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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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    Janet Saint Joseph, MI, United States 03-15-12
    Janet Saint Joseph, MI, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Loved it! Read it"

    I read this book and now I have listened to it to. I loved it! It is not a horror book like a lot of SK's stuff. It is interesting, and different from so many books.

    I am so sad that I am done with it now as I search through audible to find another.

    This is the best long Audible book I have listened to. I never got bored and my mind never wandered off.

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    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 03-14-12
    C. L. Turner Provo, Utah, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2011

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    "An Interesting Visit..."

    I first read this book when I was fourteen; it wasn't the expanded/revised edition. What I read was some second-hand, dog-eared, worn copy with a few pages just waiting to escape the binding. At that time it was the longest book I'd read and only the second Stephen King book (the first being Skeleton Crew).

    Listening to this took me back to that kid, slung in a worn, blue chair, ripping through story as fast as my brain could inhale the words. So much of this book has stuck with me, so many phrases, images, characters. Even though it's become dated I still call it beautiful. The added details are welcome, the narrative is great. I couldn't be more pleased!

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    Tami Port Allegany, PA, United States 03-14-12
    Tami Port Allegany, PA, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2009

    I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.

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    "A Long Time Coming"

    I've been waiting for years for the audio version of the unabridged The Stand. And I definitely wasn't disappointed. I've read King since his first novel, Carrie, came out in print. I was about the same age Carrie would have been and was amazed that some guy in Maine "got" girls my age. Stephen King "gets" a lot of things. His writing is always vivid and visceral. The Stand is my favorite of his many novels to this day.

    The story was well paced and the characters are so compelling. You fall in love with Nick, Stu, Mother Abigail, Tom Cullen and many others. The narration by Grover Gardner was superb! What a job he had... and he did it magnificently.

    All in all, I truly could find nothing I didn't like, and I hated to see it end. I re-read and re-listen the really good books, and The Stand is on that list forever!

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    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 03-13-12
    Amazon Customer boise, ID, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2010

    I don’t have a lot of time for reading, but Audible allows me to listen to all the great books that I thought I would never get to read.

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    "It's about time Audible. Thank you for this book!"

    Not much can be said about this book that hasn’t been said before. The Stand by Stephen King is just perfect and far and again my favorite book of Stephen King's. I listened to this book day and night and could not focus on anything until I finished it.
    The PERFECT LISTEN!!!!

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    Gregory 02-29-12
    Gregory 02-29-12
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    "A 20 Minute answer for a 'YES' or 'NO' question"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Grover Gardner?

    I have and I will


    Would you recommend The Stand to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book to any but the die hard fannatics of Stephen King.

    Now I know what the crew of the sailing ship 'HMS Endurance' went through in 1912


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

    NO


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I saw the TV 'Stand' but a Movie version would have to be cut considerably.


    Any additional comments?

    Bigger is definitely not better.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amy CONROE, TX, United States 02-27-12
    Amy CONROE, TX, United States 02-27-12 Member Since 2008
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    "One of the best audio's ever!"

    This is one of the most important King novels of all time. I've waited several years to have the complete book, and I am very happy that I listened instead of reading it. I have cried and laughed, and felt some pretty intense emotion during the last 47+ hours of listening. It was very much worth the time. Nick, Stu, Tom Cullen, Frannie, and even Harold and Flagg were made more alive than they were when I read this book 15 years ago. It will forever be one of my favorite books. I have read most everything King has written, but this will always stand out among the 100s of books that I cherish. The "doomsday" preppers of 2012 should take a few pages from this book, and worry more about their connections with the people in this world instead of how many thousands of cans and guns they can hoard. So many of the on going characters that avid King fans meet throughout his tales start here in this book, and the narrator, Grover Gardner was simply amazing. I will be searching for his other works for future listening. I am so happy that King brought these missing 500 pages back into the light! Thank you.

    Amy
    in Houston, TX

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    khaghi 02-27-12
    khaghi 02-27-12

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    "I have waited so long for this audiobook!"

    This has been my favorite Stephen King book since it was first published and I always wondered why it wasn't in audio format. Thank you for offering it. I make it a point to read this book every couple of years and have lost count as to how many times I have read it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Belinda Melrose, FL, United States 02-25-12
    Belinda Melrose, FL, United States 02-25-12
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    "I waited for it for years, and LOVED it!"

    This was the first Steven King novel I ever read. After reading many, many others, it still has been my favorite book of his. I kept patiently waiting for it to come out in audible format. As soon as I saw that Audible had it, I immediately downloaded it to mu iPod. The unabridged version is fabulous! I didn't want it to end! I wish King would write a sequel to it for sure!

    Grover Gardner is the perfect reader for this story. Download this book as one of your Audible credits. You won't be disappointed!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cherie Turner 02-24-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "THANK YOU!"

    Thank you! This was a great Valentine's day gift to myself! Best book ever... um, after the Dark Tower series :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert STILLWATER, OK, United States 02-24-12
    Robert STILLWATER, OK, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story! Great Value!"
    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    This story is second only to the Dark Tower series. An epic quest and the ultimate showdown between the forces of good and evil. I was a little thrown by the narrator's voice at times. Definitely would have preferred George Guidall. But the story is still powerful and the price was really surprising considering how long some people have waited for this. This is a long story so you definitely get a lot of bang for your buck! I will listen to this many times and enjoy it as much as I did when I first read this work. If you love Stephen King then you won't be disappointed Constant Reader!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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