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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)

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    Jim "The Impatient" 05-05-14 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Dos Equis"

    Let me say it again, I am a Koontz fan. He is one of my favorites, yet this book will put you to sleep. I listened to 19 hours of this 29 hour snail paced nothing happening book. 19 hours, just ten hours to go and I could not hack it. Knowing that Koontz often has twists at the end of his books, I was looking at listening a whole day to this and could not do it.

    FIBBING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
    It could be argued that this has character development. The way in which he develops the characters is simplistic. One guy was in Vietnam and so we have a long drawn out history on him. One girl was abused by her dad, so we have a long drawn out history on her. This is not the way you develop characters. Characters are developed through the story. George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, and Orson Scott Card are the Character development experts and it is not done through long histories on each and every character. This was released in 1986 and is better then some of his earlier works. We still get descriptions of some of the more mundane parts of life, like he had orange marmalade on his toast, but it is not as bad as his earlier writings.

    Gunsmoke

    I have often wondered how some of this early boring stuff ever got published and sold and then I start thinking. When I was a kid, all TV shows were an hour long. Gunsmoke was one of our favorite shows. If I try to watch it today it seems so long and so boring, so I guess people and tastes change.

    DOS EQUIS, Heineken, CORONA
    At least Koontz knows his beer, this is the third book in a row by him in which he has mentioned Dos Equis. This time Heineken and Corona also get plugs. If I wrote a book it would have to include Bohemia, Tsing Tao and Product 19.

    36 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Linda E. Lawrence Dallas, Texas, USA 09-10-08
    Linda E. Lawrence Dallas, Texas, USA 09-10-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Koontz book ever"

    This is great entertainment! The characters are interesting and well-developed. The dialog flows easily and enhances the story, and it is read beautifully, each character with a distinct voice. The plot has many twists and turns that keep you wanting more. A great read.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 08-25-08
    Barry F. Stinson The Dalles, OR 08-25-08 Member Since 2013

    masterfundi

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    "Brilliant"

    20+ years ago, when already a Dean Koontz fan (Whispers, Phantoms), I read, and fell in love with, Strangers. This is the author's epic novel of friendship and hope, sometimes predictable, often suspenseful, always thought-provoking. After reading it the first time, I wondered what treatment it could be given on the big screen by a director like Spielberg. But the story is far too big for a movie, rather it could (and should) be filmed as a TV mini-series. Take note, SciFi Channel! I did find the narration a little slow at times, and didn't approve of all of the characterizations, but after listening for a few hours I became very comfortable with the reader and give him a big 'thumbs up'! For anyone that doesn't balk at a 29-hour listen, this is an outstanding choice. Those that choose not to listen are missing a wonderful experience.

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Robert E. Swale Frankfort, IL USA 10-05-08
    Robert E. Swale Frankfort, IL USA 10-05-08 Member Since 2011

    GPS Maven

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    "It depends on your personality I guess"

    I listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to work and back which equals about 1-1/4 hours of listening each day. So a book this long (29 hours) will take me about 4-1/2 weeks to finish.

    I've listened to several different readers over the past few years and would give the narrator of this one an average score, say three out of five stars. He does most of the characters reasonably well and has a little trouble with the women voices (but he is a guy with a deep voice so go figure). Generally for me the narrator thing is a non-issue, he doesn't ruin the book in my opinion, and he doesn't make a bad book good (I'm not saying this is a bad book, just that his reading wouldn't make it better if it was).

    The book itself has excellent character development and the characters are very believable. They seem like real people with real thoughts and are not superficial or outrageously successful, or "super people", which makes them believable.

    Yes this book is long, but so are other books with a lot of detail, which brings me back to my title. If your personality is such that you must move quickly through a book and don't care about character development details but want to get to the action, then either skip this book or wait for an abridged version.

    However, if you are like me and can grow to like a story because you grow to understand and then like the characters, then this book is for you.

    Bottom line: if you are patient, can delay gratification and like a good mystery, then you will like this book. If you are impatient and need more instant gratification, then you probably better skip it.

    48 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley RICHMOND, TX, USA 08-21-08
    Wesley RICHMOND, TX, USA 08-21-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story!"

    Not really a big Koontz fan but I have to say I really enjoyed this story. The characters seemed to more flesh and blood than is typically the case with Koontz stories. The pace of the story was perfect and the conclusion was great. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for good adventure.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Laudine Buckley Fresno, CA 12-27-09
    Laudine Buckley Fresno, CA 12-27-09 Listener Since 2008

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    "You gotta get this book"

    I'm a huge Koontz fan, trying to read his books as soon as they hit the streets. I have thought "In the Corner of his Eye" was my all time favorite but "Strangers" comes a close second. The characterizations are awesome, you really get to know each and every one of the people whose story he is telling. They are living breathing folks that you come to care deeply about and to cheer on when things go so amiss for them. I miss these guys now that I've finished the book and wonder often how their lives would progree.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Clarice S. 10-05-08
    Clarice S. 10-05-08

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    "One of the Best Audiobooks I Have Bought"

    I love Dean Koontz and had not read this since it first came out years ago. It was so good and kept me interested from beginning to end, even though it was a very long book. The narrator did a great job, too, I thought. I am going to look for more books he has narrated.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 09-22-08
    Steven Bakersfield, CA, USA 09-22-08 Member Since 2014
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    "I liked the Whole book"

    Read all of your reviews and decided to get the book anyway I liked it. It was A little slow to get started but wow once it did I was glad that I didnt pay much attion to the ones that said that it wasent worth the read... I enjoyed the whole book :)

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 10-30-08
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 10-30-08 Member Since 2012

    Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!

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    "Where's the Dog?"

    I am Dean Koontz number one fan, so of course I was thrilled that this was added to Audible. Somehow I missed reading it... It was typical Koontz with several characters being built then they come together as a team with some falling in love. Although he seems to always use the same formula, each are so unique and original that I CANNOT GET ENOUGH. I wish he would write faster... I almost didn't download this because of the comments about the narrator - because a bad narrator can be real irritating and I have dropped some audiobooks midstream because listening to the narrator was so difficult. NOT SO IN THIS CASE. I thought he was just fine. Maybe not the best, but certainly not bad enough to quit or not enjoy the story.

    If you are an avid Dean Koontz fan you will enjoy this book. You may also be wondering, like me, where was the dog?

    29 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 08-30-08
    OpenMindedNotCredulous California, USA 08-30-08 Member Since 2014

    Secular humanist. Atheist. Dog lover (having had as many as four dogs in my pack). Skeptic.

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    "Great narration of one of Koontz's best stories"

    This was the second Dean Koontz book I read many years ago and is still one of my favorites. It is closer to science fiction than his more recent work. Particularly refreshing is the portrayal of a priest who embraces rationality rather. But what really earned this audio book five stars is the narration. This is one of the best readings of any fiction book I've listened to in the past couple of years. The only other book whose narration I think is of comparable quality is "Water for Elephants".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    2/23/17
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    "Intriguing and thought provoking"

    Dick Hill does a fabulous job of narrating this suspenseful story that I believe is one of Dean Koontz's best. he brings the characters to life in a way that can only increase enjoyment in the story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robbie
    9/21/16
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    "a good read if a little long"

    Interesting story with a nice build up but ultimately was a bit bland at the end... I expected it to be more gripping

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philip Little
    9/6/16
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    "Unlistenable"

    For the first time in 2 years I'm disappointed. The pronounced pauses between EVERY word make this completely unlistenable. Its as if the narrator had never spoken aloud before.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruth
    CelbridgeIreland
    6/11/16
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    "mediocre listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Strangers the most enjoyable?

    I had read the story 20 years ago, it had been a teenage favorite of mine so I really enjoyed revisiting the storyline. I didn't enjoy the narrator that much but out of nostalgia enjoyed the story itself


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

    No, I didn't like him that much. His reading of Ginger, and the other female characters in particular was awful, the term 'mincing' always came to my mind anytime a female character came into play and I found his characterization so annoying that I glossed over their parts a bit


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book to read but didn't enjoy the audio performance that much, particularly the female characters. The music etc was very dated too and it detracted from my overall enjoyment of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • richard williams
    5/9/16
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    "Boring story far too long"

    struggled all the way through this one, best moment was when it ended, narrator was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kirsty battrick
    5/3/16
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    "not good at all "

    struggled to finish this book. Boring story.
    Would not recommended to any one. Very disappointing. dean Koontz best books are intensity and the husband. you can't get either of these on here which is a shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon C.
    7/7/14
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    "Great story, narritive flaws."
    If you could sum up Strangers in three words, what would they be?

    Great, some issues


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    Overall a good performance, but he does have a touch of the William Shatner's at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
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    6/12/13
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    "Very interesting"

    Have read and listened to many Koontz books. This is not my favourite but well worth a listen. Many characters all with the same goal trying to find out WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO ME!!??
    Very good. Try it you'll like it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • kerry
    Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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

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