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The Stand Audiobook

The Stand

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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

What the Critics Say

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

What Members Say

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    Garry Cannington, Australia 11-19-12
    Garry Cannington, Australia 11-19-12 Member Since 2014

    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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    Todd Orange, Australia 04-09-13
    Todd Orange, Australia 04-09-13
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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.


    2 of 3 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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    Mr Stanley Agius 08-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Long and entertaining"

    Great book. A very long one, but never boring. You keep coming back. A few insights on human nature, history and possibilities

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    Wayne Habig 07-16-16
    Wayne Habig 07-16-16
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    "Exceptional"

    Read it, listen to it.. Just experience the story. You'll never regret it.

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    Sam 06-24-16
    Sam 06-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Masterpiece"

    I am a huge fan of Stephen King, and though it is hard to chose a favourite. This one is definitely a major contender. Buckle up for a long and amazing journey.

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    Ugochi 03-20-16
    Ugochi 03-20-16
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    "this is why I like Stephen King!"

    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.

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    Julia 12-03-15
    Julia 12-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "wow!"

    Such a great book, and such an amazing narrator too! Just the perfect combination, I wish it never had to end (which is something, after like 50hours of listening)

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    Maddy 08-25-15
    Maddy 08-25-15
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    "The most epic of all epic audio books."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


    If you could rename The Stand, what would you call it?

    Dig Your Man


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    9/19/16
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    "fantastic"

    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...

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  • A. Macgregor
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    9/14/16
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    "An epic"

    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.

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  • Greg Woolf
    9/8/16
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    "Fantastic Read"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fantastic character development


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stu Redman an hero to the end


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favourite?

    Stu Redman


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

    The beginning was especially emotion when the family with the bay died


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • edward
    8/31/16
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    "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!

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  • Jade
    8/25/16
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    "Superb!"

    Stephen King at his finest. Narrator did a great job. A stunningly beautiful local! Kudos.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dawnyp
    8/24/16
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    "Stephen King does it again"

    have read , watched, and now listened. never gets boring. truly brilliant a Stephen King masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frank Carter - The man who's smarter
    Wales
    8/24/16
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    "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.

    Highly recommended

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  • MR
    8/23/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • monsurul
    8/22/16
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    "have to love him"

    wow what a book as always mr king really cant put them down so tempted to red anotjer

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    8/22/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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