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Mr. Mercedes

A Novel
Lu par : Will Patton
Série : Bill Hodges Trilogy, Volume 1
Durée : 14 h et 22 min
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2015 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction and Solo Narration—Male

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 "perk" 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.

©2014 Stephen King (P)2014 Simon & Schuster

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  • Charles
  • 09/07/2014

Dean Koontz Lite

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Better Story

What do you think your next listen will be?

UK

What three words best describe Will Patton’s performance?

Understated

Could you see Mr. Mercedes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Right or wrong, when I read a Stephen King book I expect something other than the usual, run of the mill retired cop chases crazy killer story. This book is no more than that. The det ret is stereotypical, the killer is weak and with one sexual twist, no worse than most of the crazies covered by the media every day. While this book is not bad, it is not good. If Mr. King intends to write books with no out of the ordinary elements the publisher should inform potential buyers. I remain a Stephen King fan and hope that he will return to the style that made The Dark Tower, Talisman, and Black House my favorite books.

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  • C. Farrell
  • 14/09/2014

Meh

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I wouldn't recommend this to a friend, unless he or she were the kind of person who faithfully reads every Stephen King novel and loves them all unreservedly.There was nothing fresh about this story. I've seen, read, or heard it all before: the crazy villain, the crusty retired detective, the beautiful, intelligent young woman who improbably falls in love with him, the high-achieving young African American boy, and on and on. If you watch a lot of TV murder mysteries or "law and order" type dramas, you'll be all too familiar with these characters. Everything was predictable -- I could have written the plot myself, as dull and obvious as it was. I knew what the characters were going to do, and how the story would end.I read something that Stephen King once said about his writing. Something like, he knew he couldn't be filet mignon, but if he could be the McDonald's of writing, he'd be happy. This book seems like the "you want fries with that" of writing -- a phrase we'd heard a million times.It seems to me that King got lazy with this novel. Granted, it's been years since I've read one of his books, but I've read all the "classics," and seen all the movies. It feels like all the quirkiness, the surprises and the originality has been drained from his work, and like he's just skating by and picking up another half-million dollars or whatever he earns with this novel.I haven't yet read "Doctor Sleep," and now I'm reluctant to.

Which scene was your favorite?

The best part of this audiobook was the narration. I've always liked Will Patton as an actor, and I'm even more impressed with him now. I was amazed that by the very slightest shift in his tone or pitch, he could convey a completely different character. At one point, I almost went to check if there was another person doing the narration with him.

Could you see Mr. Mercedes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It probably will be made into a movie or a TV mini-series. Any B-list actor could fill the roles.

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  • Clayton Howard
  • 23/08/2017

Ending was a bummer

Loved it until the ending. Narration was great. Just can't get over how bad the ending was.

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  • DeAnna D katz
  • 28/08/2017

overdone

Story should have ended sooner, as if SK was told to write more pages. Still intriguing.

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  • Arlander Sampson
  • 06/09/2016

The incredible ordinary charaters

What I liked about S. King is the complexity of the random ordinary characters. A lot of things to think about. Im not good at picking up certain foreshadowing, plot twist, but with this book I can.

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  • Amelia
  • 26/02/2017

Not as good as I had hoped.

Maybe it wasn't a great place to start on King's work, but this didn't seem special to me. The characters were mostly two-dimensional and cliché, and aside from Holly, the female members of the story were particularly stereotypical and irritating. References to their inability to parallel park, vague masculine ideas regarding lesbianism, and a general disregard for their importance made up the majority of the story. I didn't hate it, but I'm far from recommending it to a friend.

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  • marsthedog
  • 15/06/2015

Can't get past Patton's reading

What made the experience of listening to Mr. Mercedes the most enjoyable?

Longtime reader of King books, this was a first on audiobooks.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

No. Perhaps his stories and characters are better left to the imagination of the reader than formed through someone else's delivery.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Overall his voice started to get to me. I started dreading passages where a woman - especially the sister/love interest - is read by Patton. So breathy and light, it was as though he got his inspiration from Jessica Rabbit. Really detracting for me. I may have to download the written version just to get to the end of the book.

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

Not at all. I can barely get through 3 of the 100+ chapters at a time without needing a break from the actor's drawl.

Any additional comments?

Hearing King's words spoken made them sound less developed, less interesting than when reading them myself.

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  • Orange Monkey
  • 10/07/2016

Sorry Mr King, but I was a little disappointed

Any additional comments?

This is a review for those of you who like me, read a lot, but not that much fiction (due to lack of time), and thus want the ones you read to be unique, intriguing, thought provoking - something Stephen King is great at delivering - like King's 11/22/63.

I purchased this book based on the ravishing reviews here. And I ended up disappointed. So even though I seldom write reviews I am now taking the time in case there's someone like me out there.

What's the problem here?
Great characters, and the peformance is GREAT. Yet, it fails to deliver anything novel, intriguing. I found it predictable, a bit of a 'cookie-cutter' novel.

I know I'm going against the stream here, but hey, there are many other great Stephen King novels out there (even his book on writing is superb) so if you are a little bit picky due to time restraint and don't want to be disappointed: pick another one.

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  • Denis Savenkov
  • 30/07/2016

Expected something more from King

Really primitive, in my opinion, some plot turns are so predictable and fake, that I wanted to quit listening

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  • Jim
  • 06/01/2015

Quickie Killer story..not a true King epic.

After only listening to Kings best stuff like IT, Misery and The Stand, I felt like this lacked what I like most about his work. His ability to go so in depth on the characters and environment of the story that he creates a whole world of suspense and horror totally sucking you into that world and then leaving you there freaked out and depleted of any hope. This was just a wham bam thank you ma'am killer gets ahead of the cops then gets caught sorta thing. Kinda like a season finale law and order episode or something, I'm sticking the classics from now on.

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  • papercuts1
  • 03/08/2014

King versucht sich an einem Detektiv-Thriller

Stephen King ist in unseren Köpfen fest als Horror-Autor abgespeichert. Dass er auch anders kann, hat er inzwischen mehrfach bewiesen – zuletzt in seinem nostalgisch-melancholischen Entwicklungsroman ‚Joyland‘. Mit seinem Neuling ‚Mr. Mercedes‘ leuchtet King eine weitere schriftstellerische Facette aus: Es ist sein erster Versuch an einem Detektiv-Thriller.

Was schon mal gut funktioniert, und was King schon immer gut konnte, ist das Erschaffen markanter Hauptfiguren. Allen voran Bill ‚Kermit‘ Hodges, ein pensionierter Polizeibeamter, den der Ruhestand in lebensmüde Lethargie hat sinken lassen. Um diesen etwas schroffen aber gutherzigen Ex-Cop aus seiner alkoholgetränkten Starre zu erwecken, braucht es einen Killer – eben jenen titelgebenden Mr. Mercedes.

Der Klappentext verheißt Rasanz, aber die sollte man nicht erwarten. Zwar zieht die Geschichte im Verlauf ganz allmählich an, aber von sich überschlagenden Ereignissen und plötzlichen Wendungen kann – bis auf eine Ausnahme – nicht die Rede sein. Eigentlich geht die Geschichte einen geradlinigen Gang mit wenigen Überraschungen, und Hodges Ermittlungen im ersten Drittel entwickeln sogar Längen

King hat hier einen linearen, gemächlichen Detektiv-Thriller geschrieben, der braucht, um Fahrt aufzunehmen. Eher klassisch steuert King seinen pensionierten Helden samt sympathisch-skurriler Mitstreiter durch eine Mordermittlung. Es gibt ein, zwei aufrüttelnde Schockmomente, die Wind in die Sache bringen. Es gibt einen gestörten Mörder, der uns so ähnlich schon öfters untergekommen ist. Und es gibt einen ebenfalls klassisch anmutenden Showdown, der spannend ist, aber eigentlich zu genau dem Ende führt, das man erwarten kann.

Alles in allem ein guter Ausflug King’s ins Thriller-Genre, mit dem er sich nicht verstecken muss. Aber man muss auch klar sagen, dass er schon Sachen geschrieben hat, die einen mehr vom Hocker reißen.

Zum Sprecher:

Eigentlich gehört zu Stephen King Hörbüchern ja der deutsche Sprecher David Nathan. Diesmal wollte ich allerdings nicht so lange warten. Und vieles spricht für den amerikanischen Sprecher dieser Version: Schauspieler Will Patton hat dieses Jahr mit seiner Interpretation von 'Doctor Sleep' einen Audie Award abgeräumt.

Trotz dieser Vorschusslorbeeren brauche ich eine Weile, um David Nathan abzuschütteln. Patton liest ganz anders. Während Nathan mit subtilen Nuancen arbeitet, legt sich Patton raubeinig und knarzig nuschelnd ganz in die stimmliche Verkörperung der Hauptfigur. Das macht er gut. Genau so würde sich Hodges anhören. Und nach dem Einhören versteht man Patton's bärbeißiges Geraune auch gut. Klar, dass er als erfahrener Schauspieler auch Jerome's 'schwarze' Stimme gut hinbekommt und Holly's schleppende, medikamentierte Ausdrucksweise.

Ein Vergleich mit David Nathan hinkt, aber ihr wollt bestimmt wissen, wer mir am Ende besser gefällt als King-Sprecher. Die Antwort: keiner. Will Patton ist großartig in der Figuren-Interpretation. Nathan dagegen ist ein Meister der stimmlichen Atmosphäre. Dieses Duell geht unentschieden aus.

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  • Sebastian
  • 24/02/2017

Bisher der beste englische Leser den ich kenne!

Will Patton überzeugt auf ganzer Linie!
Auch Kings Ausflug in die Krimi- Welt ist ein wahrer Genuss. Eins meiner Lieblingshörbücher!

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  • Chris24640
  • 06/11/2016

An excellent “first” crime novel

I have read Stephen King's books for many, many years. I felt that I had grown out of them, to be honest.
This was a very different and pleasurable experience - like reconnecting with an old friend who has moved on to new challenges and goals and is now sharing them with you.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 14/06/2020

So langweilig<br /><br />

Wirklich langweilig. Die Frauen tönen alle depressiv. Hat mich leider gar nicht gepackt. the stand von Steven King ist spannender!

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 15/05/2019

Wow!

This book is absolutely amazing, can't wait to read the second part. Just wow... :)

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  • eve
  • 15/05/2018

super gut

Das Buch an sich hat ein packende Story, die erzählart zum Ende hin lässt einen vor Spannung nicht los. Der Sprecher unterstützt das ganze sehr angenehm. Sehr empfehlenswert

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  • Ben
  • 31/05/2015

Much better than expected

I wasn't expecting this to be much more than a simple thriller, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of character. It is nowhere near as complex as his best works, but it gets the job done with a certain elegance and bravery.

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  • aslican
  • 22/03/2015

awesome story

the speaker is definetely super with which you can get into the story easily and story is awesome anyways

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  • Stefan
  • 11/02/2015

kein gewöhnlicher Steven King...

endlich mal ein Steven King für etwas zartere Gemüter, konnte man bei vielen seiner Bücher vor Irrsinn und Horror kaum in den Schlaf finden, legt er hier einen richtig guten Krimi vor. Der pensionierte Polizist als Hauptperson ist sehr sympathisch dargestellt und die story nur ein kleines bisschen "irre". Auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen, für alle Steven King Fans ohnehin ein Muss!

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  • Andreas
  • 17/10/2014

Packender Thriller

Vielleicht kein typischer King-Roman, aber ein allemal packender Thriller. der Roman fesselt dadurch, dass er real sein könnte, der "Psychopath" wird glaubwürdig geschildert, man gewinnt den Eindruck es könnte jeder, scheinbar angepasst normaler Mitmensch sein - getreu dem Motto: Man kann nur vor den Kopf gucken, oder everybody likes the icecream man.

Von der ersten bis zur letzten "Seite" spannend und super gelesen!