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The Stand | [Stephen King]

The Stand

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.
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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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    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 06-19-12
    Pamela St. Louis, Mo, United States 06-19-12
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    "Have waited a long time for this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, an engrossing and facinating story, been a fan of this story for a long time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Grabs your attention from the beginning and keeps it for the duration of the book


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

    Never heard him before, did a great job on this one


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Stephen King has a tendancy to be a little uh...detailed in his stories. Hearing them rather than reading them makes me cringe, so I guess I did have an extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite Stephen King book of all time. I have been waiting for it to be available on audio. Very enjoyable listen and will most likely listen again.

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    Marietta Whitehorse, YT, Canada 06-18-12
    Marietta Whitehorse, YT, Canada 06-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "That's entertainment"
    What made the experience of listening to The Stand the most enjoyable?

    the flow of the story, their characters, the whole plot


    What did you like best about this story?

    I could easy picture myself in the story


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

    no


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Glen. I cried when he died.


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    Amazon Customer 06-16-12

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    "I read the first edition...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    More story. Great narration. And it's the "Stand", one of the best books of all time. And on Audio, a new pleasure I've just recently discovered!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Trash Can Man parting the crowd..... I'll say no more for you 1st timers!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't help it... Trash Can Man returning to Vegas...


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Easy.. me being a guy might opt for Franny or Lucy.... but really, an evening talking to Larry Underwood would be the greatest.


    Any additional comments?

    Three times now, two reading and one listening. I guess I'll never tire of the "Stand".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teeps Mobile, AL 06-15-12
    Teeps Mobile, AL 06-15-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Very, very long but great story."
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I had never listened to the Stand because every version was abridged in some way. This was a very cool listen, since I am a huge fan of the Dark Tower series... so many connections between this book and that series...


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

    This was a typically strong outing by Mr.Gardner.


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    Aaron Sherman, TX, United States 06-14-12
    Aaron Sherman, TX, United States 06-14-12
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    "A Classic! Will always be a fav!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    The audio version brings the characters to life in a way that my mind couldn't when I read. It also helped me pace the reading of the book, and it lasted much longer than the 5 days it took me to read it in hardback.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Stu, Larry, and Glen. They were all nicely developed and had a lot of depth. I probably could relate most to Larry. The way he grew and changed throughout the story was something I understood and enjoyed listening to. I liked picking Glen's brain.........and even now I think.......what would Glen have to say about that. His reaction to the Dark Man towards the end had me laughing! Stu was devoted, loyal, and kept things simple. This book took me so long to listen to (when I walk and work out only) that I came to look forward to it on my morning runs and I felt like I knew the characters. I'm going to miss it! Oh yeah, I can't leave out Kojak. I like how the King told us things through his point of view too,


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

    No I haven't, but I enjoyed his portrayal of the different characters. I forgot that only one person was reading the story.


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

    I don't know. The whole point of what they did was to stand, so I don't think anything else would make sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I've seen the movie so many times throughout my life, so when I listened to it, I saw the characters from the movie in my head. Some fit well (in the movie) and others didn't, but it was nice to compare and contrast how they were played out by the author, narrator, and actors in the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 06-13-12
    Kenneth Cary, NC, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2007
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    "I hated the ending"

    This started out well and I really liked how all the characters were interlaced and their journey to find each other.

    Once they got there though the book fell apart for me. As the book went on, I started to despise Mother Abigail. Her self righteous proselytizing was down right irritating. Then all the characters started to grate on me and by the end of the book, I was hoping they would all perish.

    I found the ending to be too simplistic and silly. It felt like King got tired of writing about it so he just picked the first ending that occurred to him and wrote it in a day and a half. UGH!

    I read it because so many people compared it favorably to one of my favorite books, Swan Song but I found it to be severely lacking. This does not hold a candle to it.

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    Tamara 06-13-12
    Tamara 06-13-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Book Great READ"

    This was a great book kept you interested the whole time...I was sad it was over.

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    Christopher Newport, WA, United States 06-13-12
    Christopher Newport, WA, United States 06-13-12

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    "King at his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes. i have already talked with my friends about it. i found it chilling and fun.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    i enjoyed his performance greatly he did the different voices and everything just right brought them into my vision of what was going on.


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    Sonic0620 Rockford Il USA 06-12-12
    Sonic0620 Rockford Il USA 06-12-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I waited for this book"

    This is one of Kings books I have been waiting for on audio and it didn't disappoint I enjoyed the story and performance. Yes it's a little dated, but it was a fun listen.

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    Jane L. Bradley 06-08-12 Member Since 2014

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    "classic"

    I wish his following books were as good as this one- long book but really engrossing. The narrator was great.

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