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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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    Michael 12-20-12
    Michael 12-20-12
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    "One of the best..do yourself a favour!"

    Great story, great listen, beautifully read. This is a moving story that will transport you and transfix you. Stephen King is at his peak here, in non horror/pure storytelling mode, and I don't think there are any novelists who can better his ability to capture a scene, a moment, a sound or a feeling like he can. I've read the book, seen the movie and now listened to the book and enjoyed every moment of all of them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ChrisR Australia 12-03-11
    ChrisR Australia 12-03-11 Member Since 2001

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    "Great movie - but the book is even better"
    Would you listen to The Green Mile again? Why?

    For all those that have enjoyed the film more than once - this book is for you. Frank Muller is a perfect match for this wonderful book by Stephen King, and the book and more dimensions than the film.


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

    The ending in the book is much more powerful than the ending in the film (if you can believe that).


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

    This is one of Frank Muller's finest performances. His voice is a perfect fit for this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - except that it is too long - and it was written in episodes, so reading it in one sitting is not how Stephen King meant it to be read (or listened to).


    Any additional comments?

    This is Audible at its best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Blackheath, Australia 08-27-09
    Chris Blackheath, Australia 08-27-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"

    Thoroughly enjoyable and very well read by |Frank Muller

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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    5/16/09
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    "Excellent story & superbly narrated"

    Stephen King's books adapt really well to audio. I love the conversational style of his writing and unlike with a book, you have to go at the narrator's pace - no skipping ahead or skimming - and so you really get to appreciate the build up of tension and the twists and turns of the story. This is, in my view, one of King's best books, a genuinely excellent novel with a terrific story, great and very convincing atmosphere and a well drawn cast of three dimensional characters.

    Frank Muller narrates the book brilliantly. He has a fantastic sense of pace and timing; distinguishes the characters superbly and he captures Stephen King's conversational style just right.

    Strongly recommended - a real five star listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
    6/29/10
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    "An incredible story, incredibly told."

    The Green Mile is one of my all time favourite books. It's not easy to pin down to a genre - it's more an insight in to the highs and lows of human nature than a horror or paranormal fiction title. It?s six part, episodic structure only adds to its appeal, giving each part a tension and sense of expectation that makes reading or listening to the next part a must rather than an option. Despite the fact that, when you download the recording, you?re effectively getting all the episodes at once with no significant pause in between them, the way in which King links each part together somehow preserves this feeling, which only adds to the enjoyment. The feeling of needing to know what happens next is more or less constant throughout.

    For me though, it?s Frank Muller?s incredible reading that makes this download really exceptional. Frank Muller and Stephen King are a incredibly potent mix ? Muller has an ability to absorb the minutia of each character and bring them to life with an ease that?s almost eerie, especially in first person, narrator driven stories like this, or the Shawshank Redemption. I understand that Muller won several awards for his performance in this recording ? listen to it for half an hour and I guarantee that you?ll see why. As King himself says '[When Frank reads], the blind will see, the lame will walk, and the deaf will hear.'

    If you enjoy this reading, I highly recommend the Shawshank Redemption, The Talisman, and Black House (also on Audible) ? all of these are powerfully read Stephen King stories (the last two being co-written with Peter Straub) with Muller as narrator.

    Muller is unfortunately now deceased, and was unable to make new recordings since 2001 following a motorbike accident ? somehow, that knowledge only makes this brilliant, haunting narrative all the more poignant. There will never be another like it. Treasure it.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Flint, Flintshire, United Kingdom
    11/18/09
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    "Utterly, utterly magnificent"

    How good was this audiobook? Well, I often work late and so drive home at night. This book made me sit out in my car after I had reached my home at 3:30am, because I just had to listen to the next bit. This was everything an audiobook should be. A fantastic piece of fiction, improved by being brilliantly interpreted. All of the characters leapt from my car stereo, and the whole thing transported me to a different place. Magical.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    HuddersfieldUnited Kingdom
    9/15/09
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    "The Best way to read this wonderful story"

    The Green Mile is a story that is largely based in the real world but at its heart is a supernatural twist. The genious of King's writing is in his ability to get you to care so much about the characters and the story that you are more than willing to accept the supernatural element as if it were fact.

    It's basically just good old fashioned story telling where you are hooked after chapter 1 and you just want to keep on listening. The story tugs at your emotions (almost yanking them off by the end of the book) but that is purely because you get emotionally involved in the situation, the characters and their plight.

    It's also a story that examines human nature and what I loved especially is that the listener is left to determine the good and the bad in them, irrespective of their circumstances and history.

    Frank Muller reads The Green Mile perfectly and I challenge anyone who has previously read the book to listen to this version and not agree that it is an improvement over your own "inner voice".

    Simply put, 2 professionals at work make one fine piece of entertainment. I've listened to it 4 times now.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    BURGESS HILL, WEST SUSSEX, United Kingdom
    2/14/10
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    "absolutely fantastic"

    Reader was brilliant - really got into character, story is one of the most moving tales of recent times. Cannot fault it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    1/14/11
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    "Definitely a five-star"

    This is exceptional, combine the talent of Stephen King with the vocal reading of Frank Muller and you've got a winner. The story is strangely charming but has the intensity in places that Stephen King is famous for. I haven't seen the film but if it's half as good as the book I'm looking forward to tracking it down at the weekend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    12/11/14
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    "Such an enjoyable book"
    What did you like most about The Green Mile?

    I have read the book and seen the film so was very familiar with the story, but still I was transported to the deep South by the high quality story telling and excellent narration.


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

    I really enjoyed the whole book but Paul's initial meeting with John Coffey is marked as a favourite moment, the execution of Delacroix is equally memorable but in not such a pleasant way!


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favourite?

    Frank Muller brings all of the characters to life so very well but I was really struck by his portrayal of Paul Edgecomb


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven Pennington
    United Kingdom
    12/1/14
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    "Gripping, had me hooked from the start!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, whether you've seen the film or not the characters are well introduced and built up throughout the story until you feel like you know them personally!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Don't really have a favourite character, but I did become very attached to the main character, Paul Edgecombe played by Tom Hanks in the film.


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    Frank Muller narrated the story very well, was able to build tension were needed but was also diverse enough to deliver both the emotional and lighter parts of the story.


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

    I was truly hooked by this book! You had the elation of Mr Jingles, the tension of the exploits of John Coffey and of the build up to each 'walk of the green mile' and the sadness of their final demise! There are even funny parts to the story, even for Stephen King novel!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a book to listen to! I don't get a lot of time to read books so Audible is ideal! I can listen to books even when I am busy doing other things! I had this book on the go for 6 hours straight and even then didn't want to stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mikey
    poole, United Kingdom
    11/27/14
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    "My favourite audiobook EVER"
    What did you like most about The Green Mile?

    Everything. Never has an audiobook come so close to perfection for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul Edgecomb, he was brilliant in telling the story and I really enjoyed his narration of it, and his dialogue.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    It would have to be the brain tumour scene. Without spilling for others, I can honestly tell you this was probably my favourite.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never been so captivated by a book/audiobokk in my life. Wherever I happened to be listening to this book I was transported to wherever Stephen King wanted me. I felt quite vulnerable at times because very rarely do I find one book so emotional, I really was in King's hands from start to finish.

    This was an emotional roller coaster, and it helped even more that the narration was superb. Having watched the movie before I had "read" the story, I was not expecting to say that the book was preferable to the film, which was superb, but in many ways... it really was!

    Whether you have seen the film or not, you should definitely buy this. Its quite simply probably the best audiobook I've listened to. 10/10

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denise Angela Robinson
    11/7/14
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    "Truly a masterpiece"
    Would you listen to The Green Mile again? Why?

    Yes it was such a good story, I'd recommend it to anyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    When John cured the brain tumer, saved Mr Jangles, & taught Percy a lesson.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Teaching Percy a lesson he deserved!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end when Paul revealed Mr Jangles.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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