i have long believed that the stand is stephen king's very best novel. i have read it several times, but listening to it gave me new insights and a great deal of pleasure.
The story strays so far away from what it promised to be in the beginning. The story meanders between multiple chatacters and stories no one could give a damn about and ends in a very unsatisfying fashion.
Such a great book, such a strangely comforting novel. In a story that begins with the near-end of humanity, Stephen King crafts something that truly celebrates the goodness in humanity and the power of our connection to one another. If that sounds a too much like Little House on the Prairie for your taste, no worries. This book is as clear an advertisement for the joy and power of reading as any. A sprawling (in the best sense) narrative with many intersecting character arcs, The Stand truly manages to feel like a small tight-knit novella. Highly recommended in book form or audio book (Grover Gardner does a lovely job reading the audio version).
You really get involved with the characters.
Interesting "reboot" of society.
A little bit out on Stephen Kings normal horror style, but very interesting.
I just love how this and many of Mr.King's novels and short story novellas tie into The Dark Tower.That's just Fucking brilliant!!!