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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"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!
I had been waiting for this title to come out for some time.It was worth the wait.Very well read by grover gardner.
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
A vast and detailed storyline with great characters.
A page turner that goes on and on always delivering.
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.
"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.
"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.
An enthralling and enveloping book that takes you on a long and deep journey into good, evil and the places in between.
"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
"I'm cutting my losses after 15 hours"
I’m giving up at the end of part 2 out of six, or 15 hours out of 47. It hasn’t been a complete waste of time – I wanted to find out what Stephen King was about and I think I’ve done that - but this is way too long for its worth. The characters are almost all dull and/or mean, without culture or cunning. When King does create a character with a bit of depth or interest, blow me if he doesn’t kill them off in the next chapter. The named character death rate is the highest of any book I have ever (not) read: 99.4% of humans die in the plague accidentally unleashed by a secret (and illegal) biological weapon lab belonging to the US armed forces. Among the 0.6% who survive, a large proportion are violent, suicidal or accident prone, leading to yet more deaths. This is science fiction, but the science is bad (people are either 100% immune, or 100% susceptible to the virus. Nobody becomes infected and then recovers. Until a new baby is born to a mother who is immune but impregnated by a now dead, non-immune, father. This baby gets ill and then recovers, given its 50% immunity. But hey, how come most of the original population wasn’t 50:50 on those genes???). There is also bad history and bad sociology and lack of reality - the electricity keeps working and people eat dinner happily soon after losing two front teeth in a fight. I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief – as I could with Lord of the Rings, say – because we are in the US in 1990, and the setting is tediously real. The ‘bad guy’ – variously named Walking Dude or Randall Flag or Richard Fry – is a devil figure, complete with supernatural powers, which is OK – actually I found the fantasy, magic, element quite welcome: OK, Judy, we are in a fantasy realm so you can ease up on the pedantry – but the novel never really takes off as a fantasy. It is so pedestrian most of the time, with petty whining and bickering between characters who should be getting their minds around the issue of the destruction of the human race, their massive personal bereavements, and the inevitable show-down between good and evil. I am usually upset by violence in a book but here the violence didn’t even bother me because it is generally so ham. And it all happens to these silly cardboard characters anyway. Let's just say, not my cup of tea.
The narration, soft American voice, cannot be faulted.
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