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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.
56 of 58 people found this review helpful
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.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
I think I might be getting too picky in my old age but the cheesy, old fashioned, amateur dramatics style narrator made the whole book impossible to listen to. It was over performed to the point where all I could hear was the annoying voiceover trying to show off with his dramatic range.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?
Die hard Dean Kontz fans
What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?
Too many characters and no focus on plot development. It was lost, directionless and didn't seem to want to get started
Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?
No - the narrator was awful. Just awful. It was like listening to Fat Tony from the Simpsons reading a novel.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Strangers?
Halved the characters. We don't need to know every tiny bit of history about a character as soon as they walk into a room. We don't need the writer to describe physical traits in such depth - you tell us she's a bit of a goth with a geeky side, we get what you mean. You don't need to say she had black hair with glasses, wore black clothes that matched her black nails that she had roughly bit... ugh!
Any additional comments?
Not bothering with any more Koontz
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
A great read, read beautifully, of a quite amazing tale. I highly recommend Strangers toall lovers of science and fiction.