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3.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 53.24 out of 5 3.24 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Jeffrey DeMunn Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9780743552431
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Stephanie McCann is a journalism student at University of Ohio. Her summer internship brings her to Moose-Lookit Island, ME where she tags along after Vince Teague and David Bowie--two salty newsmen who've been running The Weekly Islander together for forty years.

Over those decades, the old guys have seen it all. With Stephanie's help, they review a cold case involving "The Colorado Kid"--an anonymous tourist visiting the island who turned up dead in the Spring of 1980.

The Colorado Kid is classic King. He deftly weaves a charming and funny New England yarn featuring good old fashioned Island storytelling. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s a mystery that isn’t a mystery so much as a book that comments on mysteries, designed to look like a midcentury pulp novel.” 

    New York Times

  • “It’s an almost-perverse touch that King’s contribution to a publisher honoring genre fiction would end with a hard kick against genre conventions. But in its own way, it’s an appropriate touch. The secret to crime fiction’s appeal doesn’t really rest in the plots, no matter how twisty or well-realized. It’s in the milieu. King’s quiet, slow story owes little to Raymond Chandler or Jim Thompson, but as a gentle introduction to the worlds they created, it works quite well, finding death and mystery in a nice peaceful place where such things aren’t supposed to happen. Now, as in the crime paperback’s heyday, the message remains the same: Be watchful. Wherever you make your home, evil and temptation will follow.” 

    AV Club

  • “A must-read…It’s an unusual and thought-provoking addition to the author’s already mammoth body of work.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “This slim (by King standards) volume will speak to those who appreciate good storytelling and the chance to spend a relaxing afternoon on a quiet Maine island. Quintessential King; for all popular fiction collections.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 2/16/2014

    " I have mixed feelings about this. King definitely took me down the garden path in this tale about an unsolved mystery. A friend recommended it, probably because of the Maine setting. If she had not, I wouldn't have picked it up, especially looking at the cover art on this audio book, which turned out to be completely misleading. King can definitely tell a story, but the ending was curious. I'll be pondering it for a while. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mina LaFleur | 2/13/2014

    " I did appreciate that in the afterword, Stephen King admits that he's aware people will either love this book or hate it, with very little gray area in between. I kept reading, wondering where it was going, quickly noticing the pages becoming scarce. What can I say; I hated the ending. It felt like a total cop out. I didn't particularly fancy the journey to it either. Perhaps the worst Stephen King book you could cut your teeth on? Probably. Alas, it's the only work of his that I've read to date. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geoff Seymour | 2/9/2014

    " I understand whatKing was trying to do with this story, but it ended up falling flat - not because the idea is poor but because the execution falls short of its intent - so much so that an afterward of explanation is required from King to ensure the point is carried. If it had. Worked, there would be no requirement for the afterward "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank Taranto | 1/29/2014

    " A wonderful little book. Supposed to be a mystery, but to me the real story is the interaction of the three reporters, two old men telling the story of the Colorado Kid, and the young female reporter who is hearing the story for the first time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela Prickett | 1/20/2014

    " It was interesting but there was no resolution whatsoever. It totally left me hanging with LOTS of questions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liske | 1/9/2014

    " Even though the story might end on an unsatisfactory note to some, I still enjoyed the characters, the descriptions, the very 'flow' of the book... What can I say: he's King!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lori | 11/17/2013

    " Very boring, didn't care about the characters or the plot. S.K. has disappointed yet again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patrick McWilliams | 9/29/2013

    " I'll give away the ending: There isn't one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke | 4/2/2013

    " A very fast and short mystery book. It uses some typical whodunnit tricks and turns but its worth reading if you have an empty evening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Godsoe | 1/22/2013

    " It wasn't what I expected based on the TV series Haven, but I liked it. It is not filled with tons of supernatural powers, it basically a story about a weird thing that happened once. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eeyore | 12/17/2012

    " I didn't really like this book. It was too slow. I guess Stephen isn't very good at writing out of the Horror genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 6/18/2012

    " Not your typical King. I was thrilled when it spawned Haven on the Syfy network. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Shaughnessy | 2/22/2012

    " I LOVED this book because of the ending. A real eye-opener for me that not everything needs resolution. Besides, real life rarely has full resolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philly2k5481 | 2/17/2012

    " My favorite Stephen king novel and by far my favorite book overall. I can read this book over and over again, and never get tired of reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cliff | 10/16/2011

    " A great book. Atypical Stephen King, but it's well worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cory Brandley | 6/4/2011

    " It was a ok read, something I wouldn't have read if it wasn't Stephen King. A mystery without a ending, more about the "what happened" then "Who Dunnit" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 5/22/2011

    " I read this because I watched a show that was based on the book. However, all the show did was use some of the characters and one event from the book. Stephen King has an interesting way a looking at the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/2/2011

    " Smooth fun murder mystery with a twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yona | 4/28/2011

    " Well the book is a typical mystery with an open end. The reader must decide how to end the srory. Usually when I read a book a prefer to know how it end, in this case who is the killer, but although there is no way to find out, I liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl | 4/15/2011

    " Did not expect and did not like the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sinead | 4/3/2011

    " A pleasant departure from King's horror, The Colorado Kid is well written and, in places, very profound. One I will read again more than once as I feel there's more to learn from it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Very zen, very well told, very unlike "Haven." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patrick | 3/31/2011

    " Felt like a cheap (or cheating) ending. Well-written though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 3/30/2011

    " Not a bad story. The mystery is pretty good, but not too hard to figure out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/11/2011

    " I read this book in two days because I had watched the show Haven on Syfy that summer. It's not a lot like Haven, but the story is a pretty good read. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Jeffrey DeMunn is an American film, television, and stage actor. He graduated from Union College in 1969 and then spent two years at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school in England. He is best known for his roles in several Frank Darabont films, including The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Majestic. His is also featured in numerous television roles, most recently in the adaptation of The Walking Dead comic book series. In addition to his film and television performances, DeMunn has lent his voice to several audio books, including The Colorado Kid, Dreamcatcher, and Letters for Emily