The Stand was the first Stephen King book I read. I have since read everything he has written but The Stand is my favorite . The characters are so beautifully drawn and by the end you care deeply about all of them. I (like many other fans) often wonder what happens to Stu & Fran. I read the book once a year, always beginning on Memorial Day weekend. It has become my start of summer tradition. If you only read one Stephen King book, this is the one.
Reader And Listener
I first speed-read this book in 1978 hardcover edition as a sort-of Christian teenager, then more leisurely a couple of years later in PB, then again as an aspiring author in the mid-90's, in part to study the craft. Every time I've read it, the book makes me feel like I'm IN it, but still... when it popped up on my Audio recommended list I almost didn't look, figuring I've moved on.
Stephen King was 31 when this was published, which means he wrote it around age 30 - extraordinarily early to compose such an ambitious novel. Reading it now as a middle-aged Atheist, I'm catching a few errors I missed before and I find myself slightly annoyed by the obvious Christian slant of the novel. But once again, I feel I'm there, in the book... walking to Boulder, shuddering at Harold's constant grinning, wishing I could be on the Committee.
At the same time, the story was written almost 40 years ago, at a time when the Government was responsible for all fictional apocalypses, when tokenism was the norm... when Gay Rights were theoretical, and Womens' Lib was still "a thing."
This time, I still find it hard to turn off, but I don't feel compelled to stay up late "reading" because I know what happens. It's a great value for a single Point, and exceptionally well read by Grover Gardner - to my mind the best narrators are like great actors - if they're really good, you shouldn't notice them at all.
...but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it. It's extremely long and the characters are a interesting, even when they aren't doing much that has to do with the plot. I would highly recommend it as a good read.
Takes a while to get going, but well worth the wait. I hadn't read the original version of The Stand before reading this extended version, and during the first quarter or so of the book I thought I might have made a mistake. It felt a little slow, and the character development felt slightly excessive. I can now say that I am extremely happy that I stuck through it and listened to the end. You really get a sense that you know the characters, and that makes the climax of the book all the more exciting. Excellent read and good narration as well.
This is widely considered Stephen King's most popular novel and for good reason. This is an ultimate battle between good and evil in a post apocalyptic world, destroyed by a devastating virus. The narrator did a good job portraying the different characters. He sounds a little monotonous at times but I did enjoy the experience overall.
Masterful! from story to character development, this novel has it all. A must read
If you are a King fan the The Stand may well be your favorite book. Like me you may have read it years ago but to reexperience it as an audio book is a pure joy. to be able to listen to it as the expanded version with the originally edited parts restored simply allows a few more hours of being immersed in King's version of a post apocalyptic world. as in any good book you become invested in the characters and will feel real emotion with their struggles, pain, and at times death. Highly recommended with great narration.