• End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (27,372 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The spectacular finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers 

2017 Audie Award Finalist for Fiction and Best Male Narrator 

In End of Watch, the diabolical "Mercedes Killer" drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don't figure out a way to stop him, they'll be victims themselves. 

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. 

Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney - the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield's head that put him in the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk as well as those of Bill's heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson, and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends but on an entire city. 

In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding supernatural suspense that has been his best-selling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King. 

©2016 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster

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Grieving the end of trilogy

It took me a long time to get to this Trilogy because it seemed out of character for Stephen King. I don't usually like Mysteries however once I started I was completely transported into the world of mr. Mercedes and the characters thereof. I kept listening and didn't want to listen because I knew it was going to end. How I love to these Box if I could give them 10 stars I would and I believe it is some of his absolute best work

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I'm so sad

What a beautiful, fitting end to the trilogy. It was a Fracking delight. Thank you, Stephen King.

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The end of a wonderful trilogy!

If you could sum up End of Watch in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, engaging, masterful

What other book might you compare End of Watch to and why?

As in most of King's books, there is scarcely anything to which it can be compared.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

Will Patton is my favorite narrator of audiobooks. He invests great energy into his reading and brings life to the characters

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The saga reaches a powerful conclusion

Any additional comments?

I am not alone in the feeling of sadness at the conclusion of this trilogy. The characters are memorable and I would like to read more about those who remain at the end. Where do they go from here?

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Outstanding end to the trilogy

I thoroughly enjoyed the final book of the Bill Hodges trilogy.
Another masterfully written story full of amazing characters that you can identify with and feel for.

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such a wonderful end to an amazing tale

this was probably my favorite of the 3 books in the series.... which is strange because my favorite character has all these added issues. still, loved it!!
I wouldn't say this was King horror, and I'm glad. I absolutely LOVE King's writing style. it's rich and so very easy for me to "see" in my head. I enjoy the direction he's taken as the years have rolled on. recommend this series to King fans as well as those who haven't fallen in love with him yet.

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king is like wine, gets better and better

I couldn't put it down. read or listen to this trilogy you will be glad you did

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END Of WATCH...FANTASTIC!

Wish this series could have been longer. SUCH an intelligent thrilling/horrifying ( true King mastery ) listen! Narration perfect! Each character had their own unique voice. SUCH strong, cohesive protagonists! Brady was well done, too! Never ending twists and turns, all while waiting to see what was coming next makes this series ender particularly enjoyable.

"End Of Watch" has jolted me into prioritizing, and making a point to slow down, and really tuning into the people around me. Something as small as asking someone how they are doing, and just listening, could make all the difference in not only their lives, but also in the lives of those that may be directly affected by their future actions.

Thanks again, for another great series, Mr. King.:)

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The best of a great Trilogy

The saga of retired cop turned private eye Bill Hodges concludes in “End of Watch.” Once again Mr. Hodges and partner Holly are confronted with another scheme by Brady Hartsfield, the deranged homicidal maniac that was dubbed “Mr. Mercedes,” but this time it’s on a supernatural level.
Room 217 holds a special place for Stephen King; it’s that room number mentioned in the “Shining,” and also the room in the Stanley Hotel that Stephen King stayed in before he wrote the famous story. Now it is the room in the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic where Brady Hartsfield resides supposedly in a vegetated state; but we know from “Finders Keepers,” that Bill Hodges has his doubts.
Stephen king uses his mastery weaving real life horror with the supernatural and creates a fast paced riveting story that I believe is the best of the three.
Will Patton’s narration is great, as usual.

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great trilogy

Will Patton does a great job with narration one if my favorites now onto The Outsider

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Holly’s Voice is Annoying

Not a bad way to finish the Bill Hodges series, but Patton’s choice of voice and speech cadence and inflections for Holly Gibney really wore on me, and I can’t imagine I’m alone in that. I’m still a huge fan of Patton’s work, but saddling a great character like Gibney with this voice seems a shame.

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  • Charo236
  • 05-31-22

thx Stephen king

loved it
a more twisted closure would have been better
like H dying while Hartsfield is in him.

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  • Karen
  • 02-16-21

Struggled to finish

Really struggled with this one. The narrator’s characterisation of Holly is painful to listen to. I dreaded her appearances in the story. The story itself was not as engaging as the previous two in the series. The supernatural element, although being what Stephen King is known for, was a strange addition when it had no place in the other two books.

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  • Georgia Mente
  • 04-10-20

Stellar!

I just really enjoy Will Paton's narration! and the last book of Stephen King's trilogy is just amazing! will kèp you hhoked until the last page!