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Publisher's Summary

“A contemporary novel of masterful horror replete with magic, fantasy, and more than a little stylish sensuality.” (The Washington Post)

Phil Hastings was a lucky man - he had money, a growing reputation as a screenwriter, a happy, loving family with three kids, and he'd just moved into the house of his dreams in rural of magic - and about to be altered irrevocably by a magic more real than any he dared imagine. For with the Magic came the Bad Thing, and the Faerie, and then the Fool...and the resurrection of a primordial war with a forgotten People - a war that not only the Hastings but the whole human race could lose.

“Absorbing, thought-provoking, and thoroughly magical. Feist's skillfully crafted prose illuminates many of the darker sides of fairy stories.... Try it as a bedtime story...but only on nights when you can take some time getting to sleep.” (The West Coast Review of Books)

©2008 Raymond Feist (P)2017 Random House Audio

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"A contemporary novel of masterful horror replete with magic, fantasy, and more than a little stylish eroticism." (The Washington Post)

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Great storyline. Okay reader

I read this in paperback years ago and had was excited to hear it in audio. The story itself is wonderful. The imagination of the writer as he brings you on the nail-biting journey is as good as I remember. The reader was just okay. There wasn't a lot of excitement in his reading. It was more like he just wanted to get the job over and done with. Sort of a let down as far as an audio.

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A different kind of horror

I have always been interested to reading Raymond Feist but never seemed to get around to it. So I finally downloaded the audible version of Faerie Tale and really liked it a lot. I did not know what to expect, not know the plot or the writer's style but I really connected to it. Really great characters and and unique approach to horror - kind of Stephen King filtered through Tolkien. I was not thrilled with the narrator, but the story and writing made up for it. Highly recommended #FairytaleTwists #MythologyInspired #Magical #Dark #tagsgiving #sweepstake

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Awful reading

Feist’s story isn’t his best, but it’s a mildly entertaining departure from Midkemia.

The performance is just awful. Just read it yourself to avoid Flavin’s bizarre accent and voice choices.

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Good story but narrator may ruin it.

I love this story. unfortunately the narration makes it difficult to get into; although, I will say he' was good at accents.

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A great book and a great audiobook!

I read this book years ago and when I saw the audiobook I just had to have it. Great narration to go with a great story.

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Finally!!!!

Faerie Tale has been my favorite book since the first time I read it over a decade ago. I kept tweeting Raymond Feist, begging him to make this an Audible book and it has FINALLY happened! I actually renewed my Audible subscription just so I could get this book....now on to my review of the Audible book.

The story is great. I love how this dark fantasy really encapsulates the dark side of faeries. Even the supposed "good" faeries have a darker side which I think is closer to how faeries actually are or were... I felt so close and connected to all of the characters. I think they all worked really well together. It is a story I can read and listen to over and over again.

Now, as far as the narration goes, I'm usually not a fan and am unable to listen to male narrators. Though I feel Tim Flavin wasn't able to perform the female voices as well as I would have liked (he sounded like a guy normally sounds when he is mocking or mimicking a girl's voice) it wasn't so bad that I felt the need to not listen at all. All in all, I think he did a really great job for being a male narrator.

Overall, I give this book a thumbs up!

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Great story

I love this author and first read this back in 88 and it holds up so well the narrator was great brought the characters to life so do yourself a favor and listen to this story

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Wonderful!

An exciting story that was beautifully narrated. The different accents were done masterfully. Word recommend

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Excellent listen!

I really wish this was a series, very surprising it took me as long as it did to buy this book! Now that it's over I'm bummed.

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I have this book in 3 versions

I loved this in1989,paperback. Then 1995 and I found this book, Hardback of course