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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Amazing listen, lacks none of the atmosphere of the written book. Performance great and beings this fantastic story to life.
"Plenty of Listening (Spoiler Alert)"
First off this is a long book. It took me about two weeks to finish it, and that was listening every day.
I found the start really good. A killer disease wipes out nearly everyone, and the individual experiences of the main characters as they take to the road. Brilliant. That was pretty much book one.
(Spoilers abound here so be warned.)
Later on, things boil down to a fight between good and evil. God is sending messages and let's face it, when God picks a side they're usually going to win, sure with a few deaths along the way, and a few surprises, sure.
The all-powerful Randy Flagg gets less and less scary and all-powerful the more we learn about him. His 'defeat' was disappointing. The narrator's voice for the character is also quite different in the end from the way it was in the beginning - losing the playful menace that it had when we first meet him. Apart from that I found Gardner very good.
Some of the ideas explored by the sociologist in the book are interesting and could have been developed into storylines themselves.
I also got so sick of Fran Goldsmith that I hoped she'd die just to put an end to her crying!
I will say again, though, as a book to listen to while driving, this is the job.
"Started off great."
Was really interesting to begin with but then got too religious and went into fantasy.
masterpiece from King and gardner. thank you!
I needed another 8 words for the review. thanks again.
"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.
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