The Body: Different Seasons, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The number one best-selling author Stephen King's timeless coming-of-age novella, The Body - set in Castle Rock and originally published in his 1982 short story collection Different Seasons and adapted into the film classic Stand by Me - is now available as a stand-alone publication.
We'd all listened to the Ray Brower story...he was a kid our age.
The small town of Castle Rock is tuning in to the news of a young boy who has gone missing from a nearby town.
Gordie Lachance and his three friends set off along the railway tracks on a quest, determined to become famous by officially finding the boy's body.
But their journey becomes a rite of passage, and as they cross the railway trestle and the tracks begin to hum, the boys encounter an intimation of their own mortality.
Adapted into the 1986 classic film Stand by Me, The Body is an iconic exploration of friendship, loneliness, and adventure, an unforgettable coming-of-age story by master chronicler of small-town adolescence and universal experience, Stephen King.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 48 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||09 September 2021|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 14,212 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
141 in Coming of Age Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
335 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
430 in Horror Fiction
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“Apt Pupil” started really fast and it made me to expect more dramatic turn of events. But it was a little slow in the middle. It is because of the fast paced expectation I had, I guess. Going to read it again after a while. If you are going to read it, read it without any expectations.
“The Body” was a another classic. It was a long, slow injection of emotions tied with childhood memories.
“The Club” is one of those you dont want to finish in the middle of the night and leaves you with the fascinating awe that how a story can meddle with your head and the feelings.
"Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption" is the story of Andy Dufresne, sent to prison for murdering his wife and her lover. Andy quickly stops protesting his innocence after learning that "we're all innocent in here." Andy finds ways to make his sentence more bearable and help some of his fellow inmates. This story was made into the film The Shawshank Redemption .
In "Apt Pupil" we learn that the unassuming and reclusive Arthur Denker is really a Nazi war criminal. A neighborhood boy named Todd knows this and blackmails Denker into teaching him how to torture and kill. The authorities bumble around trying to catch both of them. This story was made into the film Apt Pupil .
"The Body" is about four boys who go on an overnight trek to confirm the rumor of a dead body near some train tracks. As they walk, we learn about each of the boys, their town, and the jokes, stories and games of early 1960's childhood. The story was the basis for the film Stand By Me .
"The Breathing Method" is the only story in this collection that has not--as yet--been made into a film. An aging doctor entertains the other guests at an exclusive club with a story about the breathing method he invented that eased the pains of childbirth. His story focuses on a young mother who used the method under difficult circumstances.
All four of these stories are excellent and well worth reading, even by those who have seen one of the associated films. This is Stephen King at the top of his game.
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I was keen to read Shawshank Redemption and Apt Pupil. Both of which I have enjoyed the movies of.
I found Shawshank to have a much more emotional depth regarding the bond between the two central characters. Also Apt Pupil was far far more sinister than the movie.
Although i am torn to pic a favourite it would have to be Apt Pupil or The Breathing Method. Both left me reeling and in deep thought, for very different reasons.
A huge 5* and Stephen King remains a writing hero of mine.
But "Different Seasons" reveals King's genius as a storyteller. There is so much going on here in the 3 novellas and one short story that takes the writing beyond throwaway popular fiction. Insights into being young, being old, not fitting in to society, being frightened, having hope - all these things and more are themes that run through these wonderful stories. Moving, engaging, gripping and thought-provoking, "Different Seasons" packs considerable punch and offers the reader huge entertainment. In the afterword, King hopes that what he does takes his readers out of themselves and into different worlds. Right now we need that more than ever, and "Different Seasons" really delivers on this. Superb - and a reminder of the brilliance of King's earlier work.
Apt pupil is my favourite. Really dark but absolutely captivating! The film DOES NOT do this book justice. If you are a fan of a darker story this ones for you.
The Body is a coming of age tale and it's a fantastic read. Not usually my thing but it was a brilliant read. (Havent seen Stand by Me)
The Breathing Method is the worst one but still intriguing.
While reading focus on the message of each season. It is really important to the overall experience of the book.