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Publisher's Summary

Number-one best-selling Author Stephen King returns with a brand-new novel about the secrets we keep buried and the cost of unearthing them.

Sometimes growing up means facing your demons.

The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mum urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

Later is Stephen King at his finest, a terrifying and touching story of innocence lost and the trials that test our sense of right and wrong. With echoes of King's classic novel It, Later is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

©2021 Stephen King (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Different

Easy listen with just the right amount of creepiness. Not the best King novel. But still good. The narrator was excellent.

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King's Journey

I rate the story and narrator as perfect because it I love the way King tells stories from a child's view of the world. In this case, the boy was growing older as the story advanced. I enjoyed the narrator. He did a great job.

The key to my enjoyment of his books is that I get lost in his stories. The journey is never boring, not even for a second.

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Great characters

This story nails character. Love the voice of the protagonist changing from child to teen to adult reflecting back. There are no small characters in King's pages, each one is fully developed and rich and inviting.

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Interesting.

I’m a big fan of SK and the work he has produced. I’ve been infatuated with his story telling and with the characters he has been able to fathom and breathe life into.

This book was good, and but could have been much much better, fuller and could have been much more personal.

I felt like I was reading this from a zoomed out birds eye view, as if I was in the other side of a closed window trying to get in, closer.


All in all, not bad, and a good short story.

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This isn't Stephen King

I often wondered if Stephen King was writing all of his own books since around the early 2000's. This is the first one that I really believe is the work of Joe Hill. Before I thought maybe Tabatha was helping him. There just wasn't the richness of narrative that had been in his books before. Luckily the author (whoever it is) kept reminding us that this is a "horror story". Because honestly, it isn't. There is no gripping tale, no creepiness, no need for page turning. It is a plodding, dreary book without the wonderful characterizations of Stephen King, none of the wonderful "mind pictures" he weaves. The characters are boring and featureless, the plot is tired, there is no sense of description. It is a telling of facts, that's all. Very much like a Joe Hill novel.

Give this one a miss.

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Amazing as always

Allthough this book is a bit shorter than Kings usual novels, it is as well written as always. I am certainly looking forward to reading a second book with this character. And I think there will be one.

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Such a twist at the end.

Great read, did not pick the little twist at the end. Really enjoyed this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-03-21

Better later than never

Was disappointed, not S. King’s usual standard. I found it quite boring. It wasn’t helped by the narrator who read too fast although you just about get used to it as it goes on. It was about a boy's account of his life with his mother and his special ability of being able to speak to the newly dead. I found him to be a bit of a whimp, a mummy's boy. Now and again, he would say ‘this is a horror story’- not really, a bit tame for a proper horror.

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  • Anvilius
  • 03-04-21

Really enjoyable!!!

I usually like a long listen so was disappointed when I saw this was only 6 hours long. I was wrong... I really enjoyed this book, I hope there is another! The narrator was fantastic!

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  • L. Sheehan
  • 03-04-21

Short story!

I was a bit disappointed in this one.

Not kings finest work.

It wasn’t well developed and I felt he could have told the story in a lot less words.

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  • Lovemykindle
  • 03-06-21

Far too Young Adult for me

The narration was excellent but, overall, the story was weak and far more suited to a 14 year old than a 68 year old ... I've always loved (most of) Stephen King's stories but perhaps I've now grown out of them?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-06-21

Brilliant

Awesome, I loved it and highly recommended this book.
Brilliant characters and amazing storyline. The narrator is pretty amazing too.

❤️🤩🥰💕

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-05-21

A fantastic story

Seth Numrich did a wonderful job narrating this book. His talent has really made the story enjoyable and gripping. Not many narrators can do that.
So a story that already is gripping and perfectly paced made better.
Stephen King is a master storyteller!

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  • Caroline Jones
  • 03-06-21

Worth a listen

I’ve been a fan of mr king for nearly 40 years. And although I did enjoy this book the story slightly irked me in terms of the James character. Not wishing to give the story away i found the characters behaviours unbelievable (I’m aware this is fiction) but even so I still like to think not everyone is a complete dopster.

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  • Sally Prentis
  • 03-22-21

I thought I’d slept through hours but alas not

I’m a big fan of Stephen King and yes, this is a very good book but it wasn’t up to King’s usual standard and it felt like I’d got to the end of a part but alas it was the end of the book. It felt unfinished. Or unashamedly maybe part one of a trilogy?

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  • Jeff S
  • 03-20-21

Great story, thrilling page turner

This is one of the best reads I've had in a long time, highly recommended.

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  • Ollie
  • 05-15-21

Wow shock horror!

This book will entrance you in and have you speculating on an assortment of interesting and in-depth characters. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a thriller/horror with a horrid twist at the end!

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  • M B
  • 03-23-21

Loved it

Really enjoyed this book, could not stop listening. The narrator was perfect, will seek out his other performances. Great little twist at the end.

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  • Adilson
  • 03-13-21

Entertaining but not bright new

It was great to listen, easy and delightful, great to pass the time, but there is nothing new there. I heard a handful of books with similar plots last year. This become famous because on the author’s reputation. If it were written by someone else, I doubt it would be on any top ten list at all.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 03-07-21

Lov lov lov Stephen king

This is fantastic with a great narrator Seth Numrich
I so love mr King. This one not as scary as some of his others. This narrator does other characters really brilliantly.
I so want more of Stephen

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  • Gav
  • 09-01-21

Another great Stephen King novel

Great story but most of all, the narration was fantastic. Read with the perspective and nonchalance of a first person narrative and really drew you into the book. Would thoroughly recommend.

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  • Dale
  • 04-09-21

Good Over-all Story

It felt very slow to begin with but well worth to stick at it. I enjoyed listening to this but found some of the female voices by reader a little strange but this is my first non fiction audio.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-04-21

Inadequate narration

The narrator reads the story in an annoying casual voice with some bad acting thrown in. The story was difficult to follow as the voice tone was cringey throughout

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  • Jake
  • 03-09-21

loved it

great book from my favourite author! really well performed too by the reader. highly recommend

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  • ria johnston
  • 03-05-21

AWESOME READ

Loved it! The reader was amazing.
..wish it was longer hope we get more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-14-22

Excellent

Loved the story and the narrator was brilliant. Couldn't have been better. Nice twist at the end too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-22

Don’t wait till Later!

Don’t wait, listen to this novel now!
Another King great.

Well narrated by Seth Numrich