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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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
"An epic that enthralls from beginning to end"
The vast, sweeping tale that encompasses multiple characters & scenarios in a style that doesn't feel confusing or cumbersome
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.
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.
It made me both laugh and cry AND get excited, angry, scared and ebullient.
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.
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.
loved the characters, loved the story stephen king is the man , couldn't put down.
Yes - it is a unique story with many twists. Very strong charactors
"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.
"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
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