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Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer.

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved.

Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he's preparing to kill again.

Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • helen
  • melbourne, Australia
  • 05-09-15

LOVED IT

I have always been reluctant to read a Stephen King Novel believing regrettably thinking that all his stories were fearful and scary but I bit the bullet and my goodness I loved it. The story line was clever, intriguing, holding my interest all the way to the end. Undeniable a great thriller!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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King is king

Stephen King can spin a yarn with the best. In fact, his books seem more alive and engaging and than many other authors.

I'm not a huge fan of his strictly horror writing, but if he can continue in this vein I'll read them all!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Engaging Thriller!

Stephen king’s Thriller writing and Will Patton’s narration are a golden match. The novel is a powerful thriller that keeps you wanting more and more. The cat and mouse scenes between the retired detective and the villain keeps you on your toes.
Loved it!

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Mr Mercedes

Loved the ending of this book, now just want to read the next. Good story and narration

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  • 08-04-17

Will Patton brought the story to life!

The narrator managed to paint an excellent picture of the characters with his voice.
Stephen King once again kept me on the edge of my seat...

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Superb!

Excellent narration. Compelling narrative with a vicious sense of humor. The best audio book I've listened to.

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Great book

Loved the story, the performance and descriptions of certain things gave me chills and left me wanting more

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Thrilling story

Loved it. Author's ability to speak in different voices for different characters is amazing. It keeps me on the edge of my seat and listening non stop.

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Pleasantly Surprised

This was the first Stephen King that I had read in over 20 years. Initially I could not get enough of his books and consumed them non-stop from our local library, after a while I noticed his pattern and his writing became predictable - in my opinion. This book ... this book was from fresh mold!

This book was a great listen, it took a while to get used to raspy voice but eventually the narration became part of the story and I loved it. Well worth the listen.

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A very good story indeed!

I think that although this is not his usual type of book it is indeed worthy of Stephen King. I am not usually attracted to detective type novels, but this one held my attention from beginning to end. In fact I will actually have to add that over used comment "I could not stop listening" and stayed up several nights to very early mornings. Also the narrator was first class, at no time did I think otherwise and I am picky with that. He told the tale with interest and seeming enjoyment and I was sorry when I came to the last line. I highly recomend this book to not only King fans, but also to the people who usualy would not read his books,.As I said at the beginning it is not the usual thing you expect from him, but you will not be disapointed at all.

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  • Philip
  • 07-26-15

Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

Yes, it's nicked part of almost every private-eye-hunts-serial-killer book ever written, from Wilkie Collins to Chandler and beyond. Yes, you could plot the beginning, middle and end without too many mistakes.

But that old formula in a great storyteller's hands can grip like nothing else, which is why we're still watching Sherlock and why JK Rowling's equally cliche-ridden latests are selling like hotcakes.

In other words, couldn't put it down (or whatever the audio equivalent may be). Highly recommended, have already downloaded the follow-up.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • jennifer
  • 07-12-14

Mr Mercedes -Stephen King

Well Mr King does it again what a story, as soon as this book started I new it was going to be one of those books that you just could not stop listening too. Right from the start of the book it all happens then the story comes together as retired policeman Bill Hodges goes back to a case that was never solved which little does he know that he his being watched himself from the crazy psychopath its so gripping well recommended great narrator too.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • 10-04-14

King on form yet again

Mr Mercedes has great pace, almost breathless sometimes . If you have ever liked a Stephen King novel, then I reckon you will like this one very much. Some decent characters, lots of action and tension - a classic page-turner, well read by Will Patton. But too straightforward, dare I say simple, for this fan - hence only 4 stars. Best for me would be Bag of Bones or Hearts In Atlantis, both available unabridged from audible. But don't get me wrong - Mr Mercedes is a really great listen!

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  • Mr D C Finnimore
  • 02-16-16

Great build up, lackluster ending

As with so many of King's 21st century works, he ratchets the suspense whilst introducing and fleshing out likable characters. Unlike many King novels, the locales are effectively anonymous, and there are precious few asides about the townsfolk and their secretly sordid lives, but the characters we follow are well rounded enough.

A few interesting twists pepper the narrative and keep the interest high until the last hour or so. By this time it feels as though the characters are simply running through motions rather than uncovering undiscovered revelations and it descends into a slightly predictable chase.

I am an avid King fan and have read and reread his entire back catalogue, short stories and poems included, but as with Duma Key, Under the Dome and 11.22.63 the drive runs out towards the end. It's a shame, but I remain a subscriber to the King story factory, eagerly awaiting the next It, Shining, or Different Seasons.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • W. Mettler
  • 02-04-16

Predictable

You might be entertained. You will not be surprised. You will know how it ends. You will listen to the end anyway. If you like King, that is.

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  • Amelia
  • 10-15-15

Below Par

Ive been looking forward to reading this as other King books have been so good. I thought opening chapters were brilliant and really felt the scene was set and the reader drawn into the story.
The perpetuator is revealed from the start and the novel goes back and forth between him and the ex cop who is trying to track him down showing how he is trying to snare him and how this is not working
Im still not sure about this detective series. I will read the next book in the series but this does not come close to other Stephen King books I have read Im afraid.

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  • 06-08-14

A gripping and absorbing thriller

This Stephen King at his best - he is really much more than a horror writer, for those who don't already know that. It's his superb characterisation that is so special. His characters are fully realised, to the point that you feel you know them - even the evil ones. This is an "old fashioned" thriller, by which I don't mean dated or predictable, but simply a rattling good story which is scary, humorous, and moving - all human life is there as a disreputable newspaper used to say. It is hugely enjoyable and I found it difficult to pause once I had started. The narrator gives a beautifully judged performance and I would recommend this book to anyone - especially those who think Stephen King is not for them.

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  • D. Faulkner
  • 06-06-14

Best King Novel. Best Narration!

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

I have not read the print version but this audio version was just amazing

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mr Mercedes?

When the mother eats the burgers

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Will Patton's narration is absolutely fantastic. he brought every character to life and, very subtly, gave each character and chapter a beautifully effective change of tone that seemed to put you right inside the head of the characters. His portrayal of the killer was particularly impressive and carried, at once, a chilling coldness and sick humour that you could not help but grin at. Best characterisations i have heard since The Cuckoos Calling

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, i bought it on holiday and hoped it would last me for the full two weeks but i just couldn't stop listening to it. Finished it in just four sittings. I hoped it wouldn't end

Any additional comments?

I have around 200 books in my audible library (or thereabouts) and this is in my top 2 fiction without a doubt. Only the Cuckoo's Calling comes close to this in my opinion

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Colin
  • 07-04-14

A below-par detective story

I should start this review by explaining that I'm on a roll with Stephen King right now, having recently completed the excellent '11-22-63' followed by 'The Stand' (Brilliant) and then 'The Dome' (absolutely gripping). I therefore approached 'Mr Mercedes' with a deal of anticipation at enjoying the newest offering from one of the master story-tellers of our time.

I'm still not sure what happened, but this book was largely a bit of a let-down. The overall premise (a retired cop being stalked by a criminal he failed to catch) is sound enough, but as the story unfolds it's all a bit clumsy. Added to this there are two significant plot twists that you can see coming a mile away, and Mr King is known for being able to spring twists and turns on the reader out of the blue.

And that's the rub; the writing style just isn't King's. The dialogue doesn't snap the way it does in his other works, and the storyline is pedestrian at best.

On a plus note, Will Patton's narration was excellent, just the right amount of inflection so you could tell the characters apart without it decending into a radio play. Would like to hear more from him

I think I'll get one of his classics next, just to remind myself how exceptional a writer King is.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • OldManNoob, on a Galaxy tablet running Kindle
  • 01-17-17

A superbly gripping story read by the best.

Outstanding narration makes this thrilling story of twisted humanity v flawed protagonists truly come alive - King at his best.
Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cheryl
  • 06-21-15

Mr Mercedes My Kind of Story

Believe it or not this was my first Stephen King book. I was totally enthralled. Narration was fantastic and the story had me on the edge of my chair and high anticipation for the next chapter. Can thoroughly recommend.

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  • Marnie
  • 05-11-16

You won't turn it off !!

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

Ripping good plot, never dull.

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

King's thrillers do not disappoint !

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emotion & clear speech

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh definitely !!

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  • Tracy Wotzername
  • 03-26-16

Brilliant

What did you like most about Mr Mercedes?

Slow to start, but then it's addictive. You must also read Finders Keepers. It's a semi sequel.

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  • Kimberley Connery
  • 02-06-16

Highly Recommended!!

Loved this book. An enthralling tale of cat and mouse, it's Stephen King's characterisation skills at their finest. Will Patton is one of my favourite audio book narrators, he has this amazing ability to bring the roles to life without sounding cheesy or fake, even when doing female voices. Highly Recommended listen!

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  • Linda
  • 11-24-15

Detective Thrills

Mr Mercedes begins at a lovely... slow... relaxing... pace. Then a strange sentence catches you unaware and BAM suddenly you know you are reading a Stephen King novel and your feet hit the ground and they don't stop running. You get a concise look into the mind of a psycho killer as he is relentlessly pursued by a Det Ret (Retired Detective). This is not a book about paranormal activities, ghosts, nor is it a who-dun-it. We know who did it. We just want to know if he is going to get caught. Even if you are not a Stephen King fan, I think you will really enjoy listening to this wonderful tale. And I must not neglect Will Patton who also does a remarkable job.

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  • Annie B
  • 11-14-17

Thrilling!

I bought this based on the good reviews it got and I wasn't disappointed. The narration is perfect and the story is well structured, engaging and downright thrilling! King has meticulously researched and plotted this out like the consummate professional he is. There's nothing supernatural about this story, just a good old cat-and-mouse detective thriller that builds the tension through each chapter. The ending was good but maybe a little far-fetched. Still, I enjoyed this wild ride and binge listened over three days. I even created opportunities to listen, such as cleaning out the garage or going for extra long walks because I didn't want to turn it off. I'm really fussy when it comes to audio narration but Patton's work is flawless and only added to the story. Highly recommend this one!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-17

Good stuff

This was a very entertaining book and a great listen courtesy of the reader. Had a great time with this one.

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  • Wendy
  • 10-05-17

Why did I wait so long?!

Absolutely loved this audio! Will Patton is a genius - not only was I very quickly able to recognise the characters literally by voice he did so without being obvious about it - his narration only adds to the story! The story itself is fantastic, King at his best, sets the scenes and you can feel the suspense and see all the wheels turning... just loved it!

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  • Phil
  • 08-24-17

great thriller

Wow fantastic book. Highly recommend listening to this book. performance was great and i enjoyed the story from start to finish.

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  • Tim
  • 05-07-17

great story

excellent work by SK, nice to have a story without the supernatural or horror themes from time to time and this was just the ticket.