Soundbite Sunday – Mr. Mercedes

July 6, 2014 Audiobook, Fiction, Thriller 13

18775663Title: Mr. Mercedes
Author: Stephen King
Narrators: Will Patton
Rating (Story): ★★★☆☆
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

About half way through this book, I noticed that many Stephen King fans had written reviews indicating that they were disappointed with it. At the time, I didn’t get why that would be. The writing is standard Stephen King, which is a good thing – he has such a way with words! There was some tension about the characters’ safety which also struck me as classic Stephen King. The bad guy is incredibly creepy and the bits from his perspective freaked me out. However, by the end I found myself a bit disappointed in this book too. The plot was very predictable, the tension King created felt contrived, and the story was full of stock characters. I expected a bit more originality from King.

Fortunately, the narration was fantastic so this was still an enjoyable listen throughout. Will Patton did an incredible job doing very different voices with subtle, believable changes in his voice. He was able to do women’s voices without sounding breathy and every single voice was unique. He also did a great job with parts where people were screaming or wailing or otherwise talking in an unusual way. His ability to convey these differences added a lot to the story. I’ll definitely be looking for more of audiobooks.

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13 Responses to “Soundbite Sunday – Mr. Mercedes”

  1. Cayce

    Yeaaah, I’m a bit afraid to read Mr. Mercedes. I love Stephen King, but this book doesn’t sound too original. Plus I just like his “non-horror” books (11/22/63, Joyland, Talisman, Dark Tower books) more so while I plan to read it someday, I’m not in a hurry. I’m glad you enjoyed the audiobook, though 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I wouldn’t say this is a classic horror book, more of a thriller, but it is creepy so I’m not sure how much you would like it. I’d highly recommend it as an audiobook if you do decide to pick it up 🙂

  2. Aloi (guiltlessreading)

    I have always been scared of Stephen King’s books. I think my impression based on the movies has ruined it for me … maybe when I gather enough courage, I’ll start with one of his classics.

    It looks like you enjoyed this one, despite some of the issues. I can imagine that hearing all the voices and wails and screams really adds to the creepiness!

    • DoingDewey

      I’ve always found movies scarier than books and even though I’m too afraid to watch Stephen King-based movies, I like his books a lot. Perhaps it’s just that books are less graphically gory than movies (in general), but they just don’t bother me the same way. Even though this wasn’t my favorite of his books, the audiobook was certainly entertaining 🙂

  3. Anita

    I listened to this one too. I think I liked the story a bit more than you,but I agree it wasn’t as unique as many SK books are. I haven’t been reading his books for several years, so Mr. Mercedes is like a return for me.
    I agree the audio was awesome!!

    • DoingDewey

      This was my first SK in a while too and even though I didn’t love it, the writing made me want to pick up more of his books. It’s just so good!

  4. Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    I like how you rate the narration separate from the story. Which makes total sense, but it’s the first thing I noticed (probably because of the difference between the ratings).

    • DoingDewey

      Thanks Monika 🙂 It took me a little while to decide how I wanted to review audiobooks, but this works well for me.

  5. Amy @ Read a Latte

    I read this just the other day, but I loved it! I haven’t read too much of his other work though, so I don’t have all that much to compare it to, but it was so entertaining if nothing else!

    • DoingDewey

      That’s true! It was a fast-paced and very entertaining read. I think if I’d had different expectations coming in, I might have enjoyed it more.

  6. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I didn’t know Stephen King had a new book out! I’m glad the narration sort of saved this book for you. It would be interesting to listen to one of King’s books as an audiobook as I think I would be even more creeped out. 🙂

    • DoingDewey

      I’m always amazed by how prolific he is! This was a creepy book and the audio added to that, so I expect that would be even more true of one of his novels that falls more solidly in the horror genre.

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