Fear Nothing

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: Keith Szarabajka
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror, Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

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's 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's brilliant mother, a scientist, was killed in a car accident 2 years ago, and as the book opens his father, Steven Snow, is dying of cancer; Chris's 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 thefrightening nocturnal visitors that have come to his beachhouse. 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.
In the 24 hours this book encompasses, Christopher Snow will find out that, sheltered though he's been, he has the soul of a fighter and an adventurer. By the end of the book he will have killed a man, will have discovered the role his own mother played in the birth of the conspiracy, will have come to recognize the extraordinary guardians that, unknown to him, have watched over him for years. He will realize that some people hate him, others revere him, and neither his own life nor those of anyone he knows will ever be the same.

Reviews (11)

Written by Michelle Wetmore on August 13th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

One of my favorite writers. Keeps you entertained until you turn the last page and then you still want more. I highly recommend

Written by kelly burt on June 22nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The narrator speaks to quietly and it's very hard to hear about turning up the volume 100% on headphones:..:(

Fear Nothing

Written by Rick Kyle from El Dorado, AR on January 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I gave this 1 star, not because of the story. Dean Koontz books are typically great! My reason was because the narrator had such a weak, wimpy voice that I could not make out what was being said in the story. He used no voice inflections for different characters etc. I think this narrator should find another line of work, or the publisher of the audio book should crank up the volume a notch or two since a lot of people listen while driving.

Fear Nothing

Written by Paul White on December 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I have read most of Dean Koontz' books and really enjoy the vast majority of them. However, this book while interesting throughout, had an ending that was very disappointing with many loose ends not tied. You were left wondering and asking many questions. Not worth a second look.

Smart animals

Written by HebercityUtah from Heber City, UT on November 15th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I knew who Dean Koontz was but i wasn't into his kind of books. I've always read sci-fi fantasy. I've now listened to 6 Koontz books from simply audio. This one was kinda sorta a continuation from his earlier book called Watchers. It had the same premise. super genetic enhanced animals. This book Fear Nothing even referred to the smart dog in Watchers. I really liked this book. I liked the main character but i didn't like his girl friend. She talks in a sexy voice all the time. She never sounds normal its always HEEELLLLOOOO MMMM i got tired of it. Ive never heard anyone talk all the time every time in a low seductive voice. This Book is intense, it even has its moments that sends chills down your spine, those moments where you almost push the fast forward button cause you cant take it. You will enjoy this book, I'm told that Velocity is the 3rd book on this same story. Ive got it on my top 2 rent list. Im hoping they send it next.

Good, but not great

Written by Anonymous on November 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Overall, I like this book. It took me a LONG while to get through it. Worth it, but not something that will stay with you.

FEAR NOTHING

Written by Sheryl Adamson on October 9th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

DEAN KOONTZ HAS DONE IT AGAIN. TAKE A NORMAL TOWN & SHOW THE UNDERBELLY. VERY GOOD BOOK.

Fear Nothing

Written by William Clement on June 26th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I've always been a Koontz fan. He has always brought his characters alive through his writing. I have to say, Christopher Snow, Bobby Halloway and Sasha Goodall are Characters I want more of. I really enjoyed both Fear Nothing and Seize the Night. My only complaint is that he's not brought them back for a third go 'round. Yet. Anyway, fear nothing is an excellent story that doesn't put you to sleep. It starts fairly quick and only gets better. Rare is the writer that can do this in one book, let alone most of his. Koontz is such a one. Read this book. You won't be sorry.

Fear Nothing

Written by Robert Lanois on June 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Dean Koontz fans will delight in the telling of this story. The ending seemed a little rushed but the story kept me on edge. Not his best but so far I have not read a bad Koontz book yet.

Painful listening

Written by K W on October 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I am a huge Koontz fan but this was too full of descriptives and no meat. Quality of sound was poor as well even with volume on high. I cancelled the second half of the book. Hearing the conclusion wasn't worth the pain.

Author Details

Author Details

Koontz, Dean

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction, under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Koontz's protagonists,with the exception of Odd Thomas,arm theirselves with guns to do combat against the various monsters and madmen,and Koontz gets all the technical details right.There are no mistakes(functions and capabilities of different types of guns.)

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic events featured in most of his novels.

Koontz also has a very interesting way of adding his own little quirks to his novels, such as adding simple quotes from a book by the name of The Book of Counted Sorrows. Counted Sorrows was originally a hoax, like the nonexistent Keener's Manual Richard Condon cited for epigraphs he wrote himself. Eventually Koontz put together a poetry collection of that name, using all the epigraphs; it was printed as a limited edition in 2003 by Charnel House and as an eBook by Barnes & Noble. His more recent novels, starting with The Taking, have no verse by Koontz; rather, they have quotes by other authors (in particular, The Taking uses quotes from T. S. Eliot, whose works figure in the plot of the novel).

Koontz has long been a fan of Art Bell's radio program, Coast to Coast AM. He appeared as a guest after a fan reported to Bell that one of Koontz's novels featured a character describing a paranormal event as an "Art Bell moment."

Koontz currently resides in Newport Beach, a city in Southern California (as such, most of his novels are set in Southern California) with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie Koontz, under whose name he published the book, Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living, in 2004. Trixie is also often referenced in his official newsletter "Useless News".

Dogs often figure heavily in Koontz's novels, as he is an avid dog lover. Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and One Door Away from Heaven are prime examples. However, lately he has seen fit to include cats as characters, most notably the smart cat Mungojerrie in the Christopher Snow novels.