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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)

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    Dale Luddenham, Australia 07/01/2015
    Dale Luddenham, Australia 07/01/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leisl Australia 02/05/2015
    Leisl Australia 02/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 28/09/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Fascinating snapshot of its time."
    What did you like most about The Stand?

    I love the broad sweep of Stephen King's novel; the fastidious setting of the scene for this epic battle between good and evil.


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

    It's impossible not to see this novel as the parent of so many subsequent post-apocalypse themed novels and many modern authors writing in this genre seem to give a nod to this book in some way.


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

    From the point of view of a non-American reader, he brings the voice that helps to make sense of the very contextualised story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I enjoyed listening to this book in small doses; having already read the book I wanted to listen for detail.


    Any additional comments?

    My sister and I both agree, while the book is great fun it is also a fascinating snapshot of a time when male writers were still unselfconsciously sexist in their approach to story structure and characterisations. It is disappointing that two of the most interestingly drawn characters are afterwards relegated to passive roles because they are female. A finale with Fran in it would have been so much more satisfying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Geoff 05/08/2015
    Geoff 05/08/2015
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LuckyLuLu Perth, WA 04/05/2015
    LuckyLuLu Perth, WA 04/05/2015

    Hard to please reader looking for quirky, thought provoking, interesting reading.

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    "Gripping characters"

    The classic comes to life with superb narration from Grover Gardner. A long but thought provoking journey through the end of days that showcases the human spirit, the good and evil in everybody. This work might be older than I am but it stands up to and kicks the test of time's butt. At times heart wretchedly sad and despairing, its the characters that make this a read you wont forget.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 29/04/2015
    Tanya 29/04/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "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 Mt. Lawley, Western Australia 21/04/2015
    Daniel Mt. Lawley, Western Australia 21/04/2015 Member Since 2014

    I am the sort of person who desperately wants to be a full-blown nerd, but lacks most of the credentials.

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 16/11/2016
    Justin 16/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Amazing story. Amazing characters. Amazing narration. I highly recommend this if you have a moment

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    Amazon Customer 10/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant!"

    My first King novel. This is a great read and well worth the effort. Give it a go.

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    Cathie Dalliwall 13/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "What a classic"

    This was truly a great from Stephen King - such a long read but it kept you involved from the first chapter, following the various characters and their decline or otherwise

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  • Garry
    Cannington, Australia
    19/11/12
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    "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
  • B. Riebau
    Perth Australia
    10/09/12
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Todd
    Orange, Australia
    9/04/13
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    "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.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Australia
    6/09/12
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    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Stanley Agius
    28/08/16
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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne Habig
    16/07/16
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    "Exceptional"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    24/06/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ugochi
    20/03/16
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    3/12/15
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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)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maddy
    Brisbane, Australia
    25/08/15
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • karen
    13/08/12
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    "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
  • E. Buckton
    Surrey
    27/07/12
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    "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.

    37 of 39 people found this review helpful
  • Cannylad
    Haltwhistle, United Kingdom
    22/09/12
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    "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.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    Stansted, United Kingdom
    3/09/12
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    "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.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Wirral, United Kingdom
    26/08/12
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    "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.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • cliff
    peterborough, United Kingdom
    27/08/12
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    "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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Munny
    Cambridgeshire UK
    24/09/12
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    "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!!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Tallow, Ireland
    25/12/12
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    "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.



    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Retford, United Kingdom
    24/12/12
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    "DIDN'T WANT IT TO END "

    Amazing immersive experience. Now I've finished I feel like I've lost an old friend.
    The masterful narration led me by the hand through this apocalyptic tale.
    Go on, give it a go!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • steven
    NORWICH, United Kingdom
    18/08/12
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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

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