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Mr Mercedes

Narrated by: Will Patton
Series: Bill Hodges Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (783 ratings)

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Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer.

A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved.

Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter. Now he's preparing to kill again.

Each starts to close in on the other in a mega-stakes race against time.

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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Mr Mercedes My Kind of Story

Believe it or not this was my first Stephen King book. I was totally enthralled. Narration was fantastic and the story had me on the edge of my chair and high anticipation for the next chapter. Can thoroughly recommend.

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You won't turn it off !!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Ripping good plot, never dull.

What other book might you compare Mr Mercedes to, and why?

King's thrillers do not disappoint !

What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Emotion & clear speech

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh definitely !!

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Brilliant

What did you like most about Mr Mercedes?

Slow to start, but then it's addictive. You must also read Finders Keepers. It's a semi sequel.

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Highly Recommended!!

Loved this book. An enthralling tale of cat and mouse, it's Stephen King's characterisation skills at their finest. Will Patton is one of my favourite audio book narrators, he has this amazing ability to bring the roles to life without sounding cheesy or fake, even when doing female voices. Highly Recommended listen!

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Detective Thrills

Mr Mercedes begins at a lovely... slow... relaxing... pace. Then a strange sentence catches you unaware and BAM suddenly you know you are reading a Stephen King novel and your feet hit the ground and they don't stop running. You get a concise look into the mind of a psycho killer as he is relentlessly pursued by a Det Ret (Retired Detective). This is not a book about paranormal activities, ghosts, nor is it a who-dun-it. We know who did it. We just want to know if he is going to get caught. Even if you are not a Stephen King fan, I think you will really enjoy listening to this wonderful tale. And I must not neglect Will Patton who also does a remarkable job.

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Thought it would be slow and tedious.......WRONG!!

At first I thought the Narration by Will Paton would be tedious and slow. how wrong was I! He was great. Great story!! Looking forward to book 2. Kept me coming back at every chance I had.

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  • AUCKLAND, New Zealand
  • 05-07-2018

Excellent performance, suspenseful story

Loved this, great characters, surprising twists, fantastic performance. Am going to read the whole series now.

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Great story

I loved it, it was suspenseful and engaging. The narrator's performance was impeccable. I can't wait to start the next one.

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brilliantly written and perfectly spoken.

Will Patton presents this brilliant story perfectly. He portrays the Det Ret to perfection and brings King's tale to life.

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Fantastic Narration

The story is great, if by this point a little predictable at times or at least not that unexpected. For the most part I wouldn’t say I saw it coming but I guess nothing was that surprising either. It’s a great story though and I had a blast.

What made this great for me was the narration. Somehow there’s enough inflection in every character for them to feel individual but never so much that you feel like you’re listening to an audition for broadway. Most narrators seem to be either completely neutral or come across as ‘paid actors’, clearly acting different parts. Definitely not the case here, it all feels natural and I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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  • helen
  • 09-05-2015

LOVED IT

I have always been reluctant to read a Stephen King Novel believing regrettably thinking that all his stories were fearful and scary but I bit the bullet and my goodness I loved it. The story line was clever, intriguing, holding my interest all the way to the end. Undeniable a great thriller!

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  • aloli
  • 11-01-2015

King is king

Stephen King can spin a yarn with the best. In fact, his books seem more alive and engaging and than many other authors.

I'm not a huge fan of his strictly horror writing, but if he can continue in this vein I'll read them all!

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  • jacky
  • 16-04-2019

Really good

Loved it what a great storyteller and a fantastic story want to start all over again

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  • Jase
  • 19-09-2018

Well read!!

A slow start but the links and story line linked in so well enjoyed it.

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  • Ryan Unsworth
  • 04-09-2018

Grey audiobook!

Fantastic reading, excellent content. A thrilling listen. Can't wait to listen to the next books.

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  • Robyn
  • 24-01-2018

One of the best books I've ever listened to.

Wow. King is the master of suspense, of character development, and of sick little twista and turns that send your stomach twisting, but in a good way. You're not just listening to a story, you're being picked up and flung on a journey. I loved it. The narrator was an absolutely perfect choice.

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  • S.Hammond
  • 03-12-2017

Engaging Thriller!

Stephen king’s Thriller writing and Will Patton’s narration are a golden match. The novel is a powerful thriller that keeps you wanting more and more. The cat and mouse scenes between the retired detective and the villain keeps you on your toes.
Loved it!

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  • barbara
  • 25-08-2017

Mr Mercedes

Loved the ending of this book, now just want to read the next. Good story and narration

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  • 04-08-2017

Will Patton brought the story to life!

The narrator managed to paint an excellent picture of the characters with his voice.
Stephen King once again kept me on the edge of my seat...

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  • Jason Werbeloff
  • 31-03-2017

Superb!

Excellent narration. Compelling narrative with a vicious sense of humor. The best audio book I've listened to.

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  • 04-10-2014

King on form yet again

Mr Mercedes has great pace, almost breathless sometimes . If you have ever liked a Stephen King novel, then I reckon you will like this one very much. Some decent characters, lots of action and tension - a classic page-turner, well read by Will Patton. But too straightforward, dare I say simple, for this fan - hence only 4 stars. Best for me would be Bag of Bones or Hearts In Atlantis, both available unabridged from audible. But don't get me wrong - Mr Mercedes is a really great listen!

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  • Philip
  • 26-07-2015

Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

Yes, it's nicked part of almost every private-eye-hunts-serial-killer book ever written, from Wilkie Collins to Chandler and beyond. Yes, you could plot the beginning, middle and end without too many mistakes.

But that old formula in a great storyteller's hands can grip like nothing else, which is why we're still watching Sherlock and why JK Rowling's equally cliche-ridden latests are selling like hotcakes.

In other words, couldn't put it down (or whatever the audio equivalent may be). Highly recommended, have already downloaded the follow-up.

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  • Postscript
  • 08-06-2014

A gripping and absorbing thriller

This Stephen King at his best - he is really much more than a horror writer, for those who don't already know that. It's his superb characterisation that is so special. His characters are fully realised, to the point that you feel you know them - even the evil ones. This is an "old fashioned" thriller, by which I don't mean dated or predictable, but simply a rattling good story which is scary, humorous, and moving - all human life is there as a disreputable newspaper used to say. It is hugely enjoyable and I found it difficult to pause once I had started. The narrator gives a beautifully judged performance and I would recommend this book to anyone - especially those who think Stephen King is not for them.

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  • OldManNoob, on a Galaxy tablet running Kindle
  • 17-01-2017

A superbly gripping story read by the best.

Outstanding narration makes this thrilling story of twisted humanity v flawed protagonists truly come alive - King at his best.
Highly recommended.

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  • Andrew Freeman
  • 09-01-2017

Engaging & riveting

I haven't read one of Stephen King books for a while but I am a big fan of his writing. I downloaded Mr Mercedes and expected a good story. The book surpassed my expectations, particularly the characters.

King really brings his characters to life and this book is alive with characters. You end up loving them and hating them in equal measure!

Bring on the second book in the trilogy!

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  • superman84
  • 21-12-2016

A great venture into the Crime genre from King

Absolutely loved this book a great start to the trilogy. Can't wait to get the next one.

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  • Mathur Panangipalli
  • 18-12-2016

Finished it in a hurry

Stephen king is back with his dark stories. this thriller doesn't disappoint. in typical king style, narrative leads this story promptly forward. overall, quite easy to complete.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-12-2016

A different kind of Stephen King novel

This is recognisable as Stephen King but is refreshingly different from supernatural or ghost or monster tales.

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  • Oliver M.
  • 07-12-2016

Excellently Narrated

A fantastic listen, particularly enhanced by the narration from Will Patton. There are not as many twists and turns as I was perhaps expecting, but nonetheless it was utterly engaging from start to finish, looking forward to the next chapter with Mr. Hodges....

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  • Hazel
  • 17-11-2016

A great listen

What did you like most about Mr Mercedes?

Stephen Kings characterisations. I enjoy all the back stories, they bring his characters to life

What other book might you compare Mr Mercedes to, and why?

Hmmm, better than the usual detective hunting a physcopath stories, which can become very common place as there are so many. This one stands out.

Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favourite?

The main character a retired detective. Will Pattons narration is outstanding, each character has a unique voice, deftly displayed, young man, old man, women, all expertly done. Well Done Will!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No plot spoiler! I cared about all the characters. Not many laughs

Any additional comments?

Stephen King away from the horror genre delivers a page turner

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