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Title: The Shawshank Redemption
Author: King, Stephen/ Muller, Frank (NRT)
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 2010/04/01
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Binding Type: CD/SPOKEN WORD
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Audio CD, 4 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 1982)
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Nataliya
"Remember that hope is a good thing, Red, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption is subtitled 'Hope Springs Eternal' - and that perfectly sums up the soul of his book.



It's hope that keeps you going - even after everything horrible that you can ever imagine has already happened to you, even after life has knocked you down over and over again, even after there seems to be nothing left. Hope is the last thing to die, they say. Andy Dufresn
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Sanjay Gautam
Prison ain't no fairy tales.

Almost everything that could be possibly said about it has been said. What makes this book different is the message it conveys - one of eternal hope. I was and am profoundly moved by this simple and eloquent depiction of hope and friendship and redemption.

The story begins with the trial of a young banker, Andy Dufrense, victimized by circumstantial evidence, resulting in a conviction for the murder of his wife and her lover. After a quick conviction, Andy finds hims
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Mark
Jul 29, 2007 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans, Stephen King fans, book-to-film buffs
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One of the best set of novella length stories ever put together. Period. For anyone out there who accuses King of not beinjg able to write well, this set should end that argument.

Shawshank: "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" is a masterpiece. A streamlined cast of characters and clever telling of the story using the narrator as a main character, only to shift into first person to finish the story with expectant yet unresolved hope.

Apt Pupil: Scary. Really spooky stuff. Not so much for
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Kelli
Anyone driving north on Rte 3 "down in Massachusetts" this morning may have passed a girl driving an SUV, one hand covering her mouth, tears pouring down her face and neck. They may have wondered in passing if she was having a rough morning or had received some bad news...but would anyone ever guess that she was in throes of this cathartic sobfest courtesy of Stephen King and the beautiful final passages of The Shawshank Redemption? Probably not.

I cannot believe I have never read this. Actually,
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April
I am willing to bet the majority of people reading this review have already seen the film version of The Shawshank Redemption. If you have not seen the movie, stop reading my review and go watch the film. It is amazing. I have recently discovered the 'free' audio-books on the library. (Thank you tax dollars). The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King is a relatively short book. It is also a short audio book, only 3 cassettes (my POS car has a tape-deck). Frank Muller narrates Stephen King's tale ...more
Isabella Roland
I can't believe it took me this long to discover this novella, especially since The Shawshank Redemption is my all time favorite movie. Hearing the story from Red's gentle and detailed perspective was intriguing. Red has a great sense of humor throughout the book. He tells the story in a way that allows you to see the passing of time. This is not as evident in the movie version. Although short, this book gives the reader something to hope for in their own life. I also loved the peek into the pri ...more
A.J.
This is not a review for the entire collection, Different Seasons. I intend to read it at some point, but when I came across this audiobook I couldn't pass it up.

The enduring fame of Shawshank is in large part thanks to the film. I've found many people are surprised to hear that Stephen King wrote it. I'm guessing these are the same people that believe he's just a horror writer, and here you can almost hear the strained twang of elitism in the voice. But sorry, Charlie, Uncle Steve has a bag and
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Kali Srikanth
Shawshank Redemption has been my most favorite movie and this will always be (perhaps this is the best film they ever made in Hollywood. No doubt it still holds no.1 position on IMDb’s list).

I wonder why I liked this book so much. After all, it’s just about a man who is brought to the prison for the double murders (view spoiler) He spends 27 years in there (view spoiler) That’s it. Whole book happens wit
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علي الماجد
من اروع ما قرأت لهذا الكاتب المذهل

رجل سجن خطأ تحت امرة سجان سادي يهوى تعذيب السجناء لكن بحكمة و صبر و اناة يستطيع الهرب من السجن بطريقة غير جديدة في الواقع فقصى نفق تحت الارض هي من اقدم الطرق و اكثرها فشلا

لكن المذهل في الامر كيف اخفى اندي امره عن السجان مع تحفضهم الشديد في التفتيش و فسادهم الذي استشرى كالمرض ثم هناك رد الذي يجلب لك اي شيء من خارج السجون


القصة تعتبر من ادب السجون و التكيف معها لا تختلف كثيرا المهانةو الذل من سجن لاخر رغم انني اراه سجن خمس نجوم مقارنة بمعتقل عربي و لم يشكك بكلامي
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Veronika Duritzdeschain
One of the few books in history that was actually as good as its on screen counterpart, although how they managed to squeeze so much screen time out of such a short story still amazes me. I originally read this book when I was 16, missing my school prom to finish it and I loved it then as I love it now. The true mark of a good story is one that can be told time and time again without you ever realising that you have read it before. This is certainly one of those great stories, from an equally gr ...more
Kelsey
Yet another winning piece from Stephen King. Pitch perfect from start to finish.
Jane Stewart
Talented author, good characters, interesting story.

This novella was first published in the anthology “Different Seasons.” It is available individually as an audiobook, which is how I heard/read it. This review is for the Shawshank story, not the others in the anthology.

I don’t like prison stories because prisoners are helpless victims. But if I’m going to read one, this is probably one of the best. I was surprised that I wasn’t as depressed as I expected to be. It kept my interest. The ending w
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Elizabeth A
This novella by King was the inspiration for the fantastic movie The Shawshank Redemption. If you have yet to see it you must rectify that asap.

I've been distracted as I prepared for an upcoming trip, and found that nothing was holding my interest. Whenever that happens, I invariably end up on King's stoop. He hardly ever disappoints, and he does not this time either. A fast and engrossing read set in a prison in Maine.
Soumaia
Where do I begin !
The movie was and still is my top movie of all time, so.. obviously I needed to read the book !
This is my first Stephen king read and hell if it wasn't a perfect first experience with an author!
I've already fallen in love so baadly with this story with Andy and Red with all the little details that makes the Shawshank Redemption what it is , but reading the original version was as goood as watching the movie,I've actually been reading the words, but feeling and hearing them in
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Alana
I didn't realize it was a Stephen King story when I first saw the movie years ago. This story is brilliant, even though I already knew the story from the film. It's disturbing and brings up some very harsh realities (the institutionalization of prisoners, etc) that are very important to address. Aside from that, though, it's just a brilliant caper. You can't help but cheer for Andy the whole way through.

I only planned to read this story out of the collection, since it is the one that came up in
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Kristi Krumnow
Not unlike The Green Mile in prison theme, this short novel, however, rewards with redemption in lieu of death. Nonetheless, there are similar attributes of prison guards, albeit less draconian than in The Green Mile. The redemptive quality has the reader rooting for the central character, Andy Dufresne. The lovable narrator, Red, ends his journey in Maine with the hopes of traveling to Mexico. The novel's ending, different than the fuzzy-wuzzy cinematic ending wherein Red appears at the Mexican ...more
Praxedes
The full name of this short story is 'Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption', and forms part of a short story collection. I had seen the film years ago and loved it, never realizing it was based on King's writing.

The story takes place over decades, detailing the lives of two life-sentenced inmates in a Maine State Penitentiary: Andy and Red.

The best parts of this story lie in descriptions of what goes on in a convict's mind. Red talks about long-term inmates becoming 'institutionalized', be
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Brian
Love the movie and now the story as well. Movie is probably 90% true to original. Enjoyed it very much, good narration as well.
Caity
Please don’t judge me.... I’m sure the movie is fantastic… but I hated the book.

There are a few things that just make me want to throw this book outside into the rain. I don’t even know how to order my argument so it’s just going to begin.

Ohhhh my god. The narration/storytelling here is just so god damn dull. I think I was about 60 pages in before King stops damn waffling on and starts telling us about what happened. Whenever some hint of plot was mentioned, he kept saying ‘but we’ll get to tha
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Nanne
Anyone who picks up this book these days is likely doing so because they saw the movie Shawshank Redemption and decided to read the story that inspired it. I am no exception to this, Shawshank Redemption is one of my favourite movies of all time and I must have seen it half a dozen times at least and can talk along with big parts of it. To say that this affected the way I read this book is an understatement, I must have read this book with the voice of Morgan Freeman narrating to me the entire t ...more
Riyam Samarrai
"you underestimate yourself" Andy told red. "you're a selfeducated man, a self-made man. A rather remarkable man, I think."
"Hell, I don't even have a high school diploma."
"I know that" he said. "But it isnt just a piece of paper that makes a man. And it isn't just prison that breaks one, either"
Ellen
Oddly I liked the movie better, but still a great read.
Primo Flores
About 2 weeks ago I saw the movie with my wife, and brought memories of channel surfing with my pops, then suddenly getting a glimpse of Morgan Freeman or Tim Robins, I knew we would stay there on that channel for the remainder of the film, we might have done this about 15 times at least, because, Holy Lord!, The Shawshank Redemption is such a good movie!, I don't think we are the only ones, so, I decided to check this book out, it's only 130 pages but, boy!, It sure has been the best read so fa ...more
Zaara
Wow!
I'm glad to say the movie stayed largely true to this fabulous novella. A great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Any afternoon, really.
Dylan
Stephen King draws you into the hopelessness that these prison mates experience on a daily bases. In the run down prison of Shawshank Mr. Andrew Defresne still for some reason shows hope as he lives there for 19 years. Living there he has to deal with homosexual encounters, brutal guards, and a strict warden. Yet Dufresne doesn't let it get him down, and acts almost as if he's waiting for something. Along with his companions Red, and Brooks the short story in the book "different seasons" is not ...more
Selena Defraises
It was probably one of my best ideas to start 2014 by reading this particular book. A tale of hope and courage and patience.
I liked the fact that the story was being told from Red's point of view. This way, the character of Andy Dufresne remained well hidden behind a complex veil of mystery. This novel brings up so many issues -mostly of social nature- like imprisonment, punishment, law, corruption, homosexuality, ambition and so on. Yet through all of these obstacles, Andy Dufresne managed to
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Stephen
When I agreed to do the 2015 Reading Challenge with my good friend (and birthday buddy!) Lisa, I went over the list, mentally picking books I would read for each challenge. Most of them seemed easy enough, but the only one that really threw me for a loop was "READ A BOOK SET IN YOUR HOMETOWN"

Chances are you've probably never heard of my hometown. Mansfield is a medium-sized town in North-East Ohio, part of the "Cleveland Plus" counties, with a respectable populations of 47,000+ citizens. (As of
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Denis
A perfectly crafted novella by Mr. King. The story is straight forward story, complete with beginning middle and end and entertaining as hell. I listened to the audiobook version which was very well narrated. The characters, through good use of language and such, are extremely well developed, especially that of Andy Dufresne, who is a man falsely charged and incarcerated after being accused of murdering his wife. He might have been able to free himself from these charges, but it is clear that th ...more
Asmaa H
At its core Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption is a story of hope. This surprisingly succinct tale is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Set in a prison during the 1940s, the novella revolves around two characters who happen to form a friendship as they serve their time. Red and Andy have been sentenced for a similar crime, the murder of their spouse. Despite this, one character openly admits to his crime (Red) while the other is presumably innocent (Andy). Red, the narrat ...more
Roxanne
I never thought I would like this type of book since I'm a major dystopian fan. This is now one of my favorite books because it has so much meaning and humor. A downfall was that sometimes the story lagged on, but the meaning behind almost every detail makes up for it. My favorite part (SPOILER!) was when I went back through the book and Andy's cell mate, Normaden had said there was a big draft which was from the big hole in the wall. Overall, this was by far one of the best books I have ever re ...more
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