Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with "Old Sparky," Cold Mountain's electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he's never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs...and yours.
©1999 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)1999 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, AUDIOWORKS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"A literary event." (Entertainment Weekly)
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
The Green Mile is one of the few Stephen King books that I had never read before. I don't know why I always passed over it. I've seen the movie several times, and I guess that's why.
I loved it. This is King at the top of his game. There's not a lot to say, or that needs to be said about it. Unless you've been living under a rock you will know what this book is about and you've probably seen the movie too. So, what are you procrastinating for?
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
As a Stephen King fan, I find that I hold him to a higher standard than I do other authors. I love the breadth and diversity of the stories that he tells. Everything pfrom true horror and macabre, to adventure and fantasy. I love his style.
Even with all that being said, this novel is in a class of its own. I hardly recall a book where the characterization of the players was as full and vibrant as the characters in this story. I remember reading this when it was originally published in serial format. I remember waiting for the next installment… Anticipating where King was going to take the story next. I loved that experience. Almost as much as that, I loved hearing Frank Muller add his voicing to such an amazing tale. Stephen King once declared that Frank Muller was "his voice". That Frank was the voice that Stephen heard in his head as he wrote. I believe that.
This is a story about good versus evil, yes. But it goes much deeper than that. This is a story about atonement. A story about forgiveness. A story about finding our true selves and standing up for something bigger than what we found. In a strange way it's also a story about justice, even though no justice was really found here.
This truly is an epic story. And one that should be listened to, read, and pondered in order to be truly understood. Simply fantastic.
The characters. Nobody can do characters like King!
Everything. I could not stop listening!
I like the way he changes his voice for characters. Even did a convincing job on the female parts. His voice is easy to listen to also. No weird clicks or cotton mouth smacks.
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Only thing i can say is WOW!! What a book and movie. The great thing is this book is spot on to the movie. Frank Muller does a great job narrating this book. I can't tell you enough of how great of a job he does with every character. When you start his book you won't wanna stop. One extra thing that you do get is the life in the nursing home and how mean one orderly is to Paul Edgecombbe and how hard it is to see Mr Jingles everyday!!! Stephen King does a great job with this book which was a monthly series when it first came out. How do you kill an angel like John Coffey? Only KING can....
It's towards the top.
John Coffey because he was a gentle soul and a truly good person.
Yes, he always does a good job and has narrated other stories from Stephen King such as Apt Pupil and The Body.
Percy because he's such a little twerp.
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!
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