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Faerie Tale

Written by: Raymond E. Feist
Narrated by: Tim Flavin
Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Phil Hastings was a lucky man - he had money, a growing reputation as a screenwriter, and a happy, loving family with three kids, and he'd just moved into the house of his dreams in a rural area of magic - and was about to be altered irrevocably by a magic more real than any he dared imagine. For with the Magic came the Bad Thing, and the Faerie, and then the cool...and the resurrection of a primordial war with a forgotten people - a war that not only the Hastings but the whole human race could lose.

©2008 Raymond Feist (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"A contemporary novel of masterful horror replete with magic, fantasy, and more than a little stylish eroticism." ( The Washington Post)
"Absorbing, though-provoking, and thoroughly magical. Feist's skillfully crafted prose illuminates many of the darker sides of fairy stories.... Try it as a bedtime story...but only on nights when you can take some time getting to sleep." ( The West Coast Review of Books)

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Fantastically creepy!!

Have me the chills, it absorbed me completely. it's very different from the rest of his books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-27

Great storyline. Okay reader

I read this in paperback years ago and had was excited to hear it in audio. The story itself is wonderful. The imagination of the writer as he brings you on the nail-biting journey is as good as I remember. The reader was just okay. There wasn't a lot of excitement in his reading. It was more like he just wanted to get the job over and done with. Sort of a let down as far as an audio.

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  • Faethor Draconia
  • 2018-11-11

A different kind of horror

I have always been interested to reading Raymond Feist but never seemed to get around to it. So I finally downloaded the audible version of Faerie Tale and really liked it a lot. I did not know what to expect, not know the plot or the writer's style but I really connected to it. Really great characters and and unique approach to horror - kind of Stephen King filtered through Tolkien. I was not thrilled with the narrator, but the story and writing made up for it. Highly recommended #FairytaleTwists #MythologyInspired #Magical #Dark #tagsgiving #sweepstake

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  • jonicide
  • 2018-09-14

Great story

I love this author and first read this back in 88 and it holds up so well the narrator was great brought the characters to life so do yourself a favor and listen to this story

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  • Emberlyn Clark
  • 2018-06-21

Finally!!!!

Faerie Tale has been my favorite book since the first time I read it over a decade ago. I kept tweeting Raymond Feist, begging him to make this an Audible book and it has FINALLY happened! I actually renewed my Audible subscription just so I could get this book....now on to my review of the Audible book.

The story is great. I love how this dark fantasy really encapsulates the dark side of faeries. Even the supposed "good" faeries have a darker side which I think is closer to how faeries actually are or were... I felt so close and connected to all of the characters. I think they all worked really well together. It is a story I can read and listen to over and over again.

Now, as far as the narration goes, I'm usually not a fan and am unable to listen to male narrators. Though I feel Tim Flavin wasn't able to perform the female voices as well as I would have liked (he sounded like a guy normally sounds when he is mocking or mimicking a girl's voice) it wasn't so bad that I felt the need to not listen at all. All in all, I think he did a really great job for being a male narrator.

Overall, I give this book a thumbs up!

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  • Kathy
  • 2018-06-08

Wonderful!

An exciting story that was beautifully narrated. The different accents were done masterfully. Word recommend

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  • M. Pelland
  • 2019-07-08

Sexual situations with adults vs 8 year old boys

Audible/Amazon should warn readers of this author's penchant for gratuitous sexual situations targeting 8 year olds and young teens. The story is contrived and predictable, seeming to be a vehicle for his desire to describe breasts and pedophiles. There are so many tangled and inaccurate references to folklore worlds that don't relate to each other that I laughed out loud more than once. This is one of my favorite genre, but there are many, many more well written choices. Sorry, the "erotica" is disjointed, unneeded, and dryly written. As for the narrator, he mispronounced much of the language, read so cavallierly that his intonation was plain silly, and sounded like he had zero interest in the text. Not that I blame him. Rubbish.

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  • Chip
  • 2019-07-07

Love this book

Mister Feist does a remarkable job with his storytelling. He's clearly done a good bit of research on Irish, Scottish, and German folklore.

and his touching on the subject of the Magi in the eighties before it was cool, is a nice touch.

his words are building blocks that helped create detailed concrete images in one's mind.

I love this book, and always have. from the first time I actually read it.

I had high hopes for the audio version, and while the main story is as great as ever, I feel like the performance of the narrator left a bit to be desired.

his portrayal of Mark Blackman is perfect. as well as his portrayal of Barney Doyle, Wayland Smith, and Ariel.

his portrayal of Jack, is not a take I would have personally thought of, but I appreciate it.

I thought his portrayal of the twins was just okay, and the way he read Gabby and Gloria were awful. at times it felt very much like he was reading for a cheesy sitcom.

overall though, I'm happy to have this in my library of audiobooks. if you appreciate this story, or if you like contemporary fantasy, this book is a must-have.

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  • Ark1836
  • 2019-05-09

Entertaining Tale

I wasn't sure what to expect when I decided to listen to this book. I've enjoyed many of Raymond Feist's books, so I figured I couldn't go wrong. While this isn't my favorite story ever (largely because it was a little too graphic in places), it was still entertaining and well-written. Readers should be warned that some scenes would be R rated if this was a movie.

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  • SGH
  • 2019-04-29

Modern Fantasy

This is by far one of my favorite stories that I can dive I to numerous times. Such a modern blend of fantasy and contemporary themes throughout. I own two signed copies of this novel. Wish he would have written more in the genre.

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  • Andrea M Jones
  • 2019-01-11

I wanted to like it again

I read this book when it first came out and really liked it, so I anticipated enjoying it again. instead, I could barely stand listening to it and only persevered through 4 chapters. The narration was adequate. Although the male narrator's female voices seem affected and give them an air of insincerity, this is sadly not uncommon and I can usually make allowances for it. in this case however it just added to my overall dissatisfaction with the tone of the book. Maybe it was an 80's-90's fantasy fiction trend, but the characters are too pat, too perfect, and their interactions and interior musings are predictable and what is meant to come across as wry often self-deprecating humor began to grate. The story itself is fine, maybe I have just read too many deeper, darker, better depictions of 'dark faerie' since college days.

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