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The Shawshank Redemption: A Novella in Different Seasons [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephen King , Frank Muller
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April 2010
A Stephen King novel telling of unfair imprisonment and escape.
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142428027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142428023
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 13.5 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 467,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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The indisputable King of horror. (TIME MAGAZINE)

One of the few horror writers who can truly make the flesh creep. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)

One of the most engrossing reads I've had for months... written in a spare style that makes every detail count in the end- this is short story writing at its compelling best. (FILM REVIEW)

It's one of King's best books, mainly because the writing is varied and unexpectedly concise. (TIME OUT) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Born in Portland, Maine in 1947, Stephen King won a scholarship award to the Univ. of Maine and later taught English. It was the publication of his first novel CARRIE and its subsequent film adaptation that set him on his way to his present position as perhaps the bestselling author in the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 16 April 2003
I am a major Stephen King fan. I bought this book for £3 in a clearance and lucky I did. I was bestowed upon me my current favourite book, actually more like 4.
Different Seasons, to give the book it's proper title, is a collection of 4 novellas set in a different season of the year. The opener, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Hope Springs Eternal) tells the well cinemised tale of Andy Dufrense, imprisoned for the murder of his wife 'and the guy she was banging'. The book sheds new light to the film, and makes it a more enjoyable watch.
The second novella, Apt Pupil (Summer of Corruption) tells us the story of Todd Bowden a young boy drawn in when he discovers a Nazi war criminal in his neighbourhood. Although the story sounds farfetched, this was my favourite novella in Different Seasons, a psychological thriller that will terrify you.
The third novella, The Body (Fall From Innoncence) I felt dragged. It is about four boys who discover find out about life and death in their own epic journey. It is a good story, but not close to the previous two.
Finally we have The Breathing Method (A Winter's Tale), a gruesome story about a club and the tales told there. This I felt was the most graphic novel in the collection, but once you see through the obvious you find a strange sense of the supernatural surrounding the club.
Stephen King said he didn't want these to be horror genred, except The Breathing Method, which he was requested to include. However, his sense of finding horror in anything chills your soul. A must have for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Live the Shawshank Experience 6 Aug 2001
By A Customer
One of Stephen King's all time best novellas. It has only taken me about 5 years to finally get around to reading this story having had it sit on my bookshelf for years. Having also seen and enjoyed the film so many times it was so pleasing to know that the film stuck so closely to the novel that you can almost hear Morgan Freeman narrating it! One of the most beautifully written pieces of fiction I have read in a long time you just don't want it to end. Live through the injustice of Andy Dufryce's wrongful imprisonment and his revenge through the words of his friend, the ageing 'Irish'. A wonderful story that stands the test of time having originally been written in 1982. A story I could read time and time again and not get bored. I would give this 6 stars if I could!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 4 Jan 1999
By A Customer
These stories are some of my favourite i have ever read. The first story is exciting and very intersting. The second is scary. The third is so funny. And the fourth, well it's not that good in comparison to the three but still worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3 out of 4 Great Short Stories 25 Aug 2012
By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE
This 500+ page book is a collection of four short stories that are loosely based on the seasons. I'd say two are excellent, one good and one not so good but the collections is definitely worth a read. Two of these books have been made into films and they're all set, or conclude in the 1960's.

1) Hope Spring Eternal: Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption - 4 stars
IF you've not seen the Morgan Freeman/Tim Robins film where have you been! But yes this is the book the film was based on. This is set in a prisons and centres on a man convicted of killing his wife (but did he?) and we follow his time in prison.

This is the rare occasion when I'd say the film is better than the book. Not to say the book is bad but the film is better at rounding the incidents up to a better whole. I was amused that I read it in Freeman's wonderful voice.

2) Summer of Corruption: Apt Pupil - 2 stars
This follows the story of a older kid in America who discovers and sort of befriends an ex Nazi war criminal living in his mists. I found the relationship very interesting to start with to see who really had the upper hand but for me the direction the story took wasn't satisfying. I guess my other main problem with the book is that I disliked both characters, your supposed to but it didn't make for pleasant reading. I wasn't keen on Rage either, which has a similar unlikable character, but others really like it so may be I'm in the minority.

3) Fall from Innocence: The Body - 5 Stars
This is the story the film Stand by Me with River Phoenix and Corey Feldman is based on. A group of 12 year old boys go on a quest to find a body that might be lying deep in the forest after one overhearing a private conversation. The kids are written extremely well and is a joy to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great story!!! 7 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great story by Stephen king. It's no surprise the film was good being based on this novella. Great characters that never slow down the pace and a great ending. The narrator is great as well putting you right into shawshank with them. Would highly recommend!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent 17 Feb 2014
By amel
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Brilliant book, good quality. I always look forward to doing rereads on Kings books simply because I know so much more is going to come to the surface and I get to experience all those same familiar feelings, and once again become consumed by the contents written thereI

Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 13 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Couldn't help but mentally here Morgan Freeman's voice as the story progressed and yes that made it even more enjoyable....the book condition was as described .....used and in very good condition and was delivered quite a few days earlier than expected, thanks to all concerned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I first listened to this on Radio 4 extra for around an hour, for a whole week. The narrator sounds very similar to Morgan Freeman who starred and narrates in the film/movie, and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Zoe Mion
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Once again Stephen King has excelled himself. I didn't think for one moment that I would not enjoy this book. I love them all!
Published 15 months ago by John Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband's favourite film
He asked me to get a copy of the book for him and, apparently, the novella didn't disappoint. My hubby gave it full marks.
Published 18 months ago by Sally Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars what a bargin!
i bought this book for 1p and it was in excellenct condition i gave it to my sister for christmas last year and it has been read by the whole family who needs a kindle!!
Published 21 months ago by Miss Devon Wells
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I had been looking for this book for a while and found it for a good price and so was very happy with it
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Bought this for my 15 year old to read on recommendation from his English teacher. He turned a few pages but it is not an easy read. Read more
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