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Description

"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

Critiques

'As a storyteller, he is up there in the Dickens class.' ( The Times)

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Would have loved at least two narrators

Love the book! Had me looking forward to the next chapter every time! Found it disappointing though that there was only one narrator, would have loved at least two, but preferably several narrators.

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  • Global
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  • Garry
  • 19/11/2012

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'

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  • B. Riebau
  • 10/09/2012

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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  • Todd
  • 09/04/2013

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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  • Chris
  • 06/09/2012

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.

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  • Andre
  • 25/02/2018

A timeless classic!

A classic story Wonderfully read. This is most definitely worth a listen. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Jase
  • 14/11/2017

The Stand - brilliant

A fabulous story and so well read! Enjoyed it from start to finish! Worth the time to listen 👍

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  • alphavictor
  • 26/04/2017

Hand of God?

The hand of God towards the end felt too clichéd. I felt it could have been better.

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  • Mr Stanley Agius
  • 28/08/2016

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

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  • Wayne Habig
  • 16/07/2016

Exceptional

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

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  • Sam
  • 24/06/2016

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.