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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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By Stuart on 08-08-05
Right Book, Right Reader.... Enjoy!
The Green Mile is a great book. Originally released in 6 "episodes", the best thing about the narrative is the way Stephen King meters out the story to the reader.Just enough to keep you hooked at every point, but told with a "slow burn" and a style that gives you the feeling that everything that you are being told is leading up to something big, which it is!
The Characterisation is awesome in that you connect with these people, and you are given a clear idea of how to feel about the characters (with one exception, who you will learn to judge as the book progresses) without being patronised! Very satisfying.
This book is primarily about people, but it places them in a well realised environment that you do feel a part of as you read.
This book is read by Frank Muller, who has such a distinctive style, that after you've finished this audiobook, you'll find it hard to listen to any other book read by him without thinking you're listening to The Green Mile.
He is quite simply, the perfect reader for this particular book.
I warn you now that if you start this book, there's a good chance that you'll be hooked, and you'll want to listen to it again and again........... and you'd be right to do so.
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