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The Body Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, November 1, 1999

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Product Details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141800127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141800127
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,149,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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The disturbing juxtaposition of four young boys and a corpse already makes Stephen King's THE BODY a tremendous thriller. In the hands of one of the most masterful narrators in the audiobook industry, it is truly chilling. This is the tale that inspired the film STAND BY ME, which audiences might recall as spooky but sweet. Offering very little of its sweetness, Frank Muller maintains the ominous undertones of the film while accurately representing the youthful spiritedness of the four boys. R.A.P. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Then they make up for the adventure they will never forget in their life time anymore.
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I watched the movie several times before reading the book, and I can say that both are great.
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I felt as though it cut out too much of the story as it was lowering the readability level.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rennie Petersen on February 3, 2007
Format: Audio Cassette
"The Body" is a novella (shorter than a novel and longer than a short story), and was originally published as one of four novellas in the collection "Different Seasons" (1982). The book "Different Seasons" contains one story for each season, and "The Body" is subtitled "Fall from Innocence".

In "The Body" we are in the company of four 12-year-old boys who are very good friends. The leader of the group is Chris, a tough but smart guy from a down-and-out family with a drunken father. Chris is trying to break out of the destiny his background is forcing him into, and he's the real hero of the story.

Gordie is more the intellectual and sensitive type and is second in command in the group. Gordie tells the story in the first person and sounds very much like Stephen King's alter ego. (The adult Gordie, in writing the story, tells briefly how he has become a successful writer of horror books.)

The last two members of the group are Teddy, the wild one, and Vern, the cautious one. Neither Vern nor Teddy are leaders but they are each very unique and real boys, and almost as important to the story as Chris and Gordie.

Chris, Gordie, Teddy and Vern set out on an adventure, a "pilgrimage" to see the dead body of a boy from another town. Their trek stretches out over two days, much longer than they expected, and involves several unexpected encounters and dangerous situations.

What makes "The Body" such a wonderful story is the way we can relate to these four boys and their lives and the way they interact with each other. Stephen King does a fantastic job of writing about people in a way that makes them seem completely real and authentic. We think back to our own childhood and the struggles and the friendships and the pain of growing up.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
it was a pretty good book. and unlike that person who wrote that other review, i had no problem with the language. i did however have a problem with the language in his review, cause i have no clue what any of that meant, because "that isn't how most people talk" and i had no problem with the adjectives, because stephen king used adjectives normal, everyday people who aren't teachers, actually understand, unlike the ones used in the other review for this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kayla Hunn on May 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
A fall from innocence is exactly what four adolescents experience, in The Body. This novella by Stephen King was originally published in Different Seasons along with three other novellas. This novella is a great read for all teens and even adults. It is an intriguing tale about Gordie Lachance, a twelve year old boy, who feels like he is the “Invisible Man” to his family (King 310). Gordie’s friends are described as “a thief and two feebs” by Gordie’s father (King 309). Gordie and his three friends are all misfits and come from families that are uninterested in their well being, and instead find support through their friendship with one another. Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern go on an adventure to find the body of a young boy who was hit by a train, and died in the woods. When Vern asks “You guys want to go see a dead body?” it obviously spikes the adolescents attention, and gets them thinking about life and its meaning (King 299).

The theme of this novella is described throughout the boys entire journey to find the body Ray Brower. King shows that you can’t hold on to innocence when society is corrupt and untrustworthy. The adolescents discover that bad things are a reality and that they can happen to anyone, even them. While on the adventure Gordie sees a deer early in the morning while all the others are asleep. The deer symbolizes innocence, and the good that is still left in the world. The narrator of the story is Gordie as an adult, telling the story of his summer in 1960. King’s quality of writing is excellent and the tone of the novella is serious and is somewhat looking back in awe.

On this journey they uncover how cruel the world can be, but also how miraculous. In the novella King quotes the bible saying, “In the midst of life, we are in death” (King 343).
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65 of 99 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on January 4, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
No great fan of King, I honestly felt like abandoning this taped reading of <The Body> after the first of the 8 sides; but I decided to stick with it and was glad I did. What turned me off right off the bat was the scatology that so many writers deem absolutely necessary to succeed in a novel or script today. Having been a teacher for too many years and having grown quite fed up with language pollution in the young and the mis-called "mature adult," I find myself avoiding like the plague all company--in real life or on the printed page--that has an arsenal of adjectives limited to variations on two or three words. And I do not buy the argument that asserts "but that's the way people really talk."
Now for what I like very much about this novella. It is a combination of the ancient epic of "Gilgamesh" (why must men die?), the "Odyssey" (a series of harrowing adventures leading to self-awareness), "Huckleberry Finn" (male bonding), and "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" (incipient author learns about life). Add to that list any of the thousands that fit the bill, and you have a very derivative work. But so is "Hamlet" and therefore the derivations are not necessarily a Bad Thing.
The youngsters who take the Great Journey to find the corpse that gives this work its title are not particularly desirable beings; but King is careful to show how little choice they had in their development up to that point in their lives. On the other hand, they are utterly believable, which puts them many notches above characters in other King novels, let alone most novels by any author.
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