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Mr. Mercedes

A Novel
Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30,088 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Slow

I personally love King, but this was slow and very boring. Mostly due to the performance and story.

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Sigh....well that was disappointing.

Any additional comments?

I guess I was kind of hoping for a riff off of some Territories facet but it was just a serial killer/retired cop thing. Could have been more engaging but the tech was very poorly and shallowly researched. Maybe that's my fault for reading hard sci-fi most of the time but still, those cars do get stolen and researching it would have made it better. Also, I just don't think a real hacker would have used the 'Windows Theme Manager" for sounds.

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Blah

It was like watching an episode of the latest cop show. Retired detective gets a chance to solve the one that got away. Those books are a dime a dozen. It's okay but very disappointing when you are expecting classic Stephen King. I kept waiting for a twist or something. I should have read the synopsis before I
purchased.


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I'm a big Stephen King fan, but....

What would have made Mr. Mercedes better?

A real plot.. that was easier to follow. I honestly couldn't even finish it. I'm not the type that feels "obligated" to finish a book once I start but, in most cases, I'll give it at least 1/3 of the way through. It was just exhausting to try and listen to this.. I'm sure I wouldn't have made it even this far if I were reading the book. I don't understand this as I'm a big Stephen King fan... maybe he was sick that day.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Right now, I'm listening to "Killing Reagan"

Did Will Patton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I honestly don't know... I just couldn't get interested in it at all.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Well, definitely disappointment.. as it did NOTHING to spark any interest whatsoever.

Any additional comments?

I know I only bought it with a credit but, just for the principle of it, I'd really like to return it.

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Mediocre and predictable

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I did not care for the narrator. I found it difficult to take him seriously and that made the book less suspenseful. The plot itself was very predictable, there were no real surprises or twists. I felt like I lost interest about halfway through the book.

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

In comparison to the other Stephen King books I have listened to, this one was a disappointment.

What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

I found his voice hard to take seriously. His voice made all the characters he played seem like elderly farmers.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Depends on what actors got the roles. If it were just based on the plot itself, no I would not want to see this book as movie.

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Trudging Along..

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Will Patton?

Some of Stephen King's books are long I know this but if it can keep me interested I don't mind. This book has some good "parts" but it was predictable and reminded me of a typical cop movie on TV. I just wanted to finish it already!

Has Mr. Mercedes turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not..I'll just be more careful about reading the reviews first.

What three words best describe Will Patton’s voice?

Perpetual, Drab and Boring.

Could you see Mr. Mercedes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, sorry I can't or at least I don't want to.

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  • R
  • POLLOCK PINES, CA, United States
  • 09-12-14

I Expected More and It Could Have Been

First off, I was very much looking forward to hearing this King novel. I like King and it had good reviews. Immediatley upon listening to the book I loathed the narrator. His tone to different characters seemed forced, out of place and just ridiculous. He would have been much better just reading the novel. Several times I almost deleted the book because I couldn't take listening to the narrator. Instead, I just turned it off for the day. It took me much longer to finish the book because of the narrator.

The second comment is I hated and became disgusted at the author's use of the "N" word, the 'massah' dialogue and absurdity of thinking there is a need for these racial tones in a book. I know some will say it goes to character development but frankly, the book would have been MUCH better just focusing on the plot and removing racial tones. Not needed and sad it was included. I was so disgusted I often fast forwarded sections where these words were used.

As stated in my header, this could have been a much better novel.

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  • Grizzit
  • Rochester Hills, MI United States
  • 12-20-16

Did King Jump the Shark?

The story tried to be suspenseful. But eneded up being rather thin with cardboard characters and predictable plot.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Too dark

I hated the sociopathic descriptions of killing. This is definitely not a light read. Killing children, dogs, people""&$(/$@

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predictable

predictable. nothing happened outside of what you expect along the way. I finished it, however wouldn't recommend it to friends.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful