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The Stand Audiobook
The Stand
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Grover Gardner
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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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  • b_carson
    10/28/15
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    "Never has the end of the world seemed so dull"

    Liked the plague stuff, really hated the whole Biblical second half. Didn't find the characters very likeable or interesting, and very very long.

    I'm normally a fan of King but this stunk. Grover Gardner was excellent though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr C M Mckenzie
    10/23/15
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    "An epic that enthralls from beginning to end"
    What did you like most about The Stand?

    The vast, sweeping tale that encompasses multiple characters & scenarios in a style that doesn't feel confusing or cumbersome


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

    I haven't read any modern day fiction that compares. It is an epic in the old style of great sagas such as Les Miserables or How The West Was Won.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The nuanced style allowed for an extremely submersive experience. The minds eye is allowed to capture the story as if watching a film in one's head.


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

    It made me both laugh and cry AND get excited, angry, scared and ebullient.


    Any additional comments?

    I have long been a fan of Stephen King so obviously I often read his work through rose (Madder?) tinted glasses. Having said that, I always try to be honest with his work and in my opinion some of it is far from perfect.

    Many believe his magnum opus is the Dark Tower series. Believe me, I spent many years agonizing over the fate of Roland and his companions and loved every minute of it, despite the excruciating cliff hangars Mr King left us with over a VERY long time!

    I am convinced, however, that The Stand encompasses everything the author strives to provide for his readers in one (albeit long) tome. I'm not saying don't read the Dark Tower series - in fact you'd be crazy not to - but The Stand represents everything that is exceptional in Stephen King's abilities as a story teller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    9/30/15
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    "Too long."

    What starts off as a good premise with the outbreak and its immediate aftermath, descends in the second half of the book to a meandering anti climax. The prose is brilliant, and it's wonderfully read by Grover Gardner, but ultimately the books biggest failing is its length. It's just simply too long, and the story isn't engaging enough in my opinion to sustain it - there is just a lot of detail. For a book of such length, issues remain unresolved and though there is enough detail to flesh out the characters, a lot of them are downright annoying or just not really that believable. I'm a fan of Stephen King but would find it hard to recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • tammy
    9/29/15
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    "The Stand"

    loved the characters, loved the story stephen king is the man , couldn't put down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    9/27/15
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    "excellent read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it is a unique story with many twists. Very strong charactors


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

    the end


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the end


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    captivating

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    8/29/15
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    "Master story teller"

    An excellent book and very well read, kept me going for a month of commutes. Entertaining and suspenseful, the characters will stay with you long after you finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. Grassick
    8/2/15
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    "In for the long haul"

    In for the long haul a mammoth story - 47hrs long.

    But enjoyable and well worth the time.

    Classic Stephen King

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian Turnbull
    Glasgow
    7/26/15
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    "Stephen King at his best"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 2


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

    The Awakening by Angella Graff .. just because of the way both authors develop their characters


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He brought the characters to life. Clear enunciation, basically just well read.


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

    In parts it made me laugh. Didn't make me cry, but it did make me sad when certain characters you had come to love died.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favourite Stephen King books, well read and brought to life with an excellent narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosslecopter
    7/24/15
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    "Brings the story to life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I read The Stand twice before and I felt Grover Gardner really brought the book to life for me.


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

    I felt the whole eerie feeling he creates in the early part of the book to be absolutely bang on.


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

    Grover Gardner performs all characters well, you're never left wondering who just spoke, he captures their characters very nicely


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At nearly 50 hours that would not really be possible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Andy
    7/21/15
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    Enjoyable, exhilarating & excellent :)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Larry Underwood. I related to him in the
    way that he wanted to be a nice guy but had this overwhelming streak
    of self-interest (the kind of thing that only pisses off people who aren't
    you. + How he never wanted to be in charge, but never turned away from it.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many!!!
    - When the Trashcan man is with the kid and the part where he goes to the military base to find the nuke..
    - Stu's fight with Elder i think his name was and his scary escape from the building.
    - Nicks fight with Ray Booth and when him & Tom are traveling and they almost get caught by a tornado
    - The shootout with the crazy guys who had the women as prisoners


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

    When the free zone committee was discussing to send Tom to the west.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, really loved the characters - Makes me interested in to read more Stephen King Novels

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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