I finished the Stand last thursday. It took me 11 days to read it. But what a book! I really enjoyed it however I felt the end of book 2 dragged a little with the committee hearings and all. Although I can understand how King found these chapters necessary to prove people have the potential to re-form a democracy in even the most dire circumstances.
Overall I give it 8 out of 10 stars. I can see why many consider it to be King's magnum opus.