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Czwórka dwunastoletnich przyjaciół przypadkowo dowiaduje się, że w głębokim lesie leży ciało nieboszczyka - zaginionego chłopca. Chłopcy postanawiają udać się tam. Droga wiedzie przez gęstą puszczę. Podczas wędrówki chłopcy napotykają wiele trudności i muszą zmagać się ze swoimi problemami i lękami. Stawiają też czoła groźnej bandzie chuliganów. Wyprawa staje się dla chłop Czwórka dwunastoletnich przyjaciół przypadkowo dowiaduje się, że w głębokim lesie leży ciało nieboszczyka - zaginionego chłopca. Chłopcy postanawiają udać się tam. Droga wiedzie przez gęstą puszczę. Podczas wędrówki chłopcy napotykają wiele trudności i muszą zmagać się ze swoimi problemami i lękami. Stawiają też czoła groźnej bandzie chuliganów. Wyprawa staje się dla chłopców próbą siły ich charakterów, a także okazją by bliżej się poznać. Narratorem opowiadania jest jeden z chłopców - uczestników wyprawy. Jego to oczami widzimy tę historię.


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Czwórka dwunastoletnich przyjaciół przypadkowo dowiaduje się, że w głębokim lesie leży ciało nieboszczyka - zaginionego chłopca. Chłopcy postanawiają udać się tam. Droga wiedzie przez gęstą puszczę. Podczas wędrówki chłopcy napotykają wiele trudności i muszą zmagać się ze swoimi problemami i lękami. Stawiają też czoła groźnej bandzie chuliganów. Wyprawa staje się dla chłop Czwórka dwunastoletnich przyjaciół przypadkowo dowiaduje się, że w głębokim lesie leży ciało nieboszczyka - zaginionego chłopca. Chłopcy postanawiają udać się tam. Droga wiedzie przez gęstą puszczę. Podczas wędrówki chłopcy napotykają wiele trudności i muszą zmagać się ze swoimi problemami i lękami. Stawiają też czoła groźnej bandzie chuliganów. Wyprawa staje się dla chłopców próbą siły ich charakterów, a także okazją by bliżej się poznać. Narratorem opowiadania jest jeden z chłopców - uczestników wyprawy. Jego to oczami widzimy tę historię.

30 review for Ciało [Audiobook PL]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nataliya

    For all of those who keep insisting that Stephen King is a literary equivalent of Big Mac and fries, writing in the comfortable confines of the frequently-despised 'genre' - please take a look at The Body: The Fall from Innocence, which is much more familiar to public in the quite faithful adaptation by Rob Reiner - 'Stand by Me'. It's not King's trademark horror; it is actually free of the constraints of any so-called 'genre'. It is a coming-of-age character-study novella set in 1960 Maine wher For all of those who keep insisting that Stephen King is a literary equivalent of Big Mac and fries, writing in the comfortable confines of the frequently-despised 'genre' - please take a look at The Body: The Fall from Innocence, which is much more familiar to public in the quite faithful adaptation by Rob Reiner - 'Stand by Me'. It's not King's trademark horror; it is actually free of the constraints of any so-called 'genre'. It is a coming-of-age character-study novella set in 1960 Maine where monsters are not hiding behind bushes but instead live in the hearts of people - the setting and themes at which King excels. ************ This is a story of four boys on the brink of adolescence; the last moments of childhood told with occasional almost Bradbury-esque nostalgia but with the rose-tinted glasses mercilessly torn off. The blue-collar childhood in a small Maine town in 1960 is not a place of magic and wonder - these boys are no strangers to abandonment and abuse and prejudice. Hot-tempered and volatile Teddy Duchamp has been physically mutilated by his mentally ill father whom he still worships. Childish and not-too-bright Vern Tessio lives in fear of his brother. Gordie Lachance, whose adult writer self is telling us this story, is little but a stranger to his parents who never got over the death of his older brother. Smart and tough Chris Chambers, a kid from a family that supplies Castle Rock with alcoholics and juvenile delinquents, is being seriously abused by his father and is seen as a worthless and even dangerous person because of his family."Chris didn't talk much about his dad, but we all knew he hated him like poison. Chris was marked up every two weeks or so, bruises on his cheeks and neck or one eye swelled up and as colorful as a sunset, and once he came to school with a big clumsy bandage on the back of his head. Other times he never got to school at all. His mom would call him in sick because he was too lamed up to come in. Chris was smart, really smart, but he played truant a lot, and Mr. Halliburton, the town truant officer, was always showing up at Chris's house, driving his old black Chevrolet with the NO RIDERS sticker in the corner of the windshield. If Chris was being truant and Bertie (as we called him - always behind his back, of course) caught him, he would haul him back to school and see that Chris got detention for a week. But if Bertie found out that Chris was home because his father had beaten the shit out of him, Bertie just went away and didn't say boo to a cuckoo bird. It never occurred to me to question this set of priorities until about twenty years later."But childhood, even though not at all sheltered, still gives them something of a shield against the world - that sense of invulnerability that only the young children have, the love for adventure, and the protection of sincere and lighthearted friendship."Everything was there and around us. We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going. It was grand." ********** But we meet them right at the time when they are about to leave the protection of childhood behind them, when in the miserably hot summer of 1960 they set out on a trip to find a body of a boy who disappeared in the woods - a trip that makes at least two of them go through quite significant emotional turmoil and reevaluate their priorities and see the strengthening of one friendship while the others fall apart as the realization sets in that there is more to friendship than just fun and leisure. This is a trip that uncovers both the steel and the vulnerability in the characters of Chris and Gordie, and shoves them from the haven of childhood into the world where things take work and sacrifice and pain, the world that is often cruel and cynical and unavoidable."But he said: "Your friends drag you down, Gordie. Don't you know that? [...] Your friends do. They're like drowning guys that are holding onto your legs. You can't save them. You can only drown with them."**** This is a scary realization when you are young - that your friends are not good for you. I remember getting that feeling at around twelve, the age the boys in this book are, and I remember how unsettling that realization was. At that time it feels like friendships are forever, and that things that connect you to other people are there to stay - and realizing how easy and even necessary it can be to break those bonds is quite unsettling. "You always know the truth, because when you cut yourself or someone else with it, there's always a bloody show."****** And some of this is present here - but on the other hand we are also treated to the strengthening of the true friendship between Gordie and Chris. Gordie, a kid who is emotionally neglected by his family, acutely feels the sincerity and kindness that Chris brings into the world, despite his 'tough' origins - Chris, the center of this ragtag group, is grown up beyond his years, and has some hard-earned wisdom for his twelve years of age, sprinkled with a bit of pain and bitterness but grounded in common sense."But it was only survival. We were clinging to each other in deep water. I've explained about Chris, I think; my reasons for clinging to him were less definable. His desire to get away from Castle Rock and out of the mill's shadow seemed to me to be my best part, and I could not just leave him to sink or swim on his own. If he had drowned, that part of me would have drowned with him, I think."********** I love the narrative voice of this story - the narration by a young but accomplished writer Gordon Lachance, bringing the perspective that the few decades that have passed since that summer of 1960 have given him - but yet conveying the feelings and the attitudes of a twelve-year-old boy who feels both resentment and love and experiences profound beauty and the low of human ugliness. There are lyrical parts and trademark-King unflinching gory parts, and social commentary without the slightest sugar-coating. The story is peppered in places with the stories written by older Gordon and full of reflections of the adult man reflecting on the important and defining experience of the end of his childhood. "The most important things are hardest to say, because words diminish them." It is a fascinating, engrossing read, the one that is well worth several hours of your time, even if you have never been a fan of King. 5 stars and highly recommend!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Stephen King’s wonderful 1982 novella, which was transformed into the classic 1986 film, Stand By Me, four young boys to come of age over a weekend together. Set in 1960, the story takes place in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine, where twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends are ready to set out to substantiate the rumours that the body of a missing boy has turned up near the next town. As the boys to begin their summer trek, they must come together to face winding train tracks Stephen King’s wonderful 1982 novella, which was transformed into the classic 1986 film, Stand By Me, four young boys to come of age over a weekend together. Set in 1960, the story takes place in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine, where twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends are ready to set out to substantiate the rumours that the body of a missing boy has turned up near the next town. As the boys to begin their summer trek, they must come together to face winding train tracks, a brief dip in an interesting water hole, and a great deal of self-discovery. In a story that seeks to explore the innermost thoughts and feelings of these four, the reader can see that emotions run deep and that the ‘tough guy’ exteriors are only a pre-teen facade. King pulls the reader in from the outset in this well-paced piece, which shows just how amazing youth can be, when tempered with a little sobering maturity. Recommended for those who like King and his various writing styles. No need to be wary, for there is little gore, but enough language that some readers may want to look elsewhere. I always enjoy Stephen King pieces, as they keep me wondering where things will go in his circuitous writing style. There was a strict ban on my reading his novels when I was younger, for reasons I am not entirely sure I remember. My adult years have been spent catching up and I have come to see that King can be a little intense, but he has a great deal I thoroughly enjoy. King offers up a lighter novella here, allowing his characters to develop nicely without the excessive gore. Gordie Lachance is both the presumptive protagonist and the ‘author’ of this story, a flashback piece penned when he was much older. Lachance explores some of the sentiments of his own childhood, as well as honing his skills as a writer. Gordie offers up much development as it relates to his friends, giving the reader a more comprehensive approach to those who populate the story. Through a series of events that weave together into the larger story, King allows his characters to mature through their learning experiences. Keeping the reader engaged throughout this quick read, King shows just how strong his writing can be, close to four decades later. Kudos, Mr. King, for another wonderful piece of writing. I am happy to have stumbled upon this one and will admit that I have not seen Stand By Me in its entirety, which will soon change. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ The premise is simple: “Do you guys wanna go see a dead body?” The end product is quite possibly the best coming-of-age story ever written. This is what the saying “boys will be boys” is about. It’s about going on an adventure, and saying swear words when out of your parents’ earshot, and trying a cigarette just so you can say you did, and standing up to bullies, and most of all it’s about friendship. Because really? “I never had any f Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ The premise is simple: “Do you guys wanna go see a dead body?” The end product is quite possibly the best coming-of-age story ever written. This is what the saying “boys will be boys” is about. It’s about going on an adventure, and saying swear words when out of your parents’ earshot, and trying a cigarette just so you can say you did, and standing up to bullies, and most of all it’s about friendship. Because really? “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, did you?” I decided to give this one a listen after forcing it on my oldest son in order to make sure he’s actually reading when he says he is. There’s a good chance he’ll choose to be contrary simply to hurt my feelings since even the most decent teenager is still pretty horrible. The good news is I was able to pull a double-whammy and make the youngest listen too on the way to and from his baseball tournament this weekend. He arrived a little late to the party when Gordy and the boys were getting ready to meet Milo Pressman and the notorious “Chopper” and was on the edge of his seat during the train dodge. He completely blew me away when he complained as I hit strategically hit pause at a certain point in the story so we could hear it in full the next morning. And what a morning we had! A total barf-o-rama full of cackling and full-blown guffaws. An obvious must for any Constant Reader and, as far as I’m concerned, anyone else as well. Truly an actual contender when it comes to the “like this or we can’t be friends” option. It’s that good. And the movie is one of the best book-to-screen translations in the history of filmmaking. Perfection. Endnote: This was my third audio book and I finally found a winner. Frank Muller’s voice was just like butter. The only thing that could have been better is if it would have been Richard Dreyfus doing the narrating : )

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leo .

    Well what can I say? What a great coming of age drama. King at his absolute best. When this story was made into a film Stand By Me with River Phoenix and Keifer Sutherland I thought there is no way they will make the movie as good as the book. Well I was wrong, the film is brilliant too.👍🐯 "So darling, darling, stand, by me, oooooooh! Stand, by me..."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I really liked the movie Stand By Me so I knew going in to expect a great read, but what I found was so much more.The Body is a timeless coming-of-age story. Set in late summer of 1960's Maine, four twelve-year-old buddies, all with strangely abusive and dysfunctional families, take a longer than anticipated walking trip in hopes of seeing a dead body rumored to be hit by a train. As their many harrowing adventures and touching personal stories unfold, they run into big trouble with some older d I really liked the movie Stand By Me so I knew going in to expect a great read, but what I found was so much more.The Body is a timeless coming-of-age story. Set in late summer of 1960's Maine, four twelve-year-old buddies, all with strangely abusive and dysfunctional families, take a longer than anticipated walking trip in hopes of seeing a dead body rumored to be hit by a train. As their many harrowing adventures and touching personal stories unfold, they run into big trouble with some older dudes, but rein victorious......or so they think.In the end, the boys discover many tough, but important lessons about life, and the narrator (unlike in the movie) reveals how three of the lads sadly meet their untimely demise. The only downside for me is wishing I would have skipped the five plus hours of audio and opted for a good old ordinary book. 4.5 Stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    4.5 Stars I LOVE the movie Stand By Me. I don't know if its because its a great film(it is). Or if it's because I watched it around the same time, I watched movies like The Sandlot and My Girl. So in my mind I just equate them with summers in my childhood. I haven't watched Stand By Me in probably over 15years, it was probably around the same time I read this book for the first time. I remember not really liking the book back then. I think it was the combination of it being a non-horror Stephen K 4.5 Stars I LOVE the movie Stand By Me. I don't know if its because its a great film(it is). Or if it's because I watched it around the same time, I watched movies like The Sandlot and My Girl. So in my mind I just equate them with summers in my childhood. I haven't watched Stand By Me in probably over 15years, it was probably around the same time I read this book for the first time. I remember not really liking the book back then. I think it was the combination of it being a non-horror Stephen King book and/or because I loved the movie so much. This time around I loved this book the only thing stopping it from being a 5 star read is that its in my opinion too short. I want more. As an adult I read this book in a completely different way and I'm sure that I would view the movie differently now as well. The Body is about 4 friends who decide to go on a weekend "adventure" to find the rumored body of a kid who was hit by a train. It's Stephen King so know its gonna be a darker read but despite that morbid premise The Body is a story of friendships. The boys are around 12 years old and they've been inseparable for years but they can feel themselves growing apart. High School tends to do that. When I was a kid I hung out with about 6 girls and we just knew we would be friends forever but by sophomore year I was only still friends with 3 and as an adult I'm only friends with 1. Times change. In high school I found my tribe but I still have fond memories of my preteen "girl gang", even if I'm no longer friends with them. The Body is the perfect gateway drug to start reading Stephen King. Its not scary, its not gory(maybe a little bit gory), and it has a lot of heart.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    This early Stephen King story was adapted into the 1986 movie Stand by Me. The setting is 1960s Maine where four young teens take a walking adventure trip looking for a dead boy's body. If you grew up in the 50s and 60s, this is the kind of stuff you would do, damn the consequences. Great story telling by a master story teller.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Rolfe

    A beauty. Not gonna lie, I teared up about Chris. One of King's greatest stories.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helga

    “The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. It’s hard to make strangers care about the good things in your life.” Besides Charles Dickens and Ruth Hogan, Stephen King is one of the few authors I admire who has always been able to stir so many different emotions in me in a single book. Any other author could have written the simple story of 4 adolescents, who decide to embark on a journey to see the body of another youth, who has been killed by a train. But no “The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them. It’s hard to make strangers care about the good things in your life.” Besides Charles Dickens and Ruth Hogan, Stephen King is one of the few authors I admire who has always been able to stir so many different emotions in me in a single book. Any other author could have written the simple story of 4 adolescents, who decide to embark on a journey to see the body of another youth, who has been killed by a train. But not anyone could have conveyed the senses of pleasure, misery, horror, rage, decency, camaraderie, wonderment and sympathy embedded throughout the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    5 stars Simply amazing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This was okay. I listened to it on audio, narrated by Frank Muller. I think this was my first time listening to him as a narrator, and I thought he was great. The story itself was nothing special. It was very classic Stephen King, a coming of age story for four boys in Castle Rock, Maine. I was reminded a lot of IT- not because anything in the book was all that scary, but just because the boys seemed like they were doing a lot of the same things. (Walking train tracks through the woods, battling This was okay. I listened to it on audio, narrated by Frank Muller. I think this was my first time listening to him as a narrator, and I thought he was great. The story itself was nothing special. It was very classic Stephen King, a coming of age story for four boys in Castle Rock, Maine. I was reminded a lot of IT- not because anything in the book was all that scary, but just because the boys seemed like they were doing a lot of the same things. (Walking train tracks through the woods, battling bullies, swimming, etc.) One of them is even a writer- which I believe one of the kids in IT grows up to be? The whole thing was so similar it just struck me as odd. Sure, King reuses a lot of the same themes, (set in Maine, writers, coming of age, kids as heroes, bullies, etc.) but nothing I've ever read from him made me go- gee, haven't I heard this story before? It just seemed lazy to me. The highlight, for me, was the stories we're given from the writer, Gordie. He has one about a man named Chico, that's autobiographical for him in a way, and I really enjoyed it. In the end, I'm not really sure what the point of The Body was. Kids go on a walk to find a body. That's pretty much it. Maybe I just couldn't relate. I know this was originally part of a collection, so I wouldn't rule the entire collection out- I just wouldn't bother re-reading this one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    This my second reading of The Body, and its just as powerful this time round, at times even more so because knowing how it ends changes how it reads, if that makes sense. It's strongly linked in my mind with the movie (Stand By Me), which really captured this story, I think. I picture Chris as he was portrayed by River Phoenix for example (the same goes for the rest of them). For me the movie blends perfectly with the book (in my mind at least). I think it is a story I'll return to many times, b This my second reading of The Body, and its just as powerful this time round, at times even more so because knowing how it ends changes how it reads, if that makes sense. It's strongly linked in my mind with the movie (Stand By Me), which really captured this story, I think. I picture Chris as he was portrayed by River Phoenix for example (the same goes for the rest of them). For me the movie blends perfectly with the book (in my mind at least). I think it is a story I'll return to many times, both in book and film form. It really captures something beautiful and special. A firm favourite.

  13. 5 out of 5

    J.C.

    I feel like I just watched an audio-only version of the film "Stand By Me". Which makes sense as this was the original story that inspired the movie. And its surprising how much the movie not only followed the original story, but captured much of its spirit. Certainly the King version is much more vulgar and up front, but the wonder of youth and the harsh reality of time is there, in the film. I've always wanted to read this. I've always been a huge fan of the film and was always curious as to K I feel like I just watched an audio-only version of the film "Stand By Me". Which makes sense as this was the original story that inspired the movie. And its surprising how much the movie not only followed the original story, but captured much of its spirit. Certainly the King version is much more vulgar and up front, but the wonder of youth and the harsh reality of time is there, in the film. I've always wanted to read this. I've always been a huge fan of the film and was always curious as to King's take on it. Much of King's material goes back to a group of kids, a pack, going through some kind of bizarre adventure. One only has to look at "It" and "Dreamcatcher" to see this. Both are very strong tales, some say his best (I've only read Dreamcatcher, FYI), and that is the same case here. The one thing I will say that seperates the tale from the film is the ending. It's much broader here, more real and more heart breaking. I wont spoil it beyond that point. But, even though I hate to see things turn out in such a fashion for those characters, it makes sense to me. I think it's logical given the theme of the story and I don't think it's harsh or cruel or out of context. If you enjoyed the movie or enjoy King's work this is another that I highly recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    this was like a 2.5/3 for me. Sorry if you're really into it, lol. It had some really nice moments but otherwise I was kinda meh about it. Maybe if I had read a physical copy I would have had more of an emotional response to it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Banny Carstairs

    "We knew exactly who we were and exactly where we were going. It was grand"

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    The only other thing that I've ever read by Stephen King roughly the first 200 pages of Under The Dome. I gave up on it after I realized how vulgar the writing was. That was a while ago, and I have read many books since then, and my tastes have developed more. I decide to try out reading The Body because it was classified as young adult, and it might be less... The book was perfectly fine, It was almost similar to the Outsiders. It was just shy of 200 pages, and if it was any longer, I would hav The only other thing that I've ever read by Stephen King roughly the first 200 pages of Under The Dome. I gave up on it after I realized how vulgar the writing was. That was a while ago, and I have read many books since then, and my tastes have developed more. I decide to try out reading The Body because it was classified as young adult, and it might be less... The book was perfectly fine, It was almost similar to the Outsiders. It was just shy of 200 pages, and if it was any longer, I would have never entertained the idea of reading it. It was still a little graphic to be classified as young adult, but I suppose that is the best you will get with a Stephen King book. 3.5/5 stars. I may read something else by Stephen King, but it will not be anywhere in the foreseeable future.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    The straightforward, but somehow magical recount of four boys looking for a body, sounds like it should be so much less than it is. The harsh reality of life, leaking out of a would-be romantic childhood adventure, lulls you into the wonder of youthful friendship, then slams you hard with the realization that life happens to everyone, and nothing about that is fair. You wouldn't need to read between the lines for this to be a great story. King lays everything out for you, gut-wrenching but heart The straightforward, but somehow magical recount of four boys looking for a body, sounds like it should be so much less than it is. The harsh reality of life, leaking out of a would-be romantic childhood adventure, lulls you into the wonder of youthful friendship, then slams you hard with the realization that life happens to everyone, and nothing about that is fair. You wouldn't need to read between the lines for this to be a great story. King lays everything out for you, gut-wrenching but heartfelt, take it or leave it. I've always liked it when a story had the power to make me cry, and this one did far more than that. Nothing that bad happens though, it isn't epic and romantic, not at all, but it's real and it feels real. It made me angry and sad, gasping for breath and tears rolling down my cheeks, slamming my head down into my pillow, at the unfairness of it all. I've cried over many a book before, but I have never felt quite like this before, satisfied, but snubbed. Any story that can illicit that response from me is all right in my book, and I give it my recommendation with the highest regard.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    The inspiration for the highly-rated 1986 film Stand By Me, The Body is different than Stephen King's usual writing. Unlike his gory horror novels, this short story is just a book about four misfit kids who go on a hike to find a rumored dead body downtown, but on the way, they learn about friendship and family and reputation, and they also learn the real meaning of death, and what once became an immature adventure they eventually see the seriousness behind.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Himanshu Karmacharya

    "The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words make them smaller." This is what I thought about when reviewing this book. Words cannot describe all the feelings it made me feel. It left me with a hole in my heart, as I cannot fathom how to cope, now that the book is over.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ

    With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles What would you think if I sang out of tune Would you stand up and walk out on me Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song And I'll try not to sing out of key Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends What do I do when my love is away Does it worry you to be alone? How do I feel by the end of the day Are you sad because you're on your own No, I get by With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles What would you think if I sang out of tune Would you stand up and walk out on me Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song And I'll try not to sing out of key Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends What do I do when my love is away Does it worry you to be alone? How do I feel by the end of the day Are you sad because you're on your own No, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Do you need anybody I need somebody to love Could it be anybody I want somebody to love Would you believe in a love at first sight Yes, I'm certain that it happens all the time What do you see when you turn out the light I can't tell you but I know it's mine Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Do you need anybody I just need someone to love Could it be anybody I want somebody to love Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, gonna try with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Yes I get by with a little help from my friends With a little help from my friends An amazing and remarkable story about friendship. what is a friendship? Friendship is like the sun above thats always shining bright, Friendship is like a golden smile that warms the coldest night, Friendship is a priceless gift of faithfullness and grace, and nothing in this world could ever take true friendships place... The story is so sobering but touchful, u'll learn more about how to be a good friend, to be a good man for your brother even he was dead. how to be a meaningfulman in short life. Gosh, I love this short novel so much. Unforgettable characters and absolutely magnificient story. something in this book will make me read it again, and again, and again. haunts me by a warm feeling. and... this book has made me remembered my old friend who's dead :( Wonderful people are carefully created by God Wonderful moments are carefully planned by God, Wonderful friends like you are carefully gifted by God Hundred words does not give pain. But a true friend silence makes more tears in heart. Make your life a house your heart can live in. With a door that is open to receive friends. And a garden full of memories.... of many good things But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine

  21. 4 out of 5

    Peter Derk

    When we visited my grandma, she had one VHS we watched all the time: Stand By Me. It was like a ritual. Every time we visited, when it was time to find something to watch, that's what we watched. It was like a ritual because I don't know how it started, and I don't remember the last time. But for years, it's what we did, and just the look of the movie reminds me of visiting her house. It made a great movie for this sort of thing. When you're a kid, Stand By Me is just a little...advanced. Or it When we visited my grandma, she had one VHS we watched all the time: Stand By Me. It was like a ritual. Every time we visited, when it was time to find something to watch, that's what we watched. It was like a ritual because I don't know how it started, and I don't remember the last time. But for years, it's what we did, and just the look of the movie reminds me of visiting her house. It made a great movie for this sort of thing. When you're a kid, Stand By Me is just a little...advanced. Or it feels that way. It feels like something that's not totally outside the stuff you should be watching, but it's not like watching Nick Jr. either. And then you get older, and it's still pretty great. The book and the movie are very close. The events are very nearly identical, for the most part. If you're familiar with the movie, the book doesn't hold a ton of surprises. But there's a little more depth, and the ending wraps things up more. The movie ending is really good, and so is the book ending. Different, but both worthwhile. The only knock on the book, it contains a couple short stories. The one is clearly designed to give us some insight into Gordon's relationship with his older brother. It's not bad, but it feels like it's just kind of in there. I don't know that I needed it, or maybe that I needed as much of it as I got. Stories within stories are tough. The pie-eating contest really works because it's exactly the kind of story a kid that age would make up, and it has the feel of lore that a kid that age passes around. But the brother story, I dunno. I think it's supposed to be from an early "professional" writing of Gordon's, which is fine, but it's the only time in the book we really get into this period between childhood and the present, and bridging those times with a story written by a 20-something(?) Gordon, as being re-read by an adult Gordon, detailing events from childhood Gordon, it's a little complicated. That said, that's a nitpick on a really good book, and a book that I'd recommend to folks who want to try out some King but aren't big horror buffs. If you liked the kids in the 50's business of something like IT, this is a great choice.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas

    The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have pe The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them - words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked up within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear. I was twelve going on thirteen when I first saw a dead human being. It happened in 1960, a long time ago… although sometimes it doesn’t seem that long to me. Especially on the nights I wake up from dreams where the hail falls into his open eyes. If you can’t recognize the profound truth in those words and you don’t feel compelled to keep reading, you probably haven’t spent more than a span of seconds contemplating anything heavier than whether or not Charlie Brown is always going to fall for Lucy’s football gag. The Body eloquently captures the coming of age experience of Gordon Lachance, big-shot writer, but one time wet end skulking around Castle Rock in the 1960s - suggesting and completing dares, playing cards, avoiding home and thinking about the changes coming in the future while generally trying to avoid melting into the blistering pavement under that late August Summer sun. In short, it captures what it was like to be a young boy in America “back then” without glorifying it. There was nothing to glorify. You couldn’t really leave your doors unlocked (even in a sleepy burg like Castle Rock) and middle-class small towns harbored just as many demons and just as much dysfunction as our bustling and complex inner cities. It’s relateability across generations is a testament to the novella’s staying power and the staying power of the American experience - at least of males - and I can see parts of my own childhood in parallel twenty years and a continent away basically unchanged in sentiment and psychology. This shouldn’t be a surprise given King’s obsessive fascination with childhood. One gets the impression that he’s spent years mulling over his own experiences and extracting from it the very essence that’s at the core of the American experience and then lays it out in ways that are able to reach your bedrock unlike anyone else in the world. The Body is sentimental, but pulls no punches. The underlying subtext is one of closing, finality, and loss and in spite of the financial and personal success that lay in store for Lachance (the story’s narrator), there’s a definitively dark and hopeless tone to the experience that makes the word nostalgia not quite fit the bill. It’s not an experience that he has any desire to return to. It just is. The death of childhood (or the Fall from Innocence, as the novella is subtitled) is a tragedy that some people never recover from and attempts to recover it often end in more pain than the initial separation, but there’s a strong compulsion to sometimes like feeling out a cavity with your tongue or poking at a cut to see if it still hurts. For me the center of the story isn’t Gordon Lachance’s maturation, it’s the tragedy of Chris Chambers. All of the characters are from dysfunctional homes and suffer on a spectrum ranging from neglect to abuse, but none have it worse than Chambers. There’s a beauty to his struggle agains the grasping hands of poverty, genetics, and small town politics that makes you root for him on a profound level. He’s what charismatic and tough guys like Ace Merrill could be if they weren’t swallowed whole by their own selfish desires and self-centeredness. He’s the hero of the story and his friendship with Lachance and his protectorship of the gang is so mature and admirable that it tugs pretty strongly on your heartstrings. Nowhere is this more apparent in his seminal advice to Lachance. Prescient, wise and selfless, it’s one of the most poignant statements of friendship in fiction. ”I wish to fuck I was your father!” he said angrily. “You wouldn’t go around talking about taking those stupid shop courses if I was! It’s like God gave you something, all those stories you can make up, and He said: This is what we got for you, kid. Try not to lose it. But kids lose everything unless somebody looks out for them and if your folks are too fucked up to do it then maybe I ought to.” … “Those stories you tell, they’re no good to anybody but you, Gordie. If you go along with us just because you don’t want the gang to break up, you’ll wind up just another grunt, makin C’s to get on the teams. You’ll get to High and take the same fuckin shop courses and throw erasers and pull your meat along with the rest of the grunts. Get detentions. Fuckin suspensions. And after awhile all you’ll care about is gettin a car so you can take some skag to the hops or down to the fuckin Twin Bridges Tavern. Then you’ll knock her up and spend the rest of your life in the mill or some fuckin shoeshop in Auburn or maybe even up to Hillcrest plucking chickens. And that pie story will never get written down. Nothin’ll get written down. Cause you’ll just be another wisely with shit for brains.” Chris Chambers was twelve when he said all that to me. But while he was saying it his face crumpled and folded into something older, oldest, ageless. He spoke tonelessly, colorlessly, but nevertheless, what he said struck terror into my bowels. It was as if he had lived that whole life already… And it’s reciprocation later in life, after the choices have been made, the lumps have been taken, and the die cast seems to fall tragically short. It’s almost there, but remains forever incomplete; it’s a scar that Lachance carries around for the rest of his life. It’s a scar we all carry when we look back on the past and think of the debts we owe to those people in our lives at that pivotal moment. Sit back and let the master take you back through your own childhood by taking a tour through his.

  23. 5 out of 5

    André Mwansa

    My favourite by this author. .......

  24. 5 out of 5

    Scott Semegran

    This is the third time I’ve read this novella and my love for it has not diminished one bit. But for this review, I wanted to take a closer look at the structure of the story and try to discover why I love it. Structurally, this novella is flawed. There are some things about it that I do not like at all and detract from the overall plot and narrative. But even with its flaws, it is an amazing story with literary flourishes and fully-formed characters. It has a touch of nostalgia and reveals an e This is the third time I’ve read this novella and my love for it has not diminished one bit. But for this review, I wanted to take a closer look at the structure of the story and try to discover why I love it. Structurally, this novella is flawed. There are some things about it that I do not like at all and detract from the overall plot and narrative. But even with its flaws, it is an amazing story with literary flourishes and fully-formed characters. It has a touch of nostalgia and reveals an endearing remembrance of a friendship whose power is not diminished over time. It’s an affecting depiction of the power of friendship. “The most important things are the hardest things to say…” is the mantra of this story. Stephen King repeats this mantra a few times, even parses it at one point, then admits to the irony of an author declaring that words diminish the important things in our lives. Here’s the brief book description: It’s 1960 in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. Ray Brower, a boy from a nearby town, has disappeared, and twelve-year-old Gordie Lachance and his three friends set out on a quest to find his body along the railroad tracks. During the course of their journey, Gordie, Chris Chambers, Teddy Duchamp, and Vern Tessio come to terms with death and the harsh truths of growing up in a small factory town that doesn’t offer much in the way of a future. This novella is the basis for the classic movie Stand by Me. King shows great descriptive flair and the dialogue is snappy and true to life. Gordie (the narrator and one of the boys as an adult) is likeable and an effective storyteller who reveals the goodness beneath the hard exterior that is beginning to form during this formidable time in their lives. The story is both an adventure and a coming-of-age tale with a bit of mystery. We, the readers, never find out how or why exactly Ray Brower is killed, neither at the time or in hindsight. But the initial spookiness of his death and the morbid desire of the boys to see his body eventually turns into a meditation on life, what Ray Brower will be missing, and what the four friends unintentionally have to look forward to in their own lives. The connection between the four friends is palpable, particularly between Gordie and Chris. They eventually find the wherewithal to do better in school so they can escape the oppressive blue-collar life of the town of Castle Rock. And the connection they have begins with this adventure to find Ray Brower. Structurally, I feel the novella fails in a couple of areas. First, two short stories are included—in full—within the novella that are examples of what Gordie publishes as an adult when he becomes a professional writer. Unfortunately, they do not add anything to the story of the four, young friends; and the "pie eating contest" could have more effectively been told by young Gordie as a campfire tale within the main narrative. Second, the ending is a letdown. It feels—to me—like King didn’t know what to do with a story like this, as it was way outside of his wheelhouse at the time of its original publication. The morbid Ch 33 and deflated Ch 34 (the last two chapters) seem as if King decided to “right the ship” and steer the plot to an ending that would ultimately satisfy his horror-loving readership, rather than find meaning in the things he was exploring in this story: friendship, camaraderie, and many of the important things in one’s life. “The most important things are the hardest things to say…” And as we are reminded of this time and time again in the story, King chose not to say them, or even to try to attempt to say what he really wanted to say. A period of great friendship in a person’s life can have a lasting effect, one that resonates long after the friendship is over, as is evident in a story like this. In the end, King was and still is known as a horror writer, and there was no way he was going to end this story on a positive note. But again, even with these flaws, I love this story and novella. The friendship between the boys is the heart of the story and I love their adventure and the way they lookout (mostly) for each other. I love that an adventure like this can be known only to its principal actors, as no one in Castle Rock was aware of what they did during their time looking for Ray Brower, and it’s a secret we share with the boys. And I love being reminded that any preconceptions you can have about a writer can be shattered with a curveball like this. King summarizes the story best at the end of Ch 11. “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, did you?” Now that is the true conclusion of this wonderful novella.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hafsa Sabira

    This short story is beautiful beyond description. Where do I even start? At first,I must put a few words about the cover and the title. In our literature classes we were often required to analyse the cover pictures and the titles and were asked to find their relation with the content of the book. If that's the case with this book, it's just about 100% perfectly matched with the context. See how it's 4 boys walking along a railway track? That's pretty much the whole story right there. If there's ev This short story is beautiful beyond description. Where do I even start? At first,I must put a few words about the cover and the title. In our literature classes we were often required to analyse the cover pictures and the titles and were asked to find their relation with the content of the book. If that's the case with this book, it's just about 100% perfectly matched with the context. See how it's 4 boys walking along a railway track? That's pretty much the whole story right there. If there's ever a good short story about friendship, preteen psychology and life in the wild, this story should belong in that list. The boys growing up in a small town, recently discovering the taste of whatever is prohibited, jumps at the opportunity to run into the wild to see a dead body. The sudden urge to prove themselves and become heroes turns into something more than just a journey into the jungle. This is where the boys will discover themselves more, feel the true form of friendship and set their destinies. To be honest, loved every single part of this story. There are parts where I cried. There are parts where I felt scared. This is a story that can make you feel so many things. I am glad that I decided to give it a try.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    Engaging wonderful experience watching and listening to some twelve-year-old boys. But the ending was a downer. 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 solely for The Body, not the others in the anthology. The Body was also made into the movie “Stand By Me.” This is a novella, but it didn’t feel like a short story. The characters were wonderfully developed. I was frequently smi Engaging wonderful experience watching and listening to some twelve-year-old boys. But the ending was a downer. 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 solely for The Body, not the others in the anthology. The Body was also made into the movie “Stand By Me.” This is a novella, but it didn’t feel like a short story. The characters were wonderfully developed. I was frequently smiling as I listened to these four twelve-year-old boys hanging out and taking a sixteen hour walk. This book is alive. You feel like you’re right there with them. I loved the dialogue. Things they liked they called “boss.” No one wanted to be a pu*** (wimp). They did stupid things. They did heroic things (that also were stupid). They were brave. They cried. They were loyal to each other. One of them was slow mentally. All of them came from troubled homes. Gordon’s parents weren’t physically abusive, but they were emotionally gone. Chris’ alcoholic father beat him frequently and severely. The abuse parts were not the main story, but it’s behind things. The best part was the kids’ friendship, interaction, and doing things together. Some events were a cheating grocery store owner, a junkyard dog and his owner, crossing a railroad trestle, swimming in a pond, and a pie eating contest. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars was because the ending was depressing in two ways. Something bad happened to the boys at the end of their journey, although they survived. The second was Gordon ends up having a good life as an adult, but the other three don’t. What happened to one of them was depressing. I was walking around in a funk. I want to be entertained and feel good, which I was during most of the book, but the ending took me down. I was reminded of a comment in another S. King book “God doesn’t care.” But, I’m still glad I read it. Note on stupidity. I frequently dislike characters doing stupid things for the sake of the plot - when the stupidity does not fit the character - for example an intelligent adult. That does not apply here. The kids’ stupidity fits them and is natural. And it’s funny. (view spoiler)[Chris was innately smart but frequently missed school, never applied himself, and was a poor student in grades 1 to 7. Starting in 8th grade, he decides to apply himself to go to college to have a life. His father continues beating him and is against it. The teachers don’t like him and resent his presence. He has a lot of catching up to do since he didn’t learn English and Math the way he should have during the first seven years of school. But he stays with it against all these odds, and he does it. He ends up going to college. What a heroic thing. I was proud of him. I wish the author would have stayed with that and given me a happy ending for Chris. Instead the author slams us with another of life’s unfortunate events - God doesn’t care. (hide spoiler)] The narrator Frank Muller was excellent - as always. DATA: Narrative mode: 1st person Gordon. Unabridged audiobook reading time: 5 hrs and 50 mins. Swearing language: strong. Sexual content: one sex scene referred to, no details shown. Setting: 1960 Castle Rock, Maine. Book copyright: 1982. Genre: relationships fiction, friendship. Ending: Happy for one, depressing for others. OTHER BOOKS: For a list of my reviews of other Stephen King books, see my 5 star review of Carrie. http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Hello, welcome to another episode of Fred-Reviews-Books-Literally-Five-Minutes-After-He-Finished-Them! After taking a very quick break from the (still very good) book I am currently reading, I started Stephen King's The Body last night and finished it just now. I could not stop myself from reviewing it immediately; maybe a sign of how good it was! The Body, or Fallen from Innocence (alternate title), is the novella which inspired the very well-known, revered film Stand By Me. It follows four young Hello, welcome to another episode of Fred-Reviews-Books-Literally-Five-Minutes-After-He-Finished-Them! After taking a very quick break from the (still very good) book I am currently reading, I started Stephen King's The Body last night and finished it just now. I could not stop myself from reviewing it immediately; maybe a sign of how good it was! The Body, or Fallen from Innocence (alternate title), is the novella which inspired the very well-known, revered film Stand By Me. It follows four young boys - Chris, Gordie, Teddy, and Vern - who live in Castle Rock, Maine. (Maine is also the setting of Stephen King's It; the only difference is that the more specific location is Derry, not Castle Rock.) It is September 1960; it is almost the end of the summer; these boys then find out that a boy their age named Ray Browers has gone missing and they hear that his undiscovered body in some place near the side of the railway tracks. The boys then go on an expedition to find the body, purely out of fascination, whilst also taking some more psychological journeys of self-realisation and coming-of-age. Characters include Chris Chambers, who comes from a very troubled family with an alcoholic and violent father; Gordon Lachance, whose elder brother has recently died in a jeep accident and is very ignored at home (this is our narrator in their adult self); Teddy, whose father is mentally unstable and has previously physically wounded Teddy as a young child, + Vern, the one who hears about the body in the first place and gets the expedition going. Various themes in this book include self-realisation, the impact of death, continuing with life despite social pressure or social norm, childhood trauma, friendship through hard times, the difficulty of expressing yourself, memory...there are probably more themes a reader could pick out as even though this book is very short, it has many layers. I thought this was a really satisfying, interesting and, at times, heartwarming novella. The most primary factor I appreciated about it was the following: Considering the premise, as explained above, what is missing from this story, bearing in mind that Stephen King is the author? Horror. Very bizarrely, this is one of the very few Stephen King books which does not contain any horror elements. This factor was brilliant! I loved that this book had no horror. The only Stephen King book I have read other than this one is It. I gave that book five out of five stars but the five stars were not there because of the horror. The main element of It for me, rather than the children death parts of it, was the characters, the writing style, the themes, the pacing, and the unique subtext. There were some characters who I got quite fond of; the writing was as brilliant as it was in IT; the themes were handled to perfection; the pacing was so slow and steady + I could talk about the subtext for pages even having finished the book two to three weeks ago! I could not have cared less about the horror parts - they were not the reason I was reading - because I personally felt that the novel's authenticity and merit overrode the horror. I am 99% confident that hardly any of Stephen King's books would have the same effect. I am very happy and pleased to accept that he is an extremely talented and rightly well-loved horror writer and horror is a literary genre that simply is not for me. The reason I have given two books of his five stars and four stars is because one of them had so much to more to it than the horror and the other one, aka this one, was not a horror story at all! You can probably now understand why this book agreed with me. It was more than wonderful to have some Stephen King material devoid of any horror. It meant that the book was stripped back to purely what I do like about Stephen King. For one thing, his writing style is just fantastic. It is hardly George Eliot or Jane Austen but he is still so descriptive of emotion and feeling that you feel instant empathy with his characters. He has the ability to make his reader connect with anyone he wishes because he can conjure them up, flaws included to make them even more real, and each of them are distinct and clearly fleshed out on the page. For example, Chris Chambers. After seeing River Phoenix's phenomenal (particularly for a child actor!) performance of Chris in Stand By Me, I was intrigued to find out how he was portrayed in the source material. It very much did not disappoint: Chris's character was written beautifully and so intricately. You can completely understand everything he is going through and you are cheering him on throughout the book. Definitely my favourite character in this one! Additionally, you appreciate his writing even more down to how readable it is and how fluid the reading experience feels. All of that is present and up to a great standard in The Body. Another thing I liked about it was that I felt Stephen King really got the length of the book spot on. This did not need to be any longer, nor did it need to be any shorter! Some reviews of a few other Stephen King books (e.g. The Shining or Gerald's Game) have commented on the fact that they felt the books were too long and dragged out. I am so elated that Stephen King did NOT do that with this one. It was the perfect length and had it been made any longer, I probably would not have appreciated it as much. He was able to say exactly what he wanted to say and despite the fact that it was very short, his message was still just as powerful and detailed. Therefore, it was really great that he managed to keep the book concise yet still convey every theme expertly. The only very small thing that I would complain about with this book is the relationship between Gordie and his elder, dead brother. (This may be symptomatic of the fact that I saw the film adaptation before reading this.) In the film, Gordie and his brother have a very close and dear relationship with one another. You can clearly see that Gordie misses him after he dies and how that emotionally affects him and his friends throughout the rest of the story. That was one of the things I really enjoyed about it! Whereas in the book, Gordie writes the following: For me, Dennis was hardly more than an acquaintance. He was eight years older than me if you can dig it, and he had his own friends and classmates. We ate at the same table for a lot of years, and sometimes he was my friend and sometimes my tormentor, but mostly he was, you know, just a guy. When he died he'd been gone for a year except for a couple of furloughs. We didn't even look alike. It took me a long time after that summer to realise that most of the tears I cried were for my mom and dad. ... Oh. I am not entirely sure why the writer decided to make Gordie so separate from his brother. Maybe it was because he wanted to convey a more realistic image of sibling relationships, particularly with siblings eight years older than their younger brothers. Perhaps, alternatively, it was to make Gordie's family dynamic a bit more believable in terms of Gordie being the disregarded child of his parents. Maybe that would have worked better with Gordie and Dennis not being so pally. But considering their warm relationship was something I really admired when I saw the film, that was missing from the book. That is my only quibble with this novella really. Overall, whether or not you have seen Stand By Me, whether or not you are a Stephen King fan, whether or not you are a horror fan, I would really, really recommend this book. I think it is fantastic. The characters are fleshed out; the themes are so impressive; the writing style will not disappoint...and it is also nice and short! I will never be a dedicated fan of Stephen King, considering I am not a fan of horror and I am unsure how many of his other books will be like IT in the sense of having more to them than horror, but The Body is a good one. 4 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey

    I don't know why, but I just couldn't get fully into this. I really wanted to as the film is one of my favourites. But I just couldn't. I found myself skimming a lot of it and even skipping large chunks. It was still really well written and I know the story is a good'un, so I really have no idea why I couldn't get into. Maybe the film overshadowed it too much or something? I don't know. But I did like the fact that the ending gave you more details on everyone's futures. I'm still not really sure I don't know why, but I just couldn't get fully into this. I really wanted to as the film is one of my favourites. But I just couldn't. I found myself skimming a lot of it and even skipping large chunks. It was still really well written and I know the story is a good'un, so I really have no idea why I couldn't get into. Maybe the film overshadowed it too much or something? I don't know. But I did like the fact that the ending gave you more details on everyone's futures. I'm still not really sure what to rate it as I know for a fact that the storyline itself is great, but seeing as I really struggled with it, I don't feel like I can give it anymore than a 3 or 4.

  29. 5 out of 5

    lyss

    Being such a huge fan of the movie adaptation (I literally used to restart the movie over and over again as soon as it ended), I just had to see what the story would be like. The adaptation stays very true to the original story, and I especially appreciated that when it came to the dialogue. Getting to read the words and hearing the kids in the movie say them in my head was awesome. The story was full of so much detail for a short story, I felt like a read a full length, 300 paged book. I love t Being such a huge fan of the movie adaptation (I literally used to restart the movie over and over again as soon as it ended), I just had to see what the story would be like. The adaptation stays very true to the original story, and I especially appreciated that when it came to the dialogue. Getting to read the words and hearing the kids in the movie say them in my head was awesome. The story was full of so much detail for a short story, I felt like a read a full length, 300 paged book. I love the story, the adventure, and the characters especially.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Crys

    It's funny, sometimes, how you can build an impression of an author early in your life and then, based on that impression, avoid their books. I always thought that SK's books were too scary, too gory, too dark for me to enjoy so I never bothered with them. However, over the last year or so, I've started reading his novellas and his newer releases. I'm never disappointed. This book is no exception. I remember the movie Stand By Me well, and the book is even better with an ending that left me so s It's funny, sometimes, how you can build an impression of an author early in your life and then, based on that impression, avoid their books. I always thought that SK's books were too scary, too gory, too dark for me to enjoy so I never bothered with them. However, over the last year or so, I've started reading his novellas and his newer releases. I'm never disappointed. This book is no exception. I remember the movie Stand By Me well, and the book is even better with an ending that left me so sad as I finished listening to the audiobook early this morning.

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