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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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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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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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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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Probably just me but i don't like the narrator

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone who likes the sound of Grover Gardner's voice

What did you like best about this story?

Always liked the story, starts as end of the world man made plague & becomes a fight between good and evil, I have read the 'dead tree' a couple of times and wanted something familiar to listen to

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

Almost anyone, I couldn't stand his voice & I didn't make it 1/3 of the way through the first part before deleting it

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Hmm

Not as good as I remember it. I was left with a vision of an old pervert of an author hanging over a typewriter trying to describe totally unnecessary sex scenes.

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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.

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I read the book when it first came out so listening to it made it come to life again in new ways. It may be long - but that is part of why it works so well - the amount of detail and description - SK at his best - you will not be disappointed.

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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.

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Without ruining the story, the first bit is interesting, then it just drones on and on waffling about nonsense. literally had to force myself to listen. now with 15 hours left I'm abandoning this shit and finding something worth a listen. disappointed as in thought this author and this book was highly rated. it seems not

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Slow and a bit self - indulgent....and not easy to follow....for the first 35hrs(!) but the "Third Book" was worth the effort of the first two.

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  • Garry
  • 19-11-12

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.

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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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  • B. Riebau
  • 10-09-12

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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  • MB
  • 31-05-20

Post Pandemic Epic

Flawed people, trying to survive in a world where flu is wiping out cities, drawn into a battle of good versus evil. The magnus opus of a born storyteller, this unabridged version is as relevant now as when it was first published. Superb narration brings the many characters to life and the hours fly fast. I've read the book several times. Now I'll be able to listen many more times. Use that credit on this one. M O O N that spells brilliant... once you've heard/read it you'll understand.

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  • Todd
  • 09-04-13

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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  • Dr
  • 26-11-21

Brilliant and Epic

One of my favourite Steven King novels gets even better. It’s the first one I’ve listened to and the narration is ideal for the tale. Well timed release of the ultimate pandemic story.

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  • Anne Liljedahl
  • 18-09-21

Better than expected.

A fantastic way to experience this well known title for the first time. I can really recommend it!

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  • Len Holder
  • 21-07-21

Long but intriguing

Great narrator.
Do not skip portions. you will lose the storyline.
Very long novel.
Loved the detail descriptions ans stories within the story

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  • Kimberly
  • 14-07-21

absolutely wonderful experience

the reader is great and the story is an experience in itself. highly recommended

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  • Tracey
  • 07-02-21

Best Ever

Of all the books I have read in my life, and that numbers in a minimum of a thousand, this stands (no pun intended) as the best. I first read it aged 18yrs in 1990 and have probably read it every 2-3 years since, it never gets old. When the unabridged version came out I was in heaven. As an “end of the world” story it is both scary in the simplicity of the virus that brings the end of humanity (think COVID on Steroids) and rich in the struggle of good against evil which is the deep base of the tale. This was the first Stephen King book I read and I have read every book since. A true constant reader.

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  • T Jones
  • 17-11-20

Racist, Sexist, Ableist outdated writing.

Be warned. I had no idea what this was like. The racism, sexism, and ableism is rife throughout this whole book. It’s not just the slurs (and there are So Many slurs) but woven through every aspect of the storytelling.