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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

What the Critics Say

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

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  • Edmund
    Chirk, United Kingdom
    12/23/14
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    "A "Stand"ing applause"

    I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Grover Gardner's narration is perfect and although it took me a moment or two to get used to it, when I did get used to it I couldn't imagine anything else.

    The story is essentially in parts but it works well and none of the epicness and grand-scale story is lost. The story does get a bit weird at the end but I was by no means disappointed with the ending, and it was by no means a hard book to finish.

    I'd have no hesitation in recommending this. To anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dean
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    12/17/14
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    "One of the Best books i ever read"
    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    Mr King makes you want to turn the next page as quickly as possible,Great book i think its his best.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keith
    12/1/14
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    "This is one of the best books."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would and have recommended this book to various people.


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

    All of it is memorable.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner is an amazing reader. Think I will get some more books done by him.


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

    It would be very tiring listening to this in one sitting as its nearly 48hrs long.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King is one of my favourite authors hope they do all his books on here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs rachel j taylor
    11/9/14
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    "Once you start, you can't stop!"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far the best. I enjoyed this unabridged version read expertly by Grover Gardner whilst commuting to work, a several hour journey twice a week. This audio book seemed to fast forward time and I found myself looking forward to being stuck in traffic on the M1.


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

    I listened to the unabridged version. I chose this audio book as I had read the book and was fond of the story. I had no idea that there were so many characters and different paths for the imagination to tramp down from the edited book I first read. No mention of the 'secondary plague' in the first book or Trash Can Mans tormentor. My favourite part of the book is at the stage when all who are going to die of Captain Trips have done so and the different characters are still wondering around trying to find a reason to go on.


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

    I was very impressed by this gentleman's passion for the storey. I could tell in his voice that he too was enjoying the tale. I particularly liked the way he did not try to imitate a woman's voice when reading female parts. I have found this very off putting in other narrators.


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

    In short - yes. In reality at 47 hours long, probably impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    If you were to listen to this book for 20mins, that's you hooked. A tale to be heard again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Beatty
    Brighton
    11/1/14
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    "Huge book. Classic narration."
    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    Yes, but only if I have a spare month; it is enormous. It takes real commitment, but worth it.


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

    I read Under The Dome last year. Another meaty tome. King returns to the epic.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Well read, never got dull. He managed to inject life into all the characters, and they were legion, without relying on ridiculous accents and quirks. He doesn't do many books in this genre, pity.


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

    Standing room only. (sorry)


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best ways to make the long commute to work enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
    10/25/14
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    "Wow! Brilliant"

    What an amazing and Epic book. It isnt without it's faults but this really is something amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Athos
    10/22/14
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    "Long book, entertaining but ultimately shallow"
    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    Long, descriptive, simple.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very underwhelming ending, you get the clear idea that King had no idea where to take this story, not that there is a great deal of story to start with.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He was great, top notch job.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a fairly entertaining listen, though you expect the story to go somewhere interesting but ultimately it just fizzles out. It reminded me of watching Lost, it's long, the characters are entertaining, the story drops some interesting hints and ideas and then you expect some big revelation but there's nothing there. It's a smartly written dumb story. All in all, worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nick Scarborough
    10/12/14
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    "A big story and a long ride"

    Stephen King is known to be a little long winded, this is a little but well worth it, you need to stick with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gurumaji
    9/29/14
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    "A contemporary horror"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story doesn't have the depth of characterisation of Under the Dome. It's religious content was too simplistic and Christian based.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was glad to get to the end, which held no surprises.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The first half of the book was the most enthralling as veneer of civilisation slips dramatically away.


    Was The Stand worth the listening time?

    However it was worth it for the apocalyptic landscape and the study of man's insanity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • superdupergill
    Glasgow,Scotland
    8/24/14
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    "A total slog to get through."
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea. The story had interesting ideas but the author laboured each point, repeated himself, drew attention to phrases or dialogue he seemed particularly pleased with and reused metaphors and similes in a way that was really noticeable (he described various people as having eyes 'like a mackerel' which is why I noticed. I have,personally, never noticed anyone's eyes as being particularly mackerel like.


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

    With a lot of editing and cutting. It takes ages for the story to get going, just when people seem to start getting sick and I think it might get interesting, it switches to a flashback. I felt like I was going one step forward, two steps back. I also felt like there was an attempt made to make the women more rounded characters which ultimately failed and had me rolling my eyes every time one of the women started crying or talking about 'their man'.


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

    Tom Cullin probably.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was interesting and I could see it making a decent tv or film adaptation (apparently some exist and I would happily watch them) but I wouldn't recommend this unabridged book to anyone. It drags.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea how they managed to keep eating bread when the cigarettes had gone stale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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