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Audiobook Review

The Stand

Stephen King
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average rating is 5 out of 5
average rating is 5 out of 5

Excellent, Unforgettable, Best of the nest

Very good, thoroughly enjoyed, 

Good, Solid, Enjoyed many aspects


Good and evil go head to head in this mammoth post-apocalyptic saga by the King of Horror.


💛 There are absolutely zero shades of grey in this epic battle of good versus evil. Good is righteous. Evil is monstrous. But that doesn't mean it is two dimensional. It means extreme and dramatic. When you root for the heroes, it is without any reservations. Actually, I'm being quite judgy, aren't I. Feel free to root for whoever you like.

🧡 It's worth highlighting that, at almost two full days in length this book is plenty of entertainment bang for one Audible credit buck, assuming that's your preferred place of purchase.

💙 If you like this, try Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon.

PS. The TV series was excellent and very true to the book.


🎧 I hope that this, like The Handmaid's Tale, is re-recorded with a big cast. Current narrator, Grover Gardner has a myriad of awards to his name and does an excellent job of differentiating characters. I would say that his voice is distinctive, with the angular quality of a 1950's detective that does suit many of the characters. However 48 hours is a long time to listen to the same voice, especially when it is portraying such a variety of characters.


No spoilers for this one. Maybe next time!
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The Stand


This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides -- or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abigail -- and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.

Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition includes more than five hundred pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.
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