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The Stand by Stephen King
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: audiobooks, reviewed, apocalypse-then
Read from March 25 to May 04, 2012

This book is good. M-O-O-N, that spells good.

It's too damn long. It meanders from scene to scene. I'm glad that I'm finally done with it.

But I can't, in good conscience, give this book 3 stars, because these characters are simply masterful. The Stand features more than ten complete character arcs, and I'm confident that Stu Redman, Franny Goldsmith, Harold Lauder, Glen Bateman, Kojak, Larry Underwood, Nadine Cross, Judge Farris, Nick Andros, Tom Cullen, The Trashcan Man, and Randall Flagg will all be sticking with me for a while.

As a reader, I too was an aimless wanderer through this land of corpses. And when you're in no rush to get anywhere, what else can you do but get to know your fellow travelers?
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45.0% "I'm tired of this book. It's so very long. On a scene by scene basis it's well written, and it certainly feels like a grand epic, but it's at the middle zoom that the book is failing for me. I don't have much interest propelling me from one page to the next."
60.0% "Listening to this at 2x speed makes me feel productive."

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