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.
"The plot twists ingeniously...chilling." ( The New York Times Book Review)
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
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
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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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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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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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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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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- Linda DeCorte
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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- Laudine Buckley
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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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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Das Buch ist eindeutig eines meiner Liebsten von Dean Koontz und erhält dafür 5 Sterne. Eine Vielzahl sehr unterschiedlicher Charaktere , die nichts von einander wissen und dennoch tief mit einander verbunden sind sowie mysteriöse Vorfälle die jeder einzelne von ihnen erlebt machen die Geschichte spannend und mitreißend.
Und hier liegt für mich auch die Stärke des Autors , nämlich in der Gestaltung und Darstellung seiner Charaktere und deren Hintergründe wodurch er seine Protagonisten dem Leser unheimlich nahe bringt !
Was ist es nun das unter anderem eine angehende Herzchirugin die unter Blackouts leidet , einen Schriftsteller der schlafwandelt und einen Wirt ,der plötzlich unter extremer Angst vor der Dunkelheit leidet , miteinander verbindet ?
Ich hoffe sehr das ich "Strangers" bzw "Schwarzer Mond" bald auch in deutsch gelesen von Simon Jäger oder /und David Nathan ;-) erhalten kann !
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Gibt es dieses Hörbuch auf deutsch? (Die Sterne gibt es für das Buch)
Anm. der Audible-Redaktion: Leider nein, bisher gibt es dieses Buch (dt. Titel: "Schwarzer Mond") noch nicht in einer Hörfassung.
Dieses Buch ist genial und trotz seiner knapp 30 Std. Laufzeit nie langweilig. Es baut eine unheimliche Spannung auf, obwohl nicht wirklich viel passiert.
Das nenn ich Können eines Schriftstellers!
Das Buch beginnt damit, daß eine ganze Reihe von Menschen in verschiedenen Teilen der USA Ausfallerscheinungen haben. Die Story dieser Menschen verwebt sich immer mehr und die Umstände werden immer mysteriöser. Alles läuft auf ein Finale furioso hinaus und das kommt dann auch.
Das Buch ist phantastisch geschrieben und ist sehr hörenswert.
Für mich war das Ende aber etwas zu phantastisch. Aber das ist Geschmacksache
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nicht gut umgesetzt. Absolut langweilig, man könnte das Buch auf die Hälfte kürzen.
Bestimmt mein letztes Buch von Mr. Koontz!