🎧 The Outsider by Stephen King @StephenKing #WillPatton @SimonAudio #LoveAudiobooks @AudiobookMel

Posted November 10, 2023 by Melanie in Book Review / 5 Comments

🎧 The Outsider by Stephen King @StephenKing  #WillPatton @SimonAudio #LoveAudiobooks @AudiobookMelThe Outsider by Stephen King
Narrator: Will Patton
Series: Holly Gibney #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on May 22, 2018
Genres: Suspense
Length: 18 hours, 41 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively listenable stories.

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Trigger warning: Suicide

I grabbed this book after realizing that there were more Holly Gibney books after reading Holly (book 3). After reading this, I’m not sure I would call it a Holly Gibney book, but it does have her as a character in the second half of the story. The Outsider follows a small town that is shaken by the horrific death of a little boy and the beloved little league coach who left DNA and fingerprints all over the crime scene. It seems like an open and shut case, but is nothing of the sort. Holly is brought in to help investigate the coach’s movement on a family vacation in Ohio, where a van was stolen and used in the boy’s kidnapping and murder. But the coach flew in and home with his family. They have flight records to prove it.

This story has a lot of twists and turns and more cases are uncovered as the story moves along. Like most of King’s stories, I really enjoyed his characters. I’ve loved Holly from the beginning and she’s the only character I knew going into this story. But I loved most of these characters too. I mostly loved Lovie Bolton, the elderly mother of Claude Bolton, who was a witness in the original crime (seeing the coach in a strip club with blood on him). She is just a straight up character and I loved her personality. She also knew her son wasn’t a perfect angel, he had been in jail after all for drugs, but he’s on the straight and narrow now. She knows that he’s a good person who’s made some bad mistakes. She’s very no nonsense too.

I don’t want to give too much away, but this is a classic King story with all the horrors you might expect. And some not so human aspects as well. There is a lot of police procedural style storytelling in this too, which I enjoy. Also like a typical Stephen King story, this isn’t short, but I don’t feel like it overly long either. There weren’t any parts where I just wanted the story to move along. I had a really good time while in this little town and meeting the new characters.


Will Patton does a great job with the narration. I’ve listened to him perform several Stephen King books, and I’ve always enjoyed his narration. I really thought he did a good job with Lovie Bolton’s voice. She’s got COPD and is on oxygen, and I thought he portrayed that well (though I haven’t met anyone personally exactly like that). But she had the gravelly voice you would expect. I think he also puts the right tone into the story and the different scenes. I always look forward to listening to him perform stories.

Listen to a clip: HERE

About Will Patton

William Rankin Patton (born June 14, 1954) is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He starred as Colonel Dan Weaver in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies. He also appeared in the films Remember the Titans, Armageddon, Gone in 60 Seconds and The Punisher. He appeared opposite Kevin Costner in two films: No Way Out (1987) and The Postman (1997). He won two Obie Awards for best actor in Sam Shepard’s play Fool for Love and the Public Theater production of What Did He See?.

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1971, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers. King is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to the American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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Posted November 10, 2023 by Melanie in Book Review / 5 Comments

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