Fairy Tale

Written by:
Stephen King
Narrated by:
Seth Numrich , Stephen King

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
518
Narrator
130
Release Date
September 2022
Duration
24 hours 6 minutes
Summary
A New York Times Bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist!

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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BonAirGirl73

I absolutely loved this book! The narrator made the story come to life! It really put a new spin on all the fairytales I grew up on. I highly recommend it!

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Jackie B.

Excellent! I’m going to listen to it again! The narration and direction is outstanding! Recommend this read and once again Stephen King has given us a jewel.

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Terri

I loved this book. It kept my interest from page 1. Fast paced and gripping. One of Stephen Kings best.

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Lois B.

This is the best book ever for Stephen king. I loved it. It draws you in right from the start and the narrator is excellent bringing the book to life. Even though it is quite long I'll definitely listen to it again.

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Christine P.

I enjoyed this most recent release up until the last 6 hours. It certainly wasn’t my most favourite story at the end but it was ok… The narrator is one of my favourites!

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Anonymous

Absolutely wonderful book! It is a truly complete journey that will keep you engaged and cheering as the tale unfolds.

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Kim S.

Absolutely loved this! The narrator really created character distinction and brought things to life!

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Bonita P.

Excellent read

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Tammy O.

This is one of King's best books! I absolutely loved it. This is the best audio book I have ever listened to. The characterization and narration brought to life the book in a way that made it difficult to put down. I would highly recommend this book and narrator.

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DanielaYJ

No spoilers but first of all, it was a nice change of pace for S.K., secondly, I needed an ending like this right now. Very good book.

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Carol G.

This is a really good book. I can see it as a movie. Stephen King delivers again. It’s slightly wordy and feel like many parts could have been condensed, but overall really good. THE GREATNESS OF THIS WORK (audio version) WAS THE NARRATOR! Wow is the only word that can adequately describe Seth Numrich’s reading of the book.Seth does an amazing job and brings to life each and every character including Radar, the dog! Great Job Seth!!!

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Akjemal M.

Excellent narration and the book itself

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Teresa R.

Great story and wonderful narration

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Misty S.

Excellent read/listen. Love King’s ability to build suspense from the first page. He’s my all time favorite <3

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John C.

Brilliant narration brought an already great story to an even higher level.

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Daniel W.

Creative and awesome! The narration made it even better! The 24 hour length does not get boring!

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Angela C.

Once again Stephen King holds your attention and delivers another amazing story!

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Amber N.

I didn’t quite know what to expect with this one. I enjoyed the ride down to another world with the main character. Visually intriguing and mind bending. Lots of touching on classic Fairy tales we grew up with twisted into a dark world. Entertaining, and kept me interested throughout the whole 24 hours of listening

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Cesili C.

I have read/listened to many many books by Stephen King, but THIS WAS INCREDIBLE. We’re a long way from Salem’s lot, pulp trucks, and town selectmen, but in the absolute best way. The narrator was absolutely incredible as well. I’m not exaggerating when I say my entire body was covered in chill bumps when he read the last sentence of the epilogue.

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Bill B.

Your atypical Stephen King read. It did remind me of his other books, The Tailsman, The Dark Tower, and so on. Still a great read. He sort of left it with a possibility of going 'back'.

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Charity M.

Absolutely Amazing!

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Patricia J.

Very much enjoyed this book!

awesome story and the reading was great

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Anonymous

Very enjoyable

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Glenn S.

It’s a solid but not super unique fairytale and the narrator is fantastic.

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Anonymous

The king never disappoints! If you are a dog lover you will appreciate this one. If you’re an avid SK reader you will find the Easter eggs throughout. A good listen and when able I easily binged through hours while I worked. Would love a sequel for this new potential gun slinger!

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Alicia M.

Really enjoyed this one, he is my favorite author. Finished the 24 hour audiobook in less than a week.

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BAvant

24 hours of ......whatever

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John Rav

King has done it again! He is a master of creating fresh wonderful tales. What a marvelous story. I loved the characters and it helped that the reader’s energy was always at a”10.”

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Anonymous

A masterpiece Mr. King. You are a genius Mr. Numrich. Thanks for 24 wonderful hours

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Linda B.

Excellent!

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Anonymous

love it

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Ric P.

Fun adventure down the rabbit hole, King delivers again. I kept thinking, this should be a movie, a kind of Alice in Wonderland meets Lord of the Rings. Narration was awesome and I loved how the reader incorporated voices and a touch of sarcasm to accentuate the dialogue, adding King into the read was super creative, it felt like the reader was talking to you rather than reading you a story. A++ All Around.

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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 wise.....lol...If King's name was not attached to it i don't think i would've read it.

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Cindy

Just hoping there’s a sequel! This is now one of my all time favorites! Of course a fair number of my favorites were written by Stephen King.

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Cindy S.

Excellent book! I didn’t want it to end!

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Margaret C.

encores and many many more this is a really great book I like it when you start talking a little bit about politics in your books doesn't go either way cuz I'm like both parties in some ways but not just open minded. Great book

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Barb White

If you've been like me biting your nails waiting for this new book to come out you will not be disappointed! It was a fantastic story and the narrator was absolutely fabulous! I didn't want it to end and can't wait for the next Stephen King book!

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Susan B.

Totally entertaining! Enjoyed every second!

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Anonymous

Absolutely loved this story! Couldn’t wait for a chance to listen. Not what I expected from SK, but absolutely loved the fun twists and turns. The narrator did such a fantastic job- will listen to this one again sometime.

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Turtle739

Love it so far

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Anonymous

Superb narration. Story fell flat for me. Perhaps read/listened to too many stories with similar themes…

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Sherry Palmer

Best Stephen King book ever! Loved the story, characters, narration-awesome book! Would love to see movie of the book!

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Anonymous

I have to say I really enjoyed this one.

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Brad M.

Felt a little of a different book for Steven King, but I liked it. A lot of familiar terminology from his other works. Narration was very good too, which can make or break an audio book for me.

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craig specht

This was an awesome book, great storyline. narrator did a great job.

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April V.

Soo good, interesting all the way through!

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Carolyn R.

Loved it

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