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.
The Stand ranks in the top 10 audio books I have listened to. Even though it is a very long book it kept me very interested in the story line. I thought it was excellent how King brought each charachter to life.
First off I love long stories, this one being 47 hours long it really gave me the time to learn and enjoy everything about all the characters and there are a lot.
Character development, The experience to travel with the people in the story through there eyes
One of the best readers ive heard in a long time.
The Dark Man
Love this book its now one of my all time favorites im so glad I own it so I can listen to it again!
I loved this book in hardcover! I read it MANY times. I am enjoying revisiting the title in audio format while I drive and do other things. The Stand is such a treasured book that it's like a walk down memory lane for me.
I think Stephen King has done a great job of fleshing out the characters. Of course, given the length of the novel, that's not too surprising. I find myself genuinely caring about each one, good or bad.
I find this story compelling because I find the whole premise so plausible. As I read it, I can't help but wonder if this isn't how society will really end.
The reader was good, but not what I expected. I guess because I read the book several times in hardcover, his voice just doesn't match my "internal" narrator!
Grover Gardner does an excellent job. I really enjoyed the book, but it doesn't come close to Dark Tower series or lots of other books. This is worth reading, but I would put it on my second tier reading list. The concept is interesting and several of the characters are terrific. Really good, but not as good as Dark Tower series.
I am not a follower of Stephen King, but do occasionally download his books, and generally enjoy them. This one was filled with inconsistencies, fairly immature religious theories, bad character development (in addition to totally stereotypical characters), and was incredibly boring. In addition to that, it is really depressing. I kept hoping for something interesting, a plot twist or something, and listened to the whole interminable book--but I really wished I hadn't wasted my time. I have never bothered to write a review before, but this one was so disappointing that I am now taking the time to do so.
The narration was OK, it is the story that is lame.