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Fear the Worst Audiobook

Fear the Worst

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Publisher's Summary

The worst day of Tim Blake's life started out with him making breakfast for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney. Syd was staying with him while she worked a summer job - even if he wasn't entirely sure what her job at the Just Inn Time motel actually was - and Tim hoped this quality father-daughter time would somehow help her deal with his divorce.

When she didn't arrive home at her usual time, he thought she'd probably gone to the mall to hang with her friends. When she didn't answer her phone he began to worry. When she didn't come home at all, he began to panic. And when the people at the Just Inn Time said they had no Sydney Blake working at the motel and never had, he began to see his life going into freefall.

If she hadn't been working at the Just Inn Time every day, what had she been doing? Something she couldn't - or wouldn't - tell her own father about? Only one thing has him convinced the worst hasn't already happened: the fact that some very scary people seem just as eager as he is to find her. The question is: who's going to find her first?

©2010 Linwood Barclay (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Kirstine 24/12/2010
    Kirstine 24/12/2010
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    "A nightmare journey to find a missing daughter"

    Early on in the book Tim Blake's teenage daughter Sydney goes missing and thereafter he's thrown into a nightmare of false leads as he tries to track her down not knowing whether she's alive or dead. The police even suspect that he's murdered her. The book veers from one crisis to another for Tim and the bodies pile up. Preposterous in many ways but gripping and enjoyable nevertheless. There's some humour to leaven the grimness in the foibles and interactions between Tim and his girlrfriend, and with his ex-wife and her new husband.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Newcastle, England 07/12/2015
    Ann Newcastle, England 07/12/2015 Member Since 2014

    Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true

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    "Disappointed!"
    Would you try another book written by Linwood Barclay or narrated by Buck Schirner?

    I loved 'No Time for Goodbye'. It is a solid 5* read/listen, so yes, I will try others. The narrator is technically very good, but his voice grated here. I wouldn't rule out others narrated by him. It would depend on the book.


    What was most disappointing about Linwood Barclay’s story?

    It frequently got bogged down, going nowhere. I was interested enough to want to know what had happened to continue, but I had to wind forward 30 minutes on 3 seperate occasions in frustration to make it to the end.


    Did Buck Schirner do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    He was technically very good indeed. Sadly, his 1960s old American guy voice didn't work for me. After all, the main character in this book was 36-years-old and most of the others were younger still.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fear the Worst?

    Where do I start? It needs to lose plenty.


    Any additional comments?

    I tend to return books if I am not enjoying them, but there is something so pleasing about Linwood Barclay's prose that, despite my frustration with this book, I just couldn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reginald pelle Winchester, UK 21/04/2015
    Reginald pelle Winchester, UK 21/04/2015 Member Since 2013
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    "Surprisingly good!"

    Lots of suspicion, mystery and confusion; all wrapped into this book. The narrator within, made this, extremely compelling. Worth listening to!

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    Richard 21/02/2015
    Richard 21/02/2015
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    "Soooo slow"

    Spends ten hours waffling then wraps the end up in ten minutes. The narrator was good though. A strange mix

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    jennycola 08/02/2015
    jennycola 08/02/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "One trick pony..?"

    I'm new to this author and somewhat enjoyed the first book I listened to so got another. This one is basically the same as the first with a few small differences. After reading the synopsis for another book I was considering don't think I'll bother. The book is not bad but it's so similar to the first I got confused when I mixed the characters since I listened to them one after the other.

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    ceri 31/01/2015
    ceri 31/01/2015
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    "Heart pounding read!!!"

    Brilliant, so many twists and turns, amazing writer. 😀😀😀 recommended have all his books, want to get them on audiobook. Happy

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    Alastair WEMMEL, Belgium 20/10/2014
    Alastair WEMMEL, Belgium 20/10/2014 Member Since 2016
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    "Original, gripping and eventful !!"
    Any additional comments?

    Another unexpected chain of events. Easy to feel sympathy for the leading character. Very very good again by Linwood Barclay.

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    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 16/02/2014
    R. J. Gladden Liverpool, UK 16/02/2014 Member Since 2012

    An avid Audible listener for the past two years, it fits in superbly with my busy lifestyle. Love crime and historical novels most.

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    "By Far the Worst"

    I spent far longer on this book than I should have so I'm not going to spend long on a review. The blurb on this book seemed right up my street. However, in the end I just got bored into submission and my interest just waned. I didn't finish the book and quite frankly I had not the slightest interest by half way through as to what had happened to the narrator's daughter. I know I should have. I know that's not nice but frankly, life's too short and Buck Schirner's accent drove me mad. I came to the conclusion that the daughter probably did what I did, voted with her feet and took herself off to a more interesting place.

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    Amazon Customer 20/07/2013

    Jane Martin

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    "A Exciting Book That I Did Not Want To End"
    What did you like most about Fear the Worst?

    This book had really interesting people. The family were divorced so not the usual 2.4 children. Sid went missing without a trace but you soon realise that people who say they have not seen her or know anything are trying to cover something up.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't pick a fave charaater I never can as they all were so different.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I liked the suspense when Sid's Dad was looking around the hotel Sid worked at as you were just waiting for him to get caught.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did not want to pause it and couldn't wait to start to listen to it again


    Any additional comments?

    It is quite scarey in parts and it keeps you guessing right up to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Southampton, United Kingdom 01/07/2012
    David Southampton, United Kingdom 01/07/2012 Member Since 2015
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    "'Ordinary man' suddenly in extrordinary situation"

    This was the first Linwood Barclay book I have listened to. My wife recommended the author and to start with I wasn't sure it had been a good choice. However the story quickly picked up and the narrators proved to be very good I found it easy to believe him as the main character ie an 'ordinary person' suddeny finding themselves in extrodinary situations. The author drops it a good dose of red herrings as well as pointers and without giving any of the plot away there are twists and turns right up until the end some of which I smuggly went 'aha saw that one' and some I never saw coming which for me is part of the fun in thrillers. I will listen to more by the author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rajesh
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    29/07/10
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    "Error in the summary"

    There is a mistake here. This book is a about a young girl who disappears and her fathers hunt for her. Quite a thriller. Very good characters. Father is a car salesman. The summary that appears on the Audible site seems to be for some other book! Audible can remove this review if they fix the problem!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • sam
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    "FYI - wrong Blurb! But still a great read."

    I'd love to know from which book this blurb has been taken, because it sounded interesting. But still, this was yet another great Linwood Barclay read.

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