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Body [Paperback]

Stephen King
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Dec 12 2012 Penguin Readers
This is a simplified version of "The Body", designed for use by students learning English as a second language.
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta have the Body April 22 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I heard Stephen King's the Body on CD. I had to have the book or, in this case, the story the movie was based on. It is a coming of age story. The book was hard to get.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was expecting. Jan. 14 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The seller doesn't state anywhere that this IS NOT THE NOVELLA. This is a reader. Essentially the Cole's notes of the story. Was upset as this was going to be a Christmas gift, and I had to rebuy what I actually needed elsewhere. Though the seller offered to refund it if I returned it, it was going to cost me more to ship it back to the UK than what the refund was worth.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Body ...... For kids Dec 16 2012
By Nadaly
I bought this book for my 12 year old daughter who is an advanced reader. I had no idea that this book was not the actual book but more like the old "coles notes". Very disappointed ss the book was #1 on her Christmas list
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book July 13 2004
By A Customer
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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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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