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Fear Nothing Audiobook

Fear Nothing

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Publisher's Summary

Christopher Snow is the best-known resident of 12,000-strong Moonlight Bay, California. This is because 28-year-old Chris has xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), a light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylight, cannot enter a normally-lit room, cannot sit at a computer. Chris' natural element is the night, and his parents, both academics, chose to live in Moonlight Bay because in a small town Chris can make the nightscape his own, roaming freely through the town on his bike, surfing in the moonlight, exploring while most people sleep.

But Chris' brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident two years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of cancer; Chris' protected life is about to change forever. We meet Chris as he is carefully preparing himself to go out in the late-afternoon sun to visit the hospital. In his last moments of life his father tells Chris he is "sorry" and that Chris should "fear nothing", cryptic words that Chris cannot really relate to.

Steven Snow's body is removed to the hospital basement for transport to the funeral home/crematorium, and when Chris goes downstairs for a final moment of farewell, he witnesses a frightening and clandestine encounter: the funeral director and another man Chris doesn't recognize are substituting the body of a hitchhiker for Steven Snow's body, which is being taken not to the crematorium but to some secret destination.

For Chris, this scene is the first intimation of a conspiracy that he will come to realize envelopes many of his townspeople. His parents knew of it and wanted to protect Chris from it. His best friend has had hints of something wrong because of the frightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beach house. And the first person to try to explain to Chris what's going on, and warn him about the special danger he himself is in, will be hideously murdered.

©1998 Dean Koontz; (P)1998 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Szarabajka's reading, like Koontz's writing, sweeps listeners into the exciting adventure and keeps them rooting for the unlikely hero." (AudioFile)

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    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-07-12
    andrea Annandale, NJ, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I love the outdoors and the warm weather!! And I never leave home with out my I-Nano. It should be surgically placed into my ear. I live and breath for books.

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    "An Oldie but a Goodie!"

    I thought I read all of Dean Koontz books. Then I came across Fear Nothing. As usual Koontz know how to keep you wanting more. Unless your a Koontz fan, you may not want to listen to this book. If you are a Koontz fan, I suggest that you listen to this one. Christopher Snow has XP xeroderma pigmentosum. light-sensitivity so severe that he cannot leave his house in daylightI And his special dog Orson who is almost human. After his father dies, he stumbles across a man who's eyes where gauged out. And his adventure begins. It's about military experiments. And how his mother had something to do with it. He can't trust no one, but Orson. This book was fun and entertaining.
    The narrator Keith Szarabajka did a good job with this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Randell Weston, CT USA 09-09-06
    Robert Randell Weston, CT USA 09-09-06 Member Since 2011

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    "Boring"

    I agree with the previous reviewer - I found this book too long by a great deal and really stretched out. For a book of this genre to be good, it should have a constantly unfolding plot, with the protagonist finding out clues in clever ways. I felt that Koontz was blatantly treading water, creating scenes in which nothing really happened, long riffs on totally unrelated topics, etc., to give the impression that the plot was unfolding, which most of the time it wasn't. When it did, it was just because some character just told Chris a set of facts. Often, this was a friend, who could have just told him had he asked before. Sometimes, he discovers someone who knows something, and decides not to ask. The only reason I could ascertain was because it would make the book too short.

    I really liked the beginning of this, my first Koontz book, and was optimistic that I had discovered a new author to read. His character development of Chris Snow in the beginning is very good, and I actually like his literary techniques - some of the analogies, metaphors, etc. ,though he goes over the top frequently. However, once the book became an unfolding thriller, it totally ceased to thrill. Like the other reviewer, I was thinking of my to do list rather than listening to the book. Once in awhile, I'd realize that something had actually happened, and I'd have to reverse to hear it.

    I would not recommend this book. The amount of plot development in this entire book is less than, say, one single chapter of The DaVinci Code, and not even in the same league in terms of cleverness of how the plot was revealed by the prime character.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Deva Sinklier 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "good book, I'll read the next in the series"

    Good book, I'll read the next in the series. In Dean Koontz style, always entertaining

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    Eric Lane 08-19-16
    Eric Lane 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Decent"

    I am a little bias because I just finished a DK book that I felt was one of the best I've ever read.

    That being said, this is the first of a trilogy and has some likable characters and a steadily increased rate of suspense which I feel will skyrocket on the sequel which I am about to start.

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    Michael Nutrioso 08-03-16
    Michael Nutrioso 08-03-16 Member Since 2015
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    "anxious to read the next one in the series"

    once again the author is creating a wonderful set of characters in a place that's described to the teeth

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    Jamie 07-07-16
    Jamie 07-07-16
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    "Not his best, poor performance"

    The performance was lacking any emotion, or the ability to distinguish between characters. With 2 exceptions everyone had the same voice. The female characters were the worst. The story didn't resolve, it just left you hanging. Could have been better with a different narrator.

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    Marilyn 06-05-16
    Marilyn 06-05-16
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    "a classic Koontz"

    2nd time listening to it and I loved it as much as the first time.

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    Wakana 04-23-16
    Wakana 04-23-16
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    "A saucy short story....."

    ....thickened up with tons of flour, flour, flowery flowery filler.

    A shame, I do really like his books.
    But... for once, the leading character isn't a gun nut.

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    Maryann Holmes 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Mystery Train leaves the station..."

    And doesn't slow down! Very fast paced, good tale. Dean Koontz does not ever disappoint me!
    It took me awhile to appreciate the narrator, whose monotone does not do justice to the pace of the story. By the end, I was comfortable with him, but I suggest he refrains from narrating female characters altogether.

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    Ned S. 02-23-16
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    "Disappointing"

    I read for many reasons, not least for the satisfaction of closure to a story line. This left me hanging.

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