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The Stand | [Stephen King]

The Stand

"First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms." For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.
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Publisher's Summary

"First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms."

For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are listening to The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.

©1978 Stephen King (P)2012 Random House Audio

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'As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class.' (The Times)

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 11-19-12
    Garry Cannington, Australia 11-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too

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    "Love it, love it, love it"
    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    What a story


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    It stands alone, with over 100 books in my library to date this is by far the best written book and narrated I have had the pleasure of listening. There are some great non-fiction but this is the best.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The best reader by far, he has a pleasing voice, a great ability to adapt his voice to the scenes and makes you feel as addicted to his narration as the written word. He seems to give the emotion, the tension and the horror that perfect weight. No reader could feel that emotion so perfectly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, addictive, so very descriptive and so wonderfully interwoven I think I would scream if I never heard it. The story is brilliant. I have heard that Mr king does not think this his best, it may not be but to me it is. I feel a strong emotion at his descriptive abilities one of awe, one of jealousy at such power and one of pleasure to be guided by an incredible writer and ably assisted by a suburb narration. I feel the evil in Harold, the confusion in Nadine, the fear in Fanny expertly expressed by Grover Gardner. The story does anger me for some events I find shocking but then that's the greatest ability of a writer to bring out not theirs but your own emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    This should be in every audible member's library. It's long but it's as Tom might say 'M O O N and that spells incredible'

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Riebau Perth Australia 09-10-12
    B. Riebau Perth Australia 09-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great book well read"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great story which I first read in high school. The reader is really great and adds a lot to the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Australia 09-06-12
    Chris Australia 09-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Long but awesome"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    The overall story. And how King has made it fit within today's religious ideology.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stu Redman, the good guy and hero - one of them anyway.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great animation and acted out voices of the different characters. Really enjoyed listening to his narration of the book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, when the dog stayed to help stu.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, I saw the movie years ago and wanted to listen to the book. I think the book is much better, although I now want to watch the movie again after listening to it. I understand that a new remake of the book is coming out in 2013 as a new movie. Should be interesting.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gretta Melbourne, Australia 03-19-14
    Gretta Melbourne, Australia 03-19-14 Member Since 2013

    I'm a singer/songwriter and avid reader (now listener!!)

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    "Awesome!!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    This is my first Stephen King book and I love love loved it!!!

    With it's multiple story lines weaving around and eventually connecting I couldn't stop listening to it!


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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-16-13
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply Awesome!!!!!"

    Simply put this is a must read!!!!!. There a number of different characters and I found it easier to write the names down somewhere so that I could refer to it when I forgot a characters story but it is a minor thing. The book is simply great. Hands down!!!!

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    Melissa Mt Eden, New Zealand 10-22-13
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    "Great journey, great characters - well read"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    Most of the characters are fantastic. Frannie is a bet of a let down, but most characters have a great story arc


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    TrashCan Man "Oh Trashy!.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner is perfect for this. He adds an element to each character which helps make them stand out in a long story.


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    Todd Orange, Australia 04-09-13
    Todd Orange, Australia 04-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, but not as epic as expected"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would. The novel has a good premise and deep characters. It is definitely worth a read just to witness their struggles in the wake of a world-destroying plague. Every character has their flaws and it is interesting to see the choices they make in the face of the battle between good and evil.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Perhaps a more climactic ending. The ending to the book did come together quite seamlessly, however it just felt that there was a lot of buildup to something that didn't really deliver as expected. The epicness expected just wasn't there. Flagg is an interesting villain, but not the big bad boogeyman he could have been. At times his demeanor is more comical than fearsome. Whilst I understand this underlines his more psychotic moments, I felt it took a little of the menace away from him.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gardner's performance is done very well. I have no criticisms besides the fact that he isn't as talented as other narrators I've heard when it comes to giving life to a massive cast of characters. But he did well enough.


    Did The Stand inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudine Australia 02-19-13
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    "One of the best from Stephen King !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stand the most enjoyable?

    Such a brilliant story. Good story teller - good voice


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Too many to recount


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but his voice is very convincing


    Who was the most memorable character of The Stand and why?

    Too many heroes to mention


    Any additional comments?

    Have read it many times now very happy to be able to listen to it as well !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-14-12
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-14-12 Member Since 2011

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Very good overall but..."

    This is a great story and I liked that it is the full story as the author intended. The narrator however is not my favourite. He is good but at times can seem as though he is bored stiff by the whole affair. Would I listen to this again? Yes maybe. Would I give it to a friend to listen to? If they liked Stephen King yes I would. But definitely not if I was trying to convice them to listen to more audiobooks.

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    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 10-15-12
    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 10-15-12

    Hi, I work in I.T. and am a freelance photographer. Just love this site, and always happy to discuss books, photography or just plain life. Feel free to drop me a line, I'm always looking to meet interesting people.

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    "Kings best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very interesting and an absoloute page turner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Lots, it a long story with many memeorible moments.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I guess there were several, many sad moments were well balanced against the action.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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  • A. Skipper
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    10/4/12
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    "I forgot how good this book is"

    I read the original in the 80's, the uncut edition in the 90's and then re-read again in the last 90's and it has always had a special place in my heart. The audio book doesn't disappoint either - the narrator, while American, is excellent. Don't get me wrong, it wouldn't be right to use a UK narrator anyway, but many of the American narrators grate on me over time - this one doesn't. He does the accents well but is not too over the top or forced in any way.



    There is no point in going into the story here - read the synopsis if you must - but to be honest I would imagine most people who buy a near 30 hour audio book have already read the book anyway!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Aaron
    MELTON MOWBRAY, United Kingdom
    10/2/12
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    "Didn't want it to end"

    Before this I had never tried any of Stephen King's books. I had watched a film or two based on his novels, but never actually tried anything written by the man himself. At first I thought The Stand was a little slow going, but as it progressed I started to think 'if he didn't do it slow to start with, the meat of the story would be far less interesting and not as impactful to the listener/reader'.



    This is by far the best audio book I have in my library. King makes you get attached to each character, feel their fears and share in their triumphs. He makes the main plot points actually mean something and feel as natural as if it were happening for real rather than it was something birthed from one man's imagination.



    If you are contemplating buying the Stand but are unsure as to whether or not you should, I can honestly say you will be missing out on soemthing truly great if you don't.



    The narrator makes an already fantastic novel even greater. His voice works well for every character and he gives each one a voice that truly fits with their overall presence. My favourite was his voicing of Tom Cullen, I genuinely think he got the character down to a tee.



    All in all, the only bad thing I have to say about The Stand is that it ended. Top quality from start to finish. Well deserved 5 star rating from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    blyth, United Kingdom
    9/28/12
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    "Extended edition well worth another visit"

    I had read and listened to the 1978 version and wasn't sure about investing the time in the extended edition. It was well worth it. The additions really flesh out a lot of the characters. You also get to meet one of the best characters King has written, in my opinion: The Kid.



    I am staggered that The Kid was cut so ruthlessly from the first version. The character had me almost crying with laughter one moment and horrified the next. Sublime writing. And with Grover Gardner handling narration, it's a memorable journey. I've listened to three of Gardner's narrations now and he is always bang on the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zoey
    London, United Kingdom
    9/18/12
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    "AMAZING"

    Stephen King at his usual best. This book was very long but I loved every minute of it!! Its the way, in his longer books (The dome, 11.10.63, Duma Key) that he developes his characters, they become very real. I miss them when the book is over (How sad). Download it now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian
    derby, United Kingdom
    8/21/12
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    "I'm Hooked"

    This is a great audiobook.Wasn't sure if i was going to enjoy this one as i was dissapointed with Duma key which i had finished last week.This Audio though is stunning.I,m completely hooked.It feels as good as
    11 22 63 which is my favourite Audiobook to date.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline
    ambleside, United Kingdom
    11/5/12
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    "Typical stephen king"

    A very good story, but far too drawn out, goes off on a tangent into parts of peoples lives that I felt not relevant to the story. Apparently this is the new edition that includes the stuff that had been edited out of the last edition for being too long winded. I agree too long, and I normally love stephen kings books, I was so looking forward to this, but the in depth of characters was just too much that I forgot the story. I have not even downloaded the last two parts.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    gazeley, United Kingdom
    8/29/12
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    "An ok read"

    If your looking for a good long book with superb character development and backstory this is great. However it lacks punch towards the end. It feels like all the work has gone into creating characters and backstory only to kind of wander and then just finish, not as good as dream catcher or under the dome these were much better reads that really draw you in

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • peter
    Burnley, United Kingdom
    8/27/12
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    "Epic audio book"

    I dont often review the audio books I listen to, been a member for a long time now (189 titles). I go off the principle of "what lights your candle might not light mine", so I read the snippets and listen to the samples, very rarely read the reviews until I'm going to buy, usually my mind is made up by then though!
    Right, prattling over. Excellent story, well written and just about the best Stephen King I've listened to or read.I thought Grover Gardener was absolutely fantastic as the story teller, at times he reminded me of Anthony Hopkins and so my spine was well and truely shivered! All in all I would recommend this, I put in the same pile as Dune, which is by far the best audio book I've listened to, for apocalyptical stuff, its up there with The Passage by Justin Cronin.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Allison
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Lengthy but worth it"
    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favourite Steven King novels. I put off listening for a long time until I could find the time to do it justice but I wasn't disappointed. There is an introduction from Mr King himself stating why this longer version of the story was published which was intriguing and explained that the original context of the characters was explored in more depth but was later trimmed, in his view to the detriment of the story. While this makes a lengthy book into a mammoth listen I found the story flew by at quite a pace and the narration was excellent.

    The book itself is essentially an exploration of good versus evil in a post-disaster world but the characters are varied and vividly described and despite the length I was still left wanting more. I would certainly recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    DublinIreland
    7/7/14
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    "A classic story a classic book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    This book is excellent both in paper and audio. The advantage or the audio is that the tensions and the highs and lows of the story can be maintained easily and the pictures are more real. The book feels more apocalyptic and scary but no less enthralling


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    "M O O N spells moon". The innocence of the Collins character as contrast with the evil and the good schemers makes this innocence stand out


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The character portrayal is excellent and consistent


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Look what we did to ourselves, and now a second chance


    Any additional comments?

    As book,audio and miniseries this story of Apocalypse, good versus evil and the triumph of hope over despair stands high as a classic of not only a Horror, fantasy genre, but of post cold war literature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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