This many hour long book kept me entertained while working.
The depth of involvement you get with each of the many characters.
Who reads these? The reviews I see don't ask these questions.
this was a great book, and time flys with it. king at his best, something you can tell he's proud of. one of the better end of the world books out there
Read this book years ago but the revised edition is better. I loved the book. Stephen King has the ability to bring you into a story like few others. Very thought provoking.
The narrator, Grover Garder, is fantastic. I think he one of the best in the business.
The performance of the person reading the book was very entertaining and kept you involved.
The lead up to the final chapters.
No I haven't.
I haven't read this in years and it was great being able to listen instead. Good narration makes it easy to drift into the world and imagine how everything appears. I did find myself remembering scenes from the TV mini-series, including the various actors who portrayed the significant characters instead of "seeing" who they were, as described.
Still, a very compelling "what if" tale with some interesting supernatural connotations added for good affect. Randal Flagg is even scarier in the story than he was ever portrayed in the mini-series and I love the epilogue and final scene of the book. :D
This story was originally inspired by "Earth Abides" (also available in audiobook), which I've also listened to. Its story takes place over MANY years and is an excellent read, very factual, and less "dramatic." Mr. King took that and added an interesting twist and some villains that sped up the pace. I definitely recommend listening to both books and the order won't matter as they are still so different.
I always enjoyed Stephen King's writing - beautiful language, the characters always come alive for me, even when they are pure fantasy. This story takes many hour of listening and I would not throw away a minute of it. It has lots of surprising turns and many different people and plot lines, which the author somehow manages to bring together and create a tight knot, which eventually gets resolved.
The story is very rich and there are many memorable moments which I would not want to divulge here - it might ruin other reader's sense of surprise.
All characters are wery vividly described, as the story unfolds - and, like in most Steven King's stories - a lot of good people die. It is sad to see them go, but, as usually in his novels, there is hope and new life.
The most interesting character for me was Larry Unerwood, a singer and songwriter, not a "nice" guy and someone I would not care to meet in the beginning of the story. However, as the story unfolds and as he gets caught in the events, his intraspection and his natural gift of leadership brings him to the point where he becomes a hero.
If you can tolerate vivid, movie like, descriptions of sometimes unpleasant things, this story is for you. It really left me with a sence of the magnificence of the human spirit even in the face of doom and gloom and with the thought that we, the humanity can and will survive no matter what.
Author of romance and women's fiction, violinist and horse trainer.
I like Stephen King and figured I had best read the "classic." Long and philosophical in King's way but I enjoyed listening. I live just outside the city of Boulder, so hearing about local places (some gone since this book is quite old) was fun. I must admit I fell asleep during a few chapters but I was tired and the narrator's voice was soothing..:)
Worth your while if you like King.
I am interested in pandemics, so the spread of the influenza was interesting. For me, the book could have been just about that.
He was good at all the character voices and easy to understand.
MOON, that spells Tom...."laws yes!"
Because of its length that was impossible, but it was fun to know I had this wonderful story waiting for me each time I came back.
I listen to audio books when quilting and the time passes in such an enjoyable way.
The Stand was an exceptionally enticing listen. I read the original Stand years ago but liked this one twice as much.
Tell us about yourself! Hated reading books. It wasn't till I found audible that I found how great books can be.
Possibly the future
To many vivid characters to pick one.
Very well done. It will be hard to find another book that will interest me more. The depth of the characters, the self image of being there. The unknown future.
I devour books like a trash compactor.
The first part really sets this book up for a huge epic. King's detail as to how the world ends is fantastic. I think everyone agrees with that. So, okay we agree to make the journey...all 50 hours of it. Unabridged. We follow these characters to the bitter end and for what? An end that DOES NOT satisfy.
No. Well, the first part yes. The rest no...just too disappointing.
No, but Grover was awesome.
The end was such a rediculous let down. You just know King didn't know how to end it so just wrote something.