The Stand by Stephen King
Digital Audiobook narrated by Grover Gardner
Published by Anchor Books on June 28th 2011
Genres: Apoctalyptic, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Post-Apoctalyptic, Science Fiction
Length: 1440 pages or 47 hours, 52 minutes
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When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge--Mother Abagail, the benevolent 108-year-old woman who urges them to build a community in Boulder, Colorado; and Randall Flagg, the nefarious "Dark Man," who delights in chaos and violence.
(This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand The Complete And Uncut Edition.)
DNF @ 13%.
I do realize there’s a bit of irony in saying this, as I’m going through the Dark Tower series for the third time, but this book is long and I am so, so bored. I know 13% may not seem like much of a chance, but the book is 1400 pages long and I’ve already committed about 7 hours to listening to it.
I know this sort of makes me a traitor. People love Stephen King, and The Stand is the book they love best. But I’ve read science-fiction thrillers related to germ warfare. I read The Andromeda Straina few years ago and I’ve got a review of Obscura coming up as well. The Infinite Now discussed mutations of influenza as well. But it’s not that the topic is uninteresting. It’s that the pacing is so incredibly slow I’m ready to tear my hair out.
There are too many books in the world to linger for so long on one that I’m not particularly enjoying, and one that I don’t expect will blow my mind in the end. Sorry Mr. King, I will stick to Roland et al.