The Stand by Stephen King

Posted March 11, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 2 Comments

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The Stand by Stephen King

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
Source: Overdrive

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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.

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2 responses to “The Stand by Stephen King

  1. This is why I was so nervous about starting down the Stephen King rabbit hole! I finally did with Misery not too long ago, and I loved that book, but I’ve always heard that so many of King’s book take a while to really get started, and I just don’t have the patience for those kind of books anymore.

    Also, did you enjoy The Andromeda Strain? I picked that one up a couple years back but haven’t gotten to read it yet. How is it?

    • Amber

      King’s books are hit or miss for me. Some are interesting, some are frustrating, some are AMAZING and others aren’t worth my time. I tend to feel that way about popular authors, and I keep trying their books to see where they land!

      The Andromeda Strain wasn’t my favorite Michael Crichton book? It wasn’t bad per se, but it fell pretty flat. Conceptually it was fascinating, but I would have liked to see a little more character development a la Jurassic Park or Timeline to hold my interest a bit better. But the science fiction thriller aspect of it? Really good. I hope you enjoy it!