Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  • by Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together.
It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. He arrives at his parents’ house and discovers that they have a visitor. His sister, Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But 20 years ago, Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back - and as the years went by with no word from her, the family, unspoken, assumed that she was dead. Now she's back, tired, dirty, dishevelled, but happy and full of stories about 20 years spent travelling the world, an epic odyssey taken on a whim. But her stories don't quite hang together, and once she has cleaned herself up and got some sleep, it becomes apparent that the intervening years have been very kind to Tara. She really does look no different from the young women who walked out the door 20 years ago.
Peter's parents are just delighted to have their little girl back, but Peter and his best friend, Richie, Tara's one-time boyfriend, are not so sure. Tara seems happy enough, but there is something about her... a haunted, otherworldly quality. Some would say it's as if she's off with the fairies. And as the months go by, Peter begins to suspect that the woods around their homes are not finished with Tara and his family....
British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian, and from the very real life of Napoleon to the entirely imagined lives of sorcerers and swashbucklers. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009. Lee is also an accomplished stage actor and wrote and co-produced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit.

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A real page turner

I really enjoyed this book. Loads of mystery and a rivetting "read" which I recommend highly. Only a couple of things bothered me: Firstly there were a lot of Americanisms in a book based in the English midlands: trunk instead of boot; schoolyard for playground were a couple. A minor point but it did grate a little. The other was the narrator's rubbish Leicestershire accent - he made everyone sound like Paul McCartney, apart from the fat policeman who had a Birmingham accent. Perhaps he needs to visit Leicestershire! A pity because he's an excellent narrator. Apart from those two niggles it is a fantastic story - literally.
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- Kate

Book of the Year

I downloaded this on a whim - it's a decent premise for a book that's for sure but I didn't expect to be quite so captivated at every step of the way. Aside from the obvious story to this, the character studies are excellent. Probably unintentional but excellent all the same. You'll forget that this is about faeries very early on as it leads into the lives of very normal people all affected by this singular event. Book of the year for me so far (it's August) and also brilliantly read, which makes a change!
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- Sion

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-07-2012
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited