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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really enjoyed this, gutted it's over and will be picking up a copy to read now it's. one of the best novels I've ever listened to.
King at his best
"An excellent book and an excellent read."
I really do love this Stephen King story. The narrator took a little time to get used to but I have to say did a brilliant performance of bringing the many characters to life. Excellent
"good story but over for described and too long."
liked it on long car journeys but too much detail.
Most exciting was first 10% and last 10%.
Would recommend the original version perhaps?
"A rich story"
An a amazingly well written book which, perhaps due in part to its length, paints fantastic back stories to each character.
It wasn't all I expected it to be and certainly not as gripping, but I did enjoy it.
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.
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