Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Title: Fairy Tale
Author: Stephen King
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Audio
Genre:  Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Audiobook
Length:  24 hours, 6 minutes
Narrator(s):  Seth Numrich, Stephen King
Date of US Publication:  6 September, 2022
My Rating:  4.5 Stars

My Thoughts 

Before I reached the plot of the story, I had to take a little break, over worry for Radar. Stephen King writes dogs magically, and like no other author. He has done this in both The Stand (❤️❤️ Big Steve / Kojak) and The Eyes of the Dragon (❤️❤️ Frisky), and he has done it again in Fairy Tale (❤️❤️ Radar). 

This is the first story in a long time that I’ve just wanted to stretch out as long as I could manage because I was so immersed with the characters in this world  and I didn’t want the story they were in to end just yet. 

I read aloud to my daughters at bedtime well after they could read on their own because some of my own happiest memories are from when my now long gone grandfather would tell me stories when I was little during my own bedtime. He’d sit next to my bed and tell me all these stories about when he was young. Those memories along with my memories of reading to my girls are among my most precious. At any rate, I got the audiobook of this because I still love being read to at night before I go to sleep - it’s a comfort thing for me. And Fairy Tale was just that, a fairy tale, and an amazing one at that. 

Seth Numrich, along with Stephen King as Mr. Bowditch, were fantastic and really enhanced the novel for me.

Strong recommendation from me.


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 ten, 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.” 


Popular Posts