"The wait is over - audio AT LAST!!!"
Best-loved book, re-read so many times. The audio version is good (only one block in so far), but the narrator is getting it pretty much spot-on. The chracters are like old friends - love, love, love this book.
"An old title scarily plausible in the present."
Although this book was written in 1978 it hasn't aged one bit. Its strength lies in the detailed characters whom we come to know as we journey through apocalyptic times. The ending is the least plausible chapter, so enjoy the riveting storyline without rushing to the end. This will be difficult.
Some books start well then fade away. Others may get put down before the opportunity to hear the climax. Some hold your attention throughout. This is one of those books. My family didn't know I existed throughout the time I spent listening to this book. A narrator can sometimes spoil the experience - not in this case. The voice suited the story.
I recommend this book to listeners who want to escape into a world they know to be fiction but believe could be scarily close to the truth ! Enjoy
A vast and detailed storyline with great characters.
A page turner that goes on and on always delivering.
For many years, this was my favourite Stephen King novel. Now it's been relegated to second place, by a more recent one, but.... still excellent. If Dickens was alive today; this is how he would write. King adeptly handles a large cast of characters; some likeable, some not - all very well written. This was the audiobook I was waiting for.
"For staunch fans"
I love the story of The Stand & really enjoyed listening to the unabridged version. However, I feel it is only for die-hard King fans as there are lots of background details which, I have to say, add to understanding the story. I don't think I would have continued reading the story in book form though, the audible version was just right.
"A worthwhile marathon"
I've been meaning to read this for a long time now and when I saw that it had got even longer I wasn't sure if I had the will power or stamina. I'm glad I did, but given that I hadn't read it before I can't comment on the differences with the original offering.
From a fist timer's point of view I thought, unsurprisingly given the length of the story, that there was great depth in all of the charachters. Initially I felt that it was unrequired, but as the story evolved it made the whole listening experience much richer and the ending more poignant.
The experiences of many of the characters did make you think of how you would react in such circumstances, something I would imagine Mr King would be happy with. Not only in a physical, matter of fact manner but also in the moral dilemma situation.
All in all an excellent story, fabulous characters and well crafted setting.If you like a slow burner this one is for you, give it a chance and it wont let you down.
An enthralling and enveloping book that takes you on a long and deep journey into good, evil and the places in between.
"All Time Favorite Book! Good Audio"
Well, where do I start, cough cough ~ sneeze sneeze. This book is well narrated by Grover Gardner ~ if you loved the narration of Duma Key & struggled with the narration of Bag of Bones then you should get on OK with this book.
A simple tale of Good V Evil and for me a book of three parts which flow well from one bit into the next and keeps the story going. SK writes beautifully of relationships and friendships and this is another great book for leaving the characters with you - way after you have finished it and in a virtual world Frannie is my best friend and I in real life talk to crows! bastards!
I have read it many (12+) times in both paperback and hardback unabridged which, this is a read of. I found it interesting that the book has jumped a decade forward for this release, which is nice as some of the references are more historically recent - but many seem to still remain as per the older book.
It is also interesting and will not detract from my own personal cast of The Stand, that in my minds eye one particular character who is quite a high profile person in the tale, I had always imaged look a certain way and when I listened to this I heard of the first time a very brief mention of his hair colour which I never picked up on in reading. I only mention this as it is strange how our personal perception of a book can be changed based on narration and listening rather than reading.
So, do you buy it? I would say yes, this was the first SK book I ever came across and it was given to me many years ago and the giver promised me it was a good read and not scary.
He was right and wrong. It is a cracking read, but it is scary in the speed and pace the plague wipes across a continent and we must assume the world.
M O O N - that spells I love it! Go for it, give this a try, even if you have not had a King novel before ~ and if you are a constant reader - you may like it too. Also, it is cracking good value as it is a nice long l
"Double thumbs up!"
I was horrified at the beginning of the book the descriptions of the virus and the annihilation of 99% of the population I found harrowing, after the initial catastrophe it's definitely a slow burn, though the characters are absorbing and you cannot help but to see their differing journeys to the bitter end.
Harold, Trash Can, Tom and the Darkman's characters especially made an impression, glad I managed to finish this book second time round as I failed miserabley years ago. Listening to it on audio made it better for me, Grover Gardner narrating gave the book life. Always like a book that will stay with me and this is definitely one of them, even though the pace went down to a snails pace at times, making me frustrated (especially during the committee meetings) it was well worth the wait, since then has gone on my favourite book list.