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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

What the critics say

"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

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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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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El cucco

in the wake of modern day vampires and shapshifters Stephen King brings us a gilmer of what could be

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Awesome read

It kept me intrigued right to the very end. Excellent performance by Mr. Patton. Stephen King did not disappoint.

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Wow

The story was great. But the performance made this book!! I usually listen to books while I sew, and sometimes it may take me a month to get through one this long. But I could not stop listening to this one!! I listened to it in my car, while I walked, cleaned my house and did everything in between!!

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Interesting read

Amazingly read, didn’t expect it to have the ending it did. Great read I recommend!

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  • Myles
  • 2018-11-02

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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  • Joan
  • 2018-11-03

It could have been better.

In my opinion, the first half of the book was too slow and boring. It focused too much on all the evidence and wasn’t intriguing me too much. The second half was a lot more interesting. I think this would have been better as a short story or if it had added some more background into the previous lives of some of the cool characters. All in all, I would probably not listen to it again, but I did really like the second half.

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  • gennygaribay
  • 2018-10-28

Tedious to listen to<br />

Blah blah blah blah blah. Too much nonsense within the story line. Too predictable. I would see a movie if they made it into one, but it was hard for me to stay intrested in it.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 2018-11-06

All that ... for nothing ...

I just don’t understand why you would go through all that for nothing ..... it was so anticlimactic....... I actually cried when frank ‘s mother breaks down in the kitchen and by the end of this book I just didn’t care anymore ..... beyond disappointed that it just didn’t go anywhere .

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  • Barbara M
  • 2018-11-01

It caught my interest...but became toooo long!

I’m a Steven King fan and loved most of his books that I have read but there are a few I’ve read that ends up like The Outsider where he captures your total attention and then just goes on and on and on....I did like the narrator until Holly came around and then it became too annoying. I actually did not finish this book!

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-28

not good for Stephen King

Sooooo boring and too long. did not like voice of man being a women, sounded pathetic.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Dylan Cornette
  • 2018-10-17

Meh

Struggled through this one. The first 14 hours were very slow. The last 4 hours, although better, still lacked a solid ending. Will Patton's performance was good, but I hated the voice he used for Holly....

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  • Darren Smith
  • 2018-10-22

Lame. I don’t believe Steven King wrote this

Lame story. Done better by x-files in an hour compared to 18 hours listening to this. Don’t bother!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-16

way too long

frankly could've abridged by half and wouldn't have missed a thing. I should get a t-shirt for finishing it.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Hillary Hayes Kramer
  • 2018-10-30

Not Impressed

This is my fourth or fifth read of King's and I have yet to understand the hype. I want very badly to enjoy his work because he appears to be so popular...hence why I continue to give him chance after chance. This storyline is reaching and, overall, the story and characters lack depth. It's a long listen, and frankly, it's just not worth it. When you finally get to the climax, or even the resolution, of the story, you're left disappointed and wanting more. I would not recommend this book to others, not worth the time or the money.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful