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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Dianne
  • Winnfield, LA, USA
  • 06-06-09

Solid Koontz entry

I first fell in love with Dean Koontz via 'Odd Thomas'. Odd's story remains one of my favorites as have some of his other titles (The Watcher is a must read). Lightening Road is a very satisfying read. The thing about Koontzs' work that I love is his ability to transport me immediately to the scene and keep me on the edge of my seat. I felt the same way about Lightening Road. Loved the characters, their struggle and undying hope. It is well worth your time.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A great distraction

Perfect book for when you want a bit of adventure, a bit of drama, and a bit of fun. Koontz wrote some great characters to star and co-star in this story with wide appeal. While it won't put you on the edge of your seat it will keep you greatly entertained.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Honestly...it was a clean page turner!

This is probably the best book I've read on time travel to date. The story was not overly complicated with scientific garbage, but there was enough to make the story believable! The twist in the story in part 2 was brilliant although i thought the motive behind the time traveler should have been a more fatalistic one. for the most part, everything was well thought out. The book is definitely worth a credit or purchase...

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
  • 12-18-08

Great audiobook

Amazing story with great narration.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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It's been done before

What did you like best about Lightning? What did you like least?

Nothing really stands out, as a fan of Dean Koontz I believe this may not be up there with some of his other books.

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

yes, I'm a fan of his work.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Did a good job, despite the story falling apart.

Did Lightning inspire you to do anything?

Nope

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  • Susan
  • Bartonville, TX
  • 05-03-13

Good story

Very inventive, solid story about the life of one special girl and a man who is fighting his own internal battle between good and evil. The story moves along pretty fast with just a few places that lagged but there are good characters that make up for it.

I am reading another Koontz book and I can't help thinking that if I had read this one I would have enjoyed it more. The narrator does good voices but his regular narration is very monotone. To each his own.

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Loved It!

This was my first reading of Dean Koontz, and won't be my last. So glad it was on sale, so I could give this author a try.,
The story is quite mysterious from the start, and keeps you guessing all the way through the book. Found myself laughing and crying in this book, and that's what makes a novel a 5 star for me. I love to get wrapped up with the characters lives, letting my emotions go. It's very well written and the narration was excellent.

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A Decent Read

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I loved Odd Thomas. I loved Watchers. So I looked for the highest rated Dean Koontz book on Audible. And this is it. So maybe I was just a little disappointed. It's an okay story but I don't think it is as good as the other two.

If you’ve listened to books by Dean Koontz before, how does this one compare?

Better than Forever Odd, but not as good as Watchers or Odd Thomas.

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He does a good job of reading the story.

Do you think Lightning needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the characters covered the full spectrum.

Any additional comments?

I think my expectations were too high.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I wanted to like it

I love time-travel stories, but this one took way too long to develop. Maybe I should have purchased the abridged version. I really wanted to like it, but overall, I can't say that I did.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story. Highly creative. Great reading.

A compelling story right from the start. It weaves and turns, but kudos to Mr. Koontz as he manages to catch all the potential loose ends that tend to get left hanging in other stories tackling a similar theme. Great job. Great twists.

I have to also give huge kudos to the reader, Christopher Lane. Mr. Lane's command of multiple voices, styles, accents and inflections made listening to this story such a compelling read. Well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Amelialegbar 💗
  • 10-21-17

Superb koontz

One of my all time favourite Koontz books, even better listening to it! So much more depth than reading.

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  • Jamie Bosomworth
  • 10-05-17

a brilliant concept

a brilliant concept and even better read, I would highly recommend reading or as I did listening

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-20-17

Cringe at the some of the voices

I found the plot and pace of story excellent as I expect from this imaginative and clever author; however I felt that some of the voices used by the narrator were repetitive and aggravating to the extreme. This is only my second audio book so I am sticking with it as it is currently almost the only way I can read. I would like to have had greater depth to the guardian as the focus of emotion was around Laura. His own depth of character was brushed over on the basis that he had experienced and took part in unimaginable horrors. That aside the story did flow well and captured my imagination with the science fiction elements I expect from Mr Koontz. long may they continue

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-17

Still enjoyed the story

Would have given it 5stars but the ending was a bit too long and predictable.

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  • Richard
  • 10-10-16

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.

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  • April
  • 01-11-15

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?

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  • Mary
  • 06-07-14

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.

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  • Joanne
  • 12-03-13

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.