What an incredible book! I've seen the movie and pieces of the movie several times and have always been fascinated by the story, but as usual, the book offers so much more inight. Paul Edgecomb is one of the most complex characters I've read in a long time and living through his journey for a few short months in 1932 is an experience not to be missed. Furthermore, reading the book gave me increased appreciation for the fine job the movie did of capturing the important essence and message of the book.
The narration was perfectly done, with just the right amount of acting and voice-changing to capture characters and feelings without every being annoying. (How sad to read the narrator has since passed away!)
Originally written as a series of stories, the way King weaves the sections together is masterful and actually adds to the wonder rather than being annoyingly repetitious. I've not really been drawn to King in the past, not being a fan of horror, but the fine writing of the Green Mile has me reconsidering that decision.
Author, Audiobook Narrator
I really liked this book. It was great from start to finish. I listened to the audiobook which was masterfully narrated by the late great Frank Muller. He's the king and when he reads King magic happens in your earphones. Whenever I find myself typing these words: I was never bored, I know that I'm reviewing a book I'll cherish and probably read again someday because it is that good. If you just think about it for a second, it wouldn't be easy to write a story about a death row section of a jail with characters that you fall in love with. I mean really? A bunch of jailers as the heroes of the story? But it works so well. John Coffee is a character you'll never forget if you read this book. Characterization. That's where I think Stephen King shines and why he is one of the best writers of fiction of our time. He writes characters you feel for. You worry about. You love getting to know. You understand. They become like your friends even though in most cases, at least for me, they would never be your friends in real life.
This story had terror and it had heart. I'm not a big fan of horror and believe me there are some gruesome scenes in this book, much more so than the movie if you've seen it, but most of it is real heart. You really root for characters and love to hate others. The characters stand out so well from each other. They're each their own person, not just stand ins to fill out the story because it requires them. I could read on about other times in the lives of every one of the characters in this book they were all that interesting and real to me.
I'd seen the movie a couple times long ago before having read the book, but it in no way ruined anything for me because the book was so much better. Ever since I saw the movie I've been saying "I should read the book," and now I finally have. I really liked the movie and think they did an outstanding job at telling the tale but you just can't get as down deep into the characters in a movie as you can in a book. I keep saying book, but I learned in the forward that this was actually a story that Stephen King wrote and published serially in installments instead of as a complete novel. I wouldn't have been able to tell that just as I can't tell when I read a Charles Dickens novel which is partly where Stephen King got the inspiration to write in such a way. But it makes the story that much more impressive.
Stephen King is not a plotter or outliner. He's a seat of the pants writer as they call it. He just sits down and writes the story as it comes to him, discovering it as he writes it. I don't think most writers can do this and craft as fine of a tale as Mr. King can. I also think the skill of writing with no outline helped him to succeed so tremendously in writing it serially. It makes it much harder to write - even compared to writing it without an outline but then not being able to say go back and rewrite parts in the beginning of the story to make later parts make sense. You know what they say writing is rewriting. I'm sure he rewrote and had the parts he was working on edited before publishing them, but it makes this book all the more impressive still that he couldn't go back and fix things after the fact. I wonder how many drafts he wrote of each section before it was published as the next installment.
I wouldn't be surprised if I revisit this story as I have with Stephen King's "The Body," which is probably my favorite book. The story really was that good. It held onto me the whole time. Instead of looking to see how far along I was until the end I didn't even notice how many chapters had gone by and only wanted there to be more story so I wouldn't have to stop hanging out with the characters in this book. Five stars without question!
The movie is very good, but so is the book. It's the rare case where both are good because both are done very well. Don't think that because you seen the film, though, you know the story. You don't. Don't listen to this before you go to bed, you'll stay awaking wanting to hear what happens. This is Stephan King at his best.
Frank Muller's performance is exactly right for this. He takes you on this journey!
One of the best. Stephen King isn't one my favorite authors, but after seeing the film, I felt I had to read the book and was happy I did. Frank Muller sounds so much like the actor who "narrates" the story in the film. Dabbs Greer plays the old Paul Edgecomb.
John Coffey, like the drink, but spelled different. I think this was Michael Clarke Duncan's breakout role. Percy Wetmore is a close second.
No, this is my first book read by Frank Muller. He was considered to be one of the best audiobook narrators in the world and he has recorded over 200 of them since 1979. On Nov. 5, 2001 he suffered a serious brain injury from a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, CA. He did make a partial and miraculous recovery. Unfortunately he died in 2008 from his injuries at age 56. He has 2 children.
This is already a film. It has 15 wins and 23 nominations. Seeing the film made me want to read the book.
This is truly one of Stephen King's best books. One of his earlier ones as well. You gain a lot of insight of him because he talks about how this was going to be a serial story, done in parts, like Charles Dickens had talked about. It's great as a audio book.
My only other Steven King experience was The Shining. I'm not usually into thrillers such as The Shining even though it was a great book. As a result I've always avoided Steven King's books. I tried The Green Mile and found it to be amazing. Starts a little slow but gets better and better as it wraps up in a a great ending. A great reminder that life is amazing and fragile and will help you appreciate the value of those you care about. The performance is a true compliment to a great book.
I have always loved to read story's allowing my mind to create how the carachters sound and look.....but, when a narrator does such a creative job for me.... it's sublime!
All of it!
#1 Aud Bks: T Help,T Darling, All D Sedaris,Prayer for Owen M.All G Flynn ,Secrt Lang of Bees, Bel Canto, 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Star
#1 Aud Bks: T Help, T Darling, All D Sedaris A Prayer for O Meany All G Flynn Lang. of Bees Bel Canto 11/22/63 H2O fr Elephants Dog Stars Pi
The list above notes my favorite audio books, limited to 140 characters. I would like to add more, and also add a short list of what I did not like (particularly Ken Follett) so that fellow scanners of reviews would have a quick sense of whether to follow a particular reviewers myriad thoughts.
You will notice Steven King's 11/22/63 on my top Audio list above. This should be there too. I have mixed feelings about King. I cannot tolerate his overly gory or supernatural stuff. There are violent scenes in this book, but they are important to the story and not overdone.This book is filled with so much humanity, it is heartbreaking. Narration that cannot be surpassed.
I enjoyed meeting and understanding the characters from one of my favorite movies.
Character and plot development and depth.
The differences between the movie and the book.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
The story is very unique: I almost skipped due to the bad sound. However, I decided to give it a try. I am very glad I did! I have not seen the movie, after reading Audibles's suggestions I downloaded it. I am beyond excited. This is filled with plenty of fab images for your brain. I have yet to get the "Oh, this will be a multi-time lesson." It is too sad for me to listen to two times. It is great, and the narration is pitch-perfect.
" Life after death" by Damien Echols
I understand why he was hand-picked. Great on reading Southern dialects etc.
"Color blind in Old-sparky's lap"