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4.00001272026638 out of 54.00001272026638 out of 54.00001272026638 out of 54.00001272026638 out of 54.00001272026638 out of 5 4.00 (26,729 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2007 ISBN: 9781423339007
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Laura Shane always knew something was odd about her. The night she was born, a freak lightning storm struck, the likes of which hadn't been seen in years. A mysterious blonde stranger saves her from the drunken doctor attempting to attend her delivery. Although her mother dies in childbirth, Laura learns to be content with her father, until the day that a junkie robs their convenience store and takes him from her forever. The day of his funeral, the blonde stranger appears again, which raises more questions than answers: Who is he? What does he want? Why does he keep appearing in Laura's life? Is he an angel? A supernatural villain? It's hard to say.

American author Dean Koontz was born in 1945 in Everett, Pennsylvania. A celebrated author of widely-varied suspense thrillers, he graduated from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and did a short stint as an English teacher before becoming a bestselling author. He wrote his first novel in his spare time and continued to write over a dozen sci-fi novels after its widely acclaimed success. Today, he lives in Orange County, California, with his Wife, Gerda.

Lightning is a thrilling mix of sci-fi and suspense, sure to please lovers of both genres. Both new and old fans alike will find things to enjoy in Koontz' 1988 classic, which has been critically acclaimed again and again over the years. It is highly recommended for the sci-fi fan and the literary critic alike.

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere – the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later – another bolt of lightning – and the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space? Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 4/5/2017

    " Yet another fine work. Dean Koontz has a style that I have always enjoyed and this book doesn’t disappoint. Love laughter, drama, suspense, action and as always a twist to the left of center. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joey | 2/20/2014

    " It has been awhile since reading this book, but I always remember that it was one of my favorites. Time travel and massive suspense, you can't go wrong. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helene Healey | 2/19/2014

    " Another one of my favourite Koontz's ... its not really a horror more of a suspense love story but really really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 2/11/2014

    " I fell in love with the main character. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike (the Paladin) | 1/29/2014

    " I gave it 2 stars, maybe should be 2.5. My wife really liked this book, I didn't care so much for it....readable, somewhat enjoyable. Time trvel, reformed Nazi...will anyone save the day. That would be a spoiler. Like I said, not bad. I dropped it to 2 because I usually give a 3 to better books...hard ro explain huh? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 S.D. Hintz | 1/24/2014

    " Good novel about time travel. Especially found the incorporation of WWII interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Destiny Morgan | 1/13/2014

    " This was the very first book of his I read and ever since I have been hooked! :-) Loved it!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian | 12/31/2013

    " Looking good. Wow, proof that you should always look beneath the obvious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda G. Stevens | 12/28/2013

    " One of those books with a gorgeous cover and a really cool premise (time-traveling Nazis) that just fell flat for me in every way. Flat characters. Flat dialogue. Not what I hoped. But the premise still earns the book an overall 3 stars, because, well... Time travel. And Nazis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan Splenda | 12/28/2013

    " Not one of Koontz's best works. I found myself entirely bored and disappointed that it really had nothing to do with the horror genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Vedder | 12/13/2013

    " This is the best ever. Laura and Stefan may you live forever. Needs an update "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie McKelley | 11/29/2013

    " this was a good one - Koontz is my total supernatural-happy ending indulgence "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thee_ron_clark | 10/24/2013

    " This is another outstanding Koontz novel. It's written with an excellent pace and a number of twists and turns. Lightning is one of the great novels written by Dean Koontz that turned me into a life-long fan of his literature. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 10/11/2013

    " Time Travel is always fun. Combine that with Nazi experiments on people and you can't lose. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandpiper | 10/1/2013

    " Good story. The 8-yr-old's dialogue is unbelievable though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie Spiker | 9/29/2013

    " One of my all time favorites!!! Not all of his books are great but this one gets me. I have re-read it about 10 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cameron Daley | 3/23/2013

    " One of my all time favorites. Easily. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 1/18/2013

    " This was one of Dean Koontz better books. It has time travel, romance and adventure. My 3 favorite things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Vellenga | 9/8/2012

    " One of my all time favorites "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy Boatwright | 7/22/2012

    " This novel is a combination of science fiction (time travel) and suspense, and the result is a book I was not be able to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larri | 7/2/2012

    " This was my first Koontz book and still one of my favorites. A mysterious stranger shows up during certain points in a womans life to change her future. Is he Demon or Savior? You must read to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Acohen | 6/14/2012

    " I found this story quite simple but still enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvatore Leone | 5/21/2012

    " Not the horror novel I expected but more sci fi, well written with likable characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan L | 12/14/2011

    " Dean Koontz certain can spin an intriguing yarn and this book is no exception. Riveting story and wonderful narration by Christopher Lane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol Brannigan | 11/2/2011

    " This was a great read. My one beef is the ever tidy ending it had. Things just worked out a little too well. Other than that- I was completely enthralled in the storyline and it kept me up reading a few times because I didn't want to put it down. It is one of Koontz better reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikkie | 10/23/2011

    " This was my first dean koontz novel, and I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacque | 10/5/2011

    " Favorite book of all time!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alvin | 6/29/2011

    " One of the first book my mom handed me in this genre. It is pretty good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 6/24/2011

    " A lot of good suspense in this tale. The romance angle was kind of creepy, but Koontz made it work. It's a time travel novel that goes back in time to WWII. Most Koontz fans rank this as one of their favorites by him. I've read it twice now. I may end up reading it again some day. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenn | 6/21/2011

    " Pretty boring at the beginning. Got stuck on it, and the ending was good, it just took forever for the plot become more intense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 6/20/2011

    " Another one of Koontz books that I thoroughly enjoyed. The idea of Time Travel is on the edge of Sci-Fi and reality. I am finding the early Koontz books such as Lightning and Watchers his best work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 6/15/2011

    " This was a enjoyable suspense/adventure novel. A few times the story bogged down about half way through but the beginning and end were great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 6/11/2011

    " One of my favorite Dean Koontz novels and one of his earlier works. The new afterward at the end was especially enjoyable. Highly recommend this book as a way to get started with Koontz if you haven't yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah | 6/3/2011

    " Book was great until the last chapter...then it epically failed...at least in my opinion. Any chapter titled "ever after" is not good in my book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 5/30/2011

    " This was the first book I ever read from Koontz, and by far my favorite from him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saalanizam | 5/26/2011

    " PUZZLES, MUST REPEAT, READ IT TWICE OR MORE "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karina | 5/24/2011

    " Nazi time travellers in love. Man, I wish this book had been better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brittany | 5/17/2011

    " one of those books that sticks with you for the rest of your life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhali | 5/16/2011

    " Fun characters, easy prose that keeps you interested. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 He-who-must-not-be-named | 5/16/2011

    " I read this book a few years ago but for a while it was my favorite book of all time. Good if you like books with sci-fi tendencies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " Time Travel is always fun. Combine that with Nazi experiments on people and you can't lose. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is one of the most popular writers in the world. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in thirty-eight languages with worldwide sales over 400 million copies. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and sixteen have risen to the number one position in paperback. Several of his books have been adapted into feature films and television miniseries, including the highly rated Intensity on the Fox Network. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever Trixie.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.