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)
The government develops a super deadly, super contagious virus (for warfare?), it gets loose and kills 99+% of the US, probably the rest of the wold too. The people remaining are resistant but no one knows why. The living experience love, death, births, creation of new society and government. the book is 1000 pages, but I opted for the 48 hour audio version. Overall, very good fiction, but the ending was weak. The VERY ending was predictable.
Great narrator, listening to him is like listening to a really great story teller. Folksy, comfortable, gripping. I got lost in the story and Grover Gardner's narration added to the experience.
All time favorite story, a feast of an audiobook. Great great listen. I wanted it to keep going.
Avid reader.... er listener.
Getting the uncut.. unabridged version of this book means you are ready to dig into a really... really long book. Not since War and Peace has a book been big enough to use as a boat anchor.
The funny aside. I really enjoy this book. And it has held up with time. I read it in High school in the 90s and 20 years later I still enjoy it. The characters are most of what makes this book so great.
Narration was great as well.
For anyone who likes Stephen King this one is a must read!! This is a timeless story of good and evil, and the possible end of days. King does an amazing job making you think of all the things one would go through if 99 percent of the world died of a plague...Would you be alone? How would you start to rebuild? What do you do with the bodies? All the questions you never wanted to think about are brought to light in this novel.
This is a LONG book, and at times King's character development goes a little long, but honestly that is really just how he writes, and in the end you really feel like you you intimately know his characters and share their triumphs and struggles. Check this one out, even if it takes you a while to read it all.
Excellent narration and lots of fascinating characters kept me interested. It's a long story, but an epic one. Thanks Mr. King for another memorable novel.
Fantastic story and, as always, fantastic writing.
Stephen King is so good at story telling and character development - I felt like I knew these characters. Lightening up the darkest places with his signature wit, I laughed out loud at times. Almost 50 hours of listening flew by! The narrator is also fantastic - has to be one of the best listens I ever had with audible.
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