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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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  • Luke
    CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom
    1/12/15
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    "Does not Disappoint."

    Having read the book well over twenty years ago and having seen the tv miniseries I was curious as to what the experience of listening to this audio book would add to my enjoyment of the story. I was grinning as I heard the introduction and the promise of additional content despite the fact that I could not clearly remember the book I had read and was more familiar with the story told on tv. The audio book creates a vivid, deep story which while long is always entertaining and has great pace. The narration is first rate and by chapter 20 or so one can easily recognize characters without the need for the text to introduce them. This book kept me happy during well over a month of commutes and is still a stand out title of its genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • dimitri
    1/7/15
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    "Gripping"

    First audio book I've listened to and thought I'd start with a monster.
    took me two weeks of intense listening to finish it but it was so immersive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lesley
    1/4/15
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    "Loving my new found love of Steven king"

    I'm a newbie to audiobooks and have downloaded quite a few but have only managed to finish Steven King books. This is my second one, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I felt I got to know the characters well and can't wait to listen to the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol Gladwin
    Nailsea England
    1/2/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Stephen King at his best. Long but worth the effort. Fantastic story telling read very well. Loved it - absolutely brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Londongirl
    12/29/14
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    "Stephen King at his absolute best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    My first audiobook and a mighty tome but would highly recommend - beautifully narrated by Grover Gardner


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

    This is really a sizeable collection of stories threaded together within an overall apocalyptic vision - the very strong beginning is reminiscent of the recent Ebola outbreak despite being written 30 years earlier and the themes stay long after the book is finished. Far, far better than the TV series.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    i would happily listen to this narrator again but he does not seem to have much available in the UK....


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

    It is a very long book (over 30 hours) and neither the story or narrator's voice ever got boring - Even the Frannie character who seemed to cry every single time she appeared was irritating but not dull. Genuinely exciting and scary when you are listening while driving on winter's nights alone in your car. I loved it!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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