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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bridge Publications; Reissue edition (February 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884047598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884047599
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,249,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Audio Cassette
I bought this book because my favourite bookshop didn't receive the one I ordered and I didn't have anything to read. Started it at 11pm... Couldn't sleep for 2 days. The preamble tells that the story is logical... "OK", I thought... And started reading. The book is good and scary as hell. But then I remembered what the preamble said: Yes, the story is really logic and the fantasmagories inside it are absolutely possible. Then I felt really terrified.
I've never been scared of anything. Except this book... And I loved that...
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By A Customer on Jan. 8 2003
Format: Hardcover
My objective, to read the 100 greatest classics, I absolutely hated this book "Fear", not in the least bit scary or interesting. The classic novels voted by literary experts, on the other hand, each spoke something immensely valuable to me. I am currently reading "Varieties of Religious Experience" by William James, in just the first twenty or so pages, I already have something of meaning or value. Like James, I have an educational background in Psychology. I think throughout this book "Fear", Hubbard was alluding to principles set forth in his Dianetics concepts, is my guess. Dianetics was another huge disappointment, I gave it a second chance and couldn't get past page 100 or so, the contradiction, that he violated his own promise: no fancy words that the reader couldn't understand. It was thick with difficult to understand lingo and I could see where it was going, you will need help [auditor], where I think it should be completely mechanically self-help if it is valid. I get far more help and relaxation from simple meditation and living in the present. Anthony Robbins material has some good premises, at least. I lost four hours, at least, reading this book though, a waste of my time. I got nothing of value here. Steps that disappear from your front door, no big deal, that happened all the time when I was a repair technician at customers' homes. Something dark following behind. No big deal either for any of us who have to deal with the IRS. That's about the extent of things, leaving here with some light humor, and some lost time. I don't recommend this book for anybody, and I consider that I have good taste in things, in general.
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Format: Audio Cassette
1) Roddey McDowall is such an enjoyable reader of books. His voice inflections appropriatley matching the fear, excitement, etc of the character is so well done. Not to mention his voice overs for different characters makes it easier to keep track of who is who.
2) Very interesting and gripping story. Something of a supernatural flavor with demons and spirits...or so it implies. The story leaves you guessing until the end what is actually going on. The story is definitely one of the spookiest stories I've read (heard) in a long time.
3) By chance my local library has 75% of their sci-fi/fantasy audio books all from this author. I've never been a L. Ron Hubbard fan but the more I hear his books the more I'm enjoying his fictional writings. This was more supernatural than sci-fi but in all the author's pieces so far the characters are interesting and engaging.
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Format: Paperback
I consider Fear one of the best-written, most spellbinding books I have ever read. And I am not generally an avid reader of Thrillers or Sci-Fi or fiction in general. I read Fear in one night because it is a real page-turner if ever there was one. The author does a terrific job of creating and maintaining a mood, and narrating the plot which I will not spoil by giving away. There are at least a few morsels of Food For Further Thought mentioned "en passant" such as the philosophical problem of "other minds." This does not in any way detract from the magnificent gem of a yarn being spun. It adds depth and "quality" in my opinion and sets the book apart in a special class. I was planning to list Fear as one of Ten Books to Read on a Plane Trip. I also like Roddy McDowell's narration on the audiocassette version.
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By sporkdude on March 31 2002
Format: Paperback
This supposed horror book isn't a horror book. It's more like a description of an acid trip than anything else. A university professor, recovering from malaria, is fired for a controversial paper deriding idols and artifacts of certain gods. Apparently, this angers some spirits, and after seemingly losing a few hours of his life and his hat, he descends (literally) into a world of weird characters and doors and life forces involving his wife and best friend.
It's hard not to give away the plot, because the plot is only revealed in the end. It's basically a few huge extremely strange events in one book.
Even though the imagery is very good for this short, Hubbard's language is a little terse and antiquated to make it a quick read. Though overall pretty interesting, I would not recommend this, as I wouldn't know what to classify it as.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 1 2002
Format: Paperback
At the risk of seeming dim-witted, I have to admit that I initially didn't really "get" this book. This is not to say that Fear isn't a good book. I enjoyed reading it, and the strange journey of Lowry was presented strikingly and richly, giving me a great sense of the growing mania afflicting the protagonist, inspiring my sympathy and inculcating my own dislike for Lowry's friend Tommy Williams. Lowry's surreal journey down a disappearing staircase outside his door was a little overblown for my tastes, but the more tangible effects of Lowry's situation, from the sublime to the overt, struck me as very well done. I wanted to know what happened to Lowry's missing four hours almost as much as he did. My problem was that I just could not reconcile the ending with the story as I had read it. I understood the ending, although perhaps not at every level the author intended, but I just didn't find it fully acceptable. It was like a splash of cold water hitting your face, awakening you to the realization that everything you just experienced was not quite real. Perhaps it is this sudden splash of "truth" that makes this book so wonderful to many readers (including the likes of Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, and Isaac Asimov), but I initially found it disappointing.
A day later, I have found my thoughts returning to this little tale, and a new sense of appreciation has begun to take root in my mind. Bits and pieces, particularly the oft-repeated frantic calls of Lowry's wife interspersed throughout the action, have begun to coalesce and make more sense to me. I must say that the ending is no longer so unsatisfying as it was at first.
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