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 Ultimate Story of Good versus Evil"
In my opinion this is Kings very best novel.
An epic thought provoking story of what could happen if...........
This is an immense work of art, full of characters that you will in turn, like, love, hate and fear.
If you haven't read or listened to The Stand before, then you are in for a treat.
If you have already read the book and are considering the audio version, then in my view it loses very little if anything in the narrated form. It is still the same wonderful journey for Larry, Stu and the rest of the gang.
After 47 hours of listening I can't wait until the edges of my memory begin to blur so that I can listen to or read the book again.
"King's greatest novel"
The long awaited audio release of SK's greatest book. A post-apocalyptic gem that has King's typical weave of immensely detailed characters, immersed in an epic biblical story. Grover Gardner does a great job in the narration and doesn't 'over do' the female characters.I can't recommend this book more highly.
"a key Stephen King title"
I have been waiting for this audio book for years. I take the book with me everywhere.Its my go to book. King gives an end of the world tale hope along with the despair. One of his best books, a must have to complete your King collection,
"New and improved."
This book always rated as one of my best ever reads. This audiobook now rates as one of my best ever listens. Grover Gardner brings the characters to life in such a way that the written word never did and it's a true classic not to be missed. If you're new to Stephen King this is a fine place to start. If you've already read the original, the additional material in the audiobook version, and Grover's narration, make it well worth the purchase price.
"Quantity vs quality"
I have never read the book but I'm glad I've listened to it. The narrator is excellent and really brings the characters to life of which there are so many, some favourites include Tom Cullen, Nick and the Walking Dude himself among others. King is an excellent story teller and often detours into minute descriptions at times but with this Novel I felt too much was wasted on precisely that. Some major story lines are left hanging, some major characters are 'removed' too suddenly and without much of an explanation.
The ending was also disappointing verging on ridiculous, however, if you want an entertaining novel with a range of characters then this is it. Despite everything I did really enjoy this and consequently purchased Under the Dome!!
"A great listen"
I couldn't stop listening to this book. It's was highly entertaining and had a gripping plot. To top it off the narration was incredible, mr Gardner really made the characters come to life.
However, I have always thought Stephen struggles to write proper endings to his books. I can't put my finger on it but in a lot of his books I've found the ending to be lacking something, for me this book is no different.
MILD SPOILER ALERT
If you're a devout atheists you may find the strong religious theme a bit too hard to swallow towards the end and abused in order to get the ending over with. Being a king novel you are always going to get a religious/supernatural theme but one scene towards the end I was simply unable to suspend my disbelief.
Over all I wold say this book is more about the journey it takes you on rather than the final destination. It's interesting and gripping. I wish I could forget it so I can read it again.
Superb narration, with excellent compelling storyline, I didn't want it to end but had to get to the end to "hear" what happens next. Brilliant
"The wait is over - audio AT LAST!!!"
Best-loved book, re-read so many times. The audio version is good (only one block in so far), but the narrator is getting it pretty much spot-on. The chracters are like old friends - love, love, love this book.
"book that makes one think how fragile our world is"
This was the first Stephen King book I listened to. I had always thought Stephen Kings books were horror stories, how wrong I was. I usually listen as I work and a book has to be good to hold my
attention. This one certainly did and I found it difficult to stop listening, even when work was finished and I should have gone home. Some people might find it a bit long but I liked all the details and like long books anyway as I have a lot of hours. Would highly recommend this book and will go on to listen to many more books by this author.
"What a mammouth listen!"
Was that really 47 hrs and 47 mins........?I have read this immense story a couple of times and thought that having it read to me might be a disappointment. How wrong could I have been . The narration brought everything vividly to live - the characters brought sharply into focus by a story-teller who lived each of them perfectly. Brilliant. I longed for the ending but when it came wanted more........! Furthermore - it was the right ending....no messing about - good conquors evil!
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