Not one of King's best stories. I think the first version was probably a good call. There are parts of this expanded version that just go on and on with no added dimension to the story. Still, I had a fairly good listen and look forward to the new movie/series if it ever gets made.
I managed to go a few years without reading Stephen King and now in the past year I've read several of his books, including On Writing (part autobiography, part writing tips). Of the novels, this is my favorite so far. It's long. I can't see why the publishers originally forced him to cut it. This is King's original version. I can't tell you what was sacrificed in the first published version. What I liked about this one was how so many of the characters were so fully developed. The only exception to that was Randall Flagg. King didn't give us any hint about why things were happening to him. I suspect that was on purpose, but I don't know why. I also liked the way the main story line wrapped up. Having said all of that, I was ready for it to end.
Another insight from reading The Stand is how much technology has changed our lives in the one generation since 1990. The protagonists could have really used a good smartphone. If nothing else, the GPS would have been working.
You don't have to be a Stephen King fan to enjoy The Stand. There is a little bit of the supernatural in it, but not too much.
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I'm coming to this version of the book now in 2014 - published originally in 1991. So I was in for a treat. I have never given myself the time to dig into the 1200 pages of it, But I thought it would be an excellent companion to have in my ear when painting my house earlier this fall.
I knew the book was good, the story-line is very gripping and it's actually hard to put down - just like a good book is supposed to be. But I was completely surprised by the performance of the narrator Grover Gardner. He managed to give a unique voice to many of King's characters in his own unique way - creating a successful "theater of the mind" - without taking it to far.
The brilliance of the book is on many different layers, it isn't a creepy novel, although many of the characters are, it's more of a ultra-suspense high quality page turner built upon old testament lore and good vs. evil - it just doesn't get any better than that.
They are both equally good but nothing beats working and listening to a great novel
a couple of books by Robert Mc Gammon come to mind
roller coaster of emotions, just like a good book should
This is a novel written by Stephen King at his best, Grover Gardner does it justice. I will listen to this one again and again
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
Really, what needs to be said about this? You gotta love The Stand, you just gotta. Yes, it's long. Yes, it's as great as you remember. Yes, it's a classic. We are all nostalgic about this amazing work of fiction. I am not being sarcastic here. Grover Gardner dose the best job possible with the narration. 100 million fans can't be wrong!
Avid reader who is also a mommy. Audible saved my reading time!
Yes, it develops in a way that makes you genuinely care about the characters, faults and all.
My favorite moment is when an important character in the book has a chance to get everything he's ever wanted since Captain Trips started and at the last moment does the exact right thing. I can't be more specific without spoiling for first-time readers (are there any?)
He brings the emotion of the characters to life that you hear in your head but that's so much richer when heard out loud.
I hated the abuse the Trashcan Man suffers. It's really appalling. I can't give any others without spoiling the ending for other listeners.
I'm sorry but I have to disagree with the majority of people here. I've read the stand 6 times in my life (the original version). It's a great story only if you're into the "Alcoholic Stephen King Writing" it's quite obvious by some of the idiotic phrases he spins: "His mouth tasted like a baby dragon used it as a potty chair" WHAT?! While we're on the subject of Stephen King Bad Books, I'm throwing in his waste of time book - IT. Sorry folks. This too was written over a bottle of whatever he was drinking at the time. What do I mean when I say Alcoholic Stephen King Writing? The stories sound very forced with no end in sight.
Umm he spoke. This guy sucks. And I mean bad!
Just because the majority of the planet swears they're in love with this book, doesn't mean you have to join them. There was a reason that all the extra crap in this book was cut out in the original publishing. Because 4 more hours and 500 extra pages did nothing except make the book appear weak and forced. Stick with the original instead.
the overall story is great. Very rich character development.
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he did a nice job of bringing the character to life.
I have been on a Stephen King binge for awhile now and have focused on his more iconic books. I first heard the story of the stand through the TV mini series and thought the ending was stupid. The book on the hand is awesome and fulfilling
This is a good story, and some of the characters are compelling. Flagg is genuinely creepy, especially as narrated. But man, this thing is WAY TOO LONG. King should have checked his ego and left it shorter as his publisher originally wanted it. The unnecessary descriptions and repetitious thoughts of the characters just about made me give up. It was only through force of will that I finished it.