Billy Summers Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Billy Summers is Stephen King's gripping and compelling novel about a contract killer, an ex-marine, with one last payday to earn before he retires.... Once again, King sets his storytelling talent on a new path with this epic new thriller.
From legendary storyteller and number one best-selling author Stephen King, whose ‘restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained’ (The New York Times Book Review), comes a thrilling new novel about a good guy in a bad job.
Billy Summers is a man in a room with a gun. He’s a killer for hire and the best in the business. But he’ll do the job only if the target is a truly bad guy. And now Billy wants out. But first there is one last hit. Billy is among the best snipers in the world, a decorated Iraq war vet, a Houdini when it comes to vanishing after the job is done. So what could possibly go wrong?
How about everything.
This spectacular can’t-put-it-down novel is part war story, part love letter to small-town America and the people who live there, and it features one of the most compelling and surprising duos in King fiction, who set out to avenge the crimes of an extraordinarily evil man. It’s about love, luck, fate, and a complex hero with one last shot at redemption.
You won’t put this story down, and you won’t forget Billy.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 57 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||03 August 2021|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,335 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
54 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
98 in Suspense
377 in Suspense Thrillers (Books)
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It starts out with promise -- a slightly mysterious job for a hired killer who senses something might be amiss but just can't help doing this one last job for a big payday; the classic Stephen King trope of lead character who is also a writer (will this angle lead to some macabre twist (like in The Dark Half) or stunning insight?); the small-town Americana observations.
Once the first act is complete the story takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of a new character to play the female lead for the book's second act, but this felt random and forced - very unlike King. From there Billy Summers devolves to read like a Jack Reacher/Lee Child novel, and not a very good one I'm afraid to say.
The brief throwback reference in the second part of this book to one of King's classic early novels was bizarre and completely out of kilter with the rest of the story. Sorry to disappoint fans, but this is far from Stephen King's best work.
Little of the supernatural themes that run through his work but a brilliant well told story. Is over 400 pages but I couldn’t put it down and ripped through it in just over two days.
King writes so well with so many little details about American life and culture that it is a joy to read. If you have enjoyed any of Stephen King’s previous book you shouldn’t miss this…..a cracker!
We use the ‘unputdownable’ phrase a lot but this tale truely was.
Nothing short of a brilliant story that is extremely well told.
Possibly Stephen’s best to date.
Top reviews from other countries
The book is great so far, 50 pages into it and can't seem to put it down!
Enough is enough. Tired of the non stop political commentary. Closed the book and requested a refund.
It’s a shame because he used to be a fantastic author. 11/22/63 was his last decent book. Everything after has been mediocre at best or painful like this outing at worst.