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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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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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