Fairy Tale (Unabridged‪)‬

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    • $19.99

Publisher Description

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.”

Mysteries & Thrillers
Seth Numrich
hr min
September 6
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

shaggyinascooby ,

Absolutely Amazing

You fall in love with the characters especially Charlie very quickly. From his struggles as a young child to his adventures through the world of Empis. I’ve both read through the book which was amazing in and of itself, but Seth Numerich gives a voice and life to the characters that I couldn’t even have imagined while reading. I had a hard time stopping myself from listening so I could actually get work done!

ReviewZev ,


Another great Steven King book. This one not scary which was nice. It was magical with suspenseful parts. It took a long time to get started but that just helped to build the character development.

Nard56 ,

Outstanding A fairly take for modern times. Wonderfull writing.

The person mouthing the role of Claudia.
It broke the spell of the book.

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