The Outsider by Stephen King audiobook

The Outsider: A Novel

By Stephen King
Read by Will Patton

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501180989
18.69 Hours Unabridged
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Soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn 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 readable stories.An eleven-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.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

A #1 New York Times audio bestseller

A #1 USA Today bestseller

A 2019 Audie Award Finalist for Best Narration in Thrillers/Suspense

A USA Today Pick of Weekend Picks for Book Lovers

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick of the Month's Mysteries and Thrillers

An Insider.com Pick of the Best Horror Audiobooks

Soon to be an HBO limited series starring Ben Mendelsohn

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 readable stories.

An eleven-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“There’s plenty of shadowy, wormy supernatural goings-on in Stephen King’s new novel The Outsider. Yet the most unsettling stuff—that which will leave you uncomfortable when you sit and devour this first-rate read—probes the monstrous side of human nature.” USA Today
“In his latest mystery-horror hybridyou’re in for one hell of a ride.” Washington Post
“An It for the Trump era.” AV Club
“Narrator Will Patton turns this story into an audio blockbuster. Early on, Patton sounds like he’s reading a police procedural. He uses a terse, confident voice to portray Detective Ralph Anderson…When Holly Gibney, the troubled sidekick turned ace private investigator from Stephen King’s Bill Hodges Trilogy, enters the story, Patton gives her a halting speech pattern and falsetto voice. Holly’s unique sound and open-mindedness effectively contrast with the decent but sometimes hardheaded men surrounding her. King’s usual sprawling cast of characters is also present, and suffice it to say that Patton does them all justice. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A juicy tale that plays at the forefront of our current phobias…[The Outsider] will remind readers of King’s early novel It.” Kirkus Reviews
“What begins as a manhunt for an unlikely doppelgänger takes an uncanny turn into the supernatural. King’s skillful use of criminal forensics helps to ground his tale in a believable clinical reality where the horrors stand out in sharp relief.” Publishers Weekly

Reviews

Reviews

by Michael 4/22/2019
Overall Performance
Narration
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Great Book

I would give this a 4 and a half stars, but since Downpour doesn't do half stars, and I don't round up on ratings, this is a very solid 4! My only hesitation to give it 5 stars was a slow start to the book. The beginning had chapters of police interviews every other chapter, and to me, it interrupted the flow of the story. I do now see that they were relevant, but they were also annoying. But that is just a personal issue on my part. Once the book had me in its grasp, it did not let go, and I enjoyed the ride the rest of the way. It's no secret that the character Holly Gibney from the Bill Hodges trilogy makes an appearance. I've read reviews where people disliked that. I'm all for "to each his or her own". Holly was my favorite character from the BH trilogy. I connected with her unexpectedly, and each time she appeared, both in the BH trilogy and The Outsider, it was like a breath of fresh air. She is one of Sai King's better characters, and I stand by that statement. I also wasn't bothered when the book turned from crime mystery to supernatural. Great read, and I recommend it!

Author

Author Bio: Stephen King

Author Bio: Stephen King

Stephen King has written more than fifty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 18.69
Audience: Adult
Language: English