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A brand-new novel from legendary storyteller Stephen King!

Sometimes growing up means facing your demons.

The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine - as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King’s classic novel It, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

©2021 Stephen King (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Entertaining listen.

'Later' is an entertaining listen although it is by no means a horror novel. Yes it includes a supernatural element but certainly not one that brings the spine-tingling shivers reflected in Stephen King's earlier works. It is more of a suspense novel with an interesting storyline, strong characters and a sprinkling of humour... and the narration is excellent. I suspect that 'Later' is the first book in a series (unless Stephen King as stuck us with another of his unsatisfactory endings) written with a big or small screeen movie in mind. Anyway, it is worth a credit.

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Kind of Pointless

The characterization was ok, but there was no plot. There didn't really seem to be any point for this story to exist. The "scary" parts weren't scary, the challenges faced by the narrator were pretty limp, and the "twist" at the end was just pointless and out of place. This basically has enough material for a filler short story in a long book of short stories, but for some reason it's been stretched out to over 6 hours to turn it into a short novel, and it just doesn't work. I don't necessarily need an action-packed plot if there are enough interesting things going on in the narrator's head, but in this case there's really just nothing. At least the voice of the novel seemed authentic, which I can't say for the last few SK novels, which were not only forgettable but just "off" in style and voice from his earlier books.

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Great book.

Almost like a short story. Not as deep as his other novels. But Good overall

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better than expected

Starts intriguingly, and feels like classic king for the 2020s. just the right length for the story, takes some pretty wild turns along the way. Some monumental reveals for the well versed king reader and some classic king style easter eggs/ references. The kind if king book I like, stands on it's own and adds to the larger story.

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Loved it but...

I love Stephen King’s work, always have. I just need a longer story, I’ve never loved his short stories, not enough character development.

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another amazing tale by Stephen King.

enjoyed it to the end. some parts seemed drawn out and the repeating the character does is irritating, but the plot was good. The narrator was a bit hard to stomach when he did the women's voices. but overall I enjoyed it.

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  • John Williams
  • 2021-03-02

Classic King!

This reminded me so much of the younger King novels. If I had one criticism if would be the although this one had much less political mentions, but I would think that he would realize that with as much as we have politics pushed apon us day in and day out that we would much like to be able to get away from it all while enjoying a good book. just a thought.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 2021-03-02

Another amazing story

Stephen King is one of the best authors in the world. He has written more than 100 books, short stories, and novellas in almost all genres out there. I experienced many of them as audiobooks and his latest novel, Later, was released yesterday, for the excitement of millions of his fans around the world.

The king of horror, thrillers and suspense, the best-selling and award winning author Stephen King, delivers another amazing story featuring a young boy who can see communicate with people just after they die, and his life gets stranger with every year as he grows older. Combining in his unique, flowing and mesmerizing writing style mystery with thriller and adding a touch of horror, this celebrated author continues to shock and delight his fans.

Renowned actor Seth Numrich does a fantastic job with the narration for Later. He perfectly captures the emotions and drama that our young hero is living. Switching seamlessly between characters, assigning each of them different voices, accents and personalities, he grabs the listener by the throat from the first disjointed phrase and doesn't let go until the very end.

This was the first time for me listening to him, and his first time performing a Stephen King book, but in my humble opinion, he acquitted himself exemplary.

Later is pure Stephen King, original, gripping, entertaining, scary and so captivating!

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  • TuxedoedCorgi95
  • 2021-03-02

Narrator makes it!

Of course Stephen King's newest book is wonderful! But the narrator really sells it. He's phenomenal!

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  • lonesomdov99
  • 2021-03-03

All excellent writing w/o politics forced on us.

Best Stephen King he's written in a while. Kept me interested so I finished in one night. Love the references to "IT" which is my favorite King novel. Rather short so perhaps a sequel?

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  • Carol Calvert
  • 2021-03-03

Couldn’t Put It Down!

“Later” is a page turner with King’s usual ability to make you suspend disbelief. Of course Jamie can see dead people! Fast moving plot, great character development, and terrific narration by Seth Numrich!

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  • A.C.
  • 2021-03-03

excellent until the end.

I really enjoyed this book. In fact I listened to it straight through. But the little "detail" (no spoilers) that is literally thrown in at the very end, after all the story lines have come to their conclusion, is totally unnecessary. It adds nothing to the story. It's mentioned (and it's a pretty big deal) and then the book ends. It was so out of place I'm really left wondering WHY. Maybe King felt the book wasn't taboo enough and he needed to throw in a shocker at the end. It had the opposite effect for me.

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  • Collin Daniels
  • 2021-03-03

Plain good

A bright and brilliant story, full of Mr. King's trademarks. His clever, suspenseful storytelling style and signature wit drip from every word, while Seth Numrich nails the performance. I had forgotten that I'd pre-ordered this and listened in one afternoon. I'm reminded once again why this man has been my favorite author since I was a kid sneaking scary stories home from the library.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-03-03

Great Book!

It was a Great Book! Just sad it's over. Narrator was also perfect for the story. Def worth the credit, but Stephen King always is.

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  • Justin Sloan
  • 2021-03-04

Not scary in the least

Narrator kept saying this was a horror story but there was nothing scary or suspenseful at all. Mediocre.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-03

Nice surprise

I wasn’t expecting a King novel. I was glad to see it though. That was the fastest I have ever made it through anything on Audible. The narrator was good and the story was good. I’m happy about everything except that it’s over.

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