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I have a very low opinion of Hubbub and his Scientology cult, but this is a fun listen. Hubbard's characters are cartoonish stereotypes, yet with this story it works well.
McDowall's over the top performance is a perfect match for this clownish, bizarre story.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Fear to be better than the print version?
Not "better"--primarily because this is an abridgment--but perhaps "preferable" for modern story lovers because the reader, Roddy McDowall, sells the story so well.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The reading itself, the mystery, the fear (!), the lead up to a terrific ending.
Have you listened to any of Roddy McDowall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This rates as one of McDowall's best readings, easily. (Though he's always great.)
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. But the abridgment is alright.
Any additional comments?
This is classic Hubbard written during his most prolific writing period. He tackled every fictional genre from alternate history to westerns to fantasy tales to romances. This was the golden era of pulp magazines and early sf collections. Unfortunate, Hubbard's "Dianetics" and Scientology in general have all but obliterated knowledge of, access to, and interest in, his best work. Kudos to Audible for presenting this.