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The Outsider

Auteur(s): Stephen King
Narrateur(s): Will Patton
Durée: 18 h et 41 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (1 241 évaluations)

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Description

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

Ce que les critiques disent

"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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Not a Waste of Time

First Stephen King novel I’ve ever read/ listened too. I enjoyed the story- it got a bit predictable in the middle and end.

If you’re looking for horror, this story is not for you. It’s more of a police procedural story with some science fiction elements.

-Kyle

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King is at it, again!

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook!

King is a master storyteller, and this is another home run.

A gripping story, that doesn’t let you go. It was well narrated and just sucked me right in.

A future classic, for sure.

Highly recommended!

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Horrifying and Creepy!!!

This book is a perfect combination of old school crime drama and supernatural suspense. Stephen King’s writing displays it’s quality here.

Will Patton did a fantastic job of giving life to the characters and situations.

Truly suspenseful and amazingly creepy. WONDERFUL

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  • Max
  • 2018-05-28

Another lackluster King jaunt

Like a lot of his recent stories, and in retrospect, a good chunk of his earlier work, King starts strong, circling a horrific tragedy and it's effects on those involved but inevitably drifts off into less engaging territory when the characters he has expertly fleshed out become too numerous to coexist realistically as a group.

King's ability to showcase ultimately very believable and sympathetic characters and give them life in a dark and brooding reality is consistently undercut by his inability to bring them all together and make them act as believable human beings.
3/4 through the book, the people we've come to feel for as almost real, completely lose their legitimacy when they are made to interact with each other and discuss the events that have occured. Perhaps it's the nature of the supernatural occurencr they are facing which is ultimately so far-fetched and at times ridiculous that it drags away all the realism previously established, or maybe it's that there are too many characters with too many different personalities who are thrown together that their believability gets lost in the shuffle.
There is also a distinct world building aspect in King's latest work that falls flat in comparison to his earlier masterpieces. Bill Hodges' supporting cast are unceremoniously thrown into the game midway through The Outsider and really don't seem to belong at all. In an effort to curtail spoilers I urge the reader not to continue beyond this point: the book's antagonist appears to belong to the species of sorrow-eating vampires from Doctor Sleep and this very connection causes the bad guy to lose some of his/her/It's legitimacy because we've seen his kind easily dispatched in the dissapointing sequel to the shining.

The Outsider starts out as an exceedingly strong mystery thriller but, as with King's more recent stories, fizzles into a flat and unintelligible supernatural vampire story with no bite. It is a frankensteining of fun genres that fails to find a spark of life. If I could say one thing to my literary hero it would be "Sorrow vampires just aren't interesting no matter how hard you try to make them a thing". I might also add "detective noir is engaging when it doesn't stray into supernatural territory".
I'd also add to anyone reading this that I will never not pick up the latest King book/audiobook while I am able to do so. He might not do horror very well anymore but he is a master writer.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Its okay.

One of the main character is female and it was almost comical listening to this narrator's rendition of her voice. It really took away from the story for me but it was an okay listen on a 12 hour drive nonetheless.

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This was fantastic!

This was my first Stephen King novel and I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the suspense, the characters and plot.

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Typical Stephen King

As always a great book to read 💞the unknown is always what to look for

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might be my new favorite king novel

all round this was one of the best Steven king novels, William Patton's readings always kick butt and draw me into the story. I had a great time listening to this novel. I don't write spoilers just facts, it's worth the listen.

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I BARELY got through it

Stephen King is a genius all around, that's a given!. The story would likely have flowed better (for me) if I'd actually held the book in my hands and read it myself. The narrator was UNBEARABLE, again, to me, he actually distracted me so many times from the actual story, I had to go back several times just to get my bearings. That said...it IS worth a listen!
I think it took me 4 or 5 months or perhaps longer to get through this story, entire due to the style of the narrator. THAT PART alone...just not for me. I can generally read or listen to a book in a day or two...maximum a week, depending on my time. All said and done...it is a great story though. I do recommend it, as the story was magnificent!

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it bored me

i heard a lot about stephen king and thought i would give it a go, but the narrator ruined it for me, same tone of voice the whole way, no expression in his voice whatsoever, i'm quite sad about it i was really looking forward to it

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  • L S B
  • 2019-06-22

Boring

The story teller is terrible . It was so distracting I couldn’t follow the storyline .sorry Will

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  • Randall
  • 2018-06-19

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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  • Joyce
  • 2018-06-14

Somewhat boring. Not worth the credit.

Very slow. Not the Stephen King writing as it was. Definitely not The Shining or any of his other earlier novels.

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  • stephanie
  • 2019-02-12

Disappointed

Having read/listened to nearly all of Stephen King's works, this book leaves a lot to be desired. I feel like he wrote this book out of necessity and not from the depths of what is "Stephen King". The guy that read it though, he kept me entertained at what would have been a very hard book to keep reading on my own. One of the first books of his I read Salems Lot... I finished that book in record time considering the length, not to mention all of the other page turners he has written, but I know there has been other "duds", like I said (out of necessity) probably receives pressure from a publisher to put out something new or hang his hat. I think it is getting to be time Mr. King. If you cant come up with something better than a body double monster maybe start writing witty reviews of other publishing.

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  • Beatrice Pop
  • 2018-11-02

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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  • Jazzy
  • 2018-09-22

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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  • Kristen
  • 2018-10-10

Drags on and on and on

This book could have been cut in half, maybe a third. Every time anything happens, expect a monologue from every character on how they feel about that, and then listen to 10 different conversations on how they feel too. And WHY does Holly's voice have to sound like that? And WHY is there so much Apple product placement. For as long as it took, the ending was lackluster. C'mon, King...

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  • Katie
  • 2018-07-01

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-20

Stephen King is not for Audible

The title says it all. The narrator announces each and every single character's name prior to reading their lines. I have listened to many audiobooks but this was my first time listening to a story such as this. Audio is great for self-help, biographies and such. It is not (IMO) for stories such as The Outsider. Extremely difficult to stay focused.

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  • perigard
  • 2019-02-17

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

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