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The Stand

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Publisher's Summary

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen. A world in which good rides on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail - and the worst nightmares of evil are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg, the dark man.

In 1978 Stephen King published The Stand, the novel that is now considered to be one of his finest works. But as it was first published, The Stand was incomplete, since more than 150,000 words had been cut from the original manuscript.

Now Stephen King's apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil has been restored to its entirety. The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition includes more than 500 pages of material previously deleted, along with new material that King added as he reworked the manuscript for a new generation. It gives us new characters and endows familiar ones with new depths. It has a new beginning and a new ending. What emerges is a gripping work with the scope and moral complexity of a true epic.

For hundreds of thousands of fans who read or listened to The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are hearing The Stand for the first time will discover a triumphant and eerily plausible work of the imagination that takes on the issues that will determine our survival.

©1978 Stephen King (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A master storyteller." (Los Angeles Times)

"[The Stand] has everything. Adventure. Romance. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!" (The New York Times Book Review)

"As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this century." (Palm Beach Post)

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    Luc79LPN 02-14-12
    Luc79LPN 02-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    A classic is a classic, no matter in what form.


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    This is THE book that gave birth to so many in this genre...


    Any additional comments?

    Finnally, after waiting for years to get this book on audio, it's here!!! And if you have been living under a rock and have not read this masterpiece already, get to it now!!!

    37 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Brett 02-14-12
    Brett 02-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "King is the Master. This is a Masterpiece. Period."

    Rarely do I actually click on an ad sent to me via email and buy something; this time I couldn't click fast enough! Literally the second I saw what it was I was impatiently waiting for the page to load, then impatiently tapping my fingers as it downloaded. This is one of my favorite novels of all time. Make sure you find something to do that allows you to stay plugged into your iPod for 50 hours straight; believe me, you will.

    32 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Aurora Leos Orange County, CA USA 05-28-13
    Aurora Leos Orange County, CA USA 05-28-13

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    "It takes forever to get to the meat! Too long!"

    I love, love, love Stephen King, but this novel is way too long! It has great dialogue and great characters, however, the story drags on and on.....zzzzzzzz I like a lively pace with a pulse-pounding experience! This book is too much to do about nothing!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 05-16-12
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 05-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "A very long ride to I'm not sure where"

    Not his best, not his worst. Good vs. Evil on the blank page of post-apocalyptic America. King is one of the great story tellers, his characters rich and believable, the setting as tangible as can be imagined. I wanted more from this, more about the human condition, the deep personal struggles that can only occur when the bottom has fallen out, when the imagination is bested by the stark reality, where every decision, no matter how small, could end a life or the course of civilization. I wanted more.
    11.22.63 was a better book, but this is pretty darn good.
    One cannot compare King to all the others as he is simply in a class by himself.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hunter heber, UT, United States 03-27-12
    Hunter heber, UT, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Well worth the credit"

    I have seen some complaints about people not giving an idea of what the story is about, so here it is briefly: It is not a "horror" novel, even though it is billed as one. In the beginning of the story a super flu wipes out most of the earth's population. There is no gratuitous gore, but there are some scenes dealing with lots of dead people. The rest of the book is about the struggle of the survivors to survive, and the battle between good and evil, God and the devil.

    Stephen King's talent lies in his ability to spin a tale, to develop interesting characters that you can relate to, to put you in the mind of his characters, and make you live the story. In that regard this is one of his best works. I first read the original story probably 25 years ago, and it made a lasting impression on me. The extended version is even better.

    Highly recommend this one. At first I had a neutral opinion of Grover Gardner' s voice, but after a while I grew to enjoy his narration quite a bit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Horsham, PA, United States 03-23-12
    Blake Horsham, PA, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The Stand stands apart"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. I have read it twice in its original release, again when it was re-released and then just finished listening to this audio version. I thought Grover Gardner did a wonderful reading of the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Franny Goldsmith was and remains my favorite character in the book. She just seems to remain optimistic throughout, which is tough to do under the darkness of the situation.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't think of much to add here. I can just say that he did a terriffic reading of the book. I'd be happy to get other audibooks where he was the narrator.


    If you could rename The Stand, what would you call it?

    Humanity redeemed


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gina GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 03-21-12
    Gina GAINESVILLE, FL, United States 03-21-12
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    "Love it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version because I am a very busy person just looking at the size of the book frightened me....lol So when I saw it on audio I was very pleased and took it with me to the gym, while I drove from place to place, and then realized I could not stop listening. I listened while I cooked, while in my garden, while I worked.. shhhh and had a hard time turning it off. Very entertaining!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have a hard time pin pointing which character is my favorite. I liked Nick Andros and Larry Underwood for the obvious reasons they are the


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend listening to this book. Very good character development I felt like I knew these people and did not want this story to end. Stephen King is a great writer and Gardner Grover does a great job narrating!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-10-12
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    WHAT IS THIS BOOK ABOUT?
    The story begins with a virus killing 99% of the population. We meet several survivors in separate towns. They stay in town a while, then begin traveling on motorcycles, bicycles, or walking. The travelers start out alone or with one other person. Along the way they join with others. A man called Randall Flagg is creating his own empire, dictator style, with evil intentions. His headquarters are in Las Vegas, Nevada. Survivors with criminal tendencies are drawn toward Flagg. Good folks are drawn to Boulder, Colorado, where they form a community called the Free Zone.

    REVIEWER’S OPINION:
    Before I read any Stephen King, I thought most of his books would be about monsters, horror, screaming, slashing - things in horror movies. I was wrong. I’m finding a lot of depth and interesting character development. His bad guys are not all that different from some of the serial killers in mainstream crime fiction and thrillers.

    The Stand has some paranormal, not a lot. Several characters have psychic dreams or a psychic sense at times. The Stand is one of Stephen’s longest books. The paperback is 1439 pages. I was never bored. I became attached to the characters. In the preface Stephen says “When I speak (which is as rarely as possible), people always speak to me about The Stand. They discuss the characters as though they were living people, and ask frequently, “What happened to so-and-so?”... as if I got letters from them every now and again.” Personally I feel that way. I’d like to think about the characters in the future.

    Stephen makes everyday conversations interesting. There are many characters in this book, but it didn’t feel like too many. We are with a guy in Arkansas for 25 pages, then a guy in New York for 12 pages, then a woman in Maine for 11 pages. I like a linear time line and I like scenes with natural endings. And most of the time the scenes met these requirements. My biggest problem with Stephen’s book “It” was stopping scenes in the middle of action and jumping around in time. I’m pleased to see the author used “better methods” in this book.

    This is a post apocalyptic world. By the end of the book some of the good guys die, but others have happy endings. Normally I would avoid books with this setup because I don’t want to be depressed. Other authors might tell this story with deep digging into grief and loss. This book was not done that way. I was pleased that I was not depressed.

    I was pleased to see a romance. A couple meets, they eventually get together, and have a happy ending. For those whose don’t like abusive husbands, you’ll like this. This is the way guys should be. He cares for her happiness.

    There is a homosexual rape scene in detail. Also there is a telling (after the fact) of women held against their will and repeatedly raped.

    This is the expanded edition published in 1990. Much was cut for the 1978 edition. Stephen added back cut parts and a lot of new writing for the 1990 edition. I would not want to read the cut version.

    IS IT PERFECT? NO.
    I had a few questions that were not answered, such as why Flagg was losing his powers, and what was the purpose of the pregnancy. Also I did not like Flagg’s ending. I wanted something worse to happen to him.

    The narrator Grover Gardner did an excellent job.

    Genre: apocalyptic paranormal fiction
    Ending: happy for many of the good guys, bad for most of the bad guys

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-19-12
    Amanda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-19-12

    I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.

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    "Excellent Story, Acceptable Narrator"

    Life, Death, Religion, and Civilization; lofty topics to tackle in a thriller. It's no surprise that Stephen King deftly rises to the challenge and delivers an epic of...well...epic proportions.

    The most impressive thing about this novel in my opinion is the fact that there was no point in the 48 hour novel that felt like the story was stalled or lagging. The plot kept moving forward; slowly, patiently, but with great skill and expertise. I was especially fascinated by the themes of civilization and religion; I found myself deconstructing and analyzing many of my own thoughts on these topics. I've always been of the opinion that Stephen King is a genius, but if I'd had any doubts, this book would have put them to rest.

    SO: Deep, thoughtful, chilling, entertaining, fun... there's the good news.

    Don't worry - there's no "bad" news, per se.. more like mediocre. For such a famous, long anticipated tome such as this, you would think it would be insured that the narration was second to none; and that's not how I found it. It was fine, and it didn't ruin the book; I still recommend this wholeheartedly. Mr. Gardner did a good job creating the different voices of the characters, and for the most part kept them straight, which I'm sure was no small task. Still, I've experienced enough spectacular readers that this was a let down. Finally, and most egregious, Mr. Gardner would (from time to time) mispronounce a word that had no business being mispronounced. I was really surprised these errors could have made it through to the finished product.

    Still, if hearing saguaro pronounced with a hard "G" doesn't set your nerves on edge, you'll be fine; and even if it does, the performance as a whole is not bad.

    Overall, I really, really enjoyed this one. Thanks, Mr. King.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-13-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 02-13-14 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Steven King's Best"

    I am not a huge Steven King fan, but this is by far his best work in my opinion. The story is gripping and keeps you wanting more throughout. Those who are not King readers should note that he is big on detail and his stories move pretty slow. It is just that the world is so interesting and you learn to care about the characters that you are willing to overlook the spots where his writing becomes ponderous. This is a great story and the narrarator does a bang-up job for a book with so many characters. Defniteily worth the credit.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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