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Fear

Narrated by: Roddy McDowall
Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
3.5 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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A novel of compelling suspense. 

Professor James Lowry didn’t believe in spirits, or witches, or demons. 

Not until a gentle spring evening when his hat disappeared, and suddenly he couldn’t remember the last four hours of his life. Now, the quiet university town of Atworthy is changing - slightly at first, then faster and more frighteningly each time he tries to remember. 

Lowry is pursued by a dark, secret evil that is turning his whole world against him while it whispers a warning from the shadows: If you find your hat you’ll find your four hours. If you find your four hours then you will die....

“A classic tale of creeping, surreal menace and horror...one of the really, really good ones.” (Stephen King)

©2005 L. Ron Hubbard (P)2005 Galaxy Press, LLC

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  • JJ
  • HOUSTON, TX, United States
  • 01-31-15

The Best of Hubbard

I have a very low opinion of Hubbub and his Scientology cult, but this is a fun listen. Hubbard's characters are cartoonish stereotypes, yet with this story it works well.
McDowall's over the top performance is a perfect match for this clownish, bizarre story.

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Classic Hubbard, read and performed well

Would you consider the audio edition of Fear to be better than the print version?

Not "better"--primarily because this is an abridgment--but perhaps "preferable" for modern story lovers because the reader, Roddy McDowall, sells the story so well.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The reading itself, the mystery, the fear (!), the lead up to a terrific ending.

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

This rates as one of McDowall's best readings, easily. (Though he's always great.)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. But the abridgment is alright.

Any additional comments?

This is classic Hubbard written during his most prolific writing period. He tackled every fictional genre from alternate history to westerns to fantasy tales to romances. This was the golden era of pulp magazines and early sf collections. Unfortunate, Hubbard's "Dianetics" and Scientology in general have all but obliterated knowledge of, access to, and interest in, his best work. Kudos to Audible for presenting this.

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fantastic

a fantastic narrator this book was dramatized so expertly. The story itself was extremely spooky and I couldn't stop listening.

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Fear - Nice Novella

Story: This is nice novella that explores one thought. I was surprise by the end since it could have gone any way.

Reader: Nothing much to say about Roddy McDowall. His voice and acting are always superb.

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Great story and a great narrator!

I absolutely LOVE Roddy McDowall & watch all his movies! Well you know I must've been stupified when I learned he had narrated stories! Fear is a very interesting story and I enjoy listening to it very much. Tis such a pity Roddy is gone from us but he lives on in my heart forever. Thank you so much dear Mr. McDowall for my Cornelius memories and your wonderful voice soothes me as I lie down to rest every night.

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  • Paula
  • Laurel, MS, USA
  • 03-02-06

Paula from Mississippi

Not my usual style of book but it definitely kept my interest and was unpredicitable. I was ready to end listening.

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