Audiobook Review: Mr. Mercedes

August 26, 2014 audiobook, book review, thriller 7

Mr Mercedes audio

  • Written By:  Stephen King
  • Narrated By: Will Patton
  • Published By:  Simon & Schuster Audio June 3, 2014
  • Length:  14 hours 22 minutes
  • Source:  Purchased from Audible

Summary:  In a mega-stakes, high-suspense race against time, three of the most unlikely and winning heroes Stephen King has ever created try to stop a lone killer from blowing up thousands. In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the perp; and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy. Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

In the gloomy pre-dawn hours of a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of unemployed hopefuls are lined up for a job fair. Without warning, a merciless driver plows through the crowd in a roaring Mercedes. Eight people are killed; 15 are wounded. The killer escapes into the early-spring fog never to be seen from again. Until now…

Detective Bill Hodges is a battle-hardened and streetwise crime fighter originally assigned to the Mercedes killings. Now retired, Hodges has lost his way in boredom and depression craving the thrills of taking down the region’s most notorious criminals. When a disturbing letter from the Mercedes Killer arrives at his door, Hodges soon finds himself uncontrollably drawn into a cat-n-mouse pursuit with stakes beyond comprehension.

Mr. Mercedes is Stephen’s first “hard-boiled detective tale.” It will transport you into a vibrant and dangerous world filled with gritty characters living on the bleeding edge of reason. Be prepared…(Goodreads)

My Thoughts:  Mr. Mercedes was my long time return to King’s books.  There is no reason why I stopped reading them, there were just other books.  I enjoyed this audio book so very much.  While I’ve been drawn into the more intense, gruesome King books, this was much more psychological in nature and for me a thoroughly captivating tale.

From the beginning the listener understand that Mr. Mercedes has no soul or remorse for the killings.  He is one to seek out ways to commit murder in a way that is odd and deliberate.  The listener is privy to Brady’s very detailed and protected thoughts.  He hates his facade of a life and the way he has to care for his mother.  Nothing is accidental in his life.

Bill Hodges is retired, but can’t let go of this one case, this one criminal he wants s0 badly to nail! His guard comes down as he gets personal with family of the woman whose car was stolen to commit the original crime.  We see his gentler side, what he usually protects.  He vows to seek justice at all cost, and he comes close to losing even more that is valuable to him.

The narration is well done, Will Patton is just the right voice for this book.  He has a way of sounding detached and disturbed as the voice of Brady, and rough as that of Bill.

I highly recommend this as either an audio or a print book, it certainly kept me wanting more.  What I am most happy to say is that Stephen King just keeps writing books that twist the mind in amazing ways.

**Thank you Sandy for reminding me that this book is the first in a new trilogy…can’t wait for more!


7 Responses to “Audiobook Review: Mr. Mercedes”

  1. Rita @ My Home of Books

    I like King’s more psychological thrillers as opposed to the gorefest, horror show ones he sometimes writes. I take it this book falls into the former camp, so I will consider reading it then. I used to read him so much when I was younger, and then stopped except for the occasional like Bag of Bones, Duma Key etc. Thanks for a good review, and hope you are starting to be on the mend 🙂

  2. Sandy

    This is really what King does best…gathers an unlikely group of people and makes them unforgettable and bonded with friendship, adds something evil, and pits them against each other. So many of his books are more than horror. I loved this one, and my mom did too! Very much looking forward to the next installment.

  3. Beth Hoffman

    It’s been eons since I’ve read any of King’s books. I probably need to change that. Terrific review, Anita.

  4. Michelle

    I loved this one too, and I think those who have always been afraid of trying King would be pleasantly surprised. I didn’t know it was a trilogy at the time I read it, but now I am really excited to read more about Brady and/or Bill!

  5. Jenny

    Up until recently I had only read a couple of King’s earlier books so this one was different, but there is no denying he is a good storyteller and comes up with some messed up characters!

  6. DoingDewey

    I also listened to this after a long break from reading Stephen King and honestly, I was a bit disappointed by the story. I felt it was more predictable than a lot of his earlier books. However, I agree with you completely about the narrator. I thought he was fantastic and loved the subtle differences in his voice which identified each character.

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