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The Shawshank Redemption | [Stephen King]

The Shawshank Redemption

Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.
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Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

©1995 Stephen King; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11
    Vida High Ridge, MO, United States 07-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "One of King's Best"

    Having never read the book before seeing the movie several times, I chose to listen to it recently and of course really enjoyed it. Have read most of Stephen King's books over the years and this is one of my favorites. Frank Muller does a great job of narrating as well.

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    Sherry Bark River, MI, United States 05-19-11
    Sherry Bark River, MI, United States 05-19-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it"

    Listened to it twice ina row, I loved it and thought it just as good as watching the movie as far as pace and style. Good narrator.

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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 04-23-11
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2010

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    "good basis for the movie"

    This is a story about two men who spend much of their life in prison. And there is nothing supernatural about it at all! I enjoyed this Stephen King story enough to pass the time listening while on the road, but I recalled liking the movie a lot more. After finishing, I watched the movie again, and loved it. About 80% of the movie is from the book, but the movie includes some great additions. Also, the book is told by Red, and everything we see is through his eyes. Yet that makes the listener less connected to the main character, Andy Dufresne. So, while the novella falls a little short for me, the story is still a classic.

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    Rod Hixson, TN, United States 09-21-10
    Rod Hixson, TN, United States 09-21-10
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    "I wish I had read the book before seeing the movie"

    IMHO, the movie and the book are good, but if I had to choose my favorite, I would select the movie. Both are worthwhile, but I wish I had read the book first, because I could not get the images of the movie out of my head.

    Some reviewers find fault with Robbins' performance and interpretation, but I think he did a fine job of adjusting the role a little to fit himself. I don't believe Morgan Freeman could have played his role any better.

    One small plot difference where the book and movie diverged was that in the movie, Tim/Andy hinted to Ellis/Morgan that he should go find the box under the rock (which to me was more satisfying), where as in the book, Tim/Andy did not, which made it a bit of a stretch that Ellis/Morgan would have gone to the trouble of having taken exact note of its location, or been curious enough to go looking for it.

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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 05-06-10
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 05-06-10 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "A great listen"

    While not quite as good as the movie, a classic, the book is still a great read/listen. And in some parts, I'd say the book is even better than the movie as the descriptions are second to none. In addition, the narration is great too!

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    Chuck Ramrod Key, FL 02-13-12
    Chuck Ramrod Key, FL 02-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Shawshank Redemption"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shawshank Redemption to be better than the print version?

    I was unabridged so merely an audio format.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well done and well written


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ienjoyed them all


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The same as the Title


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Muller was a great reader. Hi motorcycle accident was a tragic end to a wonderful career. He will be missed by his family, friends and all his readers.

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    joshua pine hill, NJ, United States 03-19-11
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    ""Freedom"... Mel Gibson... "Braveheart""

    Read in the only way possible, perfect. Between the author and the reader the audio book is at the top of the heap. Read or listen... this is the ultimate yeah, why not story.. Should we tape the door jamb type of horror... the "am I dreaming" nightmare... Like I said "Perfect."

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    Borgnimbblefoot Any Where U.S.A. 03-01-09
    Borgnimbblefoot Any Where U.S.A. 03-01-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Thank Goodness there is a movie"

    I have been waiting for this book to come out on audio. However, I found the story lacking. The narrator rambles on & on; not to mention a need to jump around, which causes the tempo to move along as if it suffers from tremors.

    4 of 21 people found this review helpful
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