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
"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)
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.
I was introduced to this book many, many years ago and immediately became a fan. Some 25 plus years later, this book is one that I make it a point of reading every year...just like watching "It's A Wonderful Life" at Christmas time. I was so excited to see that it had been released on Audible...I bought it, right then and there. In my opinion, this book is one of Stephen King's best and it is indeed a classic. A must have for your listening pleasure and now perhaps I will not have to replace another copy quite so soon!
Frank Muller has been my favorite narrator to this point; hearing Grover Gardner narrate The Stand hasn't changed that, but I have added Mr. Gardner to the top of my 'favorite narrator list' right along with Frank Muller. I will definitely seek out other works by Mr. Gardner. He brings life to Stephen King's characters amazingly and makes an incredible novel even better. I will listen to it over and over. It is among the best, if not the best, audiobook in my collection.
Too many to name really, for the entire unfolding of the plot is memorable, but I love Tom and Stu's journey together near the end. It is so touching. I can't put it into words, except to say the feelings I have come from somewhere deep inside, where words can't do them justice.
He uses great voices for the characters, to make them seem even more
Again, too many to name, really, but I guess Mother Abigail. I admire her for her quite literal connection to God, taking on what He's given her, bringing the people together. I admire that she truly tried to live her life by His guidance and His will, and she showed others how to do that in the midst of a world-altering crisis.
The only reason I gave the story four out of five stars is because there are a couple of characters I couldn't identify with very well and I wanted to get beyond those areas and on with the novel. I won't say which characters didn't do too much for me because I don't want to spoil anything for anyone. Besides, my displeasure in a couple of portions is extremely minor and should not detract from the novel as a whole, nor prevent anyone from listening to this marvelous work. If I could've, I would've given the story four and a half out of five stars.
A classic is a classic, no matter in what form.
This is THE book that gave birth to so many in this genre...
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!!!
I found the Stand to be a chilling ride as the world went from "normal" to "post-apocalypse" with one domino falling after another until the transition could not be stopped. The threat of the Super Flu depicted in this book stayed in my mind even when I wasn't actively listening. When someone near me would cough or sneeze a momentary sense of dread would come over me before I would rationalize away that the Super Flu threat wasn't real. Stephen King uses a mix of real and fictitious locations in the US throughout the book and that made it feel all the more possible.
The listener will come to know many characters throughout this book and Grover Gardner does an excellent job making them all unique through a variety of voices and accents. You are never really sure who is going to make it and who isn't and you will find yourself rooting for some and not others. The characters themselves are spread all over the US and each watches the world crumble around them based on their own circumstances and this makes for a nice diverse set of perspectives as to what is going on. Eventually as each character struggles to survive in the post-apocalyptic world a common thread begins to bring them all together. The story then transitions from following scattered individuals to the build-up of a battle of good vs evil.
Two distinct groups start to congregate together due to shared dreams pulling them one way or another and it is the potential conflict between these 2 groups that becomes the main focus of the story. Mother Abagail is pulling the "good" individuals towards her and she is a very religious figure on the side of good. This causes the non-religious characters to have to come to grips with this concept and I can see this possibly being a turn off to some readers but I think most won't mind.
I can see why the original release of the book was edited down as the story does tend to move slowly at times but since I never read the original I can't say if the edits make a significant impact or not. If I could give half stars I would rate this 3.5 overall as I definitely enjoyed it, but not quite as much as most of the books that I give 4 stars to. The 47+ hour length is what makes me drop it to 3 instead of going up to 4.
Titles that should be made or remade into film by Amazon or Netflix... Department Q. Harry Hole. Noble House. Tai-pan. Gai-jin and Shogun.
Fascinating, smart, great characters.
He is always a good reader. He does accents well and is as dramatic as the tale calls for.
Mother Abigail. Her faith, wisdom and courage make her the best heroine I've encountered in literature. I don't know whether King is a Christian, but the theology and humility he brought to Mother is remarkably accurate and, well... attractive, charismatic.
The Stand was one of the first books I remeber reading. Its plot and characters have never left me. Listening to this epic tale was both thrilling and engrossing. I have enjoyed most every book i've purchased on Audible, but few more so than The Stand.
I gave up on this book about 20 years ago and also stopped reading Stephen King. At the time, I felt that he needed an editor. The book seemed bloated to me back then. I happily rediscovered King with his "11-22-63" novel (You should read it, btw.) This led me to enjoying "It" and then, to adding "The Stand" to my wish list. "The Stand" remained on my wishlist for months. I wanted to try it again but I feared disapointment. This time, I fretted over the subject matter. Did I really want to read about a post-apocolypitc world? It seemed too depressing. Month after month, I'd stare at "The Stand" and then move on to select another title. I finally made the leap and I'm happy that I did.
In "The Stand", King develops characters that one can truly care about. They're interesting and multidimentional. As the survivors of a military virus that kills the majority of the world's population, they coalesce around two leaders who have risen from the disaster. Randall Flagg leads the forces of evil, while the side of good is represented by Mother Abigail. "The Stand" follows the lives of about a dozen characters from the time before the viral outbreak through their adventures and adversities leading up the the inevitable final stand between good and evil. The book is biblical in tone and scope. It explores morals, ethics and the confusing lines between what is good and what is evil.
If you are like me and you've avoided this book due to what you perceive the subject to be, I can assure you that King tells an uplifting story of love, friendship and sacrifice that you won't want to miss.
I've never read a S. King book until now. I only enjoy a few movies by him (It, The Shinning) everything else just seems toooo long. The length is what sold me though. I love pushing play while bathing, driving, or surfing the net.
The Stand is a book about life, that could have been, could be, and that just can't happen. It gave me nightmares. It describes evil, in the most awful way. Chilling. The characters make you laugh, smile, scream, cry, and most definitely CRINGE. The book is full of swear words, describes terrible scenes in a way that make you want to turn off the imaginary TV in your head.
It was made into a TV special. I haven't seen it but I am searching the net. And. I've bought a new book from S. King.
The reader is amazing. He gives voices to these characters even your mind would fall short of. I love how crazy his voice is for the Dark Man. Creepy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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