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One Door Away from Heaven Audiobook

One Door Away from Heaven

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In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.

Despite her deformed left leg and withered left hand, nine-year-old Leilani Klonk radiates a buoyant and indomitable spirit that inspires Micky. Beneath Leilani's effervescence, however, Micky comes to sense a quiet desperation that the girl dares not express. Leilani's mother is little more than a child herself, and her stepfather, Preston Maddoc, is educated but threatening. Slowly, ever more troubling details emerge in Leilani's conversations with Micky. Most chilling is Micky's discovery that Leilani had an older brother, also disabled, who vanished after Maddoc took him into the woods one night and is now "gone to the stars".

While the child-protection bureaucracy gives Micky the runaround, the Maddoc family slips away into the night. So Micky sets out across America to find them: for the first time living for something bigger than herself. One Door Away from Heaven is an incandescent mix of suspense and humor, fear and wonder, a story of redemption and timeless wisdom that will have listeners cheering.

©1991 Dean Koontz; (P)1991 Random House, Inc.

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    MetaSpiritualMichael91 Plant City, Florida 02-26-17
    MetaSpiritualMichael91 Plant City, Florida 02-26-17 Member Since 2017

    MetaphysicalMinister;Intuitive;ReikiPractitioner;mid50's;HIV+(my ex didn't take vows as seriously as I); I LOVE: God;Mom;MyCats=Chrysa&Tia

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    "I'm sorry to report that I am thoroughly disappointed by this audiobook."

    This audiobook could have been really good but, in my humble opinion, the entire book simply dragged and dragged and dragged. It's hard for me to explain effectively. The storyline could have been really great. It has good characters (by that I mean interesting) but they just don't seem to come together effectively and expeditiously.

    I don't know, I'm even lost on how to explain exactly what I mean. I kept on listening thinking surely it would get better, and it did for a short while. Unfortunately from getting better to becoming worse the story rambled on back and forth finally ending in a bizarre way.

    This didn't really seem like a Dean Koontz book.

    I hope if you decide to listen to it that you totally disagree with me and that you thoroughly enjoy it from start to finish. Maybe it's just me, but that's just not how the experience unfolded for me. St any rate, Happy Reading (or listening )!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. F. 09-16-16
    K. F. 09-16-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak"

    A decent story ruined by one of the most inane endings in literary history. Worse, the ending is copied almost exactly from Sole Survivor, published only four years prior. As you might guess from the title, One Door Away From Heaven gets much too religious. Finally, the title of the book is a reference to a riddle which Koontz teases us with the whole book. His teasing insistence leads one to believe the answer must be brilliant, maybe life changing, but his answer is a giant pile of nothing, incredibly disappointing.

    The narrator is one door away from terrible, never using the appropriate tone for what she's reading. Everything comes out in the same drolling monotone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joy West Jefferson, NC, United States 10-28-09
    Joy West Jefferson, NC, United States 10-28-09 Member Since 2015

    Love to read as I drive; never leave home without. Love the Cousins O'Dwyer Books #1 - made me feel I was there. Narrator X-celent! Purrfekt

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    "FANTASTIC-WONDERFUL-SWEET"

    Absolutely LOVED this story AND the "reader" - this was so synchronistic - storyline and reader. More like this one would be relished! Definately a HIGHLY PRIZED work in my 'collection' and recommendations

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy San Jose, CA, USA 07-28-08
    Cathy San Jose, CA, USA 07-28-08
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    "Starts out good but I had enough after a while"

    The main characters had well quirky personalities and I enjoyed them very much. They showed great humor in the face of poverty and violence. The overall story grew tiresome after some time. Maybe it should have ended sooner. Maybe i'm just not into aliens...or maybe it was the narrator?

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    Amazon Customer 05-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A little bit of sci-fi and life lesson all in one"
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    I have recently been introduced to Dean Koontz even though he's been around for years. This book was amazing. Reminding me in this world of darkness there are always others that are searching for the light.<br/><br/>Amazing story. Thank you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Gubinski 04-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Gave me Shivers. Awe Inspiring."
    What did you love best about One Door Away from Heaven?

    What I liked best about it was how it revealed the beauty of innocence - and the ugliness of evil - at the same time.


    What other book might you compare One Door Away from Heaven to and why?

    Innocence, because as in this book, Koontz transmits an awe-inspiring realization of great paradox, energy and importance of which many in society are not aware. Prepare to be enlightened - if you dare.


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

    She brings the characters to life - so much so - I "missed" Koontz's little protagonists in this Audio Book long after finishing it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, at the end, I cried tears of joy and comprehension. What a genius writer for our times.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening to a Dean Koontz book on Audio is one of my favorite all time, relaxation activities - similar to the experience of fine dining and drinking wine - but a rare satiation for the intellect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brett jones 10-19-16
    Brett jones 10-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I love Dean Koontz"

    I literally listen to everything I can find by dean Koontz... and I have yet to have been disappointed... until this book.

    Sorry... I truly found it to be... hard to get through, completely boring, and honestly just not a good story.

    I'm not giving up... everyone can have an off time of things... every once in a while.

    I still love Koontz!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 5 acres in Missouri 10-10-16
    Amazon Customer 5 acres in Missouri 10-10-16 Member Since 2005

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    "Dean Koontz's best book"

    To bring to life the many faces of Child Abuse without graphically turning ones stomach is something only Dean Koontz can do. The narrator seamlessly brings the story together. But to educate us to the REAL monsters, ones that aren't fiction, is what truly makes this book.

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    Amazon Customer 10-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "outstanding"

    this book is why I read kootnz...it's got wonderful characters..dogs..
    ...ailens...supernatural..it's tsunami one of his best...thank you Dean Koontz

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    Angelmarie 08-16-12
    Angelmarie 08-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "GREAT story!! Highly recomend!"
    What made the experience of listening to One Door Away from Heaven the most enjoyable?

    The long length of the story, excellent narration, bio-ethical disgussion.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Have you listened to any of Anne Twomey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, great!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ought one feel the right to....


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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