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Publisher's Summary

A catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash leaves 330 dead, no survivors. Among the victims are the wife and two daughters of Joe Carpenter, a Los Angeles Post crime reporter.

A year after the crash, still gripped by an almost paralyzing grief, Joe encounters a woman named Rose, who claims to have survived the crash. She holds out the possibility of a secret that will bring Joe peace of mind. But before he can ask any questions, she slips away.

Driven now by rage (have the authorities withheld information?) and a hope almost as unbearable as his grief (if there is one survivor, are there others?), Joe sets out to find the mysterious woman. His search immediately leads him into the path of a powerful and shadowy organization hell-bent on stopping Rose before she can reveal what she knows about the crash.

Sole Survivor unfolds at a heart-stopping pace, as a desperate chase and a shattering emotional odyssey lead Joe to a truth that will force him to reassess everything he thought he knew about life and death, a truth that, given the chance, will rock the world and redefine the destiny of humanity.

©1997 Dean Koontz; (P)1997 Random House Audio

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"Mr. Koontz is a master of his trade....He does know how to tell an exciting story." (The New York Times Book Review)

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  • Ewan
  • Burlington, Ontario, Canada
  • 04-08-07

Outstanding

This ranks up there wit the best of Dean Koontz. Only "Lightning" thrilled me more. The characters are deep and you cannot help but be pulled into their personalities. The pace is non stop and the mystery continues to deepen throughout. This is definitely worth the time.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Riveting

This book kept me riveted from start to finish. I could not stop listening and finished it in two days.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I barely survived this story....

The novel starts off well enough, it drew me in and I was getting really emotional right off the bat when Joe describes what the crash must of been like, what his wife might have said to their daughters, how they felt etc, it broke my heart imagining myself in that situation, and it really drew me on into the story. So yeah it starts off good, I'm feeling connected to the main character, the premise of the story is interesting and I'm feeling great about it and then it starts taking a nosedive which by the end led to a major crash and burn. I'm all about the wierd and supernatural, but its also got to make sense and even though Rose does answer some of the questions there are tons left unanswered, the novel ends with no resolutions, none at all, and the "gift" is so poorly explained that I still don't understand what the hell it was. This was not one of Koontz's best at all and my oh my the narrator picked for this story was in one instance really good but at the same time completely terrible. David Birney is a good reader and he has a wonderful voice until he portrays Joe's anger, sadness or frustration and then its just whiny, screechy, weird and annoying, and that's being nice about it, Joe stays so upset throughout the story that we hear that voice so often, it becomes intolerable. "Where's Nina, Where's Nina" i swear if I had to hear that phrase spoken by him one more time I would have given up. So all in all I give it a 2 and that's being very generous, my advice is to pass it by as fast as possible....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great plot!

Interesting read for sure! Never disappointed with Dean Koontz! Looking forward to more of his books.

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  • Vera
  • Canada
  • 06-03-15

Unforgettable story

Not only the story is gripping but the language it is told in will move you as Dean Koontz understands human nature and Mother Nature equally and we get to view possibilities through his eyes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good as expected...

What did you love best about Sole Survivor?

It didn't take too long to get into the characters before the plot started to open up.

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

Yes...keeping me wondering what was going to happen next.

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

Not sure. I just started really paying attention to the particular readers.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. We started listening to it for a road trip, but ended up listening to the ending in the house....couldn't wait to find out the finale.

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  • Keith
  • ROCKMART, GEORGIA, United States
  • 08-11-12

I did not think I was going to survive it myself.

Like others, I like Dean Koontz books, but this one was extremely boring. They were a time or two were I actually fast-forwarded some of Carpenter’s whining and outrage. Especially the segment about the cookies baking Colorado woman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jessica
  • Gladstone, OR, United States
  • 12-20-07

Worth the wait!

It was really hard to get past Mr. Koontz's overuse of adjectives, jumps in time/location, and overall droning and rehashing... but it was worth the wait to get to the last 2 hours of the book. The message was poignant and sweet and "worth the wait."

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A canvas too large

Koontz paints a piture with his brilliant vocabulary as skillfully as the great painters of the past and present. In most of his books the picture painted fits perfectly on the his canvas and the reader is pulled into the picture. I found, that in this particular book, the canvas was too large for the picture - it Lacked the usual prcision and captivating story flow that invite the reader into the portrait. Although thoroughly enjoyable, I found it difficult to become as involved as I usually do and felt some dissapointment.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Marie
  • Jerome, ID, United States
  • 02-11-13

gmr

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I am a fan of DK. This book deals with what it is like to be left alone, and then to be told your child is alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sole Survivor?

when he realizes someone did survived the crash

Which scene was your favorite?

no particular one

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

surviving plane crash

Any additional comments?

Out of DK books this is not best but still an interesting read. His best books would be "One Door Away From Heaven" and "From the Corner of His Eye"

2 of 3 people found this review helpful