Friday, October 21, 2022

Audiobook Review: Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Fairy Tale by Stephen King book cover and review
Stephen King's latest, Fairy Tale, is a bit different than his usual horror-ish stories, but as I have often said, I will read anything he writes because he can write about anything!

It's a story about a boy, Charlie, who ends up in a fairytale land and must save that land from the evil king who possesses it.

But of course, there is so much more. Charlie ends up befriending the local "old guy with the mean dog whose house is haunted." When Charlie hears the man crying out for help, he calls an ambulance and ends up taking care of the man's dog, Radar. Radar is just a sweet, aging German Shepherd that can hardly make it up the steps to his house. And Charlie soon falls in love with him.

After his convalescence in the hospital, the man, Mr. Bowditch, comes home and Charlie takes care of him, as well as Radar. Bowditch begins to confide in Charlie about his life, his past, and secrets that Charlie can tell no one. One secret is about what is in the shed in Mr. Bowditch's backyard.

Now you can probably see where this is going, and I really don't want to tell you much more. It is a fun adventure story, with lots of danger and many references to fairy tales we are all familiar with -- but this isn't a retelling. King, of course, adds his own twists and turns.

The narrator, Seth Numrich, is perfect. The voices are distinct, but not too much. King, himself, narrates a certain part of the book, and it's amazing. I highly recommend the audio version, if you like audiobooks.

Don't go in expecting the usual spooky, twisted, scary tale that you usually get, and you will be highly entertained by Fairy Tale.

Published by Scribner, September 6, 2022, audio by Simon & Schuster
Audiobook obtained from
608 pages

Rating: 5/5

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  1. Yes, King did it again; this was such a good story. I'm happy you enjoyed it.

  2. Adding this book to my TBR. Sounds amazing. Thanks for highlighting it for me.

  3. That's really fun that King narrates part of this and it makes the book even more appealing (along with your 5 hat rating)

  4. I'm glad to see this one is great! I feel like each book we get from King these days is a gift. I can't wait to read it!

  5. This book was one of my Christmas presents from my son and daughter in law. I'm excited to start reading it soon.


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