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)
I loved reading the book many years ago when it first came out; but my eyes aren't as good a they used to be so listening to it being read was a wonderful and at times relaxing experience. I listened while I was getting dressed, in the car, while I was working, and as I was falling asleep at night. I look forward to my next audio book.
I'm not an avid Stephen King fan, but this book gripped me and I couldn't stop listening. I listened for two days during the week and then my wife and I listened to the rest of it in a weekend. She also loved it, once I had gotten her up to speed.
This book is long and there are some 'slow' parts. It's not all thriller all the time, but the character development and story are amazing.
Written at the end of the 70's the dialogue doesn't hold up very well at times, but the story does. As a Dark Tower fan I really enjoyed hearing about a character from the Dark Tower from a different angle and in a new (to me) story. Not one of my favorite works of King, but I would listen to it again.
I don't know how many more ways I can try to save you. This may be my last chance. One more time...
First off you should know this book is not fiction. Where I'm from this story is not written but told. The virus happened. You need to stop it. I don't where the book came from or why it came but it did and someone has to stop it. There are more questions than answers at this point but if your reading this maybe it's not to late. You have to be ready to fight. To stand. Please help, please save us. Save yourself.
Free Zone Chief Science Officer
This book has always been one of my favorites. Although, to be fair, it is probably gonna be a little long for some. Also, the climax and resolution isn't perfect. But, the characters are great and the overarching story and themes are fantastic. The narrator for this audio-book is really talented and does a wonderful job.
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