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The Stand | [Stephen King]

The Stand

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.
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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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    E. Buckton Surrey 27/07/2012
    E. Buckton Surrey 27/07/2012 Member Since 2009

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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.

    31 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Cannylad Haltwhistle, United Kingdom 22/09/2012
    Cannylad Haltwhistle, United Kingdom 22/09/2012 Member Since 2010
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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.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Darren Stansted, United Kingdom 03/09/2012
    Darren Stansted, United Kingdom 03/09/2012 Member Since 2006
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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.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Sleaford, United Kingdom 13/08/2012
    Karen Sleaford, United Kingdom 13/08/2012 Member Since 2009

    enjoys various books

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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,

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Munny Cambridgeshire UK 24/09/2012
    Munny Cambridgeshire UK 24/09/2012 Member Since 2011
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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!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    cliff peterborough, United Kingdom 27/08/2012
    cliff peterborough, United Kingdom 27/08/2012
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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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs Wirral, United Kingdom 26/08/2012
    Mrs Wirral, United Kingdom 26/08/2012 Member Since 2011

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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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Crime Fiction Groupie High Wycombe, United Kingdom 12/08/2012
    Crime Fiction Groupie High Wycombe, United Kingdom 12/08/2012 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sharon Falmouth, United Kingdom 19/07/2013
    sharon Falmouth, United Kingdom 19/07/2013 Listener Since 2010

    I listen to my books while working, and I work alot!, love Detective, Dystopian, Science fiction, Fantasy, U/F, PNR and Steam Punk.

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    "Double thumbs up!"

    I was horrified at the beginning of the book the descriptions of the virus and the annihilation of 99% of the population I found harrowing, after the initial catastrophe it's definitely a slow burn, though the characters are absorbing and you cannot help but to see their differing journeys to the bitter end.
    Harold, Trash Can, Tom and the Darkman's characters especially made an impression, glad I managed to finish this book second time round as I failed miserabley years ago. Listening to it on audio made it better for me, Grover Gardner narrating gave the book life. Always like a book that will stay with me and this is definitely one of them, even though the pace went down to a snails pace at times, making me frustrated (especially during the committee meetings) it was well worth the wait, since then has gone on my favourite book list.
    Recommended..

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Tallow, Ireland 25/12/2012
    Helen Tallow, Ireland 25/12/2012 Member Since 2011

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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.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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
  • Chris
    Australia
    06/09/12
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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
  • Gretta
    Melbourne, Australia
    19/03/14
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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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gatambwa
    Dublin, Ireland
    16/11/13
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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!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    Mt Eden, New Zealand
    22/10/13
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    "Great journey, great characters - well read"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    Most of the characters are fantastic. Frannie is a bet of a let down, but most characters have a great story arc


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    TrashCan Man "Oh Trashy!.


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

    Grover Gardner is perfect for this. He adds an element to each character which helps make them stand out in a long story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Todd
    Orange, Australia
    09/04/13
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Claudine
    Australia
    19/02/13
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    "One of the best from Stephen King !"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stand the most enjoyable?

    Such a brilliant story. Good story teller - good voice


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Too many to recount


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but his voice is very convincing


    Who was the most memorable character of The Stand and why?

    Too many heroes to mention


    Any additional comments?

    Have read it many times now very happy to be able to listen to it as well !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Brisbane, Australia
    14/12/12
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Mount Louisa, Australia
    15/10/12
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    "Kings best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is very interesting and an absoloute page turner.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Lots, it a long story with many memeorible moments.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


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

    I guess there were several, many sad moments were well balanced against the action.


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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