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Publisher's Summary

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.

Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, great at baseball and football, a decent student. But he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was ten, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself—and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house at the top of a big hill, with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it.

Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. Then, when Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a cassette tape telling a story no one would believe. What Bowditch knows, and has kept secret all his long life, is that inside the shed is a portal to another world.

King’s storytelling in Fairy Tale soars. This is a magnificent and terrifying tale in which good is pitted against overwhelming evil, and a heroic boy—and his dog—must lead the battle.

Early in the Pandemic, King asked himself: “What could you write that would make you happy?”

“As if my imagination had been waiting for the question to be asked, I saw a vast deserted city—deserted but alive. I saw the empty streets, the haunted buildings, a gargoyle head lying overturned in the street. I saw smashed statues (of what I didn’t know, but I eventually found out). I saw a huge, sprawling palace with glass towers so high their tips pierced the clouds. Those images released the story I wanted to tell.” 

©2022 Stephen King. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved. ©2015 YP / RECORD TWO.RIEN QU’UNE FOIS by Keen’V / Zonee.L / Matthieu Evain / Fabrice Vanvert,

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A Boy and his Dog at the end of the World

The king of horror, thrillers and suspense is back! Best-selling and award winning author Stephen King, delivers another amazing story with Fairy Tale featuring a number of unforgettable characters compelled to take part in a series of epic events, set in a strange new world.
If you want to find out more about the story I suggest that you read the publishers summary on your own, but I definitely won’t spoil this awesome Fairy Tale for you here.
Stephen King is one of the best authors in the world. He has written more than 100 books, short stories, and novellas in almost all genres out there. I experienced many of them as audiobooks and his latest novel, Fairy Tale is available now to the excitement of millions of his fans around the world.

Renowned actor Seth Numrich does a stellar job with the narration for Fairy Tale. He perfectly captures the emotions and drama that our young hero is living. Switching seamlessly between characters, assigning each of them different voices, accents and personalities, he grabs the listener’s attention right from the beginning with a superb and emotional performance, and doesn’t let go until the very end. Fairy Tale is Seth Numrich’s second time performing a Stephen King book, after Later, last year, but in my humble opinion, he acquitted himself exemplary once again.

Fairy Tale is classic Stephen King, original, gripping, entertaining, scary and so captivating! If you pick it up, make sure that you have some time on your hands because you won’t be able to stop listening!
I was eagerly awaiting the release of Fairy Tale, as I always consider any Stephen King book to be worthy of excitement and celebration. For me this story is reminiscent of A Boy and his Dog at the end of the World and of course of the cult-classic King novel, 11/22/63.

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11/22/63 2.0

Boy does Mr King know how to make you feel like you're THERE when you time travel.

phenomenal book and finally one I have enjoyed after multiple stinkers in a row.

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5 hours in and really drawn to the characters

What can you say that hasn't been said about Stephen King? His characters pull you in right away and the subtle references to his other stories is a treat. Can't wait to finish!

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It’s SO GOOD

You will not regret reading this book. If anything, this book will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. An impressive work of art.

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Best Stephen King since The Stand

Stephen King has always been a master at world building, suspense, and making the extraordinary seem ordinary. Combing that with a competent, and talented voice actor, and you have a very special Audiobook. I think it rates up there with "It", and "The Stand".

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I'd give three-quarters of it five stars

First the good part. King is an absolute master at creating vivid characters, both good and evil. As usual with King, the book begins with real-world situations that are completely believable and absorbing. King is also a talented and meticulous writer. Anyone who can write 600 pages with only a couple of grammatical errors is practically a miracle worker in this day and age. Numrich's narration is superb.

All that said, after listening to half of the book I skipped over something like the next five hours because the plot was becoming so predictable. This was confirmed when I resumed listening to find no surprises whatsoever.

There are a number of Stephen King books to which I've happily listened several times. Fair Tale isn't one of those. I won't say it was a waste of 18+ hours -- good writing is always a pleasure -- but I'll be hoping for better next time.

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just splendid.

Just fascinating at its core, it's about time the king of horrors comes to us with a deep meaningful and engaging story once again!

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Couldn't stop listening!

This was a wonderful audiobook! I listen to audiobooks while doing my daily chores and I was constantly finding myself stopping and listening and forgetting what I was doing. Just riveting. I don't know what I was expecting but I'm so glad I took the chance on it!
Narrator was great!

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Good before nose-diving into fantasy land

I love many of SK's books. 'Lisey's Story' is a personal favorite: a book where a fantasy world is frightening, feels real. This book is so tedious and derivative, it's painful. The initial 1/3rd is VG. Once we descend the staircase there's so much excess verbiage, it's a headache-inducing listen. I kept thinking (as I skipped chapters): "Don't bother to stick a fork in me - I'm done!" A boy loves a dog so much he's willing to forfeit his life. Where have I heard this one before? Dean Koontz comes to mind. Good (not great) narration. I found the "Wicked Witch of The West" voice(s) utterly obnoxious. This is YA material. I might have recommended this to a 12yo, but.. parents might object to 'language'. DEF wasted a credit on this one. Never again.👎

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Stephen King the master

A few hours in and cannot stop listening! This story already has my full attention. I'm loving the main character.

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