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Publisher's Summary

Paris Minton is a man who would just as soon walk away from trouble as stand up to it. But in 1950s Los Angeles, sometimes trouble just comes and gets you.

Fearless Jones shows up at Paris Minton's door one night with a simple request: an attractive woman has asked him to help her find her husband, a man Fearless worked for briefly, and Fearless wants Paris to take the case with him. The next morning, a suspicious stranger shows up at Paris's door, and he's asking after Fearless Jones.

A few short questions later, Paris is running for his life, tangled up with one of the wealthiest women in L.A., and wondering whom he should fear more - the people he's looking for or the people he's working for. One misstep at a time, he tumbles into the most complex and terrifying situation he's ever found - one that even his invincible friend Fearless may not be able to save him from.

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&$169;2003 Walter Mosley. All Rights Resaerved; (P)2003 Time Warner AudioBooks. A division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group.

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"Highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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One of the best

I have been listening to the Walter Mosely books on audible for a while now. This one is really one of the best. If you haven't tried Mosely, start with this one. You get some really great characters, with a story line that keeps you guessing until the end. And the narration by Don Cheadle -- PERFECT! He captures nuances of character that few narrators attempt. The story revolves around Fearless and his friend and bookstore owner, Paris. Fearless gets into trouble when he tries to help a woman, and brings Paris along for the ride. The story is for adults. It contains some sexual situations and a few (but not that many) expletives. Give your ears and mind a treat. Take this book for a listen.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great book, flawless narration

This is one of the best books I have listened to. The story is fast paced, believable and the characters are multi-dimensional. The relationship between Fearless and Paris is fascinating, and can't wait to hear their next misadventure. The thing that sets this book apart from many others, though, is the narration by Don Cheadle - a great actor who played Mosley's "Mouse" in the movie version of "Devil in a Blue Dress".

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • jersey city, NJ, USA
  • 03-25-04

This narrator is the best!

The book is a good, satisfying, typical Mosely story. But the narrator is just fantastic. He is the first male narrator who isn't afraid to give his female characters individuality and depth instead of speaking in a silly falsetto. Don Cheadle must be a really good actor. All the characters are completely drawn through Mosely's clever details, and Cheadle's virtuoso performance. Very entertaining and somewhat thought provoking.
Try it, you'll like it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tom
  • Novato, CA, United States
  • 02-13-04

Fear Itself

This was the first book I have listened to written by Walter Mosley. I loved the characters and the story. It is fast paced and had a great story line.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Catriona
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • 12-09-05

More readings by Cheadle!

Mosley is great! Paris Minton and Fearless Jones are an interesting departure from EZ Rawlins and Mouse. I really enjoy how Paris keeps emphasizing himself as a coward. And it's great to see Mosley's Los Angeles from a couple different angles. Don Cheadle gives a GREAT reading. This is what audiobooks are all about! I haven't liked a reading so much since Ossie Davis.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • R. Hill
  • Brooklyn, NY USA
  • 10-21-04

Great narrator and great story

Don Cheadle is an excellent actor and he does a wonderful job with this book. It helps that Mosely is still great and Fearless, et al are great characters.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Cheadle and Mosley...a winning combo

Mosley's characters come to life when Don Cheadle speaks. The story is engaging, the narration tops the charts...when's the next one coming?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fear Itself

Intriguing story wonderfully narrated. This is a first-rate book to listen to and enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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SUBERB NARRATOR!

After listening to classic books read by veteran actors Jason Elliot Gould and Samuel Jackson, I was TOTALLY turned off by Audible's epiphany that seasoned A-list actors would be an asset to audiobooks. NEGATORY!! Gould completely ruined a classis Raymond Chandler book with hokey stereotypical voices for minority actors. Plus there is sooooo nothing of the "square jaw, booze guzzling, skirt chasing, glib, fearless attributes" of detective Phillip Marlowe in Gould. The book was a mess, Next came Samuel Jackson in "A Rage In Harlem" by Chester Himes sounding like he was reading for a episode of "Amos & Andy"! I was waiting for "The Kingfish" to appear any minute! A good actor does not automatically equate in a good narrator. I wanted to stick a pencil in my eye while trying to listen to these books. After Jackson, I was done with books by black authors being ruined by inexperienced actors.

Then along came Don Cheadle! He took an already good story to a whole new level. His understated delivery was perfect for this book. I say "Audible, please stop trying to be overly relevant using so-so actors in an area that is not their forté!" Don Cheadle has been the rare exception, Walter Mosley is a top author of black novels and he was fortunate enough to have super star Cheadle to give the readers a great performance. If you like Mosley's, you will love this audiobook.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Visit LA -- Forty Years Ago

The best part of this story is that the combination of the story and excellent narration takes the listener back to the Los Angeles of forty years ago.

If you are looking for a good story to pass the time while on a trip, Fear Itself fits the bill.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful