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Fairy Tale

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Stephen King, Seth Numrich

24 Hours 6 Minutes

Simon & Schuster Audio

September 2022

Audio Book 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 seven, 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.”

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  • Crystal M.

    Best Stephen King in years!! Fantastic, right to the feels and soul, but still full on on your seat terror and suspense!! YES,YES,YES!

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  • Shirley M.

    AMAZING. I have been a faithful King reader from the beginning and this is one of his best. The narrator was perfect for the read. You lived the life of Charlie. I never wanted it to end. That’s the tell of a good book.

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  • Tali B.

    loved the plot and narration. great listen.

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  • Dylansdad82

    Definitely gonna read again

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  • Kelly S.

    Absolutely amazing! Both the story and the narrators are incredible!

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  • hadley prevette

    This is a bit different then his other books. Usually he has difficulty ending a book and the rest is great. I had a hard time getting into this one but it was a strong finish. Definitely entertaining but not in my top 5 faves of his. I really hope he writes more fantasy though. That part is under-rated.

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  • Amanda B.

    I enjoyed every minute of this book. Not the typical Stephen King material, but such an inventive story so well written. The narration was...AMAZING!! Such great voices, he really developed every single character. I didn't want it to end, but wanted to know the ending all at the same time.

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  • Nancy K.

    Loved the book. Loved all the winks too other novels. I will listen or read again and again.

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  • Brillagirl

    Very good. Enjoyed the story and the tellers of the story

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  • Anonymous

    Meh...Read better. Not your typical King novel. It's sort of like Hansel and Gretel meets Penny King's name was not attached to it i don't think i would've read it.

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