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The Body | [Stephen King]

The Body

Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.
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Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

©1999 Stephen King; ©2009 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Richard Delman San Francisco 10-17-09
    Richard Delman San Francisco 10-17-09 Member Since 2013

    I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.

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    "An immensely talented author"

    Mr. King has written a lot of stuff that I just cannot read. But, if it's not a horror story, and if Frank Muller is reading it, you can count on a really good time. Mr. Muller remains the best narrator who ever lived, and he shows us the adolescent lives of Mr. King's characters with depth and humor. I have heard it said that Mr. King wrote for Mr. Muller's voice: if this is true, this book is a good example of why he did so. It's a little bit dated by now, and teenagers don't grow up quite so quaintly (at least, not here in California). Nonetheless, Mr. Muller is so convincing that the reader happily suspends disbelief and gets washed along with the boys. I can't imagine an audiobook lover not loving this book.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-24-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging wonderful experience"

    watching and listening to some twelve-year-old boys. But the ending was a downer.

    This novella was first published in the anthology “Different Seasons.” It is available individually as an audiobook, which is how I heard it. This review is solely for The Body, not the others in the anthology. The Body was also made into the movie “Stand By Me.”

    This is a novella, but it didn’t feel like a short story. The characters were wonderfully developed. I was frequently smiling as I listened to these four twelve-year-old boys hanging out and taking a sixteen hour walk. This book is alive. You feel like you’re right there with them. I loved the dialogue. Things they liked they called “boss.” No one wanted to be a pu*** (wimp). They did stupid things. They did heroic things (that also were stupid). They were brave. They cried. They were loyal to each other. One of them was slow mentally. All of them came from troubled homes. Gordon’s parents weren’t physically abusive, but they were emotionally gone. Chris’ alcoholic father beat him frequently and severely. The abuse parts were not the main story, but it’s behind things. The best part was the kids’ friendship, interaction, and doing things together. Some events were a cheating grocery store owner, a junkyard dog and his owner, crossing a railroad trestle, swimming in a pond, and a pie eating contest.

    The only reason I did not give this 5 stars was because the ending was depressing in two ways. Something bad happened to the boys at the end of their journey, although they survived. The second was Gordon ends up having a good life as an adult, but the other three don’t. What happened to one of them was depressing. I was walking around in a funk. I want to be entertained and feel good, which I was during most of the book, but the ending took me down. I was reminded of a comment in another S. King book “God doesn’t care.” But, I’m still glad I read it.

    Note on stupidity. I frequently dislike characters doing stupid things for the sake of the plot - when the stupidity does not fit the character - for example an intelligent adult. That does not apply here. The kids’ stupidity fits them and is natural. And it’s funny.

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    Chris was innately smart but frequently missed school, never applied himself, and was a poor student in grades 1 to 7. Starting in 8th grade, he decides to apply himself to go to college to have a life. His father continues beating him and is against it. The teachers don’t like him and resent his presence. He has a lot of catching up to do since he didn’t learn English and Math the way he should have during the first seven years of school. But he stays with it against all these odds, and he does it. He ends up going to college. What a heroic thing. I was proud of him. I wish the author would have stayed with that and given me a happy ending for Chris. Instead the author slams us with another of life’s unfortunate events - God doesn’t care.

    The narrator Frank Muller was excellent - as always.

    Genre: relationships fiction, friendship.
    Ending: Happy for one, depressing for others.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Great, download it now."

    A great story read by a great narrator. I watched the film "Stand By Me" after listening to this and was quite amazed how much of the book made it into the film. The book has a bit of extra depth in its story though. At the moment I'm going through a lot of Stephen King's work on Audible. I decided to give this book 4 stars instead of 5 simply because I enjoyed a few of his other works more than this one. Yet, "The Body" is a fantastic audio book and worth listening to.

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    Randy madera, CA, United States 01-15-11
    Randy madera, CA, United States 01-15-11
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    "Loved it!"

    This is the first Stephen King book I've read or downloaded and I loved it. Saw the movie "Stand By Me" and discovered it was based on this book, so I found it here at audible and downloaded it. Now I'm searching for more Stephen King books.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 12-21-12
    Kelli Birmingham, AL, United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2015

    Listen on dog walks, commutes and around the house. Welcome virtually any genre but southern fiction holds a special place in my heart.

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    "Not My Favorite Book by King"

    I think I would have enjoyed this book a bit more if I had once been a 12-year old boy. Stephen King's obsession with bodily fluids (which I can generally tolerate in most other Stephen King books despite the fact that it is ever-present) was particularly noticeable in this book. Again - if I had once been a 12-year old boy, those references (and maybe even Stephen King's obsession with bodily fluids) would probably go unnoticed. Not one of my favorites by King.

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    reeree 07-24-15
    reeree 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "stand by me"

    I loved the movie but the book is so much better I loved it awesome

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    Josh5803 06-21-15
    Josh5803 06-21-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the Movie Love the book"

    This was my favorite movie as a kid. Glad I got a chance to read the book. The book was much darker then the movie but still a great read.

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    Chuck14203 San Francisco 06-01-15
    Chuck14203 San Francisco 06-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Simply the Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Body to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Body to and why?

    If you liked Apt Pupil, you'll like, The Body.


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

    This is one of Frank Muller's better recordings, and that says a lot because I consider him to be the gold standard of narrators.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 11-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "So Good!!!"
    What did you love best about The Body?

    The way it ended--I did not see that 'solution' coming. It left me with more questions!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body?

    when the lightening flashed and they saw the hand.


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

    Probably the dump guy. He was too much!


    Any additional comments?

    ANY Stephen King book is good! This one, though short, is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rich 07-06-13
    Rich 07-06-13
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    "Just like the movie!"
    What did you love best about The Body?

    I loved the characters! Well developed and characters every young man can relate to.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Body and why?

    Lard-ass!! definetly Lard-ass!!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is just like the movie "stand by me..." or better yet, the movie is just like the book. If you enjoyed the film, then you will like this. Obviously, the book provides more insight into the characters and their motivations end elaborates further on details from the film. Great story-- Stephen King at his best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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