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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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    nathan 06-05-14
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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

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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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    MovieLover LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13
    MovieLover LAKELAND, FL, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fear Nothing the most enjoyable?

    Since this is part of a two-part series, I became quite attached to Christopher Snow. He reminds me quite a bit of Koontz's other multi-book hero, Odd Thomas. I've always loved Koontz's underdog heroes and Christopher Snow is no disappointment. The usual weirdness is present, but there's also a social slant (i.e. when do you move from science to playing God?) It took a chapter or two for me to warm up to the narrator, but once I did, I can't imagine anyone else doing Christopher Snow and if Koontz ever writes more in this series, I sincerely hope the same narrator performs them. The action was good, the science believable. As is typical with Koontz's writing, there are times when passages go on a bit longer than they could have, but it's not a deterrent. Koontz loves his words and he'll jam as many in there as he can. There are times when heit seems like he writes with a thesaurus sitting right next to his keyboard, looking up the least used word possible for a description. He tends to be a bit verbose, but, I don't mind. In the end, it almost always pays off. All of the typical Koontz elements were present: dog, check. Sarcastic friend, check. Strong-willed, smart, sassy woman, check. A truly enjoyable ride.


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    Hillary Little Rock, AR,USA 06-01-13
    Hillary Little Rock, AR,USA 06-01-13

    I'm a hardcore reader and art student. ;)

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    "First audiobook on audible"
    If you could sum up Fear Nothing in three words, what would they be?

    Funny Mystery Thriller


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did. I didn't foresee the people who help the main character would have something major done to them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    This might be weird, but I like where he fought the animals, and were he mention Nancy Drew.


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

    Yes, I had a lot of laughter from it.


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    Rebecca Livaudais New Orleans, LA 05-27-13
    Rebecca Livaudais New Orleans, LA 05-27-13 Member Since 2015

    Beckyliv

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    "Great Half of a Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it's a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I loved the book, I was disappointed that it is only half of a story. Dean Koontz Usually at least has a resolution to the situation in each book even if he uses the same character in a new book...this one is "to be continued"

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-24-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 03-24-13 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Good Koontz. Interesting."
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    This was a good read but I wish he would have come out with the meat of the story earlier as to delve further into the more interesting part of the book. As always good Koontz characters. Loved the pet parts. The narrator was okay, a little monotone for me.

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    Paul United States 03-05-13
    Paul United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fear Nothing was a recommendation read!"
    Would you listen to Fear Nothing again? Why?

    Dean Koontz as Never disappointed me and Fear Nothing certainly didn't ! Great Story with some Really Cool Surfing Life Style insights!


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