Fear Nothing

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Keith Szarabajka
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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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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?
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- Oliver

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 .
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- Sandra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 15-12-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio