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The Green Mile | [Stephen King]

The Green Mile

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: If you've seen the Tom Hanks movie, you know this is a great story. But do yourself a favor and listen to it. Frank Muller, chosen to narrate by King himself, turns each character into flesh and blood with the pitch and pacing of his voice. I spent a Saturday with my headphones on because I couldn't turn off the story before finishing it. (I apologize for my rudeness to the person who called me that afternoon. You couldn't have known that I was dealing with life and death issues.) —Beth Anderson

Publisher's Summary

Hear this history-making serial novel - from cliffhanger to cliffhanger - in its entirety. When it first appeared, one volume per month, Stephen King's The Green Mile was an unprecedented publishing triumph: all six volumes ended up on the New York Times best seller list - simultaneously - and delighted millions of fans the world over.

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.

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"A literary event." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 05-12-11
    Laurie Florence, KY, United States 05-12-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice change for Stephen King"

    I normally stay away from King - stuff is just too weird This was a nice change, (although a little "out there", too). My only complaint would be a gentle critique of the narrator, who sounded rather ghoulish at times, drawing out words like bloooddd, etc. I am going to see the movie, since overall I liked the book.

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    Octavia FERNANDINA BEACH, FL, United States 04-16-11
    Octavia FERNANDINA BEACH, FL, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2012

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    ""One of the best books by Mr. King""

    I really was't into Stephen King's books because I was afraid of the unknown. But the "Green Mile" was a wonderful book that kept me wanting more. It has everything a mystery book should have including times when I wanted to cry, This book is a keeper!!

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-03-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 02-03-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "As good as the movie"

    I loved the movie and thought the book was just as good if not better. Also, thought the book helped explain one or two things that happened in the movie that I never understood until listening to this.

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    Jane Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-06-10
    Jane Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-06-10
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    "amazing plot but difficult to listen to"

    The story itself is amazing! Characters were described in depth and the ending was unexpected. However, the narrator's deep voice makes it difficult to listen to. I find at time I will have to rewind to make sure I didn't miss anything.

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    Ron Culver City, CA, USA 02-26-10
    Ron Culver City, CA, USA 02-26-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly Recommended"

    Good Stephen King story with excellent narration.

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    ANGELIA CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-17-05
    ANGELIA CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-17-05 Listener Since 2001
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    "Loved it"

    Saw the movie first. The book brought it all together. Loved the characters and felt it in my heart.

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    Simon StamfordUnited Kingdom 06-17-05
    Simon StamfordUnited Kingdom 06-17-05
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    "Brilliant, Just Brilliant"

    I have never really been a fan of Stephen Kings Books, I am a fan now though. This book is Brilliant read it now! Thanks Mr King!

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    Beth Aaronsburg, PA, USA 04-24-05
    Beth Aaronsburg, PA, USA 04-24-05 Member Since 2015
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    "One of King's best"

    This story was fantastic when it was first released as a "chapter" book. Then they made it into a movie which was just as good. I finally got the chance to listen to it in audio form and was not disappointed. Frank Muller manages to make King's characters come alive and breath on their own. I found myself not wanting the story to end, and crying when it did. {Dangerous mind you, pull over if you are listening to it while driving}Highly recommend this, even if you aren't a typically King fan, you won't be disappointed.

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    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
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    "I found this Worthy"

    5 stars because I finished it and truely felt something.

    I have not seen the movie, but might now.
    Deep, worthy characters brought the story to life for me.

    If you liked Odd Thomas, you'll love this.

    Enjoy

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    Robert Maple Grove, MN, USA 11-22-04
    Robert Maple Grove, MN, USA 11-22-04 Member Since 2014
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    "A great story brought to life by superb narration."

    Not Stephen King's usual horror story (although there is some supernatural). A vividly told story, with a narrator that puts you right there.

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