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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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    L. D. McFarland Louisville, KY 03-09-15
    L. D. McFarland Louisville, KY 03-09-15
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    "Too much detail to things that didn't matter."
    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or Keith Szarabajka?

    Absolutely not. Possibly a Dean Koontz book but not with Keith Szarabajka as the narrator.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut out all the unimportant details that meant absolutely nothing to the story. The constant reference to a dog biscuit over and over. I began hitting the 30 seconds forward button and each time they were still talking about a dog biscuit. There was so much of that in this book. Very unrealistic reactions from a person that just found out his father died and was removed illegally from the hospital parking garage. If I'd had the day he had and showed up to my best friends house my conversation would be totally different. I wouldn't be talking about surf, the ocean and chicken nachos for 20 minutes. I still haven't gotten to the end because I'm bored to tears but I feel like I must since I paid for the book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice is like a deep voiced disc jockey in the late night hours that smokes 3 packs of cigarettes a day and is TRYING to sound sultry and sexy. His voice was so deep and monotone that it nearly put me to sleep. I hated the voice mostly when it was his best friend. Trying to sound like a surfer dude that's just smoked 2 joints. I found myself turning the radio way up just to keep me awake. I just wanted him to clear his throat and put some life into the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fear Nothing?

    The scenes about the crematorium when they were kids meant nothing. The scenes about them swimming as kids and nearly freezing & drowning meant nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    I am amazed when I read that people thought this was a great book. One scene in particular is when Christopher goes to his best friends house and there was so much that had happened to him in such a short amount of time. There are crazy monkeys surrounding the home and Christopher takes off on his bike with dog into the foggy night alone. A normal person wouldn't leave into the night that way and a normal person wouldn't let their friend leave like that. Seriously now. It's just plain silly

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    G. Large Big Lake Alaska 02-21-15
    G. Large Big Lake Alaska 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite Koontz"

    Hard to imagine a more endearing cast of charachters. Still awating the third book in the series, bope Dean comes through.

    If I could only have one DK book in my library, this is it.

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    Amazon Customer Seattle, USA 02-01-15
    Amazon Customer Seattle, USA 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Friendship and love in the face of terror. Amazing"

    Having read this book several times before, I was a bit leery of it as an audiobook. it was amazing. The narrator captured the tones of serious threat and emotional candor and real fear as well as the moments of whimsy and ridiculous (Orson's made up responses for instance) inherent in Christopher Snow's voice. Truly a good story told very well.

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    david 01-27-15
    david 01-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dean Koontz is always boring at first;"

    Typical Dean Koontz book in my opinion. Hard to get into but the ending is usually great. Really love the ending of this book but was very bored through the first half.

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    Wendy M. 08-14-14
    Wendy M. 08-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the story and I adore the narrators voice!"
    Would you listen to Fear Nothing again? Why?

    yes I would. I really enjoyed the story and the narrator had a great voice that was easy to listen too.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fear Nothing?

    The monkeys in the house. Too creepy!


    What about Keith Szarabajka’s performance did you like?

    His calm sexy voice. Very easy to listen to.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Damn Monkeys!


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    nathan 06-05-14
    nathan 06-05-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story, bad recording"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is great, but the chapters in the book are out of sync with the chapters in the recording. Narration is good.


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    Leslie 03-27-14
    Leslie 03-27-14 Member Since 2013

    Leslie

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    "TOTAL ENJOYMENT"
    If you could sum up Fear Nothing in three words, what would they be?

    Great book to get lost in


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole gang Including Orson and Mongo Jerry


    Have you listened to any of Keith Szarabajka’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't think I have, but HE WAS AMAZING. I will look for more of him as narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    was caught at the edge of my seat in a few places... even kept car running in parking lot to finish some chapters..


    Any additional comments?

    I read this set a long time ago and couldn't remember who the author was.. The story stayed with me and it took some time, but I hunted the story down and bought it the next day! It didn't disappoint even though I knew the ending.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Fear Nothing"
    Any additional comments?

    Audiobook. The characters in Fear Nothing are well done. The lead, Christopher Snow, has a genetic disease that pretty much enables him to do what ever he pleases, so long as he is completely unexposed to all but the dimmest of light. He has a handful of friends that love him and basically, he’s a happy guy. Not a spoiler with that information, you’ll get that within the first few paragraphs. The remainder of the story involves the efforts of Snow to explain mysterious changes in the people and animals located in the small town of Moonlight Bay. Suspend beliefs, it’s science fiction. However, genetic manipulation is probably farther along than it was at the time this book was written. Although in typical Dean Koontz fashion, the story is presented in a manner to be spooky, the unknown capabilities of genetic science gives one pause.

    Took me a while to get used to the narration of Keith Szarabaika. He worked hard at delivering the netherworld-scary rhythm … maybe a little too hard.

    Personally, I found the ending a bit anticlimactic, and was hoping for more heroic efforts on the part of Christopher Snow and his band of friends. Ultimately he does not right the wrongs of others … no happily ever after scenario. Think the worst and you’re pretty close to the truth.

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    Charle 03-05-14
    Charle 03-05-14 Member Since 2016

    Ready for the next stage.

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    "Loved this story"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The surf addicted, closet millionaire, Bobby. Or maybe the bad ass girlfriend, with the unrevealed but intriguing past, Sasha. Who can choose!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Orson meeting Monkey Joe.


    Any additional comments?

    I would totally date Christopher Snow. He's the coolest.

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    Katie C. Dayton, OH USA 06-07-13
    Katie C. Dayton, OH USA 06-07-13
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    "Incredibly boring, hard to get through"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It was a struggle to even finish listening to this story. I am a big Dean Koontz fan, but this one was just not good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


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