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The Stand Audiobook

The Stand

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Publisher's Summary

"First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms."

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

What the Critics Say

'As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class.' (The Times)

What Members Say

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    Julie 06-05-15
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    "Best story I have ever read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    Loved the audiobook - had to give it a few minutes to get used to the voice and after that I was hooked.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning when Franny was digging in the garden with her dad and telling him she was pregnant and his reaction.


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Randall Flagg


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    Sarah 03-19-15
    Sarah 03-19-15
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    "An amazing soothing expressive narration"

    I really could listen to this Narrators voice all day, and that is important considering the length of this book, what a saga! But an extremely well written, thorough, and enthralling read! Highly recommend!

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    Misspiper 03-19-14
    Misspiper 03-19-14 Member Since 2013

    Songwriter, Reader, Audible addict!

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    "Awesome!!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    This is my first Stephen King book and I love love loved it!!!

    With it's multiple story lines weaving around and eventually connecting I couldn't stop listening to it!


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    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-16-13
    Gatambwa Dublin, Ireland 11-16-13
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    "Simply Awesome!!!!!"

    Simply put this is a must read!!!!!. There a number of different characters and I found it easier to write the names down somewhere so that I could refer to it when I forgot a characters story but it is a minor thing. The book is simply great. Hands down!!!!

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    Melissa Mt Eden, New Zealand 10-22-13
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    "Great journey, great characters - well read"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    Most of the characters are fantastic. Frannie is a bet of a let down, but most characters have a great story arc


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    TrashCan Man "Oh Trashy!.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner is perfect for this. He adds an element to each character which helps make them stand out in a long story.


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    Claudine Australia 02-19-13
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    "One of the best from Stephen King !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stand the most enjoyable?

    Such a brilliant story. Good story teller - good voice


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Too many to recount


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but his voice is very convincing


    Who was the most memorable character of The Stand and why?

    Too many heroes to mention


    Any additional comments?

    Have read it many times now very happy to be able to listen to it as well !!

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    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-14-12
    Sharon Brisbane, Australia 12-14-12 Member Since 2016

    I am an Australian woman who enjoys reading many different styles of books, from history to sci fi and mystery to poetry.

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    "Very good overall but..."

    This is a great story and I liked that it is the full story as the author intended. The narrator however is not my favourite. He is good but at times can seem as though he is bored stiff by the whole affair. Would I listen to this again? Yes maybe. Would I give it to a friend to listen to? If they liked Stephen King yes I would. But definitely not if I was trying to convice them to listen to more audiobooks.

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    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 10-15-12
    Paul Mount Louisa, Australia 10-15-12

    Hi, I work in I.T. and am a freelance photographer. Just love this site, and always happy to discuss books, photography or just plain life. Feel free to drop me a line, I'm always looking to meet interesting people.

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    "Kings best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very interesting and an absoloute page turner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Lots, it a long story with many memeorible moments.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I guess there were several, many sad moments were well balanced against the action.


    Any additional comments?

    no

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  • steven
    NORWICH, United Kingdom
    8/18/12
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    "Classic"

    I had been waiting for this title to come out for some time.It was worth the wait.Very well read by grover gardner.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    12/26/12
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    "An old title scarily plausible in the present."

    Although this book was written in 1978 it hasn't aged one bit. Its strength lies in the detailed characters whom we come to know as we journey through apocalyptic times. The ending is the least plausible chapter, so enjoy the riveting storyline without rushing to the end. This will be difficult.

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  • Eamonn
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "King addictive"

    Some books start well then fade away. Others may get put down before the opportunity to hear the climax. Some hold your attention throughout. This is one of those books. My family didn't know I existed throughout the time I spent listening to this book. A narrator can sometimes spoil the experience - not in this case. The voice suited the story.

    I recommend this book to listeners who want to escape into a world they know to be fiction but believe could be scarily close to the truth ! Enjoy

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  • Mick
    12/24/12
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    "Majestic"

    A vast and detailed storyline with great characters.



    A page turner that goes on and on always delivering.



    Majestic

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • YorkshireTyke
    York, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "Excellent"

    For many years, this was my favourite Stephen King novel. Now it's been relegated to second place, by a more recent one, but.... still excellent. If Dickens was alive today; this is how he would write. King adeptly handles a large cast of characters; some likeable, some not - all very well written. This was the audiobook I was waiting for.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Louth, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "For staunch fans"

    I love the story of The Stand & really enjoyed listening to the unabridged version. However, I feel it is only for die-hard King fans as there are lots of background details which, I have to say, add to understanding the story. I don't think I would have continued reading the story in book form though, the audible version was just right.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Matt Ashmall
    12/18/12
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    "A worthwhile marathon"

    I've been meaning to read this for a long time now and when I saw that it had got even longer I wasn't sure if I had the will power or stamina. I'm glad I did, but given that I hadn't read it before I can't comment on the differences with the original offering.



    From a fist timer's point of view I thought, unsurprisingly given the length of the story, that there was great depth in all of the charachters. Initially I felt that it was unrequired, but as the story evolved it made the whole listening experience much richer and the ending more poignant.



    The experiences of many of the characters did make you think of how you would react in such circumstances, something I would imagine Mr King would be happy with. Not only in a physical, matter of fact manner but also in the moral dilemma situation.



    All in all an excellent story, fabulous characters and well crafted setting.If you like a slow burner this one is for you, give it a chance and it wont let you down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • alex_holmes_367
    11/13/12
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    "Loved it"

    An enthralling and enveloping book that takes you on a long and deep journey into good, evil and the places in between.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • dawn
    cornwall, United Kingdom
    9/7/12
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    "All Time Favorite Book! Good Audio"

    Well, where do I start, cough cough ~ sneeze sneeze. This book is well narrated by Grover Gardner ~ if you loved the narration of Duma Key & struggled with the narration of Bag of Bones then you should get on OK with this book.

    A simple tale of Good V Evil and for me a book of three parts which flow well from one bit into the next and keeps the story going. SK writes beautifully of relationships and friendships and this is another great book for leaving the characters with you - way after you have finished it and in a virtual world Frannie is my best friend and I in real life talk to crows! bastards!

    I have read it many (12+) times in both paperback and hardback unabridged which, this is a read of. I found it interesting that the book has jumped a decade forward for this release, which is nice as some of the references are more historically recent - but many seem to still remain as per the older book.

    It is also interesting and will not detract from my own personal cast of The Stand, that in my minds eye one particular character who is quite a high profile person in the tale, I had always imaged look a certain way and when I listened to this I heard of the first time a very brief mention of his hair colour which I never picked up on in reading. I only mention this as it is strange how our personal perception of a book can be changed based on narration and listening rather than reading.

    So, do you buy it? I would say yes, this was the first SK book I ever came across and it was given to me many years ago and the giver promised me it was a good read and not scary.

    He was right and wrong. It is a cracking read, but it is scary in the speed and pace the plague wipes across a continent and we must assume the world.

    M O O N - that spells I love it! Go for it, give this a try, even if you have not had a King novel before ~ and if you are a constant reader - you may like it too. Also, it is cracking good value as it is a nice long l

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sharon
    Falmouth, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "Double thumbs up!"

    I was horrified at the beginning of the book the descriptions of the virus and the annihilation of 99% of the population I found harrowing, after the initial catastrophe it's definitely a slow burn, though the characters are absorbing and you cannot help but to see their differing journeys to the bitter end.
    Harold, Trash Can, Tom and the Darkman's characters especially made an impression, glad I managed to finish this book second time round as I failed miserabley years ago. Listening to it on audio made it better for me, Grover Gardner narrating gave the book life. Always like a book that will stay with me and this is definitely one of them, even though the pace went down to a snails pace at times, making me frustrated (especially during the committee meetings) it was well worth the wait, since then has gone on my favourite book list.
    Recommended..

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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