The audible version is almost like watching the movie. Listened to it as I would go to sleep, which wasn't a great idea because I would stay up longer to listen.
I would recommend the book. It is a story of people in terrible circumstances and how they overcome them. Characters are well developed. I had seen the movie but loved listening to the book. It also documents how determination and persistence can eventually pay off.
The most memorable moment for me was when the main character is found missing from his extremely secure prison cell where he has resided for decades.
He is an excellent narrator and made the story come alive but I don't know if I had heard him before.
It did help me get a lot of work in the yard done since I like to listen to books as I do the repetitive tasks necessary in the yard.
The ending. After a lifetime in prison, Red finally experienced the exhilaration, and fear of hope. Also, I liked the ending unresolved. I understand why a movie can't be made that way, but it would have been disappointing in the book.
Andy's "suit of armor" which, when you boil it all down was his inexhaustible self-possession and his unsinkable sense of hope.
Red on the bus to Fort Hancock.
I was unable to, but that would be a wonderful experience. However, pondering what I've read between sittings gives me a more full experience.
I enjoyed "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" tremendously. I've always believed that the horror element in Stephen King's writing is incidental to the story and the writing itself. It pleased me to see him write a story that lacked these elements and see the result entertain so well. Many who have only seen the movie, are amazed when told Stephen King wrote the story. In some ways, it was a vindication of my love of his work.
Frank Muller's narration, as always, was spot on and a pleasure to listen to. His early passing was a great loss to the world of audio.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
Its a rare thing when the movie is better than the book but thats the case here.This is actually a short story- one of kings many great short stories.If youve seen the movie you might be just a tad let down by the story, If you havnt read the GREEN MILE I would get that first. Thats just one of those stories that sticks to you In heart and mind. supurb! Then see the 3 hr movie. Best adaptation Ive ever seen!!
Yes- it is amazing. It captures you and you can't put it down!
YES! It was a great short book... Worth the $?... How can you put a price on something like this... Just my opinion... PENNIES... just pennies... this story is worth dollars... but cost only pennies... I LOVED IT!...
Having never read the book before seeing the movie several times, I chose to listen to it recently and of course really enjoyed it. Have read most of Stephen King's books over the years and this is one of my favorites. Frank Muller does a great job of narrating as well.
Listened to it twice ina row, I loved it and thought it just as good as watching the movie as far as pace and style. Good narrator.
This is a story about two men who spend much of their life in prison. And there is nothing supernatural about it at all! I enjoyed this Stephen King story enough to pass the time listening while on the road, but I recalled liking the movie a lot more. After finishing, I watched the movie again, and loved it. About 80% of the movie is from the book, but the movie includes some great additions. Also, the book is told by Red, and everything we see is through his eyes. Yet that makes the listener less connected to the main character, Andy Dufresne. So, while the novella falls a little short for me, the story is still a classic.
IMHO, the movie and the book are good, but if I had to choose my favorite, I would select the movie. Both are worthwhile, but I wish I had read the book first, because I could not get the images of the movie out of my head.
Some reviewers find fault with Robbins' performance and interpretation, but I think he did a fine job of adjusting the role a little to fit himself. I don't believe Morgan Freeman could have played his role any better.
One small plot difference where the book and movie diverged was that in the movie, Tim/Andy hinted to Ellis/Morgan that he should go find the box under the rock (which to me was more satisfying), where as in the book, Tim/Andy did not, which made it a bit of a stretch that Ellis/Morgan would have gone to the trouble of having taken exact note of its location, or been curious enough to go looking for it.