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The Green Mile Audiobook

The Green Mile

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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.

What the Critics Say

"A literary event." (Entertainment Weekly)

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    Chris C. 06-01-16
    Chris C. 06-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Movie is good, but..."

    Hung on every word thanks to fantastic narration Frank Muller combined with some of Kings best story telling. I am always amazed by how Muller can bring characters to life. You'll be hard pressed to hear a man reading a book for a taped audiobook, you'll almost immedietly begin to hear the words of the story's narrator telling you a story of his own life. Kings writing is very good, but without someone as talented as Muller (there are others that read his books and do a fantastic job as well) the story doesn't hit you the same way, and it all feels like a book, even when you are entrenched in your own imagination. You don't need to hear "John said" to know who is talking, every voice is unique and inflection is realistic almost beyond belief. Try and imagine yourself reading to your child the way Muller does in all of his work and you'll be just as impressed, I promise!!

    Basically, the Green Mile is a story of a man's time spent working as a prison guard on death row, which they call The Green Mile due to its color, and the interesting characters that come through, both employees and condemned.

    Many of you have probably seen the movie with Tom Hanks. It is a very good movie, at least I think, but this audiobook is even more enjoyable despite knowing what is going to happen ahead of time!!

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    Meredyth Busick 05-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story I enjoyed listening to it"

    I wished Hal Moores had had the power to stop John Coffey ' s execution.
    good book

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    Tim Milligan 05-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent book"

    perfectly written; an amazing journey king takes you on; a book you can listen to over and over again

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    Amazon Customer 05-01-16
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    "Enthralling"

    This audible book deserves all the best adjectives: enthralling, engrossing, entertaining, terrifying... The list goes on and on. Frank Muller's performance is incredible in every respect; each character is so believable that a listener forgets it's only one man reading into a mike. The Green Mile is truly impressive and utterly believable in an audio form.

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    Jess 04-29-16
    Jess 04-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, great performance"

    I saw The Green Mile movie before I read the book, about 6 months ago. I enjoyed it so much I downloaded the book on audible. Even though I'd seen the movie, the book still held me with suspense and kept my apt attention throughout. I am actually glad I saw the movie first, and I actually recommend it. I suggest seeing the movie, then reading the book a few months later like I did. I didn't remember everything from the movie that way.
    Frank Muller's performance in this audiobook is fantastic. His voice is soothing, strong, and believable- even when he's reading as a woman. I highly recommend this book to Stephen King fans who enjoyed From A Buick 8 and Hearts In Atlantis.

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    Ieisha 04-08-16
    Ieisha 04-08-16
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    "Great Book"

    I love the book alot but the tone of his voice makes me sleepy! great!

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    Meghan Prestidge 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Incredible!"

    I laughed and cried! I gasped out loud and now I'm going to listen to it over and over! Narration was spot on-story is magnificent!

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    Lynda McL 03-16-16
    Lynda McL 03-16-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story...slight slow narration"

    This is a great story and the narrator does a nice job, but I had to play it at 1.25 speed because he was just too slow for me, but at that increased speed the story read really well, so no major complaint.

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    Terin 03-09-16
    Terin 03-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Way Better Then The Movie."
    What made the experience of listening to The Green Mile the most enjoyable?

    The journey of Paul Edgecomb through his life.


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

    Percy Wetmore getting locked in the padded holding cell.


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

    Jon Coffey's character kept[t me coming back for more and more.


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

    There are a lot of parts that made me laugh.


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    Amanda 02-29-16
    Amanda 02-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely among my favorite novels and movies."
    Where does The Green Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It most definitely ranked among the highest out of all the audiobooks I have listened to. I loved watching the movie and knew I had to read the novel. I can definitely say that without a doubt this novel is amazing and I enjoyed every part of it.


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

    Instead one I actually have three: Del's execution, John's hand in Melinda's recovery and Wild Bill's death, and John's execution. I actually had to hold back tears during all these senses, though for different reasons. Del's and John's execution brought sad tears while Melinda's recovery and Wild Bill's death brought tears of joy.


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

    I know it's a little ironic to say but my favorite voiced character was Paul. I felt Frank Muller performed him perfectly, even with Tom Hanks in my mind. Something about his voice added something extra to the story, something that was necessary and that Tom Hanks would not have been able to add. Not sure exactly what it is, but it's something.


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

    Well I do not think I could produce anything better than what is already out there now. The film is what made me want to read the novel, so I definitely wouldn't change anything about it. Nor even add anything extra or new.


    Any additional comments?

    All I have left to say is I hope everyone, especially young readers like myself, can read The Green Mile with the passion I did. Its an exceptionally well written novel and though it has its terrifying scenes its really an enjoyment to read.

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