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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"Once you start, you can't stop!"
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.
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.
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.
In short - yes. In reality at 47 hours long, probably impossible.
If you were to listen to this book for 20mins, that's you hooked. A tale to be heard again and again.
"Huge book. Classic narration."
Yes, but only if I have a spare month; it is enormous. It takes real commitment, but worth it.
I read Under The Dome last year. Another meaty tome. King returns to the epic.
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.
Standing room only. (sorry)
One of the best ways to make the long commute to work enjoyable.
What an amazing and Epic book. It isnt without it's faults but this really is something amazing.
"Long book, entertaining but ultimately shallow"
Long, descriptive, simple.
Very underwhelming ending, you get the clear idea that King had no idea where to take this story, not that there is a great deal of story to start with.
He was great, top notch job.
It's a fairly entertaining listen, though you expect the story to go somewhere interesting but ultimately it just fizzles out. It reminded me of watching Lost, it's long, the characters are entertaining, the story drops some interesting hints and ideas and then you expect some big revelation but there's nothing there. It's a smartly written dumb story. All in all, worth a listen.
"A big story and a long ride"
Stephen King is known to be a little long winded, this is a little but well worth it, you need to stick with it.
"A contemporary horror"
The story doesn't have the depth of characterisation of Under the Dome. It's religious content was too simplistic and Christian based.
I was glad to get to the end, which held no surprises.
The first half of the book was the most enthralling as veneer of civilisation slips dramatically away.
However it was worth it for the apocalyptic landscape and the study of man's insanity.
"A total slog to get through."
I have no idea. The story had interesting ideas but the author laboured each point, repeated himself, drew attention to phrases or dialogue he seemed particularly pleased with and reused metaphors and similes in a way that was really noticeable (he described various people as having eyes 'like a mackerel' which is why I noticed. I have,personally, never noticed anyone's eyes as being particularly mackerel like.
With a lot of editing and cutting. It takes ages for the story to get going, just when people seem to start getting sick and I think it might get interesting, it switches to a flashback. I felt like I was going one step forward, two steps back. I also felt like there was an attempt made to make the women more rounded characters which ultimately failed and had me rolling my eyes every time one of the women started crying or talking about 'their man'.
Tom Cullin probably.
The story was interesting and I could see it making a decent tv or film adaptation (apparently some exist and I would happily watch them) but I wouldn't recommend this unabridged book to anyone. It drags.
I have no idea how they managed to keep eating bread when the cigarettes had gone stale.
"Great performance of this brilliant epic"
I wouldn't say it was better, but it was easier to keep track of the characters and plot. The narrator is excellent.
Crickey, it's a page turner for sure, but long too!
One of Stephen kings essential reads. The audio version definitely adds to the experience.
"Standing the test of time"
It's just over a quarter of a century since this book nearly caused a young student to mis-fire in his final examinations at University with its gripping tale of post-Apocalypse survivors. So I went back to it with some trepidation as it had been a genuinely memorable experience from my teenage years.
But it stands the test of time. The additional length compared to most paperbacks allows King to fully develop a rich cast of characters and with Gardner's liquid granite narration this is a genuinely excellent listen.
Yes I would recommend the book. The characters are so believable, and the way the story developes those people is very good. Really enjoyable and thought provoking.
Larry! Because I think he changed more than anyone else.
Too many good scenes, to choose from.
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