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Mr. Mercedes

A Novel
Auteur(s): Stephen King
Narrateur(s): Will Patton
Durée: 14 h et 22 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (183 évaluations)
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Description

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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EXCELLENT LOVED IT

What a great book, loved it form start to finish. Will Patton was great. Can't wait for the next one!

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This is why King gets the BIG BUCKS

I've never read a Stephen King novel. I don't like horror or paranormal stuff. This is different. I could not stop listening. Great story. Great narrator. Great book.

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will Patton for prez

awesome story and even better performance. this whole series of books are amazing. would recommend to anyone

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Great book!!!! I enjoyed every minute of the book.

The story was interesting different and well paced. I wish it was longer. Please enjoy


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Great

Took a few chapters to start to enjoy the narration — seemed over-wrought and waaaaay too dramatic at first, but as the story hooked me It got easier to swallow. By the mid-point I found I was enjoying the narration well enough.

  • Au global
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First Novel in a Series that I Hope Keeps on Giving

I was absolutely in LOVE with this book. Once again, a fantastic read by Will Patton and a great head rush into a series by Stephen King. It was a great length, I never felt bored and there was such a great buildup that I honestly held my breath at some parts. I even had a bit spoiled for me because I had read The Outsider first which does include Holly and a bit of back story in the Bill Hodges series but it didn’t deter anything. I still held my breath!! Can’t wait to start Finders Keepers!

(Also I loved the music they used at the end!)

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars

great read

never disappoints me as a reader. love all his books looking forward to the next.

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always a pleasure !

amazinh writing and will patton is an amazing reader for all to enjoy . thumbs up

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Great story with Humour

Love love love this book! Great story with humour!! The orator is awesome! Can’t wait for part 2

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Great characters

I really enjoyed listening to this book while walking, Bill is a kick ass cop, that takes no crap from Mr. Mercedes, who drove through a crowd of people for pleasure, then taunts Bill Hodges to play the cat and mouse game. Of course the cat wins. Hopefully books 2 and 3 will carry on with great characters like this first book did

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  • Adrienne
  • 2016-08-15

Very Disappointing

I have read many Stephen King books, some I liked more than others, this one I hated. I feel like he has run out of stories. Don't waste your time on this very thin, predictable plot, annoying characters and a whiny reader.

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  • DoctorDave
  • 2016-05-25

What the heck did I just listen to? It's complete garbage.

The reading was good, audio quality was good. The book it's self? Horrible! Stephen King obviously has some serious pent up sexual desires regarding his mom and other women. The story had moments that were just ridiculous and would never happen in real life. I know this is fantasy but it's based on reality and Stephen King is not in touch with that. I wish I could get my money back and time that I wanted on this rubbish.

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  • ELB
  • 2015-10-04

What?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Some alignment with reality. If a book is set in a distinct year, and King made very clear that it was 2010, then there should be congruence. There were larger issues with the way technology was utilized (or more often not utilized), but I was just as irked with the little mistakes. Tweens didn't wear Guess jeans in 2010 and teenage boys didn't wear belt clips for their phones. Saying that being downsized was a 21st century way of saying you were fired...what?...certain that was a common term before 2000. I get it, King is a genius and he's allowed to not have any idea of how the real world works, but I'm pretty sure that's what editors are for.Beyond that, the characters were one dimensional and seemed like he picked them from a book of Noir characters.

What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Stephen King doesn't need to make anything more enjoyable for me. I know he is brilliant and prolific. Honestly, if he submitted this thinking that it was done well...I am clearly not his audience. It reads like something my grandparents would have liked.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Will Patton?

He has a great voice and he is a great actor, but there were regular inconsistencies in how he voiced a character. I don't know if audio books have directors, but if they do this director was asleep on the job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mr. Mercedes?

I just don't see any point in mentioning styles or popular culture if you don't want to do any research. The larger issues were on King.

Any additional comments?

I love Stephen King's work and I hate writing such a negative review, but this was a waste of time and money. I was certain until the last few chapters that it would get better...it didn't.

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  • Gail Johnson
  • 2015-08-08

Finally gave up

Although I will usually tough out any audiobook just due to the fact that I used up a credit, and certainly Will Patton is always a joy, but this one finally got the better of me. The story is impossible to follow so I finally abandon ship and moved on to the next book. I don't know if this is just not Stephen King's genre, or if he has decided to just start cranking out mind numbing junk like Patterson, but it was all together a train wreck.

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  • Brian Douglas
  • 2015-03-06

Couldn't finish it.

What disappointed you about Mr. Mercedes?

Being led by the nose through a very flimsy storyline.

What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have the characters actually react instead of becoming sock puppets to push the story forward.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Well read, nice voice, he did have a few issues switching between characters.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mr. Mercedes?

I stopped at the phone call after the funeral. If you read it you know of what I speak. It started out great, but it sounds like he only phoned in the 2nd half of the story and it shows.

Any additional comments?

I hate being led by the nose and being expected to swallow whatever is put before me. This is why I don't watch 95% of television. It is sad when you see it in a book by such a great author. If it was written by anyone else it would have been a dud, but since it is Stephen King it is getting praised by the devout readers with Kool Aid in hand. It really could have been a great book. The beginning was well written, and then it sort of dissolved into a mediocre mess. Don't buy this one. Instead go pick up "The Long Walk", also from Stephen King or if you have it go read it again. This is the first time I never finished a SK book and my library is full of them.

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  • Jeff
  • 2019-04-08

Sucks

Based on first 13 chapters this book is Terrible and deranged story made worse by unreasonable profanity.

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  • Daniel Vogel
  • 2019-02-19

Just terrible

So disappointing. Boring story line, unsympathetic character. A waste of time. I expect better from Stephen King.

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  • Ray
  • 2017-11-02

This story is simply terrible

When I originally bought this book I was expecting an exciting cat and mouse, detective vs bad guy chase! This was not the case, whatsoever. I only got to 2/3 into the book before I gave up hope on this slow moving and just sucky story. It centers around a washed up retired and suicidal detective that can't even solve the mystery of where his own shoes are, let alone the mystery of the sad sap who ran over all those people in YOU GUESSED IT a Black Mercedes. Don't waste your time.... really. If I could refund this book and get my credit back I would. Gosh

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  • Raymond Jarvis
  • 2017-04-22

Profanity

What would have made Mr. Mercedes better?

Far less use of profanity. Have read Steven King before and don't recall this much foul language. Couldn't finish listening to it.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

The language used.

Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

No, his performance was not at all compelling.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mr. Mercedes?

All that I could listen to and I had to stop.

Any additional comments?

This is not what I thought I was getting when I downloaded it.

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  • jason
  • 2015-06-17

Ridiculous, predictable, 2 dimensional dialogue...

Ridiculous, predictable, 2 dimensional dialogue... I can't decide if King or Koontz is the one declining in good writing faster.

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