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Faerie Tale

Narrated by: Tim Flavin
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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A chilling and dark fantasy from bestselling author Raymond E. Feist.

Successful screenwriter Phil Hastings decides to move his family from sunny California to a ramshackle farmhouse in New York State. The idea is to take some time out, relax, and pick up the threads of his career as a novelist. Good plan, bad choice. The place they choose is surrounded by ancient woodland. The house they choose is the centrepoint of a centuries-old evil intent on making its presence felt to intruders.

©2014 Raymond E. Feist (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"A tantalizing sense of foreboding… highly readable." ( Library Journal)

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Finally available

An absolute classic finally bought to life for us audible listener fans. Did not disappoint.

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fear-y-tale bought to life

read this book years ago now listening to the audio made it a richer experience

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Boring and sleazy.

I had just bought the Magician hardcopy and wanting something in addition for the long vacation road trip decided upon this Audible title by the same author. And its terrible. Sleazy at best, my teenage kids in the car asked to have it switched off after a couple of hours. This book was rather a teen love fantasy done badly than an epic fantasy. 20 chapters into the book and we bored to death and disgusted. I'm asking for a refund.

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I was surprised by this book one of Feists earlies

I was surprised by this book, one of Feist's earliest, it was nothing like the Pug ones, but it was worth the credit I can tell you that. I will never think of the fairy folk in the same way again. It is one of the creepiest books I have ever listen to. Forget King and Koontz, the fairies are spookier, it is a very descriptive book, and it makes you think, where did all the stories come from, you know, the Tooth Fairy, the Leprechaun and even Elves, they are all here, but watch out, they are none of them nice.

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  • Michael
  • 01-11-15

Great Story but....

Awful narrator, read this when it first came out and loved it but listening to to the reader was very annoying. He was hesitant and felt like he was reading a childrens story half the time Also some of the words were pronounced wrong!.

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  • Mrs. B. A. Leatham
  • 12-29-14

great story poorly narrated

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Tim Flavin?

Peter Joyce

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Having listened to all the other Feist books with Peter Joyce, this story isn't given any justice to it's greatness. The narration is stop-start with no real flow. I'm truly disappointed after waiting so long for it to be released.
Faerie Tale is an excellent story, a stand alone book, with compelling characters and lots of build up to the end of the story that is just lacking with the lack-lustre of the narrators voice.
Harper Audio should re-record this with a new voice who knows tells a story not just read the words off the page

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  • Julja
  • 03-31-15

Shame about the performance!

I read this book when it came out and wished it would make it in to an audible version. I wish now they hadn't bothered! Such a terrible crime to do this to such a great book. I only finished it because the story itself was worth it! Any chance you could try it again with a better narrator and production team? Such a missed opportunity!

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  • Jerome C.
  • 08-23-17

amazing fantasy story.

amazing fantasy story that is gripping and leaves you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Lynne
  • 02-17-17

Loved this as a big Stephen King fan!

I really enjoyed this book for the second time. I don't usually read fantasy books but this was more horror I thought. I thought the narrator was excellent and I was totally hooked from start to finish. I usually read lots of Stephen King and found some of the style reminiscent and it was disturbing enough to make you think. I loved the references to mythology, older texts and even Shakespeare!

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  • Peter
  • 07-27-15

True class

Superb book by a superb author, gripping and exciting. The story builds from the beginning and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Angel
  • 05-31-19

Boring

I love Raymond E Feists books and after reading many I tried this one, wish I had not bothered, it was long winded and boring but worse still was the terrible narrator, he was awful, his Scotish and Irish accents were cringy and bad, he read it like a childs book, really shocked Feist would use him when he usually uses great narraters like Derek Perekins, I had to give up half way through I will be exchanging for another book as no way could I finish this

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  • Danni
  • 04-27-19

Maybe not the best introduction to the author

This was my first time reading Feist. It was an ok story, I found the characters a bit flat and didn't really warm to any of them. The story was quite slow and some of the dialogue seemed very drawn out and seemed to hold the story up, rather than move it along. Other than that it wasn't too bad.

Expertly narrated with lots of seemless variation in characters voices and accents.

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  • Fake Plastic Dunk
  • 01-22-19

Better performance than feared

I very much enjoyed this. Sure, the main characters are a bunch of unfeasibly wholesome clichés, but i found the plot intriguing, and filled with well-researched folklore, which the author leads to an unexpected (to me at least) conclusion about their nature and source - it read to me like the novelisation of a late 80s/early 90s blockbuster movie that never was, complete with all the tropes of the period. Genuinely nightmarish and dark at times, too. Having read several negative reviews here about the reading by Tim Flavin, i was pleasantly surprised - i thought he did a good job once he'd settled into it. The imagery, characters, and action came across clearly to me, and his East Coast American accent seemed entirely appropriate to the location. He did struggle a bit with some of the non-US accents, particularly Irish, but i think it would have been bizarre if the whole thing was read by a British actor, as some suggested. One oddity - i hear a lot of mispronunciations in audiobook performances, but one that seems to recur among American readers is pronouncing 'shone', as in the past tense of 'shine', as 'shown' rather than 'shonn'. Is this really how it's said in the States?

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  • ann
  • 12-01-15

poor reading

struggled to finnish. he made jack sound like he was 65 years old. very disappointing

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  • Owen
  • 09-21-16

Poor narration.

I couldn't continue listening to this narrator.
Love the book and have read a number of times.

Shame but have learned lesdon to avoid narrations by Tim Flavin in future.

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