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  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

It doesn't get better than this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-14

As an almost life long fan of Stephen King, I always look forward to his next book but dread finding that novel that doesn't do it for me. Happily Mr Mercedes does do it and does it very well. It has everything needed to make this one of his best and within minutes of starting to listen to it the only thing I dreaded was coming to the end, which came all too soon.

There are moments of terror, joy, sadness, comedy and shocking disbelief and occassionally nearly all at the same time. There are people you believe in and care about trying to do what's right - to stop the bad guy - but will they do it? Read it to find out!

The narration is first class, which just added to the pleasure that this book gave me. Thanks Mr King!

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Philippa on 10-09-11

Charming and chilling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-14

A chilling story with charming characters,even the bad guys. I loved this book and I was hooked from the first listening. The narration was masterful.

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  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King in his best Shawshank or Stand By Me mode

  • By Rose on 13-12-13

Typical SK in one of his more gentle moods - fab!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-13

The combination of King's outstanding ability to create a world within a world and Kelly's narrative bringing the inhabitants to life made this one of the best shorter books I've listened to in a long time.

The murder/whodunit story is just a subplot so the Scooby style unmasking scene could be seen as lacking However, this should be forgiven as the main story is about Dev's coming of age, meeting people, good and bad and being a thoroughly decent chap along the way.

Chilling and moving as only Stephen King can do so well.