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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

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

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  • Garry
  • Cannington, Australia
  • 11-19-12

Love it, love it, love it

If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

What a story

What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

It stands alone, with over 100 books in my library to date this is by far the best written book and narrated I have had the pleasure of listening. There are some great non-fiction but this is the best.

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

The best reader by far, he has a pleasing voice, a great ability to adapt his voice to the scenes and makes you feel as addicted to his narration as the written word. He seems to give the emotion, the tension and the horror that perfect weight. No reader could feel that emotion so perfectly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, addictive, so very descriptive and so wonderfully interwoven I think I would scream if I never heard it. The story is brilliant. I have heard that Mr king does not think this his best, it may not be but to me it is. I feel a strong emotion at his descriptive abilities one of awe, one of jealousy at such power and one of pleasure to be guided by an incredible writer and ably assisted by a suburb narration. I feel the evil in Harold, the confusion in Nadine, the fear in Fanny expertly expressed by Grover Gardner. The story does anger me for some events I find shocking but then that's the greatest ability of a writer to bring out not theirs but your own emotion.

Any additional comments?

This should be in every audible member's library. It's long but it's as Tom might say 'M O O N and that spells incredible'

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book well read

Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is a great story which I first read in high school. The reader is really great and adds a lot to the story.

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  • Todd
  • Orange, Australia
  • 04-09-13

Good story, but not as epic as expected

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes I would. The novel has a good premise and deep characters. It is definitely worth a read just to witness their struggles in the wake of a world-destroying plague. Every character has their flaws and it is interesting to see the choices they make in the face of the battle between good and evil.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Perhaps a more climactic ending. The ending to the book did come together quite seamlessly, however it just felt that there was a lot of buildup to something that didn't really deliver as expected. The epicness expected just wasn't there. Flagg is an interesting villain, but not the big bad boogeyman he could have been. At times his demeanor is more comical than fearsome. Whilst I understand this underlines his more psychotic moments, I felt it took a little of the menace away from him.

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

Gardner's performance is done very well. I have no criticisms besides the fact that he isn't as talented as other narrators I've heard when it comes to giving life to a massive cast of characters. But he did well enough.

Did The Stand inspire you to do anything?

Not really.

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  • Chris
  • Australia
  • 09-06-12

Long but awesome

What did you love best about The Stand?

The overall story. And how King has made it fit within today's religious ideology.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stu Redman, the good guy and hero - one of them anyway.

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

Great animation and acted out voices of the different characters. Really enjoyed listening to his narration of the book.

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

The end, when the dog stayed to help stu.

Any additional comments?

Great story, I saw the movie years ago and wanted to listen to the book. I think the book is much better, although I now want to watch the movie again after listening to it. I understand that a new remake of the book is coming out in 2013 as a new movie. Should be interesting.

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The Stand - brilliant

A fabulous story and so well read! Enjoyed it from start to finish! Worth the time to listen 👍

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Hand of God?

The hand of God towards the end felt too clichéd. I felt it could have been better.

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Long and entertaining

Great book. A very long one, but never boring. You keep coming back. A few insights on human nature, history and possibilities

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Exceptional

Read it, listen to it.. Just experience the story. You'll never regret it.

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Masterpiece

I am a huge fan of Stephen King, and though it is hard to chose a favourite. This one is definitely a major contender. Buckle up for a long and amazing journey.

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this is why I like Stephen King!

I am in love with Audiibooks and this is no exception. I had already read the actual book and for some reason thought this would be like a movie and part would be edited out. But it wasn't! Its a great listen.

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  • karen
  • 08-13-12

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,

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • E. Buckton
  • 07-27-12

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.

38 of 40 people found this review helpful

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  • Helen
  • 12-25-12

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.



5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cannylad
  • 09-22-12

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.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • D.Poulton
  • 09-03-12

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.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • steven
  • 08-18-12

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs
  • 08-26-12

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.
FINISHED SPOILING.


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.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • alex_holmes_367
  • 11-13-12

Loved it

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • cliff
  • 08-27-12

Outstanding

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

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Crime Fiction Groupie
  • 08-12-12

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Dale
  • 01-07-15

One of my favourites

This is one of my most played audiobooks, the narrator does the book justice and tells the story well. I struggled to read the book myself, now I know what happens.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Leisl
  • 05-02-15

An epic well worth investing the time in!

I enjoyed this read immensely. The extended version adds worthwhile detail and I especially liked the trashcan man extended sections.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-28-15

Fascinating snapshot of its time.

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  • Geoff
  • 08-05-15

Hell of a journey

The quality of story and the writing ensured that the marathon length was not a drag. Book 2 was a bit labored - I was over the committee love in. But even when the story dragged a bit (and it has to at some point given the length) the quality of King's written carried you along. Presentation was outstanding. Don't be put off by the length.

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  • Tanya
  • 04-29-15

Glitch in Chapter 3

During chapter 3, there is a moment where the narrator starts reading chapter 6.

Overall, the story and narration is great.

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  • Daniel
  • 04-21-15

Be prepared for it to get a bit supernatural.

For any Stephen King fan, my headline would induce eye-rolling with a bit of "well what did you expect?". I have never really been a Stephen King reader, and was under the impression that I was reading a plague survival story (and nothing more). I was not really looking for a supernatural story, and while I got a reasonable amount of enjoyment out of it, I wouldn't have purchased it if I had known beforehand. So hopefully this can act as a bit of a warning for the uninitiated.

The story itself was quite good, though at times it seemed a little tedious (you can see why they asked him to trim it by 400 pages from the original published version). Grover Gardner's narration originally got on my nerves, but I grew to really love the way he dealt with each of the characters and their various mannerisms.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-17

Awesome audiobook.

It's a long listen but worth it! Narrator is great and the story had me hooked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrew
  • 03-20-17

Very long

It was long, which I don't mind but the end was not satisfying enough for a book of this length. It would be hard to recommend this book.

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  • Steve
  • 03-16-17

I love apocalyptic stories...

yes...I love apocalyptic stories...and the Stand rates up with best of all time...a great 37 hour listen.

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  • Sam
  • 03-10-17

Brilliant story. Enthralling narration .

What a story! The series of events are told so well and the voices used by the same person are incredible. Massive thanks to SK for writing this epic and for selecting GG as the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful