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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 29 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423338960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423338963
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,070,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Since the night she was born, Laura Shane has been continually saved by a mysterious guardian who appears and disappears without a trail. Through the years, these random encounters prove more and more life-threatening, sending Shane down a dark path to which her savior, Stefan, has unintentionally led her and her family. But as Shane realizes when not where Stefan is from, she must scramble for her life as her enemies seek her out. Her only hope is in the knowledge that when lightning strikes, her enemies are near. Koontz isn't the first author to incorporate lightning with time travel, but he certainly shines new light on the subgenre of time travel. Koontz's 1988 novel gains new life in this unabridged production. Christopher Lane captures listeners with a stern and serious voice that can still lighten up, especially when voicing Shane's son, Chris, or other colorful characters. Lane's vocalizing of characters proves impressive, authentic and even amusing for everyone but Shane, whose voice is adequate but fades in comparison to the other characters. Regardless, Lane's narration improves upon the book by adding a tonal edge that will keep listeners' attention throughout all 14 hours. (May)
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On the night of Laura Shane's birth, a stranger appears from the lightning to prevent her delivery's being botched by an alcoholic physician. Throughout Laura's childhood the stranger reappears at times of danger. He protects rather than threatens, yet menace seems to follow him. Thirty years later another storm flashes and the stranger collapses, shot, at Laura's door. Now Laura protects her erstwhile guardian from mysterious hunters. He reveals that he and the hunters are time travelers. Laura, quick-witted and brave, leads the way to a bloody showdown. The paradox in time travel's tampering with history provides an interesting twist in this gripping thriller by a popular writer. Literary Guild selection.A.M.B. Amantia, Population Crisis Committee Lib., Washington,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Erica Anderson on June 3 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Back in high school and early college, I was a ravenous Dean Koontz fan. Two of my all time favorite Koontz books were (and still are) "Night Chills" and "Lightning". I have to say "Lightning" has a slight edge over "Night Chills" but not by much. I first read the book when I checked out from the library and eventually bought my own copy from a used book store. That is how much I loved the book. I'm not particularly a big fan of books that talks about time travel but I thought Dean Koontz made the subject very fascinating in the novel. The story of Laura Shane and her 'guardian' made for compelling reading. The only flaw of the book is that towards halfway through the book it started becoming a cheesy soap opera but I can overlook that. One of my favorite moments in the book was Laura's interaction with the Ackerson twins. I couldn't help but get choked up when death befell Laura unexpectedly. I felt like I was part of Laura's life as she grew up through out the book. I know it sounds corny but it is true. I couldn't stop reading this book when I first read it and I still can't to this very day when I want to take a trip down memory lane.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Mcallister on March 30 2000
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This book started out as an unbelievable, cryptic recounting of a wayfarer-like time traveller destined to protect a wonder-child. The first 125 pages were wonderful and engrossing, but soon after Koontz blunders badly. He takes a very unique character in Laura and waters her down by having her married and turning herself into a world-famous, rich author, which kills the book. The most compelling aspect about Laura was her fierce devotion to her father's ways; that is, she was a sole survivor, not an award winning author. I don't know why Koontz did this. He happily marries her off and then gives her an utterly annoying nitwit kid who talks like he's an omnipotent soldier from another dimension. Add to that Laura's friend Thelma, and you have the recipe for something TRULY annoying. The exchanged repartee of these two characters is not only aggravating, but unrealistic. They're in the midst of being hunted down by nefarious time travellers and all they can resort to are wisecracks? Please! I spend the second half of the book wishing Thelma dead because she so grated my nerves (along with the kid). If you consider Stephan's interchange with Hitler and Mussolini, it's obvious that a promising book has taken a long, meaningless detour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Schroeder on Jan. 9 2003
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"Lighting" starts out with a bang, and then fades like diminishing thunder. The book is riddled with cliches, stereotypical characters, non sequiturs, and an astonishingly embarassing number of product placements: Smith & Wesson, Disney, McDonald's, Ralph's, Goodwill, Mark Cross, Ray Ban, IBM, etc. etc. Parts of the book are laughable; Laura becoming upset at Chris's use of profanity after Laura has "blown away" several of the assassins, Laura's concern about the nutritional value of the food Chris is eating.
However, if television shows like "Survivor", "Oprah", and "One Life To Live" appeal to you, this may be the book for you.
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By Amanda S on May 17 2004
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Dean Koontz has created a gripping novel that keeps the reader guessing. The story opens with the main character Laura Shane's birth, and it follows her throughout her life as she faces peril and rewards. She comes close to death several times and is saved only by a mysterious man who appears soon after lightning flashes. He vanishes from her life as suddenly as he arrives, and Laura refers to him as her "guardian angel." Laura's guardian rescues her from many of her childhood troubles, but armed men are now hunting her and her family for reasons beyond Laura's knowledge.
The story takes the reader from the isolated mountains to the heart of the city and back again as Laura discovers love, copes with loss, and understands herself further through her writing. Despite the deaths of many loved ones, compassion drives Laura on as she battles for victory against merciless killers on a mission.
Lightning is not one of Koontz's usual thrillers about unnatural creatures. It concentrates on the eventful life of one woman and places the element of time travel around her. This novel is compelling and clever, and I feel that anyone who reads it will find it worthwhile. Lightning combines time travel, shoot outs, and government conspiracies with mystery, destined love, triumph, and personal discovery to take the reader on a journey that won't soon be forgotten.
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There's nothing I can say in this review that hasn't been said already. Having said that, Dean Koontz has become my favorite author through the years. Lightning was the second book I read of his, but has become my all-time favorite book, period. There is something about the character of Laura Shane that seems to speak to the idea that people really can haul themselves far above their station or circumstances in life to become successful. She learned not to rely on a guardian for protection and figured out how to rely on herself. That she became a writer is not surprising- one of the single most fundamental rules to telling a good story is to write what you know.
The interrelationship between Laura and the Ackerson twins- I've had those exact relationships. It doesn't matter if anyone else finds our little jokes funny- we do, and that's all that counts. The love story is secondary, and serves mostly to explain Krieger's motivations. Those who would complain about the dialogue of a character like Chris need to understand that there are kids out there who develop an avid interest in something that goes way beyond a hobby, even as early as 8, and in doing so learn about aspects or language of their interests that the adults around them would probably have no idea about. (I used to be one of them- I know of which I speak.) Kids understand a lot more than adults ever give them credit for.
What I have loved for years about Koontz's work is that he may be 'rehashing old ideas' but somehow seems to find a new spin that maybe not many people have heard of, especially those like me that get easily lost when a sci-fi/fantasy story has no basis in reality. What makes his writing so compelling is his ability to bring utterly believable characters to life even in implausible situations.
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