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)
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.
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.
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.
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,
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!!
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.
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.
Baker and loves audio books
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.
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!
"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.
"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.
"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!
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!
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!!!!
"Great journey, great characters - well read"
Most of the characters are fantastic. Frannie is a bet of a let down, but most characters have a great story arc
TrashCan Man "Oh Trashy!.
Grover Gardner is perfect for this. He adds an element to each character which helps make them stand out in a long 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.
"One of the best from Stephen King !"
Such a brilliant story. Good story teller - good voice
Too many to recount
No but his voice is very convincing
Too many heroes to mention
Have read it many times now very happy to be able to listen to it as well !!
"Very good overall but..."
This is a great story and I liked that it is the full story as the author intended. The narrator however is not my favourite. He is good but at times can seem as though he is bored stiff by the whole affair. Would I listen to this again? Yes maybe. Would I give it to a friend to listen to? If they liked Stephen King yes I would. But definitely not if I was trying to convice them to listen to more audiobooks.
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