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In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands.

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the "perk" and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady's next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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Great read.

Would you consider the audio edition of Mr. Mercedes to be better than the print version?

I think you get more of what the author intended in the inflection and nuisances of the word flow.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I was intrigued by the bi-plot of the book. On the one hand you saw Bill and his thought process and on the other you saw the killer (Brady) and his thought process. Very hard to stop listening.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

I think Jerome was very intriguing as a character. He was very calm and intelligent in the way that he handled the entire hunt for the killer (Brady).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the death of Bill's girlfriend was the most poignant. The loss of a newly found love is always a moving moment. Coming in a close second was interaction between Bill and Holly.

Any additional comments?

Great book and great series. A good change of pace for Stephen King fans.

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Great read!

I really enjoyed this book! The change of point of view made for such a great story; seeing the action unfold from every angle made it difficult to stop reading.

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What?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Some alignment with reality. If a book is set in a distinct year, and King made very clear that it was 2010, then there should be congruence. There were larger issues with the way technology was utilized (or more often not utilized), but I was just as irked with the little mistakes. Tweens didn't wear Guess jeans in 2010 and teenage boys didn't wear belt clips for their phones. Saying that being downsized was a 21st century way of saying you were fired...what?...certain that was a common term before 2000. I get it, King is a genius and he's allowed to not have any idea of how the real world works, but I'm pretty sure that's what editors are for.Beyond that, the characters were one dimensional and seemed like he picked them from a book of Noir characters.

What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stephen King doesn't need to make anything more enjoyable for me. I know he is brilliant and prolific. Honestly, if he submitted this thinking that it was done well...I am clearly not his audience. It reads like something my grandparents would have liked.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Will Patton?

He has a great voice and he is a great actor, but there were regular inconsistencies in how he voiced a character. I don't know if audio books have directors, but if they do this director was asleep on the job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mr. Mercedes?

I just don't see any point in mentioning styles or popular culture if you don't want to do any research. The larger issues were on King.

Any additional comments?

I love Stephen King's work and I hate writing such a negative review, but this was a waste of time and money. I was certain until the last few chapters that it would get better...it didn't.

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Not my favorite King work

Most of the Stephen King books I've read had left me wanting to read straight through and never stop. While sometimes his endings leave a lot to be desired, he's a master at building the plot and driving me into a frenzy of infatuation with the story. This one however, didn't leave me with the same insane need to keep going. We listened to it during most of a car trip and it kept me entertained (but hubs got bored with it) but I never got to the point where I got really really into it. For a King book, it was just okay. Definitely not worth a re-listen. It inspired me to take a break from King for a while.

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  • ggmomma
  • TN United States
  • 08-12-15

Mesmerizing story

What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

Plot lines came together masterfully but that's no surprise with Mr. King's works.
I like that there are moments in the novel when even the worst criminal shows very human and redeeming qualities -- moments when choices might be made differently. King knows how to keep you reading on into the next chapter even when you know you have things to do and NEED to put the book down!

What other book might you compare Mr. Mercedes to and why?

Some book by James Patterson, but can't remember the title. This one is far superior.

Which scene was your favorite?

The concert scene when the characters must act on instinct. King "seems" to allow them to do just that.

If you could rename Mr. Mercedes, what would you call it?

Love it as it is!

Any additional comments?

I think Will Patton should contract to read EVERY book by Stephen King if he hasn't already. He IS the voice in King's head. And his voice is so adaptable to the many personae he interprets.

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I love a page turner and this is one.

My favorite novels by Stephen King are the ones that DO NOT contain supernatural events. I am more of a Shawshank Redemption, Misery and Delores Claiborne fan. Those are amongst my favorites. This book was difficult for me to put down. I will be looking for more books by Stephen King especially if they are narrated by Bill Patton. This is a winning combination in my humble opinion.

No spoilers from me ever! The book kept me on the edge of my seat and I definitely will get the next in the series.

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  • Nate_D
  • Payson, Utah USA
  • 05-24-15

Mr. Mercedes rings all the bells!

What a great book by the master of Macabre! This is quite a diversion from what Mr. King usually writes, and I loved every minute of it. I loved to hear the stylings and writing patterns of King wrapped around a cop thriller. The story line was very intriguing and fast paced, and the characters were honest, believable and endearing. The plot moved along quite quickly, and the action never stopped.

Will Patton is an amazing narrator, and his voicing really excels in this venue. I have heard him read 5-6 books now, and this was by far his best, in my opinion. I also loved Dr. Sleep in Patton's voice, but this was even better. King has looked for a new muse since the passing of Frank Muller, and Will Patton fills that void nicely. Great book!

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  • Brian
  • Lansing, MI, United States
  • 02-22-15

I was ran over by this book!

I loved the characters, the plot, and the suspense. Mr. King proved again that he can write more than just horror. This has some horror elements but all believable - as in - no supernatural. It is just a good story about a psychopath, an ex-cop that loved getting drawn back into "the game", and some other interesting characters that round out a well told story.

This was my first book narrated by Will Patton. I didn't even know he narrated books but he has done a boatload. The first few minutes I wasn't so sure about his raspy voice but now I couldn't imagine it read by anyone else and his character voices were all great. He did a wonderful job IMO.

Bravo!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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One of the best books I've listened to this year!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! The story was realistic fiction. No aspects of fantasy. The characters and storyline were very well developed. I wanted to listen to the entire book in one sitting. It was so hard to put it down!

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  • Rick
  • Urcuquí, Ecuador
  • 12-11-14

Police story

By now, Stephen King has produced such a variety of books that he is increasingly difficult to pigeonhole. Fans of horror will find something closer to a classic detective story in “Mr. Mercedes,” and a good one. There’s the hard-bitten cop (retired), a truly demented criminal, and a range of characters who populate the twists and turns of a complicated whodunit. But in fact, we know whodunit pretty early on. What happens next, and what happens after that, is a nonstop series of surprises building to a heart-racing finale. Horror fans will find some pretty horrifying scenes, too.

A great story, and narrator Will Patton is up to the task. The subtle shading of his voicing for each character, even when not reading their actual dialogue, is a work of consummate skill.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful