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.
to many to list
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.
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After 11.22.63 I was so pumped up with Stephen King I was ready to tackle another of his very lengthy works. After all, the fabulous time travel story of going back to 1963 and observing Lee Harvey Oswald and the build up to the JFK assassination was so fascinating and superbly written I was willing to trust in the author and in the good reviews I'd read for The Stand. Having just finished this one I have to say it was not in the same league. I thought King missed a lot of opportunities to explore a world where anything you wanted was available behind a shop window and free to take. Outside of a nice moment when Stu organised a cinema experience for his simple travelling companion near to the end, this was hardly explored. The whole embodiment of Good and evil was briefly interesting but not enough for a fifty hour story. At times it was like a daft kids tale or parable and though King is great at characters and did make me believe in some of them, I eventually became indifferent to most of their destinies. The ending was tame and not at all worth waiting for and with such an investment in time listening, was scant payment and small reward. 11.22.63 fairly raced by and was constantly engrossing. It is a master work. The Stand is at best average and felt like 50 long hours.
Not worth the wait. Try four other titles for your credit. I still have faith in Stephen King so I'm going to try Dumas Key. Fingers crossed.
Well told story
I liked the idea of ordinary people trying to survive under extremely horrendous and grueling circumstances. The characters acted as one might suspect people would with a mixture of flawed and noble traits on their journey towards the final showdown of good versus evil.
He's an excellent reader and voiced each character in a unique tone and style.
When Fran had to bury her father it brought to mind stories from older relatives who had to care for and bury their own family members in rural South Dakota.
Although there is the theme of good versus evil running throughout the book, the better part of the story is the journey to the final denouement. There are many trials along the way for our protagonists both psychological and physical which will serve as crucibles to prepare them for battle ahead. Stephen King will not be listed among the pantheon of great American writers but the man can tell one hell of a story and that is an art in itself.
End of Everything
The Earth Abides. It also about how people must cope after a catastrophic incident.
The scene in Fran's mother's parlor. She tell her mother she is pregnant. Her mother berates her, but her father sticks up for her.
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I haven't read the book. And after listening to this man read it to me, I think i may have to!
Grover is so into this book. He actually makes you realize who is talking by the way he changes his tone in his voice!
EVERYTHING! This man can read to me anytime he wants. I will be looking forward to hearing him read other titles.
I couldn't stop listening. Between the way this book was written and the fact that Grover is such an amazing talker, it just made me love to hear it.
Thank you to whoever chose Grover to read this title. And thank you to Grover for keeping me excited about a 50 hour long book.
Yes and I have.
Nothing really compares.........
Yes but it is far too long.
I am not a Stephen King fan per se. This was a less gory and disturbing story. I really enjoyed reading it and it has stuck with me for years.
Stephen King really paints a vivid picture!
Loved him! Great job differentiating the characters.