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  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Seth Numrich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (633 ratings)

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Later

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Seth Numrich
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Publisher's Summary

2022 MYSTERY AUDIE AWARD WINNER!

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

What the critics say

"Seth Numrich portrays Jamie Conklin, a young man who sees dead people and can compel them to answer questions truthfully. As a child, Jamie is able to help his mother, Tia, avoid financial ruin. But then Tia's girlfriend, an NYPD detective, asks him to force a dead man to reveal the location of a hidden bomb. This unleashes sinister forces that stalk Jamie for years. As the 20-something Jamie remembers these traumatic supernatural events, Numrich sounds appropriately melancholic and haunted. But he also illuminates moments of levity and warmth, mostly in Jamie's musings about growing up and in his relationship with his mother. King's words and Numrich's performance reinforce the idea that kindness can still shine in a world full of horrors." (AudioFile Magazine)

"Voicing Jamie is Seth Numrich, who brings all his classical theater training to what could have been the throwaway role of a kid who mostly tries to ignore an ability he didn’t ask for. Numrich, who played Benjamin Tallmadge in four seasons of AMC’s 'Turn: Washington’s Spies,' embodies Jamie from ebullient first-grader to terrified but determined teen, nailing the evolution of a boy trying to solve his own mystery. The story can be whimsical and funny, thoughtful and alarming, and Numrich is perfectly in step." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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Definitely the King

Wow. I've been a King fan since I was 12. Like every human being on the planet, he can have his off ones (The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, imho), but this one's a winner. Loved it and definitely recommend

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Good book, Amazing narration

The book was good, an interesting story, which went by very quickly. I wonder though how good it would have been to read. The narrator was so incredibly good. He made the novel come to life, and made it more interesting than i think the book actually was.

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phenomenal

Everything about this was excellent.
The story was so gripping.
Seth Numerich was fantastic.

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I really enjoyed this.

What can I say about this book? Well King hit a home run again. I really enjoyed it. Great characters short read. I would definitely say give it a listen or read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Not as bad as some of the reviews say..

... I'm listening to this/e-booking it simultaneously after starting/quitting SK's "Cell" twice now. That one did nothing for me. I gave up and grabbed this instead. Prior to these two, I read/listened to "Revival", that one was long but a fairly good read/listen.

This one: I rather enjoyed the way it was written/read. It's more casual than some of King's other works-- you know, the ones that can be heavy, too wordy and drag. It's written 'how I would speak', which is probably why I find it appealing, and the narrator did a great job with the reading. It's kind of spazzy, nonchalant, borderline hectic. It is only a 6 hour book, and it goes fast. I probably could've run it straight through if I hadn't started it at 11 pm. I do agree with other reviews about the story, wasn't quite sure what it was doing/where it was going.. I have about a half hour left and I *think* I know, but really it's anyone's guess.

So, no- it's not the best thing Stephen King's ever written, it's also not the worst. Give it a shot, if it's not your cup o' tea, return it. (That's what I did with Cell and how I ended up with Later.)

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Fantastic but short

I feel like there could be more. It doesn't just end, like other reviews say. It's complete. it's a story that could have a sequel. Very good and fun and entertaining the whole way. guess that's why it feels short.

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Favourite Stephen king book to date, it’s just so different to all his other works!

The story is absolutely enthralling it’s hard to stop listening to! I love how it pulled me in and let me not only feel but experience every moment with staggering clarity.

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Spooky

I really enjoyed this one. The narrator did an excellence job and the story was classic King! Just wish it had been longer.

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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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Stephen King just gets better with age!

Finished this audiobook in one sitting, an excellent read for those new to King and another tasty morsel for longtime fans to clean the meat off of. Can't recommend enough

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