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)
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"A Stand-out book"
A 15 star book in every regard, perfectly narrated and acted to some degree by Grover Gardner who gave each and every character a personality and voice. All this coupled with an excellent story by Mr Stephen King, this is an audio book that will thrill and enthral in equal measure and one that I have thoroughly enjoyed!
"Another fantastic Stephen King novel - makes me wonder why I read anyone else"
It is one of those books that leave a bit of a hole in your life once it is finished - I enjoyed every chapter of this unabridged version. I've now got a serious book hangover.
Read this several times over the years but the audible version, read so well, adds an extra dimension.
Best narrator of any audiobook I've listened to so far and it really contributed to my enjoyment of the book, especially as it's so long. As others have pointed out, the ending is a bit disappointing, but it's still a great story.
"Stand and deliver"
As ever King has delivered with a great story. I never read the previous versions so it was all totally new and it didn't disappoint. Amazing how his mind works and what he thinks up. The narrator annoyed me a bit at first as I didn't like the tone and depth of his voice and it grated. However I persevered and before tool long was used to it.
I have read the print version and definitely think the audio edition is better. The Stand is a notoriously long novel written in many parts and the ability to listen to the story means you can get through the text at a fast clip. My only complaint about the audio version is the narrator's depiction of female voices - particularly Fran's. I found them a bit grating.
It is one of the best post-apocalyptic stories written (forgetting the abysmal ending). The characters are so engaging that you feel connected to each one of them and the story is never short of well considered details about survival in a post-disease world.
He is a very dynamic reader who really brings to life the text.
The stand is simply put, one of the best Audiobooks I have ever listened to. Stephen King does a great job of pulling you into the world he has created and I for one was completely gripped to the end. All the characters in the book are so believable with my personal favorite being Tom Cullen as there story arcs and character development were awesome leading to some very powerful moments for tom near the end of the book.
The narrator Grover Gardner does a great job of bringing the characters to live, so recommended overall!
Another great by King!
very easy listening and always stays good. It's one of those books that you'll think about for a long time!
Stephen King,as usual keeping you gripped each chapter.
Begins,and ends with thoughtful ideas ,good read.
"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
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