I have seen some complaints about people not giving an idea of what the story is about, so here it is briefly: It is not a "horror" novel, even though it is billed as one. In the beginning of the story a super flu wipes out most of the earth's population. There is no gratuitous gore, but there are some scenes dealing with lots of dead people. The rest of the book is about the struggle of the survivors to survive, and the battle between good and evil, God and the devil.
Stephen King's talent lies in his ability to spin a tale, to develop interesting characters that you can relate to, to put you in the mind of his characters, and make you live the story. In that regard this is one of his best works. I first read the original story probably 25 years ago, and it made a lasting impression on me. The extended version is even better.
Highly recommend this one. At first I had a neutral opinion of Grover Gardner' s voice, but after a while I grew to enjoy his narration quite a bit.
I would highly recommend this book. I have read it twice in its original release, again when it was re-released and then just finished listening to this audio version. I thought Grover Gardner did a wonderful reading of the book.
Franny Goldsmith was and remains my favorite character in the book. She just seems to remain optimistic throughout, which is tough to do under the darkness of the situation.
I can't think of much to add here. I can just say that he did a terriffic reading of the book. I'd be happy to get other audibooks where he was the narrator.
I have not read the print version because I am a very busy person just looking at the size of the book frightened me....lol So when I saw it on audio I was very pleased and took it with me to the gym, while I drove from place to place, and then realized I could not stop listening. I listened while I cooked, while in my garden, while I worked.. shhhh and had a hard time turning it off. Very entertaining!!
I have a hard time pin pointing which character is my favorite. I liked Nick Andros and Larry Underwood for the obvious reasons they are the
I highly recommend listening to this book. Very good character development I felt like I knew these people and did not want this story to end. Stephen King is a great writer and Gardner Grover does a great job narrating!!
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
Fascinating, smart, great characters.
He is always a good reader. He does accents well and is as dramatic as the tale calls for.
Mother Abigail. Her faith, wisdom and courage make her the best heroine I've encountered in literature. I don't know whether King is a Christian, but the theology and humility he brought to Mother is remarkably accurate and, well... attractive, charismatic.
The Stand was one of the first books I remeber reading. Its plot and characters have never left me. Listening to this epic tale was both thrilling and engrossing. I have enjoyed most every book i've purchased on Audible, but few more so than The Stand.
How can you write a review about this AMAZING book and do it justice?
Grover Gardner, The Narrator, was PERFECT, I LOVED him! My biggest worry, when I heard this was finally coming out in Audio was, I wouldn't like the narrator. All for naught.
The story was even better than I remembered it to be, back in 1990. King weaves his fantastic, magic with the stories of the people's lives, and the result is outSTANDing brilliance! If you haven't listened to it. . .you are missing out!
Here is a brief, VERY brief description of the story, for those that have never read it.
Book 1 - Captain Trips
"Captain Trips" is the common name for a human-made superflu known formally as, "Project Blue".
The virus is researched and developed at a U.S. Army base. A biological accident, combined with security malfunctions, allow an infected guard and his family to sneak off the base. This sets off a pandemic that kills 99.4% of the world's population, including some of the domesticated animals.
King describes the destruction of society, widespread violence, virus containment failure, and eventual death of virtually the entire human and animal population.
The few remaining survivors must care for their families and friends, deal with confusion and grief, as their loved ones succumb to the flu and the dead bodies pile up everywhere.
Book 2 - On the Border
"On the Border", tells intertwining stories about the small bands of survivors and their cross-country treks. They're all drawn together by a shared dream, of old woman (Mother Abagail, 106 yrs old) and a Nebraska corn field, whom they see as a safe haven and representation of "The Good".
Another group of survivors are drawn to Las Vegas by "the Dark Man", known as Randall Flagg. Flagg, a tyrant and brute, uses crucifixion, dismemberment, and other gruesome forms of torture as punishment for those who are disloyal and disobedient. He is evil with supernatural powers and exists in the story, to represent the opposite side of Mother Abagail, "The Evil".
Book 3 - The Stand
In book 3, the stage becomes set for the final confrontation as the two groups become aware of one another, and each recognizes the other as a threat to its survival, leading to "The Stand" of good against evil.
The good guys set off on foot towards Las Vegas on an expedition to confront Randall Flagg for the final battle between men.
Can the human race can learn from its mistakes?
I have waited for almost 20 years for The Stand to become available in audio format. It was definitely worth the wait! Having read this book probably 12 times over the years it is like coming home. I am only an hour or so into it but Grover Gardner's narration is wonderful. And coincidentally my year platinum membership is up tomorrow. Perfect timing. Thanks Audible.
The Stand is my favorite SK novel and I was so excited it was available on audio. Five minutes into it I was sick! Grover Gardner is just terrible. It is ruining the whole audio experience of The Stand for me. I am so disappointed. I will NOT purchase another audio book with his as the narrator.
The story itself is wonderful.
I would love a follow up!
My main interests are history, biology/medicine, and science fiction.
The Walking Dude
The confrontation on the highway between Stu and Franny's party and the ex-military "Zookeepers" had a lot of tension.
Great job at doing multiple voice characters convincingly. I really grew to love his performance of "The Kid".
I thought Larry Underwood was really well done. His backstory was fleshed out so well that you really feel like you know the character.
I seem to be drawn to the post-apocalyptic genre when listening to fiction nowadays. I never read the print version, so this 'extended' version is the first I've had a chance to hear this story. I also haven't read much Steven King, but was eager to hear his take on this seemingly more-and-more popular subject. The story has been referenced in other media that I've seen over the years (e.g. the 80s metal band Anthrax's 'Among the Living'), so I'm surprised it took me this long to get to it.
The story was very good. Not terrific, but very good. In a nutshell, a genetically-engineered super-flu wipes out 98% of the world's population, and the remaining souls coalesce around two leaders: one devout ("Grandma Abigale") and one evil ("Randall Flagg / The Walking Dude"). There are multiple characters and story arcs, but I liked the fact that we are present from the very beginning of the epidemic, up through the inevitable cover-up and breakdown of society, and through to the ultimate final confrontation. There is a lot of exposition not just on the nature of good and evil, but of the sociological implications of the disaster, and I appreciated these digressions.
Those who like George R. R. Martin's 'Game of Thrones' will also appreciate the sheer scope of the story, and the large number of characters involved. I think the size of the story alone with these type of novels allows the reader a more complete look at each character, and makes for a better overall reading experience.
Ultimately, the end of the story made me wish I could hear more about these people, and I suppose that's the mark of an engaging story.
I gave up on this book about 20 years ago and also stopped reading Stephen King. At the time, I felt that he needed an editor. The book seemed bloated to me back then. I happily rediscovered King with his "11-22-63" novel (You should read it, btw.) This led me to enjoying "It" and then, to adding "The Stand" to my wish list. "The Stand" remained on my wishlist for months. I wanted to try it again but I feared disapointment. This time, I fretted over the subject matter. Did I really want to read about a post-apocolypitc world? It seemed too depressing. Month after month, I'd stare at "The Stand" and then move on to select another title. I finally made the leap and I'm happy that I did.
In "The Stand", King develops characters that one can truly care about. They're interesting and multidimentional. As the survivors of a military virus that kills the majority of the world's population, they coalesce around two leaders who have risen from the disaster. Randall Flagg leads the forces of evil, while the side of good is represented by Mother Abigail. "The Stand" follows the lives of about a dozen characters from the time before the viral outbreak through their adventures and adversities leading up the the inevitable final stand between good and evil. The book is biblical in tone and scope. It explores morals, ethics and the confusing lines between what is good and what is evil.
If you are like me and you've avoided this book due to what you perceive the subject to be, I can assure you that King tells an uplifting story of love, friendship and sacrifice that you won't want to miss.
It is one of the best. The Stand is the first King book that I read and is still my favorite. Personally I love the amount of detail he puts into his books and The Stand is, in my opinion, an example of King at his best. For me it ranks up their with The Tailsman and The Dark Tower series. In response to some of the negative reviews I say this; I concede the point that, yes, there are
Randall Flagg, King does an excellent job of capturing the sociopathic persona of a person who is the embodiment of evil.
When Stu and the others meet mother abagail face to face for the first time.
Tom Cullen, his innocent, unjaded view of the world makes me smile.
The narrator was superb, I only gave the performance 4 stars because I was really hoping that King would narrate this one himself.