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)
I enjoyed this read immensely. The extended version adds worthwhile detail and I especially liked the trashcan man extended sections.
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.
I love the broad sweep of Stephen King's novel; the fastidious setting of the scene for this epic battle between good and evil.
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.
From the point of view of a non-American reader, he brings the voice that helps to make sense of the very contextualised story.
I enjoyed listening to this book in small doses; having already read the book I wanted to listen for detail.
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.
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.
Hard to please reader looking for quirky, thought provoking, interesting reading.
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.
I am the sort of person who desperately wants to be a full-blown nerd, but lacks most of the credentials.
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.
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
I downloaded this without looking at the summary, as it was Recommended and had pleny of strong reviews. This is such an amazing story and relatable characters, an epic war between good and nefarious. Highly recommended for fans of post apocalyptic stuff.
I read this book many years ago. I've never really liked reading descriptions in a book, always finding conversations or the action much more interesting. But King excels in his descriptions and held me all the way. I just couldn't put the book down, always wanting to know what was going to happen next. I'm not a bookworm, but I read this mammoth book in five days.
Onto present day, when I discovered that I could listen to this book, I jumped at the chance. I am lucky enough to be able to listen to podcasts all day at work. Not this past week though, I've only listened to The Stand. Surprisingly, I couldn't put the audio down either
"Love it, love it, love it"
What a story
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.
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.
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.
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'
"Great book well read"
This is a great story which I first read in high school. The reader is really great and adds a lot to the story.
"Good story, but not as epic as expected"
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.
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.
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.
"Long but awesome"
The overall story. And how King has made it fit within today's religious ideology.
Stu Redman, the good guy and hero - one of them anyway.
Great animation and acted out voices of the different characters. Really enjoyed listening to his narration of the book.
The end, when the dog stayed to help stu.
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.
"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
Read it, listen to it.. Just experience the story. You'll never regret it.
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.
"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.
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)
"The most epic of all epic audio books."
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.
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.
Dig Your Man
"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,
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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.
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
"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.
"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!!
"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.
"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!
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