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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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    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 07-29-15
    ZoeyMomma Dallas, GA 07-29-15

    Dog lover & book addict.

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    "Koontz is the King of Weird."
    What did you like best about Fear Nothing? What did you like least?

    The story was a bit slow in parts.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The dog.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    This narrators voice was raspy and made it hard for me to hang in there. I'm wondering if I should just read the sequels instead of listen to them, because of this.


    Could you see Fear Nothing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Bobby should be Keanu Reeves. Main character should be someone like Shia LeBouf. His girl friend needs to be someone like Michaela Conlin (Angie from Bones TV Show).


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, if-fy narration, will probably read the other books rather than listen to them.

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    Tammy 07-17-15
    Tammy 07-17-15

    Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)

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    "Disappointed from a Koontz fan"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think any Dean Koontz fan could really enjoy this nor anyone else.


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

    The story is so descriptive about subjects not related to the story. Dean could of cut out a whole lot of description and added more information pertinent to the storyline. In fact I kept fast forwarding through some parts and didn't really miss anything. I am a huge Koontz fan, and feel bad for being negative but this is not his best work.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Keith Szarabajka?

    I liked Keith's voice, it was deep and smoky sounding, but he lacked emotion in his narration and when he read some characters it was so breathy sounding to the point of being annoying to listen to. I don't think this was the story for his voice. He made the characters fall flat, a narrator with more excitement in their voice might of helped the story.


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

    I would cut about half the story and asked Dean to reach deeper into his imagination. The story had great potential, but the bloated descriptive thoughts and likenesses were so distracting from the story line that i fast forwarded through most of it, not really missing any of the plot line.


    Any additional comments?

    For Koontz fans, choose another novel from this great author, maybe save to read this once you've read all his other works. For those who never read Koontz, don't make this your first read. Start with Odd Thomas for something supernatural or Intensity for a horror thriller.

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    Odevinstr 07-07-15
    Odevinstr 07-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Fear Nothing"

    The story is good, solid, and complete. I liked the narration and the plot quite a bit!

    I enjoy Dean Koontz books and loved the Odd Thomas and Frankenstein series.

    However, and this is a minor thing when considering this book, it didn't leave me wanting to read the next in the series.

    I highly recommend Fear Nothing as a stand alone, but I doubt I will read/listen to the next in the series. It is just that good at closing the loops!

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    tmanXX Antelope, CA USA 06-20-15
    tmanXX Antelope, CA USA 06-20-15
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    "Great but needed more"

    I really enjoy Koontz. This book met my expectations as far as the writing and the story. This book just didn't seem to have as much good context or substance quite like so many of his other books.
    When it ended, I was surprised. I was expecting the snowman to be moving on to something else or there be more happening.
    It's the start of a series and I am sure it will get better. Koontz almost never disappoints. I'm anxious to start the next!

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    Dan 06-03-15
    Dan 06-03-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome"

    I like this as much as the odd Thomas series. I am going to read seize the night next.

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    Sam Evans, WA, United States 06-01-15
    Sam Evans, WA, United States 06-01-15 Member Since 2010

    Self-employed autodidact. Recipient of an unconventional education. Be a "Generalist" and never have a dull moment!

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    "Koontz at his best narrating in the first person"

    If you love Dean's Film Noire/catholic/deeply-weird imagination, with all its gothic atmosphere and dog-centric philosophy, but dislike putting up with seemingly endless clinically detailed sickening descriptions of the interior thoughts and emotions of the criminally insane, then Moonlight Bay is the Koontz-o-sphere for you. I often fail to jive with stories written in the first person, due to the frequency of an egocentric tone and a monotonously monologing point of view that begs the question "when would this type of person ever end up telling/writing their story this way???" But Koontz has succeeded in presenting a main character who is totally believable AS the teller of the story. He also does this in his categorizable book "Innocence". Nick Carraway has company.

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    Michelle 05-13-15
    Michelle 05-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Listen"

    I enjoyed this book. The narrator was superb!!! Excellent voice
    I would recommend this to all Dean Koontz fans. Great !!!!!!!! Book ;)

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  • "Third time through and it's only better."

    Read this and Seize the Night before the third book in the Christopher Snow novel is published. You'll be glad you did!

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    Peter Hewson 04-06-15

    7thson Construction

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    "My favorite character from Dean Koontz"

    I appreciate Dean Koontz for his far fetched ideas and ability to craft them into plausible narratives. Not all of his stories click with me, but this one does. Christopher Snow is by far my favorite of his creations, despite the fact his story has been put on the back burner while the author ran with Odd Thomas. No hard feelings, things are fine where he left them and I hope he returns to tell us more when he's ready. However, I digress. This is the first of two books involving Christopher Snow and his life in Moonlight Bay. Written in first person, we are taken into a world of creepiness and cleverness blanketed by the tranquility of a coastal California town with dark secrets. Secrets that Christopher Snow is destined to uncover and in the process, stand to lose all that is dear to him in his isolated life of living with xeroderma pigmentosum. With solid friends and a dog that seems to be more than a dog, he takes us on an unlikely adventure into a night of conspiratorial revelations, lies and betrayals.

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    J. S. Schlatter Midwest United States 03-13-15
    J. S. Schlatter Midwest United States 03-13-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Good story but..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I must start of with the disclaimer that I'm a big Dean Koontz fan. This, like many of his other thrillers has a fresh plot and unique characters that you quickly learn to like. For those reasons, this is certainly a book worthy of reading/listening to.

    That said, I often found myself listening to the book and thinking that he must be getting paid by the word. MANY MANY pages of the book are dedicated to overly poetic descriptions of scenes, characters, feelings, and the feel of a room. It was so bad that I felt it actually took me out of the book, rather than bringing me into it. Keith Szarabajka did a nice job narrating, but I could almost see him rolling his eyes at some of the flowery descriptions.


    Would you recommend Fear Nothing to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Unique characters and a fresh story concept


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The church


    Do you think Fear Nothing needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes. (it was made as a series!)


    Any additional comments?

    Dean: Get an editor that will tell you when you need to cut things from the book!

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  • Oliver
    1/16/06
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    "Fear nothing: But what does the night hold"

    Koontz creates a sinister moonlit world to which Chris Snow, the teller of this story, is perpetually condemned due to a rare skin condition which means that the light which he so longs for, would in time kill him.

    But that is just the start of it ... something fantastical has been going on at the old abandoned army base just outside town, things that both thrill, and terrify. Chris, the hunger of curiosity insatiable, must find out what is happening, and worst of all, what caused it.

    As usual Dean Koontz's character development, narrative progression and an uncanny ability to describe nocturnal beauty, plunges the reader directly into the romance of what Chris Snow sees as he leads his quazi-vampire life. All acts are justified and flow liquidly throughout the tidal motion of this book, however, as with life, this tale does not draw to a firm conclusion, possibly a flaw in Koontz's books. Closure seems hard for him to find. This may be that there are very few authors that can suspend reality so completely, yet make it almost plausible, but when you turn off the story, your left with a yearning, a feeling of loss for that world. A sign of a good book or a run away train which the author just has not got the steam to keep up with?

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • martin
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    10/1/16
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    "super book."

    super story with characters who you just have to like but the real star has to be Orson.
    I hope the next instalment ces to Audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
    5/10/08
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    "Feel the fear"

    When I first started to listen to this I couldn't get into it so I listened to something else and came back to it . I'm glad I did. Anyone who has listened to 'Marley and Me' narrated by the author John Grogan will know its sometimes hard to listen to a nasal American accent and the narrator of this sounds similar in tone. The book however is thrilling and certainly chilling . Without giving away too much of the plot , The main character of the book is a sufferer of a condition called XP which makes him ultra sensitive to light.Exposure to light will result in cancers quickly followed by painfull death , so it's no surprise that he chooses to sleep by day and live his life by night. The sleepy town in which he lives , Moonlight Bay , has cruelly given him the name of 'the night crawler'and to some he's just someone to pick on . He does have friends though like his old surfer pal Bobby and his gal pal Sasha . Things start to get weird on the night his father dies and appologises for leaving him his legacy on his death bed.What does it mean ? And why does his fathers body get kidnapped and replaced by that of a tramp for the cremation.What is wrong with the animal population of Moonlight Bay and is our mans dog Orson as smart as he acts? A thrilling listen with some genuine skin crawling caracters . highly recommeded .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • June
    Kilmarnock, Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom
    7/12/06
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    "Be Careful!"

    The narrator is American. Listen, before you buy!

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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