If you have a long road trip planned, this is the audiobook for you. I listened to The Stand on a climbing trip to SW Colorado and Southern Utah. Not only did The Stand help eat up the miles, but it was especially riveting to be passing through many of the small towns that get mentioned in Stu's trek (Green River, UT anyone?). You'll never think of Las Vegas the same...
Due to the grand nature of The Stand, with numerous characters and interweaving narratives, I would suggest that it is a better audiobook for when you can listen for longer blocks of time, rather than a short daily commute or similar.
Being my favorite Stephen King novel, I've probably read the Stand a half-dozen times. About the only thing I could knock him for would be that some of the onomatopoeia that Stephen King writes (the gurgles, the anguished cries,...) were probably never intended to be verbalized, so you can occasionally sympathize with the narrator as they work through some of them.
His narration does an excellent job at helping a listener differentiate between the numerous different characters. His voice for Franny did strike me on a occasion as being a bit whinier than I had imagined (rather than a woman struggling to maintain her composure and transition into adulthood), although this is probably more of a directorial decision than a performance flaw. Lloyd's voice does grate after a while, but I'm sure he would in person as well.
TOM CULLEN. Perfect.
Among the fans of Stephen King I know, The Stand is often mentioned the most as their favorite novel. That being said, it isn't necessarily where I would recommend that someone starts if they haven't read much of his work before. It isn't necessarily a bit-sized chunk and isn't what I would consider "stereotypical Stephen King." That being said, if you're been exposed to some of the more canonical works--Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, Misery, etc---and enjoyed them, I cannot recommend The Stand enough. Every post-apocalyptic book and movie you come across pales in comparison.
Listening to this the last few weeks while driving, working & doing things around the house, I even listened to it before bed. I couldn't stop listening!! The story is a great Stephen King classic and I recommend it to anyone who likes apocalyptic type stories or good vs evil.
Can't go wrong with THE STAND
I'm pretty stunned by the complexity of the characters, the way all their stories interwove, the moral dilemmas they encounter and how they struggle and conquer them. Of course my fave characters are Stu, Glen, Nick, Larry, Fran, mother Abigail and best of all Tom Cullen. Even the humanity of the villains taught me more about myself and how easy it is to turn down the wrong road if we let our fears control us
I loved the Stand. The story is terrific and King really gets you to know the characters. I have to say the narrator was incredible. He made the story and people in it come to life. I can safely say that The Stand changed my life and the way certain characters were able to change and grow for the better were an inspiration.
Yes, The Stand is one of my favorite books by Stephen King, it has a little of everything.
Everything, it's The Stand, what's not to like. Adding back in previously unreleased content for me made the story richer.
I would have preferred someone else do the reading. I did not care for him as a performer for this book, maybe not for any book. He just isn't interesting vocally, he seemed to stumble over words now and then, as tho they were separated on the page and he hadn't read ahead to know they were there. He kinda took away some of my pleasure in hearing this book.
I'd like to listen to any King book in one sitting but that's not going to happen is it, lol.
I'd really like a version of this narrated by someone else.
Full Time Business Manager and mom to 5 boys and 1 girl, in every spare minute I have I'm reading or listening. I LOVE AUDIBLE
As other reviewers have said, this book is absolutely worth every minute. Makes you think. Makes you feel. That old story of good vs evil. But who among us is "good" and who among us is "evil"? Enjoy this story. I did. The characters themselves and their journeys alone make the book great and interesting even if there wasn't a second storyline of demonic evil.
I am a huge fan of King. I often feel like we are friends. ...I know we're not! I have to say .at times it was long winded. . but I that's why he is such a good writer. I want the details of everything! he delivered with this novel. ..and you can't go wrong with this book.