Audioook Review: The Fairytale of Chicago of Francesca Finnegan

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The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca FinneganThe Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan

Written by Steve Wiley
Narrated by Sean Lenhart
Length: 6 hours and 12 minutes
Genre: Fantasy/ Fairytale
Age category: Adult
Release Date Audiobook: March 1, 2017

In Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side of the city. On that train, you’ll find a house-cat conductor, an alcoholic elf, a queen of the last city farm, the most curious wind, and an exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.

When we first encounter Richard K. Lyons, he is a man who has long forgotten the one night, when he was still a boy called Rich, when Francesca invited him aboard the secret L for an adventure through the East Side. The night was a mad epic, complete with gravity-defying first kisses, mermaid overdoses, and princess rescues. Unfortunately for Rich, the night ended like one of those elusive dreams forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Rich is all grown up and out of childish adventures, an adult whose life is on the verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save him.

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 Elsie’s Rating – ⭐⭐⭐

Richard Lyons went on the adventure of a lifetime when he was a kid, but were the adventures he had with Francesca Finnegan for real or was it all a dream?

Many years later Richard is a middle-aged, jaded corporate lackey, an unlikable character and nothing like the boy he left behind in childhood. Francesca Finnegan comes back into his life to remind him of the dreams he once held dear.

This audiobook is definitely different, I found Richard’s character hard to like and that made the story a challenge for me at times. This fantasy based story has lighthearted moments and serious passages. I found the book to be well written and the narration of this 6 plus hour audiobook was done well,  narrator Sean Lenhart employed a wide variety of voices in this production and I was impressed!

If you’re looking for an adult take on fantasy The Fairytale Chicago Of Francesca Finnegan may be just what you’re looking for.

This audiobook was gifted to me exchange for an unbiased review!

Steve Wiley

Steve is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. This is his first book. He has an undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten from DePaul University. Steve once passionately kissed a bronze seahorse in the middle of Buckingham Fountain. You can email Steve at, or visit thewileymancan on Instagram.

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