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Lightning Audiobook

Lightning

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Publisher's Summary

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.

Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer." (Library Journal)
"Fast paced and satisfying." (People)

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    M. Kaplan 06-25-09
    M. Kaplan 06-25-09
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    "Good story, well read."

    I enjoyed both the story and the reader. As with most Koontz books, it has well woven characters into a good sci-fi story.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-20-11
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2017

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "First Koontz book for me; won't be the last"

    This book, written in the 1980s exceeded all my expectations. I had heard of Dean Koontz but had never read or listened to any of his books. Lightning was well-conceived, well-written and, although fantasy, made a lot of sense. There's violence but it's not gratuitous. The characters are easy to root for or against. And an interesting twist, not really germane to the story, helped close out the tale in a most creative manner. I usually listen to mystery/thrillers and this was one where the science fiction aspects really made the story enjoyable. A great book.

    20 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    DaWoolf Sutton, MA 10-09-13
    DaWoolf Sutton, MA 10-09-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm just a dumb troglodyte who like reading. Me feel good after I read book.

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    "Ends with a whimper"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Lightning was an audio daily special for $2.95. Considering the price, Lightning was a nice listen (slightly below average). The first half of Lightning was a terrific thriller that keeps the listener guessing and constantly problem solving. Dean Koontz keeps the story progressing at a manageable pace. However, the story begins to bog down as the key protagonist enters adulthood. As a listener you just burn-out on the same type of repetitive action sequences. Others may like this fast paced and action orientated book. After completing 60% of the book, I found the characters under developed and superficial. If you are looking for a great Koontz book, try Intensity.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-13
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-26-13 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "Daily Deals provide a heck of deal!"

    No way I'd have read this had it not been a daily deal. So glad I did!
    If nothing else, this book gives you characters you will love. It's an interesting twist on time travel and all it's paradoxes. And it's a mystery that surprised me, something I'm always grateful for.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-10-09
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 01-10-09
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    "One of his best. I loved it."

    I am a bit of both a science and science fiction fan. I think it is very interesting to watch and see how much past science fiction is now reality and wonder what marvels are coming in just the next 50 years. Koontz is definitely one of my favorite authors and really liked this book. As others have said here, the narration was superb. The way he changed voices was amazing. The producers and mixers obviously helped a lot the the entire team did a terrific job with this one.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 05-15-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 05-15-14 Member Since 2015

    retired writer

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    "Great Mystery... Very Enjoyable"

    This is a great listen... a suspenseful page turner with lots of twists and turns... the plot really thicken towards the end. There is a lot of action (shootem up) but not over the top. I cared about what happened to the characters. A great performance by Christopher Lane who performs with multiple voices and accents. This story had me on the edge of my seat at times and is more futuristic than not... is he the devil or an angel? why is he watching her? first as a baby, then child and finally as a young lady... Koontz ties it up nicely in the end. There are minor characters that have great parts to play too. I'm glad I read the reviews on this one! Worth the time listening and the chip spent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Suarez 04-17-13 Member Since 2010

    Living in Northern NJ. Addicted to that spine-tingling rush of fear.

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    "Good Story - well written, starts quickly"

    I wasn’t sure what to expect, but pleasantly surprised. Not really a horror, more sci-fi – but a good read. Some characters were quite amusing, others were uneventful – but that’s how it’s supposed to be, I guess.

    Sci-Fi fans would like this more that horror fans…not scary or nail-biting, but an interesting story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-27-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What a great story!"

    I thought about it frequently afterwards. At times it was a roller coaster ride, frightening, intense, and I didn’t want to stop reading until I got through the current crisis. The main story is Laura’s life from birth to adulthood. A strange man appears at critical times in her life to save her from disaster. Laura is not a wimp. She does smart things. This is one of the few books where I don’t want to say much about the story. It is sooo much better not to know. There is suspense, danger, courage, clever things, and surprising things. The characters are rich.

    I had two problems. The author used the artificial device of interrupting scenes. For example, there’s a scene in 1977 and another in 1988. The author split each of those scenes into about four parts and then went back and forth between the two showing pieces of each scene. The effect was interruption, and I was angry at the author which took me out of the story. This happened a few times during the book. There was such great “natural” suspense and action, the author didn’t need to use this device. I would have been ok with splitting the scenes into two parts each, to allow the two climaxes/resolutions to be told together, but no more than that.

    Second problem was the narrator (Christopher Lane) using an effeminate gay guy’s voice for young girls. It was terrible acting - the wrong tone and voice for girls. Get a version with a different narrator (if ever available) otherwise read the physical book to eliminate that problem.

    The strange man was able to do something a few times but not another time which bothered me. The explanation given was not consistent since it did not apply to all situations. But the story was so good I was willing to look past it. Again I can’t say more. I don’t want to give anything away.

    The author does not used tired cliches. I was delighted to hear a character say “I’m a legend in my own scrapbook.”

    Genre: time travel suspense thriller.
    Ending: satisfying and complete.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 06-15-12
    Tim United States 06-15-12

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "Not a big Koontz fan but this is a good book"

    If you are into alternative history novels, this is a good book for that niche. It was entertaining and unique, 4 stars is a fair rating but probably 3.75 would be more appropriate. You won't regret it if you buy it but don't think this is the book that will change your life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Paula WolmaransstadSouth Africa 06-25-09
    Paula WolmaransstadSouth Africa 06-25-09
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    "Great listening"

    This is one of my all-time favorite Koontz-books, which I have read countless times. It was a treat to finally listen to it as well. But it's a pity that other fantastic Koontz titles like "The door to December" and "Watchers" aren't available at Audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    2/12/17
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    "Lightning By Dean Koontz"

    I loved every minute of this book, the narration by Christopher Lane was fabulous, he really captured the essence of the story, making you feel as though you were there. The story is well written and in depth but without dribbling on and straying to far from the action. I don't want to spoil things so all I'll say regarding the storyline is brilliant, gripping and I didn't want it to finish.
    This is my first book from Audible and I'm really impressed, let's hope the next follows suit.
    JW

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark Littlefair
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    12/7/16
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    "Enjoyed the story but not the narration"

    Great story that kept me listening, but the narration was terrible - sounded slightly sped up or underwater or something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    10/10/16
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    "Really enjoyable story that keeps you listening"

    I've had two of Dean Koontz' books before and this was just as good and will keep my buying more. Great story, albeit not entirely what I expected from the description. Definitely worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marian
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    5/31/16
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    "Love it"

    I always enjoy dean koontz and this was no exception, well read, excellent story and thoroughly enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss H E Briars
    3/17/16
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    "Great book"

    First audio book I've listened too . Really enjoyed it. Not quite sure about the accents and voices of the narrator but I got used to it. Great book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • munky
    3/3/16
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    "brilliant"

    I have read this in paperback, but loved listening on audiable. Great twist to the story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/24/15
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    "Slow Start But Stick With It."

    Struggled at first but glad I persisted. Confusing, complex but brilliant. Off to by the kindle version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • April
    1/11/15
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    "Gripping and thrilling"

    A love story with a major difference, leaving you to wonder if this could have been possible !!!!!!!!! What if ? Do we all have a guardian?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    6/7/14
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    "Fabulous!"
    What made the experience of listening to Lightning the most enjoyable?

    As ever Dean's ability to transport the reader into the book and let us feel as if we are living it was excellent.


    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    He read well. I enjoyed listening to him and will hope he reads more of Dean's books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    lancaster, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Great listen !"
    Would you listen to Lightning again? Why?

    Well read, I couldn't put this down , even listened in the shower !


    What other book might you compare Lightning to, and why?

    References in the book mention back to the future which it does give a nod to,


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Can't pick one , good twists all the way through


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Lightening can strike twice


    Any additional comments?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book it was sad, exciting, nerve racking stuff all the way to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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