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  • Sole Survivor

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Ryan Burke
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller

The plane crashed without warning. Three hundred and thirty people died. No explanation. No survivors. Now one man who lost everything that night is about to discover the answers he needs to go on with his life - or the conviction to finally end it.

Crime reporter Joe Carpenter lost his wife and two daughters in the crash of Flight 353. Aching from his loss, Joe is unable to work, think, or do anything but grieve, and wait for his own death. Then Joe meets Rose, a woman who claims to be the crash’s sole survivor. But before Joe can probe further, the elusive Rose slips away and Joe is left with haunting, terrifying questions: If Rose lived through the crash, is it possible his family could have survived it, too? Did the authorities conspire to hide what really happened that night? Joe’s search for the truth will shatter him like nothing has before - and force him to question everything he thinks he knows about life and death.

©1997 Dean R. Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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More horror or sci-fi than a mystery

I haven't read this author in about 20 years and I doubt I will again for another 20. I like mysteries and this was mis-categorized. It was gruesome, overly descriptive, and boring. I would have quit part way but never remembered to find something different before being in the car etc. I'm clearly in the minority since he's sold a bazillion books. I also did not enjoy the speaking voice for the male lead but minor issue compared to the story itself.

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  • RHF
  • 2018-08-18

Koontz has an amazing ability to teach in fiction stories

Has always been a fan!
Koontz has not failed in structuring a story which holds your attention in such an amazing way. I cannot think of a single thing which I did not like about this audiobook. The narrators tone of voice aids in those who have a little problem hearing.
This is another really deep and well researched literary masterpiece.

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  • Lovely bee
  • 2019-05-21

Mixed feelings

I absolutely love Dean Koontz and while this story was very intriguing I felt like the it played out too quickly. It could've been stretched out and made into a 5 star novel. still good though, I don't regret purchasing.

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  • Jeff in Texas
  • 2018-11-06

Decent offering from Koontz

This is one of Dean's better reads. The story line is strong and the ending remains obscure till the end but makes sense once revealed.

I liked the characters and their development. Strong performance as well.

Overall good choice.

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  • Will Stover
  • 2019-03-04

Loved It

Very interesting. Love it. Touching and interesting all in one. Another great book from a great writer.

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  • Michelle M
  • 2019-02-01

Good Listen

unfolded slow, but captured my attention in the middle and kept it until the end.

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  • Kathryn Myshak
  • 2018-08-10

Great!

Outstanding premise! Dean Koontz at his finest. Narrator was enjoyable. Highly recommend this and all of his books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-06

A great read (or listen)!!

I so enjoyed listening to the first book I read by Dean Koontz years ago. This is the book that got me hooked on this wonderful author.

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  • missgardengal
  • 2019-08-04

AMAZING!!

Again, Mr. Koonz does not disappoint!! Riveting story with a thought provoking end! Amazing! I was not disappointed!! :)

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  • horsestuff
  • 2022-03-21

Not my favorite

I read a lot of koontz and love his books. This wasn’t my favorite. The first half of the book moved too slowly for me. I’m kind of shallow when it comes to literature / I’m looking for action not metaphor. I finished the book but gave no idea what it was about. Oh well.

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  • Bridgette
  • 2021-05-24

Love everything about it!

Story line was very interesting Narration was awesome I would definitely recommend!! This was one of the first stories of his I read and was very excited to read more of his work!!

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