Read It File It Audio Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

Posted August 28, 2014 by Felicia S in 2014 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 6 Comments

Read It File It Audio Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen KingSource: Audiobook Review, Provided by Simon & Schuster

Format: Audiobook

Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins

Date Read: July 2014

Genre: Police Thriller, Thriller

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.

More Information:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon and Schuster

Also by this author: The Stand, Under the Dome, Doctor Sleep, Revival, Sleeping Beauties


JUST A NOTE: Read It File It is for books that I have read that I need to keep track of. The reviews will be super short (think tweet longer length) but will serve the purpose of getting the books into UBB for tracking purposes 🙂

Listened for Review (Simon and Schuster)
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

Read It File It Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King was a split decision for me. On one hand, I LOVED the lead “good” guys (Hodges and crew). They were complicated, unusual, and engaging. On the other hand, I thought the bad guy was a little bit “cookie cutter” (no spoilers but think profiler textbook). The writing was fantastic but fair or not I expect more out of Mr. King where bad guys are concerned! I still recommend the story though and hope that this turns into a series.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Will Patton / Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins

As far as I am concerned, any time Will Patton and Stephen King pair up it will be golden! Another fantastic narration job by Will.


FTC Disclosure


Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
Narrator Rating
4.5 / 5
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6 responses to “Read It File It Audio Review: Mr Mercedes by Stephen King

  1. I really liked Mr. Mercedes, but I think it’s mostly because as much as I love King’s huge and complicated plots (11/22/63, Talisman, Dark Tower), I also like his basic works. My only problem with it was I totally expected one particular death. Like, I knew instantly, because pretty women whom the main character loves tend to drop like flies in King books, or really, any kind of books in this genre.

    Have you gone to Under Debbie’s Blue Umbrella yet? I wish there was more to it, but I love little tie ins like that.

  2. This is my next audiobook I have my copy from the publisher for two months. I adore SK and Will Patton is awesome so I know I will enjoy that. I am disappointed that this isn’t up to par with my last two King reads, but still I am excited to see what King has in store for me.

  3. I use to love SK but I didn’t even make it thought Dr. Sleep so I am not sure about this I agree that Will Patton is awesome and he did a great job with Dr. Sleep but I just couldnt’ get into it. Mr. Mercedes sounds good but I just don’t