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The Shawshank Redemption Audiobook

The Shawshank Redemption

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Publisher's Summary

The classic story from the Different Seasons collection.

In The Shawshank Redemption, a man convicted of a bloody murder lives in a prison brutally ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly run by a con who knows all the ropes and pulls all the strings. He has more brains than anyone else in the sinister slammer and has a diabolically cunning plan of revenge that one can guess - until it's far too late.

©1982 Stephen King (P)2009 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"When two giants team-up, power follows. King needs no introduction, and Library Journal calls Muller the first superstar of audio. In this program Muller tells King's earthy story of perseverance in Shawshank Prison in raw, gutteral tones. Harsh though the story is, the delivery carries the intimacy of a friend talking to the listener from the passenger seat....Muller's flawless reading enriches King's powerful story, providing a superlative audio program." (AudioFile)

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    Richard Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom 10/01/2013
    Richard Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom 10/01/2013 Member Since 2016
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    "A Masterpiece ."

    I do not feelqualified to review a book by the master craftsman that is Stephen King. It is suffice to say that in my opinion this is one of the finest short stories that I have had the privelidge of reading.

    A tale of prison life in the American penal system during the 1950s and 60s. Grippingbrutal, but ultimately uplifting, I read this book in one evening, I was almost unable to take off my headphones.

    Brilliant narration, the narrator reminded me of Morgan Freeman, who of course starred in the movie, based on this book.

    I honestly cannot recommend this marvelous audiobook enough.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 21/07/2010
    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 21/07/2010 Member Since 2011
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    "A little gem"

    This is a very short book by Stephen King's standards, but I think it's one of his best. A superbly told and uplifting story of the triumph of hope over adversity, full of sharp humour, a lot of sadness and regret, and with marvellously drawn characters. King's books adapt wonderfully well to audio, and Frank Muller might have been born to read them - his narration is nothing less than a tour de force. I confess that I listened to it at one sitting!

    Five stars without a doubt and strongly recommended.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JoJoBa JoJoBuzz 07/07/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Escapism at its best."
    Any additional comments?

    The narration of this story is superb. The plot ambles along and the picture drawn of prison life in the 50's convinces me. This is Stephen King at his masterful best- telling extraordinary tales about ordinary people in a way that convinces and draws you in. Perfect for a long trip.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zain Iqbal 01/12/2015
    Zain Iqbal 01/12/2015
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    "personal opinion"

    shame it isn't Morgan Freeman voicing the book but its good, I highly recommend this even if you watched the movie its goes in more detail.

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    Adam 20/07/2015
    Adam 20/07/2015
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    "Great little novella"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shawshank Redemption to be better than the print version?

    Thoroughly enjoyed the performance of this little story. I'd seen the film before but this was a great version.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer o'sullivan 20/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "great"
    What did you like most about The Shawshank Redemption?

    For fans of the movie, this book does not disappoint. Read by my teenage son and he liked it as much as the movie. Recommended.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S Hedges Uk 09/02/2015
    S Hedges Uk 09/02/2015
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    "classic"

    great story, kept me wanting to hear more. Characters really easy to get along with. love the ending.

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    Sarah West Barns, United Kingdom 02/02/2014
    Sarah West Barns, United Kingdom 02/02/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Such a great story and Frank Mullers laid back style is perfect for telling it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I could listen to the ending again and again. I live near the sea and I walked down to the beach and sat and listened to this in the sunshine, so uplifting at the end.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. H. Morris UK 15/03/2012
    Ms. H. Morris UK 15/03/2012 Member Since 2015

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    "LOVED IT!"

    Love Stephen King, love Frank Muller - match made in heaven if you ask me! Really enjoyed this and thought it was well worth the listen. A cracking story well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Nottinghamm, Notts, United Kingdom 11/11/2016
    Ruth Nottinghamm, Notts, United Kingdom 11/11/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "Well narrated"

    Another great reading of King's work by Frank Muller. Quite a short book at only 8 chapters long and quite different to King's other literature.

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  • Helena
    29/05/10
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    "captivating"

    Hard to put down. One of my favourite Stephen King books. No horror here but a very good story. Frank muller, as always, is the perfect narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • AndrewLen
    Victoria, Australia
    19/11/16
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    "Better than the movie of the same name.."
    Would you listen to The Shawshank Redemption again? Why?

    Yes, once I forget it I'd definitely listen to it again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shawshank Redemption?

    The details given in the book that are left out or changed in the movie, which I enjoyed all the same (the movie I mean)


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration


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

    The Shawshank Redemtion is an excellent title.. I'd put a tag line like Life of an innocent man in an American Prison and a crooked warden!


    Any additional comments?

    If you liked the film, read this book. It's great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    31/07/16
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    "Wonderful story"

    Stephen King is some writer. His words flow like a river in full flood, smooth and seamless. I loved this story, and the narrator was excellent.

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  • jo
    11/09/15
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    "Thrilling from start to finish."
    Any additional comments?

    This book was much better than the movie. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. A book that I could not put down. Would recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Namibia
    16/05/14
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    "Extraordinary!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shawshank Redemption the most enjoyable?

    This is on my top three list of best, most valuable and most exciting books list.Great story, great characters and extremely believable!


    What other book might you compare The Shawshank Redemption to and why?

    If there is a book that is comparable, I have yet to read it.

    Shawshank Redemption does remind me of the hit series 'Prison Break'. Same setting, but a lot more realistic I would say...


    What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Frank Muller is an amazing artist with his voice! Reading this in my own mind would be boring compared to his narration. I believed that Frank Muller was the Author and that the Author was the lead character - It is that good.


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

    Laugh yes...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    30/04/12
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    "Better than the movie and it was good ."
    What did you love best about The Shawshank Redemption?

    The whole book .Have seen the movie thats why I bought the Audio .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shawshank Redemption?

    When they went over his escape to freedom


    If you could rename The Shawshank Redemption, what would you call it?

    Leave it alone .


    Any additional comments?

    I will listern to it again .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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