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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (14,742 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: David Birney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780739334249
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A catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash leaves three hundred and thirty dead -- no survivors. Among the victims are the wife and two daughters of Joe Carpenter, a Los Angeles Post crime reporter.

A year after the crash, still gripped by an almost paralyzing grief, Joe encounters a woman named Rose, who claims to have survived the crash. She holds out the possibility of a secret that will bring Joe peace of mind. But before he can ask any questions, she slips away.

Driven now by rage (have the authorities withheld information?) and a hope almost as unbearable as his grief (if there is one survivor, are there others?), Joe sets out to find the mysterious woman. His search immediately leads him into the path of a powerful and shadowy organization hell-bent on stopping Rose before she can reveal what she knows about the crash.

Sole Survivor unfolds at a heart-stopping pace, as a desperate chase and a shattering emotional odyssey lead Joe to a truth that will force him to reassess everything he thought he knew about life and death -- a truth that, given the chance, will rock the world and redefine the destiny of humanity.


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Quotes & Awards

  • Koontz at his haunting, page-turning best. The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Dean Koontz is one of the best suspense writers operating today, with unfailing narrative drive. The Dallas Morning News
     
  • [A] fast-paced masterpiece . . . impossible to put down. Lansing State Journal
  • Taut plotting, stark terror, and sweet redemption. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 booklady | 2/20/2014

    " Dean Koontz is, as always, very readable. Although he avoids commiting himself to any particular religious denomination, his writing reflects a very decided believe in the Ultimate and the hereafter. In this story, the main character, Joe Carpenter, struggles to find meaning in life after losing his wife and two daughters in a devastating plane crash. Discovering there might be a "secret" survivor to this same crash, gives Joe hope. But who is this Rose? How did she survive? And was she the intended victim of whoever intended to sabatage the jetliner in the first place? Interesting mystery/thriller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ava | 2/18/2014

    " Fun read although the ending was a bit anti-climatic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 2/16/2014

    " It was sooo good! i loved it. the end. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vivian | 2/9/2014

    " Okay, so the story was really compelling and I had to keep reading (or listening actually) because I had to find out how and why everything happened, but the story advanced oh so slowly. Just when I thought a major plot revelation was imminent, the author would start describing the vegetables on the shelves behind the characters or how deeply sad Joe was feeling and it would be several pages before the story would move forward again. But I probably would have given it four stars except that the resolution of the story was so complicated, implausible and downright ridiculous that I felt like I was reading the end of a whole different book. I'm glad I'm finished with it. Are all his books like this? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Hale | 2/7/2014

    " Huge twist in this book, as in all Koontz books, but this one was a especially creative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurence | 2/6/2014

    " Here is another author I don't get tired of reading. Interesting premise.....certainly made me do some thinking. A columnist loses his wife and kids in a plane crash. There were supposed to be no survivors. One woman contacts him, claiming to be a survivor with news from his family.....READ IT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 1/30/2014

    " I listened to this and really enjoyed it. It had me from the very beginning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LeAnn | 1/20/2014

    " Good but not great. There was plenty of suspense, but the ending was a bit of a letdown. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/18/2014

    " Another great book by a great author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracia | 1/16/2014

    " My favorite Dean Koontz book to date!!!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremiah | 1/11/2014

    " fun book, kept me turning the pages. not the deepest of his books but still very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 12/30/2013

    " sad, moving, powerful, great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/29/2013

    " I flew through the beginning of this one, but found the ending to be a disappointment. I walked away from this really wanting a lot more and was even a little annoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marie Nicole | 12/28/2013

    " Dean over-writes. There are simply too many metaphors in his style. I guess I grew out of him. And this book? I only read it because it was given to me and I had nothing else to do. Bleh... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/28/2013

    " read the book. don't watch the movie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boni | 12/20/2013

    " Over the years I have rread or listened to most of Dean Koontz books. I like his earlier books better than the later books. So much for getting better with age. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanie | 12/9/2013

    " Dean Koontz never disappoints his fans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Hebert | 9/3/2013

    " The beginning was perfect...couldn't stop reading.. but didn't like the ending at all...I had too skip a few pages ..which I usually never do! It was like reading another story for the last 50 pages!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carrie Luciano | 5/15/2013

    " I was really enjoying this book. Koontz as usual can develop wonderful characters that you really care about. It moved at a break neck speed for much of the book but I thought it petered out and was somewhat anti climactic in like the last 20 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanne | 5/8/2013

    " Koontz writes stories that are creepy, very menacing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 7/31/2012

    " Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz (2000) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 7/22/2012

    " "Enjoyable bit of suspense about a husband/father one year after an unexplained plane crash. With barely a will to live, he begins to uncover the truth about the crash, and some additional secrets as well." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 5/29/2012

    " This book is amzing just another to his collection "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 5/18/2012

    " I don't like Dean Koontz style of writing. Wanted to know the ending but didn't enjoy getting there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 4/22/2012

    " Good Koontz read [on the plane coming back from NYC no less]. You get to like his characters. Easy read- "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marti | 2/22/2012

    " AMAZING book. Couldn't put it away. Made me cry a lot and left me speechless at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen Stefano | 2/5/2012

    " read this years ago but really liked it at the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 11/13/2011

    " Couldn't put it down! A page turner from beginning to end! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Koos | 8/25/2011

    " Quite ok, but typical Koontzy-strangeness.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chichi | 7/12/2011

    " I'm a big fan of Dean Koontz but this book really didn't cut it compared to his other works. I was terribly disappointed at the end, like I was robbed of a good ending! :( "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 6/24/2011

    " Yet one more Koontz novel that deserves 3.5 stars. Koontz is great at creating sympathetic heroes, but the supernatural twist just didn't take off for me the way I hoped it would. Still there was some decent suspense and mysery in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexandra | 6/16/2011

    " not finishing. being this far into it and it still hasn't fully grasped me i need to stop. i always feel bad leaving a book unfinished, but i wish it good luck to the next reader. i can't love em all (on page 81 of 432)
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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Diane | 5/4/2011

    " I don't like Dean Koontz style of writing. Wanted to know the ending but didn't enjoy getting there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 4/24/2011

    " I listened to this and really enjoyed it. It had me from the very beginning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 4/14/2011

    " it had a good premise but I think I wanted it to go a different way than the way it ended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 3/21/2011

    " A spellbinding thriller, one of my favorite of Koontz's novels. I couldn't imagine where this story was going, and the conclusion was quite unexpected and surprising. Wonderful, likable characters, too! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 3/18/2011

    " I wasn't expecting the main idea of the book to be what it was. Good nontheless. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 3/14/2011

    " Not my favorite from Dean Koontz, but it was clean (his novels are usually very clean or very dirty). I felt as though there was a lot of build up and then it let down very fast, too fast. It was just okay for me, but it did hold me intrigued until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yvette | 3/8/2011

    " This book was totally captivating but disturbing at the same time. Not really my kind of read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 3/2/2011

    " Couldn't put it down! A page turner from beginning to end! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 3/1/2011

    " Started off interesting and sympathetic enough .... but unraveled some towards the end. But who doesn't love to read about a plane crash before they get on their plane home from vacation! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 2/9/2011

    " Tragedy, terror, and the meaning of life all in a neat little package. Interesting read. I bought it for my dad for Christmas becuase I knew it would come my way when he finished. :) "

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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

David Birney is an American actor and director whose career performances include both contemporary and classical roles in theater, film and television. He has recorded numerous audiobook bestsellers, including works by Dean Koontz, Paul Theroux, Annie Dillard, Thomas Kenneally, and Orson Scott Card. His reading of Julie Salomon’s The Christmas Tree was honored with the prestigious Audie Award and has also been the recipient of several AudioFile Earphone Awards.