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)
Masterful! from story to character development, this novel has it all. A must read
If you are a King fan the The Stand may well be your favorite book. Like me you may have read it years ago but to reexperience it as an audio book is a pure joy. to be able to listen to it as the expanded version with the originally edited parts restored simply allows a few more hours of being immersed in King's version of a post apocalyptic world. as in any good book you become invested in the characters and will feel real emotion with their struggles, pain, and at times death. Highly recommended with great narration.
This book was absolutely amazing and compelling from start to finish. This is my style of book post apocalyptic style with multiple views and points. I'm only disappointed I didn't read it sooner.
I enjoy Stephen King and The Stand was no exception. But this is a long long book that I think could have had the same punch in fewer pages. The story was good but not great and the ending was a bit of a let down. A fun journey but be prepared for a very long trip.
After reading several of King's books, I'd resigned myself to feeling he stuck too closely to horror. Oh how I love to be wrong. If you enjoy a good story, here's one for you. The performance is excellent and matches the pace and tone of King's work perfectly!
What a wonderful adventure. For 900 pages, and 48 hours of audio, it sure doesn't seem like it. This reading is perfect. I laughed, cried...but most importantly, I was consumed by this book throughout the entire thing. 5 stars!!
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