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Audiobook Review

Fairy Tale

Stephen King
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Epic Escapism With Audio to Match


🧡 Stephen King has done it. He’s created the consummate modern fairytale. It has everything: the most charming of princes, a nod to every fairytale Disney has ever animated and the love of a boy for his dog. Add a smidgen of gruesomeness and the result is a thoroughly satisfying escapist listen.

💚 If you liked TV show ‘Once Upon A Time’, this is for you.


🎧 In some ways this was a simple format executed flawlessly. It’s a (mainly) one-narrator performance by the utterly charming Seth Numrich. He’s likeable, expressive, and all the good things. No notes.

🎧 One aspect that I found so innovative and evocative was the use of sound effects. Nothing frivolous or distracting. Just the odd one here or there at just the right moments, and always employed to add to the sense of magic or foreboding. It was, in a word, masterful.

🎧 And let’s not forget the fun and games when Stephen King performs his cameo. This too incorporates a sound effect of sorts, emulating the rough quality of a tape recording. It was very atmospheric and lifted the whole section. Loved the performance and the production of it. Haven’t mentioned details in case it counts as a spoiler.

🎧 One thing: I’d have liked the audiobook chapter subheadings to reflect the lists in the paper/hardback versions.


Nothing for this one. Maybe next time!
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Fairy Tale


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 10, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself-and his dad. Then, when Charlie is 17, he meets a dog named Radar and his 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.
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