The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption

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by Stephen King, Frank Muller

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A man convicted of 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. 3 cassettes.  See more details below


A man convicted of 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. 3 cassettes.

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Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
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3 Cassettes
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4.40(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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Stephen King, the world's bestselling novelist, was educated at the University of Maine at Orono. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, and their children in Bangor, Maine.

Brief Biography

Bangor, Maine
Date of Birth:
September 21, 1947
Place of Birth:
Portland, Maine
B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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The Shawshank Redemption 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give this book a thumbs up! A great read and it keeps you interested! Although it does give out a lot of information that's not very relevant to the entire story, it does have some good background. I appreciate that. You can very well tell that the author had a lot to say…. And the message was spectacular! I would definitely suggest this book to a friend, but I would also not suggest this to someone lightly offended; for this book does get a little gruesome. I won't give anything away, but there is a significant twist that keeps you reading! I love those kinds of books. Also a quick read, it gives out tons of good information and keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat wordings. I'd say that this book is short and sweet and good for thrill!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King is an excellent book that keeps you reading until the end. King does a very good job at descriptive details; he describes the prison life so well that you would almost believe your right there. The only downfall is the timeline of the book; it jumps back and forth and goes either really fast or really slow. It’s kind of hard to follow along if you don’t truly understand what the timeline is doing. The story is narrated by man named Red, who killed his wife to collect insurance. Everyone is probably thinking “what an awful man” and “I already don’t like this guy” but throughout the story without knowing, you start to actually feel sorry for him and everyone else in the prison. I don’t know what it is that Stephen King does but you really start to feel like they all have done nothing wrong. When a man by the name of Andy Dufrense comes to Shawshank on charges of killing his wife Linda Dufrense and her lover Glenn Quentin, who was a golf pro he changes the prison and he becomes a man nobody will ever forget. Andy claims to be not guilty, and throughout the story he tries to prove that. He usually keeps to himself and he has this attitude about him that doesn’t seem right for a prisoner at Shawshank prison. He walks around calmly and upright just as if he was talking a walk through the park, this doesn’t land Andy many friends. While doing his time in Shawshank he is constantly fighting a battle with these men people call the sisters and his freedom. This book is a very adventurous and somewhat mysterious book, it’s probably not suitable for younger readers just because of the language and some sexual content, but I would definitely recommend it to young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, a book about jail did not sound very interesting to me. As I continued to read on in the book It got to the point where I couldn’t even put it down. You never know what’s going to happen next. I never could guess the ending like in a romantic novel or something. As you went on in the book you start to understand what goes in in the everyday life of jail. Red tells you his point of view or otherwise known as his life stories that he went through during his sentence at Shawshank. Red tells us about Andy and in my point of view Andy is way too smart to be in jail. Andy starts to fit in after a while but is not dumb enough to give in to some of the things that other men would. This man is smart, to find things to do while he’s in jail for life. Jail is not a place where I would like to be, and hearing the stories that red tells makes me not want to be there even more. The life stories were touching in some ways, and sometimes the messages they put through were inspiring. I enjoyed seeing a new perspective of jail, a perspective from someone who has witnessed all of this stuff is a whole different mindset to me. It was very interesting and if you like intrigue you will like this book, and if you find stories told from the perspective of a man in jail interesting then you will like this book. I also really like the author Stephen king, he is a great author and always has great messages associated with his stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first, I did not think that book was going to be interesting. When my teacher was first telling us about the book, I did not really pay attention, I just wanted to do a play and be done with the school year. When I started to get into the book, I could not stop. The wording and the way that everything was put is just fantastic. Stephen King is such an amazing writer, I favor this one out of the couple that I have read. "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption" starts off with Red talking what he had done to be placed in Shawshank. Then it all turned on Andrew Dufresne, known as Andy. Andy is a well put man. Andy was sent to Shawshank in 1948. He was not the type of person to lie. He will just look you straight in the face, with this blank look, and answer you calmly. He was a banker and he knew what his wife was doing, but he had let it go. Now he is here, in Shawshank. How was Andy able to survive the harsh things the sister done to him? He would fight back but sometimes he wasn't able to, then one day, it did not happen anymore. Shawshank is a brutal place to be at, the first night that Andy and the others came in, someone had died. The quards take some things just a little too far, but I guess that shows you who is boss, right? Some of the guys deserve to be in there and some do not. Who do you think deserves to be rehabilitated? No more, I should say. "Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption" is a book that will just keep you reading and reading. There is a mystery to what lays behind the questions I have asked, if you would like to know the answers, then you should start reading the book today!
LukeB0 More than 1 year ago
The book The Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King is an excellent book! Keeping you wondering what happens next! This was a masterpiece of literature! You won’t be able to put it down! The book is about a man named Andy Dufrense who was accused of killing his wife Linda Dufrense, Linda cheated on Andy with a Golf pro, Glen Quentin. Andy is really innocent but is sent to Shawshank prison for life. Andy suffers a hard life in Shawshank. Getting beat up by a group called the sisters who cause trouble in the prison. The sisters always beat up on new inmates like Andy. Andy was a banker before he was convicted of murder, and later does all the prison guards’ taxes. This also lets Andy know the prison guards life outside of Shawshank so he does some clever things and the story gets suspenseful not knowing what Andy's next clever move is. Andy meets a guy convicted of killing his wife for tax collection named Red. At first Red doesn't seem like a guy to like knowing he's a murderer, but as the story goes on Andy and Red become great friends. This book just proves that bad things happen to good people. I recommend this book to anyone looking for adventure, mystery, and moderate suspense.
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
This is one the greatest books AND movies ever written/produced. The movie is up there with the classics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard the storyline of the novella, I didn't think it would be very interesting. Even as a began the first few pages I wasn't hooked right away but then I found myself unable to put it down. What makes it so interesting is that the story is in the perspective of a prisoner himself. It makes the story come to life in a way and gives it a sense of reality. You feel as if you are sitting in jail right beside Red and Andy. As for the story itself, it is an emotional roller coaster. It captures your feelings, all the way from happiness to sympathy. You feel bad for Andy because he is an innocent man, facing a life sentence for a crime he did not commit and dealing with prison hardships that he would never have had to face. You realize that these men have been so used to jail life that when they are released they can't even function in society, such as when Brooks was finally released after spending basically his whole life in prison. All the sadness you feel throughout the story is relieved when Andy outsmarts the cruel guards and warden, to escape prison and live out the rest of his life the way he wants to. He never lets the depression that overcomes most prisoners, get to him. It is also inspirational when Andy uses his capabilities to expand the prison library and educate prisoners that never had the chance to get their high school diploma. This story made me completely change my opinion on King's writing. I enjoyed it before but this story made me think he was an even greater author. I recommend this book to anyone. It is absolutely worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King explores many different things. The book tells a story of friendship in the prison system. It shows the camaraderie between inmates and how each of them looks out for the other as much as they can. The book goes into detail about one specific friendship and explains it every well. “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” can be hard to follow at times. The narrator tends to jump around in the story a lot because he is literally telling the story by memory. He will mention something and then say that he get back to it later. Then, he revisits it. He never leaves you wondering about something after he has mentioned it. If you tend to get lost in a book if the story line does not go in the right order, this is not the book for you. This book does explain a great moral. Never lose hope” is conveyed throughout the entire book. It is very indirect you have to think about it. The book can challenge readers to think outside the box. It also has great suspense and will always keep you guessing. The main character, Andy, has been convicted of a crime. He did not commit the crime as he says and you find out in the first few pages. The book goes into detail about how he has changed and what he does and the way he manages to stay hopeful. The book has a special twist at the end of the story. You find something out that is so small that chances are, you missed it throughout the whole book. The suspense will lead you all the way to the end and you will no thave any unanswered questions. Stephen Kings “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” is a great book of friendship and hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m sure that most people have seen the movie or read the short story by Stephen King “Shawshank Redemption.” This is a story about a man in prison in Red Redding who is telling you about his stint in prison and the story of one of his friends in Shawshank prison. The story is based around Red in the future telling you about Andy Dufresne’s experiences in prison. Andy Dufresne is in jail for the murder of his wife and her lover. This is a crime in which Red believes Andy did not commit. There is a common theme throughout the story and it is to never give up hope. The message is really uplifting. They show that they can make the best of prison and that they look forward to the sunny beaches when they get out. This story has many positives and very few negatives. Positives are: Stephen King is incredible at setting the scene of the story; you can tell that every word of the story is meant to be there and it has an importance. I believe that the point of view in which the story is told helps to see the story in the way that everyone else sees the story; from the outside looking in. You do not know what Andy is thinking, you do not know if Andy is actually guilty of these murders. I also think at the same time that this is just the fun of the story; you do not have to know all of the facts. You are just kind of left with the mystery. There are a few drawbacks of the story for example I wish it were longer! Also the end of the story end sort of abrupt. It would have really been nice if he would have written a sequel. This is a very good book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys drama, moderate suspense, and some thrilling action.
RushMaster More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good. I just wish it wasn't a novella, and it was longer
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was better then the movie it was outstanding I mean how Stephen King talk all about the things in this story Andy got convicted of Murder and he hated staying at Shawshank. The first couple months that he was there he really didn't have any friends til he meet 'red' When andy asked 'I heard your the one who can get things' it really caught me by surprise. Alot of other things that happened in this stroy is that Andy & Red had a very great friendship for over twenty years. This book really is a good one you got to check it out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was to raw to handle. I could not put it down cause it was great!!! If there is another book like this, you bet I am going to look at it. It is slick rick like a magic trick.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing I can say is 'WOW'. King has made a masterpiece which will live among the greats like Green Mile and Hannibal (by Thomas Harris).
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Shawshank Redemption is a masterpiece, with a thrilling ending. The book gives you the words, and the movie gives you the pictures.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great, although I only read Rita Hayworth and the shawshank redemption I was taken away. I had seen the movie earlier last year and feel in love with it. And even if you have or havent seen the movie I belive you will find it very tastfull and fullfilly about hope and how much we can endure through our lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you reading. I found it to be enveloping and it completely carried me away. I would start reading and soon enough it would be 3 hours later and I had just read 150 pages or so. Don't get this book if your pressed for time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a masterpiece of literature!! He tells the story so well. It actually feels like you are in the prison with Andy and Red. This story has a real and very good plot to it. I loved the book!!!