Book Eleven in 2012 – “The Stand” by Stephen King

I read this book a long, long time ago. I’m thinking I was in middle school or early high school when I read it in print and naturally I watched the mini series on TV. I’ve been wanting to get the audio book for quite some time, but it just recently became available so I used my Audible credit on it last month.

I’m not going to go into detail about this book because it really doesn’t need my opinions. I think it’s a great book, not just because the plot is fun and the characters are great, but because of what the book says about us and our society. I actually felt quite down several times while reading this, simply because I’m having a really difficult time coping with how crazy the world is these days. I actually found myself thinking it would be kind of nice to be one of the few survivors of a plague. What does that say about how scary the human race is becoming? What does that say about me? Hmmm.

I didn’t mean for this to be a downer post haha! I’m not down, really. I just had down moments while reading this book, but I wouldn’t tell you not to read it because of that.

Oh and I loved the narrator. He goes right up there with Frank Muller for me. “The Stand” was narrated by Grover Gardner, and just like I’m very willing to read anything read by Frank Muller, Grover Gardner is now on that short list of narrators I really like. He doesn’t over do it. He has slightly different “voices” for different people but it doesn’t detract from the writing. He’s easy to listen to. As I said about the book before this one, narration can really make or break an audio book.

I knew I wouldn’t regret getting “The Stand” since I had read it so long ago and knew I liked it then. There was plenty I had forgotten to make reading it again rather nail biting at times. I’m not sure what I’m getting next. I’ve been very much enjoying books that are far from reality, but I need a break from Stephen King again. I think all his books make me say that. 😉 Until I get my credit, I’m re-reading a Scott Westerfeld again.

2012 Audio Book List (all unabridged):

1. “IT” – Stephen King – Began end of 2011, finished 1/4/12

2. “The Concrete Blonde” – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/9/12

3. “Under the Dome” – Stephen King – Finished 1/22/12

4. “The Black Echo” (Bosch #1) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/24/12

5. “The Black Ice” (Bosch #2) – Michael Connelly – Finished 1/27/12

6.* “The Concrete Blonde” (Bosch #3) – Michael Connelly – Finished 2/2/12

7. “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” – Rob Lowe – Finished 2/6/12

8.** “So Yesterday” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/10/12

9.** “Peeps” – Scott Westerfeld – Finished 2/15/12

10. “1Q84” – Haruki Murakami – Finished 3/12/12

11. “The Stand” – Stephen King – Finished 4/2/12

*Audio book previously listened to.
** Audio book previously listened to multiple times.


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6 Responses to Book Eleven in 2012 – “The Stand” by Stephen King

  1. HAHA, Taylor’s reading this right now…. He may have talked me into reading “It”, but he won’t talk me into reading “The Stand” I don’t do plagues lol… I might puke! lol

  2. Have you read the Stephen King book about the Kennedy assassination yet? If so, curious to hear what you thought.

  3. Ro

    Amanda, the plague is really a small part of the book, at least the symptoms and dying part. 😉

    Beth, recently a friend and I were discussing Stephen King. She asked me what my favorite King book is and immediately and without thought I said, “11-22-63”. That book was absolutely incredible! I read it last year, before I started keeping track of books here. I loved it. I loved the historical element of it, the parallel universe element, the love story element, all of it. Loved it!

    Oh, Dave Wills replied to my tweet and said his wife rarely makes those eggs anymore. I pointed him to where your comment was, but I don’t know if he came to read it.

  4. I just remember reading like the first chapter or 2, and the description of the bodies was enough to make me sick to my stomach! lol This is not something I need any help with these days hahaha
    I’m currently reading a Dean Koontz book thats really creepy. Its called 77 Shadow Street, I’m about 2 or so hours in and I quit listening, it freaked me out lol

  5. Ah, good ol’ Dave Wills. And what a great game yesterday, eh? GO RAYS!

  6. Thanks for the list,need it

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