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The Outsider

Narrated by: Will Patton
Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (41,380 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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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.

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It was good until it became a Steven King novel

Gonna be vague to avoid too much spoilers, I thought it had an excellent hook until about 1/3rd of the way into the book where King kinda fell back and started relying on his old tropes. In the end, I even get the feeling that King potentially wrote himself into a ditch and had to have the ending take place in some random town in Texas despite the setting of the main town being build up for all of the book. Its hard to explain without spoiling it, but I restate that is was good until the Steven king overused tropes rammed their head back in.

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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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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.

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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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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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Not recommended...

The story started out as an interesting mystery and soon turned into a grizzly, disgusting story that involves sodomy and cannibalism of children. This world is evil enough without stories like this. I want to remove it from my Audible library.

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  • 11-02-18

Disappointing From Stephen King

I’ve been a Stephen King fan for many years, I’ve listened to/read all of the classics and The Outsider seriously disappointed me, the extremely descriptive writing style I’ve grown fond of makes no real appearance in this book which makes it a really hollow experience overall. The ending is the definition of anti-climactic, you spend 17 hours waiting for the big finish and it’s just a big middle finger in your face. The performance wasn’t very good either which can ruin an audio book almost as quick as it’s poor writing. Overall pretty bummed and wouldn’t recommend.

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