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Editorial 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
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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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Critic Reviews

"A literary event." (Entertainment Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Bryan J. Peterson on 03-21-10

An excellent narrator and an excellent story.

I first read The Green Mile back in 2000 after wondering for some time whether the movie was the same as the book. I casually mentioned this to my sister and received the audiocassette version of this book as an Easter present. At the time I hadn't yet been exposed to the narration of Frank Muller or even had much exposure to Stephen King's work. I liked this book best out of those books that I had read. It's the story of Depression era Death Row, but more accurately it's the story of one prison guard's questioning the morality of his profession when an unusual prisoner, both in terms of his size and his personality, is sentenced to death for the brutal rape/murder of a pair of twin girls. Only the man's physical appearance (he's a nearly seven-foot-tall, musclebound black man), seems to support the charges of murder. His gentle, gentle, childlike personality however, doesn't fit, and when he is later revealed to possess a strange gift for healing, Paul Edgecomb begins to question not merely the nature of his own job, but whether or not the man accused of the unspeakable crime is the one who committed it. Frank Muller, a narrator who will be sorely missed, narrates this book with expression, giving each character a distinctive personality. So far I haven't found a book he's read that he didn't do justice. As I said above, he'll be sorely missed by those who loved his works. For those who don't know, Frank Muller was in a motorcycle accident some years back and, though he was wearing his helmet he nevertheless sustained severe head injuries. Two years ago this June he passed away, presumably having succumbed to his injuries. Regrettably however, even had he survived it's likely that his career as a narrator would have been finished. But at least he gave us many excellent works by which to remember him.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Orita on 03-30-03

Both the book and the reader were just plain great

To me this was the kind of story that seeemed like I was there. The descriptions and characters had a vivid reality. Most of all I was filled with the emotions of the book. The little mouse was wonderful. He added so much to the story. I spent an awful amount of time listening instead of doing the stuff I should have been doing. The book needs no revision to keep the suspense for the several sections. It still reads very well.

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24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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