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The Stand

Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (292 ratings)

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"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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  • 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'

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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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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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wow!

Such a great book, and such an amazing narrator too! Just the perfect combination, I wish it never had to end (which is something, after like 50hours of listening)

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The most epic of all epic audio books.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

I don't know - I would not normally choose to read a book of this size in print. Granted - it still took me over two months of listening during my daily commute.

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

Incredibly skilled and professional performance. Really gets under your skin and shapes how you imagine the characters and setting. I would recommend this audiobook purely on Grover Gardner's performance.

If you could rename The Stand, what would you call it?

Dig Your Man

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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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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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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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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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  • 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,

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  • Nikola
  • 03-10-13

Not for everyone

As you may have read tons of time - this is not a book for everyone. Having said that I can say I very much enjoyed it mainly because of the characters and the way how King manages to describe their inner selves with dialog and not with character descriptions like "he had brown hair, bla bla". I don't care how someone looks, I care about how they act in given situations and what they say or think - that in my opinion is what makes a character rememberable and not what kind of a shirt he wore. Anyways, exactly that is what King is doing and that's why I like this book so much. Also, I like the character development (Larry for instance) where he goes from being a really selfish $#"$%"# to a concious man. Anyways, if you like the book where the thing you'll remember later are the characters over the actual plot - you'll like this one!

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  • CSR DoughnutPeach
  • 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.

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  • Eamonn
  • 12-24-12

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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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Munny
  • 09-24-12

Quantity vs quality

I have never read the book but I'm glad I've listened to it. The narrator is excellent and really brings the characters to life of which there are so many, some favourites include Tom Cullen, Nick and the Walking Dude himself among others. King is an excellent story teller and often detours into minute descriptions at times but with this Novel I felt too much was wasted on precisely that. Some major story lines are left hanging, some major characters are 'removed' too suddenly and without much of an explanation.

The ending was also disappointing verging on ridiculous, however, if you want an entertaining novel with a range of characters then this is it. Despite everything I did really enjoy this and consequently purchased Under the Dome!!

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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.

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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.

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  • Jockette61
  • 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.

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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.

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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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  • 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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  • Stu Hamilton
  • 07-03-16

Great story performance ordinary

Great story but narrator took some enjoyment of story away disappointed with most of the voices a lot of them sounded similar to me

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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.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-17

Awesome audiobook.

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

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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.

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