I've rarely re-read and never re-listened to a book before, but this audio book may be the exception. I think listening to this book again would reveal new insight and inspiration with each repetition of the story.
Each character was well developed and distinctive. I felt as if I was listening to a friend tell me the story. I have an MFA in acting, and so appreciate the art of great story telling!
Thank you Stephen King and Frank Muller!
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
The book from which the movie was sourced, obviously. As always, Stephen King presents a strong and compelling story in which lives are changed - forever. The book is excellently produced, excellently written, and well worth the short listen.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
What a GREAT audible book this is!! Take a really great story and match it with the perfect narrator and you get one of those magical stories youll never forget. Its like a multifaceted diamond. This book is what turned me on to king. I thought all his books where horror but thats not so, and its unfortunate that I always had that perception. If you loved this book than you must get the movie which is a masterpiece! and at 3hrs is able to stay true to the book for the most part and what very little has been changed was masterfully done for the better! I got the non blue ray special edition which has a TON of really great special features. Audible and movie magic! Top recommendation.
65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.
Ignore King's horror stories and sit down with this book for the most thoughtful, funny, entertaining experience you will be lucky to have. The book is told by the prison guard who manages the "green mile," which is death row at a southern state prison. There is a parallel plot concerning the guard's life when he gets old. It's not as thrilling as the death row scenes, which are spell-binding. The book goes by several titles, one of which is "The Unfortunate Death of Eduard Delacroix," and I will not spoil the plot by telling you the details of this prisoner's execution. There is a villain you can truly and fully hate. There is some magic in the story, and I am a very practical person who generally doesn't believe in magic, but Mr. King pulls it off with a skill which is a true gift. The other central figure in the book is a mountain of a man who lives on Death Row long enough for you to care for him deeply. The guard and his colleagues do something so remarkable, and so contrary to the prison rules, that each moment of this particular adventure is almost worth the price of the whole book.
I have praised Frank Muller to the point at which his narrations might seem superhuman. There is nothing magical about Frank, just talent so towering that no one yet comes close to it. Sadly, Frank died several years ago, but his marvelous performances live on. He never slips. There is never a false moment. For movie fans, his skill and authenticity are in some ways comparable to those of Diane Lane and Cate Blanchett, two actors we have been lucky enough to watch and listen to for years now. I can only hope that they read audiobooks some day. In the meantime, I listen to Frank over and over again. My wife just listened to "Polar Star" twice, and she is now Frank's captive as well.
A death row story may seem too heavy to some of you. Rest assured that The Green Mile is nothing of the sort. The artistry will transport you.
My 13 year old son and I listen to this while driving 20 hours. It is a mesmerizing story. At first, I thought it was just the "more words" version of the movie, but King's use of language absolutely delighted me. My son loved it. I wouldn't recommend it for younger children - there is murder, violence to children, sex and revenge. But, it was an amazing experience listening to it.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
Although sounds odd, I didn't read the book before or even watch the movie (going to for sure!) so I was totally and completely breath taken. The story is amazingly engaging and Frank Muller's narration is legendary.
Small comment about the audio though: there is a very low decibel echo with about two seconds lag time in some parts, nothing big but worth mentioning!
This is an outstanding audiobook. The narrator and story are fantastic. My wife and I listened to this entire book on our way to and from Detroit to Chicago one weekend. We were so enthralled with the story that we sat in our driveway when we got home for the last 45 minutes to listen to the end. Highly recommended.
I normally stay away from King - stuff is just too weird This was a nice change, (although a little "out there", too). My only complaint would be a gentle critique of the narrator, who sounded rather ghoulish at times, drawing out words like bloooddd, etc. I am going to see the movie, since overall I liked the book.
I really was't into Stephen King's books because I was afraid of the unknown. But the "Green Mile" was a wonderful book that kept me wanting more. It has everything a mystery book should have including times when I wanted to cry, This book is a keeper!!
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I loved the movie and thought the book was just as good if not better. Also, thought the book helped explain one or two things that happened in the movie that I never understood until listening to this.