"The best King book written."
Fantastic book. seems like a long listen but, the more you listen, the quicker the time flows.
"The Stand, Stephen King"
Love this book and the narration was perfect !!!
Great for lying on the beach lazing the day away !!
Having read this book a couple of times, I wondered what it would be like to hear the story. I'm many ways, Grover Gardner's 'performance' rivalled a full ensemble cast. He is extremely talented in making the characters come alive. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this and already look forward to the next time.
"Great but a little too long"
Well written - as always by Mr King - and well read. Looking forward to downloading the next book - but which one?
just the best narration I have ever heard on an audiobook. regional accents are superb.
"Slow Start Epic Finish"
The Stand is an amazing book which starts off slow but once that ball starts rolling it doesnt stop. A must read for any Stephen King fan.
Were it not for the fact that Steven King is a hugely famous and successful author this book in its unedited form would never have been sold.
He is a master story teller, no doubt about that but he is so in love with the act of story telling that he is unable to cut the unnecessary waffle and keep the narrative jogging along. There are vast amounts of irrelevant description that, whilst beautifully described in themselves, slowed the pace of an already vast story to the extent that I found myself struggling to care.
There was one glaring error though that I found extraordinary. Without giving too much away, after the one main event in the first third of the story when people begin meeting each other there is very little questioning of the event. Almost no one at any stage commented on the event. I would have thought, human nature being what it is, the very first thing everyone would have done was to share, engage and try and work out together what happened.
Whilst this was an amusing diversion, I am not left moved. The characters were not fleshed out enough for this to be an epic. In the way that certain performers are more concerned with their voices than the song they are singing, Steven King has allowed his writing to supersede the importance of the story.
I've listened to this twice now. Love the story but I also love the narrator Grover Gardner. He kept this story alive considering how many characters are in this. He did a brilliant job! A++++
The book moves at quite a leisurely pace at times but that helps to get you into the world. The narrator has a great voice for this story and he differentiates the characters well.
Overall an interesting and clever story told and read very well.
"The original version is better…."
No. I enjoyed it but at 47 hours I wouldn't feel the need to listen to it again. The "problem" is that the stuff added back into the Uncut version (which this is) doesn't add to the story.
I've read the original 700 page version and it's much better balanced. But in this version, not a lot really happens now in the first two thirds of the book and, proportionate to the length of the book, you spend a lot less time with Randall Flagg.
I'm a King addict so yes.
Watch out for walking' dude
Track down the original version on ebay. It's much better for being so heavily edited (and still 700 pages!).