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)
It does take a little while before the book gets going. I remember around hour three, things started getting interesting. But once you get there, you get overwhelmed with awesomeness. I have to admit, I am much better at pointing out what I didn't like about a book than praising the good things. And since there's nothing to criticize, I am rather short on words. I loved Glenn and his sociological talks, the Dark Man and his sinister plans, the Trash Can Man and his journey across the dessert with the crazy maniac who called himself The Kid, I loved Harold and his slow turning to the dark side and his well deserved but still rather tragic death, and Lloyd and his story of loyalty beyond grave, even feeble minded Tom and his adventures in the land of the Dark Man. How everything fit so wonderfully together and no loose end was left untied. What a masterpiece! If you are hesitating because of the length, I assure you, the hours will fly by as if it was nothing, and you will find yourself wanting for more and more, listening for days at end, until you find yourself disappointed that it's over already and left with a void in your heart, longing for even more yet. At least that was the impression I had. The narrator was also great. I loved all of the voices he did, especially the one for the Dark Man, that one was truly magnificent. I find no flaw on him whatsoever. Long story short - the best book of Stephen King I've yet come across and quite possibly the best book I have ever read.
this was the first "real" book I read as a child. it was what got me hooked on reading, and what made me a fan of almost all King work.
excellent narration and fantastic story
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Laying claim more to being a novel of Americana than a horror story The Stand explores our way of life by setting up an apocalyptic scenario that takes away every vestige of the United States except the good and the bad that reside within us. Soon after the man-made plague exterminates 99 and 44/100 of the population the survivors have just begun to pool their resources when they are drawn into a larger end-of-the-world conflict between good and evil. The story has some of the qualities of a gothic horror novel, namely the slow built-up of anticipation leading to a terror-filled climax. Stephen King has managed to flesh out the characters well, so while they are chiefly stereotypes of accountants, rock stars, criminals, rapists, homemakers and the like, they manage to present themselves with a sense of authenticity that is a pleasure to experience.
This is a massive brick of a novel. When you see the 47 hour run time and begin listening you know you are in for a long haul. Expecting rapid pacing for such a tome is not realistic. I approached this knowing that it would be like watching a television mini-series. I knew it would develop slowly and that I would either find a way to like the characters, and thereby the story, or I would not be able to finish it. Fortunately Stephen King has a knack for creating likable characters, or, barring that, at least interesting characters, so I was along for the ride; willing to let the story unfold at its own pace, which is slow and deliberate, not plodding mind you, but certainly not up to the pace that fans of Zombie Apocalypse or of Military Science Fiction are used to. The feeling one gets listening to The Stand is akin to going to a small farming town to visit your Great Aunt, passing the peaceful hours on the front porch in a rocking chair watching the corn grow. Peaceful, relaxing, contemplative. The element of horror is so subdued, so secondary that it will not give anyone nightmares.
The Science Fiction fan in me kept trying to analyze the situation put forth in this novel—that of a small remnant population living off the supplies left behind by a thriving civilization. Whenever a character mentioned that they now had an unlimited supply of some commodity, be it motorcycles, clothing, canned goods, or gasoline, I could not help but think that these people are very short-sighted. I was thinking to myself, “Don’t they realize that their supply lines and transport of goods has been completely cut off?” No one is making motorcycles. No one is refining gasoline. No manufacturers are stitching clothes, making shoes or making anything. Any food crops will soon have to be grown by them and that if they don’t locate seeds they will never taste a green bean again. The canned goods will soon expire and leave even their tiny population in need. I had to consciously repress this part of my mind to enable me to enjoy the story.
In times past I have been very critical of the narration of Grover Gardner. His effort on Shelby Foote’s Civil War series was a hindrance to the enjoyment the text. He seems to be a completely difference narrator here. In this piece of fiction his expressions are much more animated and, therefore, much more\enjoyable. He does different voices for every character, and they truly seem like different people. His female voices are convincing and appropriate. True his voice still has a slightly grating quality to my ears, high-pitched and nasal, but the other components of his voice. pitch, inflection, tone and pacing are inviting. He really puts a lot of effort into this. I attribute the difference to the material. The Civil War series is non-fiction, somber and matter-of-fact. The Stand is a work of fiction, well-written, and benefits from his dramatic performance.
That spells amazing. Everyone knows that.
It's a long one, but well worth the time. I got through this one in a shorter frame than some of my 16h books.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
Glad I could listen to this book rather than read it. The scenes were gory, but that is the point of a book like this. Feel like I know the characters.
It said in the description that it was updated as well as some removed sections added back. Well it seems it was updated for the 90's not anytime recent. Otherwise it was a great listen.
I loved it.
the narrator made the characters his own. he pretty much made the story his. he truly brought the characters and the plot to life.
this is a great listen.
Human male. Rest assured I am not an alien.
It was worth the listen, but I found that, at times, it got very hard to press on and listen.
No, I may be basing this on my own taste but I was not satisfied with the ending. I was left wonder and speculate.
Yes, I though he make the characters come to life and have personality.
Yes, if only to finish with a happier ending.
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