story line in there too, but it really fell flat at the end. It did not take long to figure out where the story was going and I was curious, and even anticipated, how Koontz would spin it. In the end it was just a let down for me.

In a lot of ways I have to put some of the blame on the narration done by Dick Hill. I've listened to a lot of Dick Hill read novels and he is one of my favorite narrators, I just don't think this book suited him very well. He has a certain style that just did not work for me here.There were times the emphasis he put in certain areas did not seem appropriate and possibly not what the author had in mind. This is not typical for Mr Hill. I don't think he knew where to go with this book.

Like a lot of audio bookers, I listen during my daily commute and if the book is good I listen for over an hour a day and get through most books in no time. This one could not hold my interest. There were days I just ended up listening to the radio. Nothing was drawing me back to this book. It took me like near two months to finish this book.

I know this is not much of a review as it is me just knocking this book. But it's still a decent listen and has some real good parts and is an overall good story. If you like Koontz you'll end up reading it anyway no matter what I write here, but if you are new to Koontz, I'd start somewhere else and circle back to this one when you have some built up credits to burn.

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  • Jackie
  • Millstadt, IL, US
  • 07-22-14

Slower than Slow

What disappointed you about Strangers?

Way to long! I thought I would never get to the end.

How could the performance have been better?

I do not think anything would help the listen.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

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  • JB
  • Pittsburgh
  • 06-28-14

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.

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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

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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.

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  • A Genie
  • Columbia, SC, US
  • 03-10-14

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.