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The Green Mile, Part 5: Night Journey (The Green Mile #5)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  12,245 Ratings  ·  118 Reviews
The electric chair is the focus of a chilling novel set in the deep South during the turbulent 1930's. What would it be like to walk those last 40 yards to the electric chair, knowing you were going to die there? What would it be like for the man who had to strap the condemned in or pull the switch? What would such a job take out of you? Or even creepier, what would it add ...more
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Published July 1st 1996 by Penguin Audio (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still excellent, but this time quite subversive in a christian way. :)

Do a good turn for the Warden? Well, playing Jesus usually doesn't come with bugs, so that's delightfully gross. :) Lots of action this time, and we're reaching the crescendo of the Green Mile novellas.

It's taking a near super-human effort to keep myself from just going ahead and reading through. How did the ancient peoples over a century ago ever stand it? Serials are a thing of the devil.

Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, i-said
Somewhere in here, life got the upper hand and by the time I strolled once more past that bat tree I was able to buy both the 3rd and 4th booklet in this series and the clerk at the store informed me that the 5th was expected any day. I was on the cusp of a long weekend with a veritable feast in front of me.

And so I ate; ramming it in, taking huge gulps at a time, as Paul Edgecombe suffered through the worst urinary infection of his life, All the time trying not to shiver, because the fever ha
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This part gave me a bit of a chuckle! Still amazed that John can heal people and putting doubt into our minds if he did actually kill those girls or did someone else do it? Great 5th book.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This climactic fifth installment of The Green Mile is a culmination of the plot building presented in the previous installments and, thus, is filled with page-turning action. Like the previous installments, King leaves the reader with a dangling story line that must have made his readers in 1996 quite impatient to have to wait a month to find out what happened next. Thankfully, I just have to turn the page.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book, stephen-king
This was actually one of the most interesting and captivating books that I have read from Stephen King & I highly recommend it for any King fans.

I ended up getting this book from a thrift store and normally following the rules of serial books I was only able to get the last three books for the first three were nowhere in sight. As a result I started off reading "The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix" first and I was caught up in the story, knowing the one main aspect of the book and yet not kno
Brian Schwartz
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cliffhanger at the end of THE NIGHT JOURNEY is one of King's most dramatic moments of his writing career. Few characters in King's universe engender the sympathy that John Coffey garners. In a novel, instant gratification is there. The reader only need turn the page to ascertain Coffey's fate. Serialization made this impossible. Readers in 1996 were forced to wait a month to learn Coffey's ultimate fate and how Paul Edgecombe would reconcile the need to do his duty with his fear for his soul ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So. Guess what.

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I got all of these books for free from my dad. His fiancee's daughter was cleaning out her collection and my dad knows I like Stephen King, so he snagged these for me and they've been sitting on my shelf for a few months.

I just started reading them recently, and of course became obsessed.

Well, little did I know, there are not 5 books in this series. There are 6.

Guess how many books I have?

I am so distressed right now, it isn't even fun
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, horror
Thrilling! Read this in one sitting over a long breakfast. As usual, the tension that King creates is tremendous, considering the short chapters. The actual showdown at the warden's house was intense. Somehow, i don't think I'll be able to wait long before I read the conclusion to the story.
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I think this was the most suspenseful installment of the entire series. Edgecomb and his crew sneak Coffey out of the prison to drop in on the warden, and any number of things could go wrong at any moment. Of course, we’re not entirely out of the woods yet, with one more book to go.
Laura Jelenkovich
Mi sembra di sentire la voce di Coffey, provo un odio sincero per Percy e amo follemente King. Che cosa si può dire? Quando dell'inchiostro su carta fa provare emozioni reali e' tutto superfluo. Peccato solo stia per finire
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 down, 1 to go. I don't vividly recall the movie all that well, but this is seeming to match up pretty well with what I do recall. Will be interesting to see if I still think that after watching it this weekend.
i think that part he is most interesting in all book , How Edgecomb and his crow go to this trip to heals the wife of the governor by hand of john coffey , and it's a something which can't explain .
like i said it's the most interesting part .
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another stellar segment of the Green Mile complete! Loved this section and can't wait for the finale! Although I've already seen the movie...
Helen Vilaranda
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The goosebumps keep coming!
Shawn Couture
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
A little slow but ends well.
Tereza Niko
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it is like when you dont expect something tricky
Sam Braida
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Absolutely amazing part of the book.
Jim Glover
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just amazing, so much heart in this one. Can't wait to read the next.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fact that I'm reading these in the serialized fashion in which they were released means my average rating will continue to climb. Soon we'll be at a 4.8898 star average.

So, I'm telling you The Green Mile is great, but with an average rating like that I wouldn't believe me either.
Sonny Sehra
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
“Then I remembered how John Coffey had cured both my urinary tract infection and the broken backs of Delacroix mouse, I finally stepped over the line between just think and do something. And there was something else.”

I saw the movie before I read the books, I’m sorry. If you didn’t know, the movie is based on the book series by Stephen King. It was originally published in six parts, in different books. This part was a really short book but I read the complete serial novel. All six parts in one b
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down. Make believe, fairy tale, who cares............................compelling!
Shawn Birss
This book contains a deep and moving episode in a deep and moving tale. Characters that have been developing clearly and realistically through the whole series have their characters tested in this episode. It all rings so true.

King wisely waited until this book to explicitly introduce spiritual elements and language to the story of The Green Mile. Up until this episode, descriptions, dialogue, and character were all so firmly embedded in the measurable now. Hints were given, and strange occurre
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005-and-before
'Toen ik me herinnerde hoe John Coffey zowel mijn urineweginfectie als de gebroken rug van Delacroixs muis had genezen, stapte ik eindelijk over de streep tussen alleen maar denken en iets dóen. En er was nog iets anders. Iets dat te maken had met Coffey's handen en mijn schoen.'

De dag na de vreselijke dood van Eduard Delacroix nodigt bewaker Paul Edgecombe zijn collega's Dean Stanton, Harry Terwilliger en Brutus Howell thuis uit voor de lunch. Aan de mannen met wie hij al jaren samenwer
Justin Lahey
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
July 1996. The middle of summer. And for me, that was never prime reading season. If I was not on a tennis court giving lessons or training, I was outside doing something else. Yet the Summer of 1996 was not your typical Summer because something beyond my control was going on. Stephen King was delivering monthly installments of a 6-part masterpiece, and I lost complete track of time (and Season). That sunmer, my monthly routines revolved around planning journeys from my small town up to the big ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And so the instalments continue - I will admit that even though I was picking these up as they were being released I felt that we here in the UK were somewhat distanced - now true or not I think the release of such a powerful story was some what lost on us here. The competitions and comments posted at the end of each book offering chances to contribute towards what happened next or just to participate in the event didnt really seem to capture to British reader which is a shame as I just could no ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dans cet avant-dernier épisode, Paul et ses collègues décident d'emmener Caffey chez Melinda, la femme de leur patron atteinte d'un cancer en phase terminale afin de le laisser utiliser son don si étrange. La tension est palpable car Paul prend ici un énorme risque pour sa carrière, mais bien sûr la plus infime chance est à tenter.
Après avoir élaboré un plan pour se débarrasser de Percy, les voilà partis, la peur au ventre. Le lecteur est avec eux dans le camion, et peut-être aussi stressé que P
Yet another great piece of this novel! It keeps bringing you closer and closer to the climax! It is a definite on the edge of your seat part of the story. I am excited to read the last and final part 6 because at this point in the story series things are changing. In that, I mean, that so far the book/series has been following the movie exactly (except with more detail) and with this part 5 it has slightly changed! So, I am excited to find out and to continue to read if the ending is the same as ...more
♥ Marlene♥
Oh good memories. Back in the days my dad gave me such a great gift. He gave me this book, part 1 and told me that from now on, I could go to the bookstore in town each month, to get the next part of the series.

So every month I ran to the bookstore and immediately delved in. Never thinking it might be better to wait till I had all of them, before reading. couldn't, even if I wanted to.

So unlike most people, I did not read the whole book in one, but I read it in 6 sessions.
I am sure I re-read the
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul convinces his staff to help him break John Coffey out of E Block temporarily in order to heal Melinda. Their plan almost goes awry when a heavily drugged Wild Bill grabs ahold of John Coffey as he is led past the cell. The air between them seems charged with anger, fear, and disgust. Wild Bill stumbles away, and the group moves on. The E Block staff have no idea if they'd get out without being discovered, how John would react once outside the compound, and whether he could heal Melinda the ...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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The Green Mile (6 books)
  • The Green Mile, Part 1: The Two Dead Girls
  • The Green Mile, Part 2: The Mouse on the Mile
  • The Green Mile, Part 3: Coffey's Hands
  • The Green Mile, Part 4: The Bad Death of Eduard Delacroix
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