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The Outsider

Narrated by: Will Patton
Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41,360 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively listenable stories. 

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad. 

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can. 

©2018 Stephen King (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Will Patton turns this story into an audio blockbuster.... King's usual sprawling cast of characters is also present, and suffice it to say that Patton does them all justice." (AudioFile)

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Total junk.

I couldn't wait for this to be over. Started out great and very compelling but fell into predictable garbage very quickly.

Plus, leave your personal politics out of your story. This and your own stereotype bigotry added zero to the story.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful

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Will Patton great - story so so


Will Patton did a wonderful job of reading this novel. He adds so much to this book. I will watch for him again.

I read or listen to everything I can when it comes to Stephen King and he has been my go to author for almost 30 years. In the past few years he has become political in his books and it has been a huge turnoff. But in this book he toned down is political rhetoric and it's not distracting to this story.

The outsider is a typical SK story and is well thought out and suspenseful. It has all the ingredients of Kings best novels, a really bad guy ( the outsider ) and the good guys hunting the bad guy. In this case he throws in Holly Gibney from the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. In that story she played an essential part in the mix of characters. After Holley is introduction into this book it seems to take a turn and never gets back into a believable storyline . I didn't like her in this role but many readers seemed to enjoy her introduction.

107 of 121 people found this review helpful

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not as interesting as I hoped

I love Stephen king and wanted to dig into this story. the premise was there but dragged on. I had trouble sticking with it

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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King wrote a story and hid it real deep in a bunch of garbage for us to pick through like raccoons.

Narrator was on point. He did the absolute best with what he was given, he put his all into it.

So basically this is an IT-like villain, in a Desperation-setting, with Mr Mercedes backdrops. It’s like he’s done, he’s out of ideas folks. He had a great murder mystery on his hands but maybe it was too short so he had to tack on as many words as possible. The first quarter was gold. Then he had to go back to Mr Mercedes. That series is OVER, let it go.

The background-less villain lacked all depth, all mystery. Feeds off bad mojo like the good ole clown. Lives in “moody” locations like cemeteries or locations of tragic events. Cliche after cliche after cliche.

I had to force myself through this thing. And I’ve been reading King for over twenty years and don’t recall ever being disappointed.

There’s gold in there, dig deep because there’s big nuggets of it, but I don’t want to dig through shit and name brand product placements to find it. I buy Apple products and I was even damn sick of him trying to sell the iPad Mini. Shut the hell up already. Every chapter treated the iPad like a futuristic alien tech that could save mankind. So sick of that disgusting product plug. Over. And over.

Take a shot for every time the iPad is mentioned. You’ll be hammered pretty damn quickly.

TL;DR - King had a great story, then he made it three times longer than it needed to be. It too many product placements and he brought his persona political views into play in a way that didn’t even mesh with the story whatsoever. I could see if it went with the flow and style but it sounded like King stomping his feet like a child and trying to make stereotypical digs. It really knocked the story off the rails each time he made a political whine, plugged Apples iPad and whatever other products, and had to pad chapters with useless drivel.

Two stars on story simply because the first quarter was pretty damn good. That’s it.

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A long walk to nowhere

This was a tedious listen. No suspense. No interesting prose. I am evidently not the audience enthralled by King’s writing. An average, college freshman-level writing style.

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Lazy

It's the same story we've already been given. Very disappointed in this last "effort". Throw in the race baiting as well as bashing the President and you've lost a fan. Skip this one.

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Wasted a credit

I am a big fan of SK and was excited for this book but sadly I have been very disappointed. The story could be cut down so much and it just drags on and on! I love the narrators voice but the tempo was soo slow, I even sped up the narration to 1.40x just to get through interviews! Everyone in the book is so dang long winded about things that no one would even talk about in a criminal interview or a conversation! I can't even finish the book. I regret wasting a credit on this. I'll be very very wary on another SK audiobook and positive reviews next time.

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So boring

Basically a short story with an incredible amount of pointless filler. The voice acting is horrible especially Holly's character. I get that he needs to have some variety to distinguish between the characters but it was painful at times to listen to it. I think King should retire. Books like this just tarnish his reputation. It was just boring filler for what could have been a decent short story.

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not worth the time to listen!

old story line, very predictable, lacked originally. I have read about 70% of everything SK has written this is not a Steven King story line...it is a poor effort and smells of needing to sell books, definitely a low poi.t in his career.

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King is Slipping

King is a wordy, if skillful writer, and his character development is terrific. But, he seems to be running short of new plot ideas. In The Outsider, he just recycles old ideas. Will Patton does his best with mediocre material. You can skip this one.

33 of 37 people found this review helpful