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The Shawshank Redemption (Different Seasons #1)

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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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"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
Sanjay Gautam
Apr 29, 2016 Sanjay Gautam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, friendship, and redemption.

The story begins with the trial of a young banker, Andy Dufresne, victimized by circumstantial evidence, resulting in a conviction for the murder of his wife and her lover. After a quick conviction, Andy finds himsel
Dec 19, 2015 ☮Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite movies and I watch it anytime it's rerun on tv. I've vowed to read more Stephen King because if you skip those of the horror genre, his other books are such wonderful, human stories. Having recently been in on some discussions of another prison book, The Enchanted, I couldn't help but compare the two books as I read along. I love both books, with their similarities and dissimilarities; but Shawshank offers such hope and redemption (I mean it is right there in the title ...more
May 07, 2015 Kelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
Jul 29, 2007 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror fans, Stephen King fans, book-to-film buffs
Shelves: kingstephen
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
Usually, I'm struggling with trying to review my favorite books, because apart from expressions like 'awesome', 'mind-blowing' or 'must-read', not too much can be said about stories like these. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why I tend to enjoy writing snarky reviews of books I disliked way more than trying to compose a decent review on a story I loved and want everyone else to read as well.

"Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption" is one of them. I have to admit, I am a huge fan of prison st
Oct 02, 2015 Kandice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a wonderful story. It's the "Hope Springs Eternal" portion of Different Seasons. That sounds ridiculous on the surface because, it is after all, about a man wrongfully convicted of a double homicide and then incarcerated for decades, but somehow King infuses each page with hope. Even the pages that talk about lining your underwear with toilet paper because you've been raped! Any writer that can do that is a magician and a genius in my opinion!
Oct 09, 2009 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, library, audio
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
Apr 06, 2016 Eirini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Εξαιρετικό βιβλίο,μου άρεσε πάρα πολύ!Είναι έξυπνο,είναι καλογραμμένο,περιγράφει συγκλονιστικα τη ζωή στις φυλακές,δημιουργεί έντονα συναισθήματα,και έχει και χιούμορ σε μικρές δόσεις.
Brit Cheung
Feb 16, 2016 Brit Cheung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every time I Saw the movie, it would give entirely new perspective from which I could continuously break the old self and entrench the new. Having seen the movie no less that ten times, I detected that, amazingly, something fresh would preceed to emerge all the time. That could be something we call Classic.

There could be some reasons that I'd rather call it a “shape who I will be”,but still, I could not exactly tell what the reasons were. The perceptions would evolve with the age. The movie and
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رجل سجن خطأ بتهمة قتل زوجته , تحت امرة سجان سادي يهوى تعذيب السجناء لكن بحكمة و صبر و اناة يستطيع كسب ثقته مستقلا اتقانه للحسابات و من ثم الهرب من السجن بطريقة غير جديدة في الواقع ففكرة 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

ستفين كنج خرج هنا بصورة مغايرة عن قصص الرعب التي اصبح ايقونة لها حتى انه حكى في مقابل
Isabella Roland
Jan 11, 2014 Isabella Roland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2011 A.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Mar 11, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this. It was probably 3 stars for me, but just because I loved the writing, I will add an extra star. I love Stephen King's writing. His characters are richly drawn. There is so much vivid detail that makes them leap from the page. I always love that. There is always a special emphasis on the emotions as well. These details didn't just apply to the characters, but they were also poured into the setting so that you could truly see it.
Ioanna Bouna
Πρωτο βιβλιο του Κινγκ που διαβαζω ...Ξεκινησα με αυτο γιατι γνωρίζω οτι ειναι φλυαρη η γραφη του και οταν συναντω φλυαρη γραφη νοιωθω οτι εχω διασπαση προσοχης σε κλινικη κατασταση ..Το βιβλιο αυτο ειναι μικρο σε όγκο οποτε οι πιθανότητες για υπεραναλυση ηταν μειωμενες ..
Το βιβλιο ηταν ενδιαφερον και ο τροπος περιγραφης της ζωης στις φυλακες πολυ γλαφυρος , οι ηρωες καλα μελετημενοι αλλα αν και βιβλιο 180 σελ. το βρηκα αρκετα κουραστικο σε αρκετα σημεια ,ωστοσο έξυπνα γραμμενο και με γρηγορη ρο
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
Juliet Elise
Jan 25, 2016 Juliet Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to begin. Wow. Just... wow. Stephen King is no doubt my favorite author and I've been pestered for over a year now to watch Shawshank Redemption. "No, not until I read it!" I say every time. The only problem, I didn't have it. Finally, I got Different Seasons for Christmas and just got around to reading Shawshank. What in the world have I been waiting for? The movie must be the best movie in the world if it's true that it's better than the story, which I've been told, bec ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another winning piece from Stephen King. Pitch perfect from start to finish.
Jane Stewart
Sep 24, 2012 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Elizabeth A
Nov 25, 2014 Elizabeth A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stories, 2014
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.
Patty Gerouli
Apr 18, 2016 Patty Gerouli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Keep busy living or keep busy dying" είναι το απόφθεγμα που θα κρατήσω από αυτή την καλογραμμένη ιστορία. Άψογο θα το χαρακτήριζα. Σαν ένα εύγευστο θρεπτικό ενεργειακό ποτό το ένιωσα.
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
Feb 21, 2016 Euge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-books
This is the first novel of "Different seasons" and omg it will stay with me for a while. How can such a short and simple book be so amazing?!
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
Kristi Krumnow
Apr 06, 2015 Kristi Krumnow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Feb 19, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Love the movie and now the story as well. Movie is probably 90% true to original. Enjoyed it very much, good narration as well.
Oct 19, 2015 Ashish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a truly frightening book of his. Yes, King's novels are disturbing, but not scary. A truly powerful yet disturbing account of an injustice law system, and the effects it has on a young man's life. Although imprisoned unjustly, he doesn't complain: it is not in his character. Instead, he decides to fight the system: not with his fists, with his mind. He succeeds. If you liked the movie, you will not be dissapointed in the moody, honest and bold novel. But in the sad case when you ha ...more
Oct 08, 2015 Nanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, novel
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
Aug 12, 2015 Riyam Samarrai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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"
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