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2.99983508328294 out of 52.99983508328294 out of 52.99983508328294 out of 52.99983508328294 out of 52.99983508328294 out of 5 3.00 (18,191 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Moonlight Bay Trilogy Release Date: December 2005 ISBN: 9780739334300
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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 two 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 the frightening 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.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 2/10/2014

    " Koontz's books are good for late night fluff. Makes you afraid of things that go bump in the night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/9/2014

    " "Fear Nothing" has given me a new perspective on all animal life and genetic modification. As a Biologist, I am aware of manipulation within the bacterial population. However, Koontz's novel adds depth to the reality of our human future changing for the worse due to uncontrolled experimentation and greed. I quickly fell in love with the Novel's main character Chris Snow and his loveable dog. The trials that Chris had encountered during his life enabled him to muster the strength and courage to deal with his parents death and protect those in his life that he loves. I especially enjoy the format of Koontz's novel as told first person and takes us as readers down one story line without flipping back and forth between scenes and characters. Although somewhat disappointed that the ending to this novel did not provide a clear "winning" ending for Chris Snow, I am looking forward to reading the subsequent novel "Seize the Night" which may perhaps provide a resolution to this foreboding devastation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/8/2014

    " To date, one of the strangest books I've ever read. And yet, I found myself purchasing this one and its sequel so that my husband can read them. Intriguing in its own crazy way, it was fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Robinson | 2/5/2014

    " I like all of Dean's books, and this is a great one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 1/22/2014

    " Although my wife enjoyed this book, I found the writing style too "long". It took him a paragragh to say a sentence. Too descriptive. "Get to the point" would be my advice to the author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex (Al) | 1/21/2014

    " Really really weird. It was so hard to understand how everything went together. Not the best book in the world. The part with the monkeys was odd. Not very good. I'm not going to read the second one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arend | 1/11/2014

    " This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read and still by far my favorite. As the story continues to unfold it grabs onto you that much more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 1/6/2014

    " Scary books, scifi, not high in my reading choices & I have no idea how I happened to get my hands on this book. What I do know is that it surprised me. I really liked it. I liked the characters, the story & was happy there was a second book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 12/22/2013

    " This series about Christopher Snow is a must! Chris is a fascinating character, as is his dog, Orson. Nobody writes dogs quite like Dean Koontz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel Bloqwa | 12/19/2013

    " Great characters. Great tension. Good plot convergences. Only thing I didn't like was that it felt like Koontz added the "surfer" culture to the character half way through the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jerri Brissette | 12/14/2013

    " Another series of Koontz that I love. Great main character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miss Adventures In The Dating Worldâ„¢ | 12/9/2013

    " I really loved the characters in this book. Please, please, please don NOT make this into a movie--it would only ruin it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/29/2013

    " A very enjoyable and fun book. I really hope, at some point, Koontz brings back the Christopher Snow series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela Sherwood miller | 11/12/2013

    " Loved, loved, loved this book, I was so disapointed when I learned there were only two of them written. If I could get more of these books I would read another 50 of them!!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia DeVerna | 9/15/2013

    " You can't read too many Koontz books in a row, or you become mired in metaphors. Thought the premise was good, but some of the threads were too imaginative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 8/13/2013

    " Awesome book. This dude has XP, that skin disease where you can't be in sunlight. Interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alin | 5/17/2013

    " good history, and good messages from this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheri Roman | 5/14/2013

    " Weird and often lyrically wonderful, this was a good read. I agree that many questions left unanswered, but that is the nature of a series. If I come across the sequels I will probably read them, but I may not actively seek them out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanessa | 4/1/2013

    " Good book, not one of Koontz's best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 3/5/2013

    " Will not be going further with this series. Main character and about ten other Koontz books are repetitive carbon copies of each other with the same dog and the same supporting characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/20/2013

    " I could never get into this book. I have tried to read it twice, and no joy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angel | 6/15/2012

    " Hmmm. The story was interesting and kept me reading, but I felt it lead me to the edge of a long plain, stretching ahead and then stopped. More horror than mystery with some science and surfer philosophy thrown in, it would have been better (for me) if the "what next?" had been written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 6/4/2012

    " So far so good - I'm really enjoying it. Of course I've always been a huge Dean Koontz fan - I haven't read anything by him that I haven't enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Almost got to the killer-dream point. Full of cliche's. But still every good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay Hetrick | 11/21/2011

    " AMAZING. It has a bunch of science in it, so it's great for the science nerds. Incredibly intense, as always for Koontz. Just don't read it in a big dark house all alone... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 11/10/2011

    " koontz uses this character in a couple of books. very likable. and his animals are very human like "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 8/2/2011

    " Another excellent thriller from Koontz his ability to lead what appears to be a routine who-dunnit into something bizaare and disturbing is second to none. Despite some rather wrenching religious overtones it is a great book and an exciting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 6/24/2011

    " I was struck by the characters and their carefully created dialogue, which was quite funny. I don't remember much from this book, except liking the characters. I'll probably have to re-read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 6/13/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. A few things were left unexplained. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxanne | 6/7/2011

    " Excellent book, great story and it kept me hooked throughout. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 D.K. | 5/10/2011

    " My favorite of the Koontz books. Unique, frightening, earthy. I don't know how he pulled it off, but he did. And there's a sequel! Hoping for a third book in this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 5/10/2011

    " Not a bad book nothing really great either.
    Great building in the start and story was good too, but when the mystery behind what was going on in the bay was revealed, I thought it was stupid and childish.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake | 5/6/2011

    " I thought it was a good book all the way through but it ended without resolving anything. The evolution of these animals was sort of explained but this great impact they have on the earth was forecasted but we don't know if it ever happened. I was very "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 4/27/2011

    " good read, but I like lots of his other books better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 3/26/2011

    " So far so good - I'm really enjoying it. Of course I've always been a huge Dean Koontz fan - I haven't read anything by him that I haven't enjoyed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 3/16/2011

    " Will not be going further with this series. Main character and about ten other Koontz books are repetitive carbon copies of each other with the same dog and the same supporting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clifford | 3/9/2011

    " Christopher Snow has to be one of my all-time favorite Koontz characters. A third book would be terrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 3/7/2011

    " Awesome book. This dude has XP, that skin disease where you can't be in sunlight. Interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/2/2011

    " A completely unique main character and a fun plot line to go with him. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is one of the most popular writers in the world. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in thirty-eight languages with worldwide sales over 400 million copies. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and sixteen have risen to the number one position in paperback. Several of his books have been adapted into feature films and television miniseries, including the highly rated Intensity on the Fox Network. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever Trixie.

About the Narrator

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates.