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The Outsider: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: May 2018

Duration: 18 hours 42 minutes


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 readable stories.

An eleven-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.


  • Anonymous

    Well it's interesting it seems like anyone could be the killer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Craig S.

    I have always been a Stephen King fan, I've listened to a lot of his novels on audio and I really enjoyed them all! but this is one of the best, this is Stephen King at his finest! like all his novels I really enjoyed this one too and the narrator was very good I'm glad they used Will Patton. he is really an excellent narrator, really brings the characters to life made me feel like I was there. this was really a good listen to!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Diane R.

    He’s done it again. Kept me wanting to keep listening to his wonderful written words. I started reading Mr. King from the beginning. Then I took a respite. Now I’m hooked again. This one is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sandra H.

    It's a book that makes you think outside the box. "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Tammy W.

    Great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Donald W.

    Old story line like many earlier surprises. Characters are not believable, however Mr King gets his shots at the president in. A total waste of 14.95 in my opinion!

  • Paiten R.

    Classic Stephen King horror, and I LOVE this new turn he has taken into crime fiction these past few years. The narrator was perfection, do not hesitate to read this book, people!

  • Stephanie K.

    Great story! Liked seeing the return of King’s characters from other books.

  • Mark W.

    Patton is excellent. Story is very good, but like most King novels, is a bit long. Could have editing two hours.

  • James S.

    This was the best listening experience I've had so far. Didn't read the summary before ordering. Good mix of crime drama, supernatural thriller, and the return of loved characters. A couple of winks from the author (the shining wasn't Kubrick's best work...). Narration was excellent, even when being an elderly Texas lady!