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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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  • Burt
  • WEST JORDAN, UT, United States
  • 02-22-15

Well written suspense

Seems it will be predictable but the changes are totally unexpected I really enjoyed this

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not my favorite Koontz Book

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. My friends are all Christians. This book has more profanity than other Koontz books I've read. It's also sacreligious to mix Christianity and science fiction.

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

yes

What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

he did OK.

Could you see Strangers being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It could be but I wouldn't go see it so it wouldn't matter who played in it.

Any additional comments?

It is too long and drawn out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Why was this in "mystery" category?

The only mystery was "why did I buy it?" I'd had a couple of other Koontz books that I liked well enough, but this one seems to be just an unending collection of every sort of teenage mutant zombie alien psycho nonsense that has ever been published. At least I'm guessing it's unending, since I wasn't able to finish it. There were a couple of characters whose fate I'd have liked to know, but just couldn't stick it out.

Sometimes I like to consider what could be done with a book by eliminating or altering characters or storylines or changing the narrator to make the book readable, but this one just wouldn't be worth the work. I wish Audible would screen it's categories better, so I wouldn't have to do so much research before purchasing.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Overall, Awful

If the real Dean Koontz wrote "Intensity", then,
who is the terrible writer masquerading as
Dean Koontz who wrote this trash? The book
is verbose. The plot is forced and unimaginative.
The protagonists are just too, too wonderful to
qualify as human beings. And their treatment is
so politically correct as to make one think about
setting up a home shrine for each. And that,in spite of their heavy handed right wing political views. Further, it seems that the writer must
be getting paid by the word. I love long, long
books...if they are well written. This turkey
could have been done in about half the words.
Next awful feature... Dick Hill is the
narrator. There are worse, but few can over
emote for as long and as consistently as Mr.
Hill, even in passages where little emotional
flavoring is called for.
If you want to listen to a bad book, buy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Great

This was one of my favourite Koontz books and didn't let you down in the end as a couple of his books do. This narrator is also one of my favourites and I think that made it even more enjoyable to listen to than it would be to read the novel. The easy narration style and good story made it a great book to listen to whilst driving or tapping away on the PC.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall

Ugh

This audio book was often painful to get through. Initially, the reason was the narrator and his choice to express the characters as he did. I especially found the voice he used for all female characters annoying but the males were done badly as well and were not even consistent... too many characters to keep track of, maybe??? I eventually became irritated with the author's writing style as most of the characters were such 'wonderful' people that it was hard to relate which is important for me to become absorbed into and enjoy a book. What started off as a potentially engaging book turned into a mediocre experience, at best.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jason
  • Temecula, CA, USA
  • 03-24-09

Tight plot; intriguing ending

To me, this is prototype Koontz. He got everything right with this one: Character development, a smattering of meaningless detail, an ending full of wonder, suspense, and plenty of horror. For those of you who tire of a long, drawn out plot; this book is not for you. But for those of you who enjoy every delicious step in a 1000 mile journey--you'll love it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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bad William Shatner impression

The story is pretty much middle of the road Koontz - characters can be a bit wooden and trying a bit too hard to draw out the suspense - but I always like his stories. I do have a major issue with this one: the narrator. Every time one of the characters would get emotional, it sounded as though he was trying to do William Shatner doing a Brooklyn accent, and the chewing of scenery would be much more appropriate in a B movie from the '50s. I also find it very irritating when the narrator greatly varies the volume of his/her voice. When you're listening in the car or over head phones, the last thing you want to be doing is playing with the volume control so you can figure out what is being said, then getting blasted out of your seat on the next line because you had to turn it up so high. Out of the hundred or so books I've listened to so far, this is the first reader I will purposely avoid in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Book is great, Narrator not so much

After reading some of the other reviews, I felt I had to add my sentiment to the others who feel that book itself is great! Dick Hill's intrepretations of the characters really grated on my nerves and almost caused me to move on to another book. The female characters are intoned in such a whiny whimpy voice that I wondered what Mr. Hill was thinking. The voices of the daughter also grated on me. The male voices were relatively fine, though they seemed to change a bit as the book went along.
My advice grin and bear the narration, the book is a winner.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator distracting

This is one of my favorite Dean Koontz books - I've read all of them. And I was thrilled to see it on audiobook and put it on my new IPod - it was my first audiobook I've ever listened to and I'm very dissapointed - the narrator is so bad and his "voices" that he gives the characters are just plain awful - they don't match the character personality at all! I'm so distracted by his tones that I can't focus on the story.

If he had just read the book - without adding what he felt was an appropriate voice for the character it would have been fine - monotone would have been fine. I have an imagination and could have easily imagined a voice for the character. I have stopped listening to the book - and am very glad that I did not pay for it {free trial}. I may try again later to listen but don't know if I can get past this man's tone of voice.

I gave the narrator one star - that is not a reflection of the book - IMHO the book itself is a 5 star but not the narrator!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kerry
  • 04-07-13

Fantastic

Amazing story line and so unexpected. I love dean koontz and was not disappointed. I would recommend this to anyone who has either read dean koontz as well as anyone who never has but wants to. Very pleased and cannot wait to listen to another x

1 of 2 people found this review helpful