I've read other Stephen King books, which was why I decided to give this one a try. The Dead Zone is still one of my all time favorite books. I even like some of his sappier books like Joyland and Dolores Claybourne.
I was super offended by the portrayal of black people, and the use of the N-word. I know all the arguments for it. I have a Master's Degree in English, believe me by the end of grad school I'd come to accept that there are no classics of American literature that don't use the N-word. But in fairness, this is hardly All The King's Men. I understand it's supposed to mean more about the characters, but maybe not everyone is interested in investing 46 hours of their live in reading about the fate of the small minded racist, bigots who apparently inherit the Earth. Maybe some people are offended that the first black characters given any significant story time are dressed in grubby loin clothes and executing innocent white soldiers. To be honest, I'm pretty sure the shabby portrayal of black characters DOES say a lot about the author. The fact that this is a revised version re-edited in the 90s says a lot to me and I'm dissappointed.
They could have chosen someone who sounded less like Casey Kassem.
I quit after the first 11 hours and in that time, there were no characters whose stories I found engrossing.
This is just my opinion but I wish someone had mentioned these things in their review before I wasted money on a book that cost a bunch and required a sh*t ton of my precious time. If these things don't offend you then more power to you, but if this is the kind of thing that will bother you or take you out of the narrative, you should know before you buy it.
Long book! I love Stephen King, so no brainer for me
Mm, just glad i got to listen.
Adventure and suspense please!
I was really not impressed with this story. I thought it would be amazing given it's reputation. The characters were well drawn but that was about it. They were also kind of annoying people with a serious lack of imagination that I regret spending so much time with. The story was hollow and tedious without much point at all. I think it was meant to be profound in some way. It wasn't. The narrator did a good job though. It was because of his reading that I kept listening to the end.
No - I wasn't impressed.
Nothing stood out.
Why is this book so popular? No idea. Forgettable.
I really like stories that have everything the writer wanted in it. This is the long version and I am glad I took the time to hear the whole thing.
Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.
Well read and the story still holds up after all the years. So spend your money you will not be disappointed.
The Stand ranks #1 in my top 10 novels. I've read it 2 or 3 times but have grown a new appreciation of it in listening to the audio book. There was so much that I missed or forgot after a reading. It helped bring the characters to life all over again.
This was the book that brought me to appreciate all things Stephen King. A truly prolific writer with skills that surpass so many, so effortlessly.
This is the second book I have listened to that Grover Gardner has narrated and he is just excellent; easy to listen to. I read The Stand back in the early 90's so it has been very nice to go back to it as an audiobook. Personally, I needed to get some distance from the movie, as the actors that played some of the characters just ruined the book for me (really, Molly Ringwald as Frannie just killed it). The book is long because Stephen King has not disserviced the characters or the reader. He has taken the time to develop his characters. I would have liked to have seen more on Leo, or understand the purpose of the little boy in Las Vegas. I am not a big fan of Stephen King, but I really enjoyed this book as well as 11-22-63. King does a great job with character development. Thank you.
This is an awesome book! I listen to a lot of books by many authors, but every time I listen to one of Stephen King's books, it is like coming home. This book is well worth your time to listen to, even if you have heard, or read the edited version. You really need to get this book, it fills in a lot that was left out of the original release.
I read this book as a teen, it was great then. This audiobook version is amazing! Grover Gardner does such a good job! I'm very impressed. Having the "complete" version of the story makes this one truly epic! A must buy for SK fans.