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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.


  • 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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Angela T.

    I don’t know if it was due to the narrator, or not, but I had a hard time staying interested enough to follow this one. King has many others that I enjoyed more. This one felt forced or something

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Chris B.

    It was ok.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Stephanie K.

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

    2 of 2 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.

  • Lani M.

    The book is good. I think about it quite often when I can't listen to it. But I can't stand the narrator. His voice is very unpleasant to me. Stephen King writes women better than anyone but this narrator butchers the dialogue by making them sound weak and frilly. I want the book to send chills down my spine, not the narrator.

  • Greg S.

    The Bill Hodges trilogy is what got me into reading (listening to) Stephen King and this new detective piece doesn’t disappoint. Will Patton always delivers and is one of my favorite narrators—his reading of King novels always makes it all the more of an enjoyable experience. Side note: Doctor Sleep by King (40 year sequel to The Shining) is also read by Patton and I’ve found that the reviews of people who listened to it are much more positive than those who read it. Patton’s narration skills are top notch and can actually make a story even better.