Strangers

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: Dick Hill
Genres: Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: March 2015
# of Units: 24 CDs
Length: 16 hours, 39 minutes
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Overview

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 .

Reviews (7)

Written by Christopher Huerta on March 16th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book, and after only about 20 mins I got used to, and enjoyed the narration and the narrator. Great characters that are slowly exposed to the listener and the story unfolds as fine threads of the plot connect all the charachters leading to the climactic event that is evident in all the Koontz novels I've read to date. If you like Koontz, you'll love Strangers and the audiobook and narrator are also great! I highly recommend it!

Good, but....

Written by Todd on April 7th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The reviews of this book seem to be either hate it or love it. I am in between the two. I am a big fan of Dean's work, I love the way he entertains you while, simultaneously conveying a moral message. Some of his passages are so terrific I add them to my collection of quotes and reread them from time to time. Regarding Strangers, I like the book, the story and the characters are terrific. The problem is the first half of the book is way too long. I found myself saying "O.K. I get it can we move on now?" If I were reading it, I really do not think I could have made it through the first half of the book. Had the first half been much shorter I would have given the book 4 or 5 stars. Bottom line, if you are a fan of Dean's work, by all means, listen to Strangers. If you are new to Dean, do not start out with Strangers, Dean has written many books that are far superior.

ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Written by Maureen from Cordova, TN on June 11th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an awesome keep you on the edge of you seat story. Everytime I think I figured it out something the next cd blows my theory. My first but definitely not my last Dean Koontz book. Thanks DEAN!!!

Not worth it

Written by Anonymous on August 20th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I was very disappointed that I wasted so many hours listening to this book. I was extremely long and extremely drawn out. After all the time I spent listening I had expected the ending to be worth it, but it was not. I would not recommend wasting time on this book.

Really Bad

Written by apdS4 on August 13th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I tried twice to listen to this book and it is so bad that I couldn't get through the first CD either time. I recently made a cross country trip in my car and this was the last audio book I had and I still couldn't follow it. It was so boring I ended up going without rather than listen to it drone on and on.

Excellent

Written by Yoga Girl on September 22nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I loved this book when it first came out in the 80's. The narrator really brings the characters to life. I have enjoyed listening even more than I did reading.

Strangers

Written by Anonymous on May 5th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book which really makes you think about the many intersections in life with other people. I highly recommend this I was on the edge of my car seat on more than one occasion. I liked the detail about the main characters and how they supported each other in the midst of the turmoil.

Author Details

Author Details

Koontz, Dean

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction, under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Koontz's protagonists,with the exception of Odd Thomas,arm theirselves with guns to do combat against the various monsters and madmen,and Koontz gets all the technical details right.There are no mistakes(functions and capabilities of different types of guns.)

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic events featured in most of his novels.

Koontz also has a very interesting way of adding his own little quirks to his novels, such as adding simple quotes from a book by the name of The Book of Counted Sorrows. Counted Sorrows was originally a hoax, like the nonexistent Keener's Manual Richard Condon cited for epigraphs he wrote himself. Eventually Koontz put together a poetry collection of that name, using all the epigraphs; it was printed as a limited edition in 2003 by Charnel House and as an eBook by Barnes & Noble. His more recent novels, starting with The Taking, have no verse by Koontz; rather, they have quotes by other authors (in particular, The Taking uses quotes from T. S. Eliot, whose works figure in the plot of the novel).

Koontz has long been a fan of Art Bell's radio program, Coast to Coast AM. He appeared as a guest after a fan reported to Bell that one of Koontz's novels featured a character describing a paranormal event as an "Art Bell moment."

Koontz currently resides in Newport Beach, a city in Southern California (as such, most of his novels are set in Southern California) with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie Koontz, under whose name he published the book, Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living, in 2004. Trixie is also often referenced in his official newsletter "Useless News".

Dogs often figure heavily in Koontz's novels, as he is an avid dog lover. Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and One Door Away from Heaven are prime examples. However, lately he has seen fit to include cats as characters, most notably the smart cat Mungojerrie in the Christopher Snow novels.