I downloaded this just as soon as it showed up and so far I can tell you a couple of things:
#1. The reader is doing his part and his style fits what I was expecting!
#2. The story, for those that don't know what it is about, is classic King but with an apocalyptic type of plot. The character building is huge and wonderful here but don't worry your self as it DOES NOT SLOW DOWN THIS BOOK at all. King gives us maybe the biggest and best set of characters that he has ever had published and I'm not kidding about that!!!
#3. The overall feel of this classic is ....well it's just classic! It got me from the first few minutes on and carried me on a journey that somehow leaves no doubt that I learned a few things that are useful in life, but I'm biased when it comes to The Stand as it has had a place in my heart for years. If you are looking to get into a very long book that will teach, scare, bring sadness and joy as well as new memorable characters into your thoughts then you have found a classic for sure!
Just keep that in mind that many of us readers are revisiting this book in it's new form and are only looking for word that the reader has delivered what Stephen King wrote for us many years ago so all the reviews may not be what a new reader is looking for. I hope I was able to give you a review that will help in some way.
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Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
One of the absolute best.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?
Why don't you ask which of my kids I like better?! One thing that sticks out are the snippets of random people's fate, such as a little boy falling down a well while wandering alone after his family died.
Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I heard the previous version he did of The Stand, which was a library cassette audiobook. The sound quality was awful but he did a good job. I wish he put a bit more emotion in his voice but for the most part I think he is a great narrator.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
That isn't even possible. There literally aren't enough hours in the day. I did fall asleep several times listening to it because I couldn't put it down.
Any additional comments?
I would definitely say this is worth your credit. I'm glad they didn't make it a two credit book like some of the other really long books.
30 of 34 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would highly recommend this book. I have read it twice in its original release, again when it was re-released and then just finished listening to this audio version. I thought Grover Gardner did a wonderful reading of the book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Franny Goldsmith was and remains my favorite character in the book. She just seems to remain optimistic throughout, which is tough to do under the darkness of the situation.
What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I can't think of much to add here. I can just say that he did a terriffic reading of the book. I'd be happy to get other audibooks where he was the narrator.
If you could rename The Stand, what would you call it?
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
One of my favorite books of all time. I'm sure I've read it a dozen times over the years. I am so happy to have the audio version finally. I don't think I need to critique or review the book much more than to say if you're a Stephen King fan, you know this is one of his best books. And if you're NOT a King fan necessarily, this is one of his novels like the recent JFK assassination novel that you might find accessible. One of the classic post-apocalyptic books of the genre. THANK YOU AUDIBLE!
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?
A classic is a classic, no matter in what form.
What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?
This is THE book that gave birth to so many in this genre...
Any additional comments?
Finnally, after waiting for years to get this book on audio, it's here!!! And if you have been living under a rock and have not read this masterpiece already, get to it now!!!
42 of 51 people found this review helpful
I’d never read a Stephen King before so I looked it up on Wiki and found that of his 64 books this one is supposedly the best.
I did enjoy it a lot, I liked the characters and the building drama of the super flu and the struggle between good and evil, but I could never quite suspend disbelief about the existence of angels and devils, and that spoilt it for me.
I also thought the final showdown with the villain was a bit of an anti-climax and wasn’t one of those great shocking revelations when you are amazed by something you weren’t expecting (e.g. the final scene in Sixth Sense).
So, yes I’m glad I listened to it but, no, I didn’t think it was as brilliant as other people have.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful