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The Green Mile | [Stephen King]

The Green Mile

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers such as "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them.
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Publisher's Summary

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers such as "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them.

But good or evil, innocent or guilty, none has ever seen the brutal likes of the new prisoner, John Coffey, sentenced to death for raping and murdering two young girls. Is Coffey a devil in human form? Or is he a far, far different kind of being?

There are more wonders in heaven and hell than anyone at Cold Mountain can imagine. In The Green Mile, Stephen King builds the tension page by page and then delivers a revelation that will truly blow your mind.

©1996 Stephen King; (P)1996 Recorded Books

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"King's best in years." (Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Kelly
    Yalding, United Kingdom
    3/25/14
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    "A book I'll remember for a very long time."
    Where does The Green Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Definitely one of my favourites... Soooooo much better than the film.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the idea of setting the story on death row, and similarly the time period appeals to me too. The characters are so well described, and you can't help but feel an affinity with some. The sense of 'waiting' is portrayed well throughout the book, but conversely there's always something going on.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is my first Frank Muller listen - no complaints whatsoever.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud on one occasion, and cried (sobbed!) at least twice! The fear of 'Old Sparky' is inherent throughout the narrative which makes the deaths even harder to listen to. I'll remember this book and it's characters for a very long time.


    Any additional comments?

    Personally I could manage quite happily without the supernatural aspect of the book, and just have a tale of the time and the people who took a seat in the electric chair, however I thoroughly recommend this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ian R
    2/28/14
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    "As good as you would hope it to be"
    Would you listen to The Green Mile again? Why?

    The story is brilliantly written. Frank Muller's reading is, as usual, faultless. Captures the characters and the period in a completely convincing fashion


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters are strongly depicted


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Able to convey a unique "feel" to the story. Very atmospheric.


    Any additional comments?

    The combination of Stephen King and Frank Muller is perfect. Both masters of their respective trades.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lorraine J. Brown
    UK
    12/1/13
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    "The Green mile"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    One of the best books I have heard in a long while


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator brought the characters to life,


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    he brought tone and humour to the book


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried at the end of this book, it was too sad to laugh


    Any additional comments?

    If you have ever seen the dvd and liked it you will love the book it brings the story to life in a way the film never did to those people like myself have a visual impairment, the characters intertwined as the old mans remembered the past a fantastic story that was difficult to put down. Brilliant

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    MELTON MOWBRAY, United Kingdom
    8/5/13
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    "An absolutely brilliant listen"

    I have picked up many Stephen King audio books when at a loss what to listen to next, purely because I know he is a master storyteller and all of his books seem to translate perfectly to audio. I was not disappointed when I came upon The Green Mile.

    From start to finish this title is full to the brim with characters so lovingly written and fleshed out that you can't help but care for, or hate, them as if they were real people. Even the people on Death Row become lovable to the extent that you are willing to forgive them their horrible crimes and wish they didn't have to sit in the electric chair.

    I honestly cannot speak highly enough of this book. It genuinely had me wanting to call in sick to work just so I could listen some more. The narration is perfect. I couldn't imagine any other voice for any of the characters fitting quite so well as they did in this audio book.

    This truly is a must for any fan of Stephen King. Well worth the price it costs and certainly worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Woking, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Brilliant narration to a brilliant story"
    What did you like most about The Green Mile?

    The narrotor's smokey style suited to book really well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Green Mile?

    The climax of the story just before John Coffey's death was amazing.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    When we meet Mr. jingles again in Paul's old age.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! Close to years at the end :-(


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nicholas
    poulton le fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Long and sad"

    A long book, the characters and situations set out in great detail (in typical King fashion), and excellent for it. However that style may not suit all, if you want something the whizzes along this is not the book for you. Neither is it a horror story.



    One of my top 10 books.



    Fantastically narrated by Frank Muller who died on 4th June 2008 as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in 2001. Frank was by far the greatest narrator that I have listened to. Have a look at his website.



    http://frankmullerhome.com/

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amanda
    liverpool, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Brilliant!"

    Thoroughly recommend this! Although I had already read book and watched the film, this didn't detract from the audiobook at all. Voice of narrator was an excellent fit to story and I've now listened to this three times over! My house has never been so clean!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    NEWTOWNARDS, United Kingdom
    1/21/13
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    "The King"

    This is an amazing book. As usual Mr King's characters are multi dimensional, and i felt i knew them by the end of the 2nd chapter. The mouse is an ingenious addition. I have yet to be less than overawed by a Stephen King book. I've never seen this film but this book really moved me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "classic!!"

    Great reader. loved the film and the book didn't disappoint. superb characters and a tense build up. excellent!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bookworm5
    England
    12/23/12
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    "Fantastic"

    This is a fantastic book. I loved the film so was in two minds about the book. I soglad i tried it. It was just like watching the film but in more detail. Because I had watched the film first I had a clear picture of the characters which made it far more enjoyable. If you like books that's have been made on the big screen then this one won't disappoint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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