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Strangers

Narrated by: Dick Hill
Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2008 Dean Koontz (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"With its masterful blend of elements of espionage, terror, and even some science fiction, Strangers may be the suspense novel of the year." ( Library Journal)
"The plot twists ingeniously...chilling." ( The New York Times Book Review)

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Enthralling and engaging listen

What made the experience of listening to Strangers the most enjoyable?

I had read this book in my 20's and had searched for it till now, many years later as I couldn't remember the author, nor the title of the book. Excited that I found it as an audible book that I downloaded because it sounded interesting. It was so good that I'm now sad that I have finished listening to it. A totally recommended listen and I will listen to it again .. and again!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Strangers?

The ending, both wonderous and surprising.

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was a first time listen of Dick Hill's work, it was fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending and how the strangers wove into the story line.

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Dick Hill is quite possible my new favourite narrator . excellent story told exceptionally well . another Koontz classic.

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too long

I wish I hadn't started to listen as it was laborious. stretched a thin story too far

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Long winded

Over descriptive, plot takes forever to develop. Narrative very monotone and sleep inducing. Disappointing because I have enjoyed other books from this author. Could not finish because of the chopping and changing of the initial chapters.

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  • 11-01-2019

Strangers

Good book a little drawn out but still a good read. Narrator is excellent, using different voices for different characters so even if the book didn’t say which character was thinking/talking we still knew which one it was. I really enjoyed listening to this story.

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Not to bad

A lot of build up to the mystery of why and what was going on. Ended a little flat could have been expanded at the end but overall a pretty solid read.

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irresistible

A great read, read beautifully, of a quite amazing tale. I highly recommend Strangers toall lovers of science and fiction.

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riveting

I listened to this book in the car and anywhere I could. loved it ❤

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great characters involving plot. he takes good time to create an atmosphere that involves you from the start. as all koontzs it has a breathtaking conclusion.

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  • Wesley
  • 21-08-2008

Good story!

Not really a big Koontz fan but I have to say I really enjoyed this story. The characters seemed to more flesh and blood than is typically the case with Koontz stories. The pace of the story was perfect and the conclusion was great. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for good adventure.

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  • Robert E. Swale
  • 05-10-2008

It depends on your personality I guess

I listen to audiobooks in the car on the way to work and back which equals about 1-1/4 hours of listening each day. So a book this long (29 hours) will take me about 4-1/2 weeks to finish.

I've listened to several different readers over the past few years and would give the narrator of this one an average score, say three out of five stars. He does most of the characters reasonably well and has a little trouble with the women voices (but he is a guy with a deep voice so go figure). Generally for me the narrator thing is a non-issue, he doesn't ruin the book in my opinion, and he doesn't make a bad book good (I'm not saying this is a bad book, just that his reading wouldn't make it better if it was).

The book itself has excellent character development and the characters are very believable. They seem like real people with real thoughts and are not superficial or outrageously successful, or "super people", which makes them believable.

Yes this book is long, but so are other books with a lot of detail, which brings me back to my title. If your personality is such that you must move quickly through a book and don't care about character development details but want to get to the action, then either skip this book or wait for an abridged version.

However, if you are like me and can grow to like a story because you grow to understand and then like the characters, then this book is for you.

Bottom line: if you are patient, can delay gratification and like a good mystery, then you will like this book. If you are impatient and need more instant gratification, then you probably better skip it.

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  • Barry F. Stinson
  • 25-08-2008

Brilliant

20+ years ago, when already a Dean Koontz fan (Whispers, Phantoms), I read, and fell in love with, Strangers. This is the author's epic novel of friendship and hope, sometimes predictable, often suspenseful, always thought-provoking. After reading it the first time, I wondered what treatment it could be given on the big screen by a director like Spielberg. But the story is far too big for a movie, rather it could (and should) be filmed as a TV mini-series. Take note, SciFi Channel! I did find the narration a little slow at times, and didn't approve of all of the characterizations, but after listening for a few hours I became very comfortable with the reader and give him a big 'thumbs up'! For anyone that doesn't balk at a 29-hour listen, this is an outstanding choice. Those that choose not to listen are missing a wonderful experience.

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  • Candace
  • 30-10-2008

Where's the Dog?

I am Dean Koontz number one fan, so of course I was thrilled that this was added to Audible. Somehow I missed reading it... It was typical Koontz with several characters being built then they come together as a team with some falling in love. Although he seems to always use the same formula, each are so unique and original that I CANNOT GET ENOUGH. I wish he would write faster... I almost didn't download this because of the comments about the narrator - because a bad narrator can be real irritating and I have dropped some audiobooks midstream because listening to the narrator was so difficult. NOT SO IN THIS CASE. I thought he was just fine. Maybe not the best, but certainly not bad enough to quit or not enjoy the story.

If you are an avid Dean Koontz fan you will enjoy this book. You may also be wondering, like me, where was the dog?

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  • Steven
  • 22-09-2008

I liked the Whole book

Read all of your reviews and decided to get the book anyway I liked it. It was A little slow to get started but wow once it did I was glad that I didnt pay much attion to the ones that said that it wasent worth the read... I enjoyed the whole book :)

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  • John
  • 08-04-2011

Classic Dean Koontz, not old and no amazing dogs

This is classic Dean Koontz at his very best, this book is more reminiscent of books like Dark Rivers of the Heart and The Good Guy. There are thankfully no dogs to save the day, no families consisting of novelist, artist, 2 girls and a dog (Mr. Koontz, these families simply arent relatable unless were you), and in the best tradition of Dean Koontz, this book doesnt require you to suspend disbelief, it is all, sadly, too plausible.

If you are a long time fan of DK and liked books like Fear Nothing, Dragon Tears, and Dark Rivers of the Heart, then this will be another of your favorites.

Dick Hill does a good job on the narration, accents are not his forte, everyone sound New Jersey Jewish, but its not a detriment to this work.

This is the book that will engulf your attention until its done, its one I know I will listen to again at some point.

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  • Kelly
  • 12-10-2008

Great Story

Although the book was very long, it was interesting every step of the way. I have read all of the Koontz, and this one was very good. His writing continues to get better every book. Not quite so dark anymore, almost with a touch of spirituality. A must read.

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  • Laudine Buckley
  • 27-12-2009

You gotta get this book

I'm a huge Koontz fan, trying to read his books as soon as they hit the streets. I have thought "In the Corner of his Eye" was my all time favorite but "Strangers" comes a close second. The characterizations are awesome, you really get to know each and every one of the people whose story he is telling. They are living breathing folks that you come to care deeply about and to cheer on when things go so amiss for them. I miss these guys now that I've finished the book and wonder often how their lives would progree.

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  • Linda DeCorte
  • 10-09-2008

Best Koontz book ever

This is great entertainment! The characters are interesting and well-developed. The dialog flows easily and enhances the story, and it is read beautifully, each character with a distinct voice. The plot has many twists and turns that keep you wanting more. A great read.

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  • Waverly
  • 23-10-2009

Top 5 for Dean Koontz

Strangers is one of the better Dean Koontz books I've read. It is long but the cast of characters is interesting and their mysterious but similiar circumstances keep you interested in their toils long through the book. The book has an air of supernatural to it without being ridiculous except for parts of the end but the book doesn't rap up in 5 minutes and the wait is well worth it. Koontz develops the characters in such a way as to keep you interested and you feel their plight and their humanity. Kudos

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