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Mr. Mercedes

A Novel
Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (31,375 ratings)

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2015 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction and Solo Narration—Male

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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ENDING FELT LIKE KING JUST CALLED IT IN

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no. I was really disappointed with the way King didn't seem to take his time with details at the end. Leading up to that point it was a good book. Love Will Patton's voice!

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

No where near as good as most of his!!

Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I wish Will Patton's voice was used on everyone's books!

Was Mr. Mercedes worth the listening time?

So-So

Any additional comments?

At the most crucial part of the book, when people are trying to reach others who are somewhere noisy, they keep calling and leaving messages - NO ONE SENT A TEXT! Come on King - REALLY?!

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Dean Koontz Lite

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Better Story

What do you think your next listen will be?

UK

What three words best describe Will Patton’s performance?

Understated

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

No

Any additional comments?

Right or wrong, when I read a Stephen King book I expect something other than the usual, run of the mill retired cop chases crazy killer story. This book is no more than that. The det ret is stereotypical, the killer is weak and with one sexual twist, no worse than most of the crazies covered by the media every day. While this book is not bad, it is not good. If Mr. King intends to write books with no out of the ordinary elements the publisher should inform potential buyers. I remain a Stephen King fan and hope that he will return to the style that made The Dark Tower, Talisman, and Black House my favorite books.

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Meh

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't recommend this to a friend, unless he or she were the kind of person who faithfully reads every Stephen King novel and loves them all unreservedly.There was nothing fresh about this story. I've seen, read, or heard it all before: the crazy villain, the crusty retired detective, the beautiful, intelligent young woman who improbably falls in love with him, the high-achieving young African American boy, and on and on. If you watch a lot of TV murder mysteries or "law and order" type dramas, you'll be all too familiar with these characters. Everything was predictable -- I could have written the plot myself, as dull and obvious as it was. I knew what the characters were going to do, and how the story would end.I read something that Stephen King once said about his writing. Something like, he knew he couldn't be filet mignon, but if he could be the McDonald's of writing, he'd be happy. This book seems like the "you want fries with that" of writing -- a phrase we'd heard a million times.It seems to me that King got lazy with this novel. Granted, it's been years since I've read one of his books, but I've read all the "classics," and seen all the movies. It feels like all the quirkiness, the surprises and the originality has been drained from his work, and like he's just skating by and picking up another half-million dollars or whatever he earns with this novel.I haven't yet read "Doctor Sleep," and now I'm reluctant to.

Which scene was your favorite?

The best part of this audiobook was the narration. I've always liked Will Patton as an actor, and I'm even more impressed with him now. I was amazed that by the very slightest shift in his tone or pitch, he could convey a completely different character. At one point, I almost went to check if there was another person doing the narration with him.

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

It probably will be made into a movie or a TV mini-series. Any B-list actor could fill the roles.

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OK

Any additional comments?

This book was OK, but I liked most of King's other books better. I did like the fact that two of the main characters, an overweight retired detective and an emotionally challenged girl were well-developed and quite flawed. Will Patton always does a really great job, but the fact that he is narrating so many books makes it difficult distinguish among the different characters he portrays.

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Disappointed...

This novel wasn't the Steven King I'm used to. I was hoping, or expecting to be on the edge of my seat while listening and that just didn't happen this time.

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Mediocre

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

I would absolutely read another book from Stephen King,and I thought Will Patton did a great job in his naation

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

Yes

Did Mr. Mercedes inspire you to do anything?

No

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Great narrator, weak King Novel

The jive talking in this book is unbearable. It's the return of King's magical negro trope in it's very worst form. I'm not sure why Uncle Steve chose to write a techno-thriller when he seems to have a loose grasp of technology.

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overdone

Story should have ended sooner, as if SK was told to write more pages. Still intriguing.

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Ending was a bummer

Loved it until the ending. Narration was great. Just can't get over how bad the ending was.

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  • Amelia
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 02-26-17

Not as good as I had hoped.

Maybe it wasn't a great place to start on King's work, but this didn't seem special to me. The characters were mostly two-dimensional and cliché, and aside from Holly, the female members of the story were particularly stereotypical and irritating. References to their inability to parallel park, vague masculine ideas regarding lesbianism, and a general disregard for their importance made up the majority of the story. I didn't hate it, but I'm far from recommending it to a friend.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful