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
'As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class.' (The Times)
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
What a story
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.
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.
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.
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'
This is a great story which I first read in high school. The reader is really great and adds a lot to the story.
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.
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.
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.
The overall story. And how King has made it fit within today's religious ideology.
Stu Redman, the good guy and hero - one of them anyway.
Great animation and acted out voices of the different characters. Really enjoyed listening to his narration of the book.
The end, when the dog stayed to help stu.
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.
I am in love with Audiibooks and this is no exception. I had already read the actual book and for some reason thought this would be like a movie and part would be edited out. But it wasn't! Its a great listen.
I don't know - I would not normally choose to read a book of this size in print. Granted - it still took me over two months of listening during my daily commute.
Incredibly skilled and professional performance. Really gets under your skin and shapes how you imagine the characters and setting. I would recommend this audiobook purely on Grover Gardner's performance.
Dig Your Man
Well I have read this book several times. I am enjoying listening to it far more than reading it and that is saying something. It is a strange experience now as I first read it as a teenager and now am older than the characters I saw as old men in those days.
However revisiting these characters is like finding dear old friends who I have missed. I have not even finished yet but I felt I had to review it for anyone thinking of listening.
I was not sure at first about the narrator, however he quickly grew on me and is very versatile and accomplished.
I am now remembering why I loved this book so much. So for new readers go for it. And old readers who want to re-meet and fall in love with Stu, Nick and the others then I say just ah you're are going to have a real treat.... But hopefully not a sweet dark treat like Larry finds in New York...
This is one long book! I think it could be shorter and retain its magic but to be honest I enjoyed it enough to forgive it its size! Interesting characters , growing and evolving, are what keep this book together from beginning to end.
Fantastic character development
Stu Redman an hero to the end
The beginning was especially emotion when the family with the bay died
"sweat, blood, tears and thought provoking!"
great story that kept me griped from the beginning, and it's a long listen. I'm not usually one for stories with religion as a prominent theme, but it was very tastefully done. I didn't feel preached at at all.
the narrator has done a wonderful job, his voice suits the story and the characters perfectly.
all in all a very entertaining listen!
Stephen King at his finest. Narrator did a great job. A stunningly beautiful local! Kudos.
"Stephen King does it again"
have read , watched, and now listened. never gets boring. truly brilliant a Stephen King masterpiece.
"Captain trips of a jorney"
A wonderful story of good vs. evil. the characters are well developed and have you rooting for individuals and their struggle.
The narrator is very good at relaying the sub text and feeling within the book and characters.
"A long story with no substance"
This was an arduous read. Was recommended after reading a number of dystopian fantasy but a waste of my time. Stuck with it because i had got so far and thought it was take some clever twists - but no. Very poor.
"have to love him"
wow what a book as always mr king really cant put them down so tempted to red anotjer
"My all time favourite Stephen King book"
Love this... thank you Audible for helping me to rediscover my love of books. The lilting voice of the narrator made listening a pleasure.
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