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End of Watch

A Novel
Lu par : Will Patton
Série : Bill Hodges Trilogy, Volume 3
Durée : 12 h et 53 min
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The spectacular finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers 

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction and Best Male Narrator 

In End of Watch, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves. 

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. 

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney - the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him in the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson, and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends but on an entire city. 

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding supernatural suspense that has been his best-selling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King. 

©2016 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 09/06/2016

The best of a great Trilogy

The saga of retired cop turned private eye Bill Hodges concludes in “End of Watch.” Once again Mr. Hodges and partner Holly are confronted with another scheme by Brady Hartsfield, the deranged homicidal maniac that was dubbed “Mr. Mercedes,” but this time it’s on a supernatural level.
Room 217 holds a special place for Stephen King; it’s that room number mentioned in the “Shining,” and also the room in the Stanley Hotel that Stephen King stayed in before he wrote the famous story. Now it is the room in the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic where Brady Hartsfield resides supposedly in a vegetated state; but we know from “Finders Keepers,” that Bill Hodges has his doubts.
Stephen king uses his mastery weaving real life horror with the supernatural and creates a fast paced riveting story that I believe is the best of the three.
Will Patton’s narration is great, as usual.

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  • Tracy P.
  • 09/07/2016

END Of WATCH...FANTASTIC!

Wish this series could have been longer. SUCH an intelligent thrilling/horrifying ( true King mastery ) listen! Narration perfect! Each character had their own unique voice. SUCH strong, cohesive protagonists! Brady was well done, too! Never ending twists and turns, all while waiting to see what was coming next makes this series ender particularly enjoyable.

"End Of Watch" has jolted me into prioritizing, and making a point to slow down, and really tuning into the people around me. Something as small as asking someone how they are doing, and just listening, could make all the difference in not only their lives, but also in the lives of those that may be directly affected by their future actions.

Thanks again, for another great series, Mr. King.:)

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  • P. Smith
  • 11/06/2016

Wow. Will Patton.

I like his acting a lot, but I may like his narration better. As for SK ... I feel inadequate trying to describe what he pulls out of me with his books. What an unlikely band of white nights in this trilogy! But SK works magic with them, and the personality Patton gives to each and every character is nothing short of genius.

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  • Tyler Schnabel
  • 07/06/2016

End of an amazing trilogy

I absolutely loved this book, I went through it in one day!
Mr. King proves again that he can write in just about any genre he wants to (although I don't think that was his intention, he writes what comes to him and not much else) without any problems with characters or plot flow.
I was sad that this is the last book because of the amazing characters in this story, I have read (or listened, I have both the audio and the books) these books three times now, minus "End of Watch" due to it's being released today and loved them each time.
To bring this to a close I will say this: Buy this book if you have read the other two first. If not? Go back and get "Mr. Mercedes," then "Finders Keepers," before this book. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. This is Stephen King at his best! Believe It!

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  • oc_artist
  • 15/06/2016

Loved first two books, but...

I couldn't even finish this one. The characters are wonderful or monstrous but all well-created. But I've never enjoyed novels in which magic is pivotal to the resolution of the story. And magical powers drive this book throughout. There's a mystery as to how the villain does what he does, but instead of a brilliant and plausible solution, it turns out he has paranormal powers. Felt like a cop-out to me.

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  • Mel
  • 12/06/2016

Great storytellers don't always tell great stories


King's been writing, and we've all been reviewing, long enough to know that everything's been said about his talent, the hits, the misses, our favorites, the one we regretted. Through all of these ups and some downers...I still wait for a new King book. King captured moments in time and in our lives, he hit those emotional connects like no one else. There was a time when I thought the beginning to a perfect summer meant a good pair of cut-offs, the beach and a good King thriller. It's like the saying *even a bad day of fishing is a good day"--even a bad Stephen King is a good read. That's my thinking when I say, it wasn't my favorite, but I'm glad I read End of Watch.

There are themes here that pricked today's zeitgeist -- death by Candy Crush -- or mind control, the power of suggestion, social pressures and suicide. Hodges, Holly, and the return of computer wiz and lawn mower boy--Jerome, were great characters that personified devotion, friendship, and good for goodness' sake. What I missed here (because I'm not blaming King for my likes or dislikes) is the atmosphere so prevalent in King's books that pulls you into almost another dimension where everything is alright...but something's not right. Like reality through a fun house mirror. I can't imagine letting summery days go by with this one glued to my hands; I had to force myself to press through. From the beginning Mr. Mercedes wasn't my favorite villain, so I wasn't expecting to love the series, but it felt like the story slid to a slow finish that validated my half-hearted affair with this series.

Once the z-thing is introduced, you know where this is going, how it will end, but still the end catches you off guard. It is a different kind of ending for King and one that pokes at your heart -- a little unexpected touch from the author. The emotion it pulled out of me gave me a jolt of finality. For the excellent characters, and that final tug, I added a star. I think those that have been fans of the series will love the conclusion, and that those wanting to pick this up as a stand-alone read can follow along. The good thing with King is that if this one doesn't float your boat...there's plenty of other choices to sail away with. I can still pick up Salem's Lot or Joyland, The Shining, The Body, and sink back into one of those moments in time.

As for the narration--If I wrote a book, Will Patton (or Ray Porter) would be my choice of narrator, but Patton's reading of Holly, his halting sentences and jerky cadence never stopped irritating me. It was like listening to a sputtering car and I couldn't tell if it was his interpretation of Holly's possible *issues* or as one reviewer noted, a glitch in the recording.

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  • Chip Atkinson
  • 11/06/2016

Back to the Future For King

Mr Mercedes is still one of the best police procedurals I have encountered. So it is with that in mind I choose to rate this third book in the trilogy a huge disappointment.

Yet, the characters are great, the story is intriguiging, Will Patton is awesome. The drawback for me was King going back to his horror roots. Normally I love his supernatural works. However, I was so impressed with his segue into real police work in the first two novels, I find I have no patience for the heroic gang of misfits hunting down a supernatural bad guy... Even if it takes great police work to catch the guy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12/11/2019

Excellent!!

Will Patton brings this trilogy to life! My new favorite series. Many more listens ahead! Mr. Patton should do more King novels!

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  • Gina
  • 07/11/2019

Fitting end to the series

I enjoyed all 3 of the books in this series, and this was a fitting end. As usual, King does a great job of helping readers CARE about his characters.

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  • R. Dumont
  • 05/11/2019

SK can't decide what type of novel it is...

... if it is a Crime Noir or a Supernatural Thriller. I guess he tried a combination of both, but did not excel in either. The story is thin, implausible, and nothing much really happens beside people looking into a game boy / ipad with fishes.

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  • BikerJoe
  • 11/08/2016

Great Finale with a soft undertone

Stephen King is an excellent story teller and with "End of Watch" he brought the "Bill Hodges Trilogy" to a great finale. While the first 2 novels were a little bit unusual as far as crime stories go, End of Watch has an additional touch of the supernatural, which I thought is quite superfluous, but it is so skillfully woven into the narrative that it did not spoil the story for me.

Bill Hodges, the die-hard old cop and Holly Gibney, the smart autistic young lady, are back again. Together they run a little private detective agency " Finders Keepers". Bill finally lost a lot of weight, but somehow he does not feel well. Holly is worried. Bill is not just a business partner, he is more than that, he gave her life real meaning again. The thought of losing him, drives her crazy. But Bill has other worries apart from his health issues.

Brady Hartsfield, the insane killer, who ran over and killed 8 innocent people and who tried to blow up hundreds of teenagers during a pop concert, is somehow creating trouble again, even in his current position, severely handicapped and locked up in a Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic. A series of unexplained suicides, some of them in the direct vicinity of Brady, make Bill wonder, he just can't figure out, how Brady would do that.

It is a complex and fascinating story and it gets under your skin, whether you like it or not. It is not just the gripping suspense and the exposure to human pain and suffering, for me it is also the emotional touch, which makes it such a great story. The multifaceted relationship between Bill and Holly, the deep and unusual love and respect for each other, are hard to find in other Stephen King books.

It is a great book, but if you did not do it yet, read the 2 other books of the trilogy first
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  • Elisabeth Maria Hofmann
  • 21/07/2018

Great close

Very well told closing story to the Mr Mercedes trilogy that wrapped up all loose ends.

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  • swbrother
  • 31/08/2017

Original premise of trilogy lost

overall, a fine book. My only problem with it is that it strayed too far from the first (and best) book in the series.