For the #standalong readalong hosted by Trish at Love Laughter & Insanity
Please visit her final post –> here <– to read everyone’s posts on their participation. [DO read! very funny and/or wise.] Rather than write a typical or not “review” of The Stand, I am going to utilize my ramble-on style to post thoughts.
First, I do not like the cover that is shown in the readalong button. I don’t know why, but I prefer the darker one with the roads littered with abandoned cars.
Second, I’m so glad that the audio worked for me! It was a trifecta of timing, technology and tasks to do that were good to have something to listen to.* I had been trying to get myself infected (yep, INFECTED! fits, doncha think?) with the passion that is audiobooking. And this was perfect.
I mowed the lawn, I cleaned the house, I listened every driving second in the car. I would put the garage door down, hit play on my iPhone (no earbuds) and start my vehicle. THAT is how I got through 48 hours of The Stand in two weeks.
Like Ms. Trish, I don’t like to know anything when I begin a book. I would not have been able to tell you that The Stand was about infectious disease and the wiping out of 99% of the population (SPOILER!) until I had already dowloaded the book to my phone.
I really enjoyed it. I really fell for Stu and Larry. Sure, I actually saw and heard Gary Sinese (even if it was Grover’s voice that did the part). I luckily avoided seeing Molly Ringwald when I heard the voice of the pregnant redhead from Maine. (I’ve already forgotten her name?! oh yea, Frannie)
I loved loved loved the pie references! Thank you, Jill, for writing them down and identifying the page numbers for me.
“It’s a pie, she told herself. Responsibility is a pie. Some of the responsibility goes with all the charity work she does, but you’re only kidding if you think you’re not going to have to cut a big, juicy, bitter piece for yourself. And eat every bite.” ch 20, pg 202
I got much delight from the Twittering. And it continues! Apparently, this same nutty group will attempt IT, also by Stephen King? Another long book but not as long as The Stand? I know nothing about IT but assume it actually might be ‘scarier’ in the King way, but again. What do I know. (not a question.) I never did catch a cold while reading this.
I am one of those that thought the book was too long. (SPOILER AHEAD!) I was ready for it to be over after Stu came back to see the baby.
I think King is a masterful storyteller.
OK. Now I have to decide if I want to read IT. (I don’t. I want to participate in the readalong but I don’t want to read the book.)
On other notes, I have finished Book 3 of the Harry Potter series. I will take a break from that and read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and then Gone Girl for Marina Book Club and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for my Middleboro Book Club. I never did start Emotional Geology nor The Gargoyle. I have a review of The Happiness Project to write. I think I will do minis of the Harry Potter books but wait to post for when I complete the series. I have to check my reading challenges to see what I am at on those… And that’s about it.
OH! I am meeting my book blog bud BeastMomma for lunch today and meeting her little girl. We will have pie.
* A poem? It was a trifecta of timing, technology and tasks to do
mmmmmm that was good to have something to listen to.