it takes a little while for this book to get moving along, but once it does it is so engrossing that it's length is never noticed. the ending is satisfying but it leaves enough open for discussion with friends.
From the beginning of the book, Stephen King mentions that there were some four hundred extra pages in the uncut version. Because it had been 15 years since I had read the original release of The Stand it was interesting to try to remember what these differences might have been. I think he alluded to the fact that he went deeper into some of the characters to elucidate some of the things that motivated them and drove their lives and I have an inkling that I know what some of these are but it would be impossible to remember all of them. Ironically I'm glad that I don't remember specifics because I was able to listen to this book without comparison. I loved every minute of it. I think Stephen King did all of us a great service by sharing with us this extended version and it now has invited me to go back and read the older version. I attended school in Boulder Colorado ( I love that he quoted from my poetry professor Ed Dorn) and as and aside it felt so perfect that he chose Boulder as the locale for the re population of the United States post flu. Clearly he felt the magic of the town, the the big sky, the backdrop of the Rockies, the foothills, the plains and it was like taking a walk down memory lane to hear his descriptions of landmarks. This was 47 + hours of some of the best audio book reading I have ever heard. Now to go find my old version and reread again! Thank You Audible for this release.
I love that I am able to read again, even in my busy life. Thanks Audible!!
I love this book and have read it several times. I was apprehensive about picking up the audio version, but am glad I did.
I never realized how beautifully this book is written until I heard Grover Gardner's interpretation if wag of the voices. Randall Flagg's voice is particularly on the spot.
Even if you've read the book, please try this audio version. You'll be glad you did.
I have read this book before, I also own the dvd, however after a recent car crash left me with a traumatic brain injury I was not allowed to read, watch television, use any screen or electronic media devices or work... so I started listening to audio books... FANTASTIC!!!!... it was the only positive in an otherwise terrible time.