SUPER GREAT STORY
King's ability to write a story from so many views, without confusing the reader!
From page one to the last page!!!!
I read The Stand for the first time when I was a teenager, and at that time I thought the book was boring. Then again at that time I was in the middle of gobbling up every single horror book I could get my hands on, and the spookier and gorier the better. Compared to i.e. King's Pet Sematary The Stand was a lot slower paced and had less boogy men jumping at your face. Instead it focused more on the character development and the relationships between the characters, and at times it even resembled a sociological study of what would happen to the survivors if the society would indeed crumble to pieces. Hence, boring. I gave it another try in my twenties and have been hooked ever since.
I have a habit of reading The Stand every few years, so at this point the story is very familiar to me. It's a fairly long book, so it unavoidably has both strong and weak points. Yet the weak points are surprisingly rare and few considering the length of the book and they never break the immersion. The characters are varied from good to bad and everything in between, and they all have their human strengths and weaknesses. They adapt and mature to survive in the apocalyptic world as the story progresses, all in their own way. Some flourish, some grudginly accept their faith, some give up and some just get insaner than ever. The story is set to late 1990's and was written way before that, so some of tech jargon, brands and such are outdated. In a way it just adds to the nostalgic post-apocalyptic "lost world" feeling, after all this is a story of a dying civilisation where there never was iPhones or even CDs, but cord phones and scratchy vinyl albums at best.
I was a bit vary of buying The Stand as an audio book as the characters are already familiar to me and they sort of had a voice already. I was surprised to hear Grover Gardner's interpretation of one of the main characters (Stuart Redman, Gardner made him sound rather different than I had imagined) but as that surprise wore off I found Gardner's voice to fit the story well.
In my opinion The Stand is one of the landmarks of post-apocalyptic stories and I compare most of the books I've read of that genre to it. Most of them fall short in a way or another, and only few have even got close in depth and longevity. If you're looking for a quick fix of scary monsters and gore, this is not the book (although both are present, but they're not in a hurry). Instead, you're facing more than 800 pages long ride into the darker side of humanity. It may take a bit endurance and time to get through it, but it's worth it.
A long book but a great read. Some of it seems a bit dated but overall the story still holds over the years. I will listen to The Stand again in the future.
A better-than-average apocalyptic novel.Deep character development - almost too deep. Some characters almost become like old friends. Some characters become predictable, maybe boringly so.Decent storyline. It holds up well some 30+ years later, even when compared to newer treatments of man-made plagues, super-viruses, and end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it. What you don't get is a really decent end. The ending is anticlimactic, the good guys don't really win, the bad guys don't really lose. A 3+, not quite good enough to be a solid 4. More epic in size than achievement.
Audible is better than TV
I have loved this story for many years, and the reader did a marvelous job.
Most apocalyptic works spend very little time showing the decay of normality as the cause triggers the affect, but The Stand does a wonderful job.
There are so many scenes, but my favorite would be the radio show that was silenced by US troops.
I really think any title that I came up with would be inferior to Mr. Kings.
I like much of King's work, and dislike much of his work. As with many of King's books I find the final climax to be a bit of a let down, but that may simply be because his story telling is so very good by comparison.
This is a long book, but worth every minute. I would buy the book in print and read it prior to listening to it, and finally watching the mini-series.
i really enjoyed the way stephen king blended all the diffrent stories of each character then brought it all around full circle.
the most memeorable moment was when all the stories came togethert.
Big Cajun Man
The characterization by Mr. Gardner is very good, and you get to hear the entire story, not the edited version.
Mr. King's story telling is always great, but this story never seems to be lacking or boring, it kept my attention throughout (and given the length of the story that is amazing).
The Trash Can Man seems to be a minor character in the beginning, but I enjoyed Mr. Gardner's ability to portray the mental anguish this character endured and endures throughout the story.
The Stand is the best name for it, wouldn't change it.
...but you already knew that. This book for me was so engrossing, I was honestly surprised that I had sat through a 47 hour book so quickly.
King for me created a terrifying picture of the accident that ends the world. Can people nowadays really survive without Google, electricity and their cell phones? I think what really hits home with this book is how plausible it is. If something were to wipe out 99% of the world's population, how easy would it be to give up?
I never read the abriged version, but I cannot imagine what could have been left out of this book, but I loved every word of it. I think this may be my favorite novel of his yet.
I enjoy high fantasy, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary fiction, dystopia, & nonfiction (usually revolving around science or history)
Absolutely. Especially if you had a hard time reading the book and getting past all the characters. The narrator is fantastic and the audiobook really takes you there.
There are so many characters, it's really hard to decide. I loved Stu Redman so much, just because the story really started with him at the beginning and he was such a solid character. I also loved Nick Andros and Tom Cullen. Tom Cullen may actually be my favorite.
I loved the early Nick Andros scenes in the jail.
Either the Dark Man, because he's and iconic King character with much overlap in other stories, or Harold Lauder. I remember how much I hated Harold Lauder when I think of the book.
If you're considering this book - just get it already. You will not regret it!
Yes. It's a great mix of what I like about this genre even though it doesn't quite fit in completely. It gets a bit "fantastical" with the twist but it makes it unique and keeps you interested. The story is great, characters are developed in an entertaining way and it moves at a changing pace so it's doesn't get monotonous (shoot, run, repeat).
He did a great job differentiating the characters. With so many characters he made it easier to keep them straight. I'm terrible with remembering names and who did what so having an actual difference in tone and timbre was great.
Grover narrates a little slow so turn the speed up to x1.5 and it makes the story easier to stick with. If you're like me and love "Post-apocalyptic" books it's a good read/listen. I like the survival aspect of these books, this one doesn't focus solely on it but the story is good enough that you don't miss it. I listen on my commute and I had a tough time turning it off to head into the office or found myself driving the speed limit home so I could get a few more minutes in.