I've lived this story for years, abs I still do. The narrator dogs a remarkable job of differentiating between characters without using hokey voices, and wasn't so bland that I wanted to fall asleep. I listened to our for almost a week straight. Highly recommend.
Wasn't sure if I could do 48 hours for a single book but this was very enjoyable. Grover Gardner is a great narrator and the story seems to tell itself....For a single credit you can't do much better value wise than a classic writer, book, and narrator.
Stephen King's imagination is paralleled by none and loved by many to settle him with stand being his masterpiece speaks volumes.
A Tool in the shed
The book was unnecessarily long. I found myself growing bored with parts (yay, transcripts of their town meetings...). And, with it being so long, certain key parts werent there. What happened with Nadine and her baby? All this build up about her wanting the dark man and we get a 3 minute bit piece about it finally happening, and then later find out that she killed herself. Half the book was about fluffing up that plot point. What do we get? A mention of the fact that she killed herself. okay...
The book was good, but I probably wont read it again. I have other things to do with 48 hours of my life.
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I'm almost ashamed to admit this is the first Stephen King book that I've read. I'm not really sure why I've avoided his work all these years. As a child of the 80's, I'm certainly familiar with his stories due to the ubiquity of his films/miniseries/books during that time. As I got older I outgrew my interest in horror stories and unfairly wrote him off as an author. While I'm not too torn up by this I must admit I didn't give him a fair chance. I wish I had read The Stand earlier.
The Stand is a classic tale of good verses evil set in a post apocalyptic America. It felt like the story was split into two main parts. The first half centered on the spread of the super flu and the resulting breakdown of civilization while the second half introduced the main good vs evil plot. A large amount of time is devoted to character development which is so expertly done that it's just as riveting as any action packed plot would be. They are so well fleshed out that you feel as if you've know them personally for years. The "good" folks feel like old friends while the "evil" characters have a certain level of humanity within that allows you to understand why they make their choices regardless of how appalling some may be.
Most of the final half is devoted to a sort of proxy battle waged between God's group of survivors and the Devil's. While religious dogma is very light, you can tell the God referenced in the story is in the Judeo Christian tradition. Also, not all of the folks on God's side are believers in the traditional sense and there is little to no personal evangelism on Kings part. I'm not usually a big fan of stories that use God/religion as a driving factor(ie it's usually neither good religion nor good fiction) but it's handled very well here.
I really enjoyed The Stand both as a story and an audiobook. It was well read and King knows how to write a gripping tale. I would recommend this for anyone who loves getting lost in a long audiobook. I can't say if King fans would recommend this as a first foray into his writing but I certainly enjoyed it as a new reader. It's also an incredible bargain considering how many hours of entertainment you'll get out of it. Strong recommendation on this one folks.
Some parts were very engaging but others make you want to grind your teeth. I found some of the main characters sympathetic but others annoying and the story went way longer than it needed to.