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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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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 07-11-12
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great piece of King"

    I have read or listened to many a King books, but missed this one. I debated about reading it because it was based on something that could have happened in the future, 20 years ago. Luckily for me - that did not matter. This by far was the longest book I ever listened to - but worth every minute. You will not be disappointed.

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    Robert Streb Long Island NY 07-10-12
    Robert Streb Long Island NY 07-10-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Could this really happen?"

    One of my favorite books. I've read it and now listened to it. It's great both ways. I found myself frequently debating the moral choices and wondering how I would actually act. To spy or not to spy, what to do with those who pose a threat, how to govern, etc... The long book seemed to end so soon...well worth the time and money.

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    J.C. 07-09-12
    J.C. 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "At last, The Stand on audio"

    There is little I can say about this book. It is, by far, the best Of Stephen King's huge body of work and, I would argue, one of the great American novels. Despite the length, I have read it many times. Grover Gardner's performance was excellent and did the book justice.

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    Philip Wood 07-08-12
    Philip Wood 07-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Drawn in and couldn't stop listening"
    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    King's best work.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Flagg because he's a charmer of sorts, but he's evil through and through. The way Grover Gardner portrays Flagg is fantastic. You can hear the evil charm the character has and visualize him by the way Gardner brings him to life.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner is master orator. The way he reads a book, and I've listened to him on other audiobooks, is compelling. It's not only his voice, but his delivery as well.


    If you could rename The Stand, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't rename it.


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    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 07-08-12
    Wayne Irvine, CA, United States 07-08-12 Member Since 2013

    Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.

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    "Creep Factor only surpassed by IT"

    What a story-teller. King creates characters more vivid and real than people I know. Plus, I'm looking forward to hear more about how they are doing, even though (sadly) the story is over and they do not exist (unbelievable).

    This is a case of Fantasy more real than Fact, and definitely stranger--with King (I hope). So, since release of this horror story first in 1978, only recently has the audio book been available (which is my weakness) so this is my first experience of this post-apocalyptic-battle-against-Evil.

    I am now thoroughly convinced--we must take a STAND--even though the wheel starts all over again, anew, each time. Not that we necessarily have a choice, since we are apparently chosen by the Dark Man or the White Lady (Abagail) in our dreams, and devote our selves to either force according to how our egos have been stroked (Evil), or our egolessness has been rewarded (Good). Our dreams reveal our truth.

    I was intrigued by the creep factor, since the premise of THE STAND is based on a man-caused outbreak of a Super-Flu which wipes out all but the antibody-resistant-Few; but is turbo-charged by the Dark Man, dark dreams, wolves, wolverines, the flying Eye, (Evil supernatural); and turbo-charged by the White Lady, white dreams, compassion, respect, and valuing of relationships (Good supernatural) .

    Ok, I give. Yes, this is another Good versus Evil epic battle on par with Star Wars, but tonight, and the rest of my nights, I think I will pay attention to my dreams, lock my doors, and take my STAND. And you?

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    Derek 07-07-12
    Derek 07-07-12
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    "Loved the book"

    I am so glad that I read this book. Stephen King is a master story teller and this was a great example.

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    Michael Columbia, MO, United States 07-06-12
    Michael Columbia, MO, United States 07-06-12
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    "Incredible, Thrilling, Terrifying, Entertaining!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    The bedlam that unfolded after Captain Tripps started to take effect, particularly the scene at the TV station in (I think) Oregon. The imagery was stirring and disturbing, and Mr. Gardner put on a wonderful performance to enhance it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. Though at 50+ hours, it was sadly an unrealistic goal! It took me the better part of a month to find enough time to get through it, but I enjoyed taking my time with it. Frankly, I never wanted it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Second only to 11-22-63, I could not recommend any other audible book more emphatically than The Stand. It is an incredible story.

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    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 07-03-12
    KEITH Canyon Country, CA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010

    I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.

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    "What great heros and villians"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    I have read this book as well as listened to it. I think the audio is more exciting and I got a sense that the characters were multi leveled. Not all good or bad. You get to know them and even understand why they would do things that were unwise


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job. Not so theatrical that you want him to back it off a notch, but such that you know which character he is protraying even before he tells you


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Way too long for one sitting (it is Mr. king's longest book) but I did enjoy each of the parts and did not consider putting another book on in between sections


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    Shelley Warsaw, IN, United States 07-02-12
    Shelley Warsaw, IN, United States 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Long, but Excellent"
    If you could sum up The Stand in three words, what would they be?

    Epic, Thought-Provoking, Disturbing


    What did you like best about this story?

    When I get into a good book, I don't want it to end. At a run-time of almost 48 hours, this one kept me entertained for several weeks.


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

    This is my first audio-book narrated by Grover Gardner, but I really enjoyed it. He did an excellent job of giving each character their own unique "voice."


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a big fan of the "horror" genre that Stephen King is so famous for, but this book isn't actually a horror novel. It's more of a "drama" with some shocking violence, disturbing scenes, and more profanity than I've ever personally seen in any work of fiction. I really didn't feel that the abundance of profanity added to the story in any way. Profanity aside, this was an engrossing, highly-entertaining performance of an epic novel, and I felt my time listening was well-spent.

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    David Louisville, KY, United States 06-28-12
    David Louisville, KY, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I've been a member for 3 years and over 280 titles. I listen during my commute to/from work. Mysteries around the world...Jo Nesbo, Larsson, Erin Hart, Tana French, Verghese, Stuart Neville others?

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    "I loved the book; Love the new version even more."

    This was the first Stephen King book I ever read. Loved it then and love the extended version even more.

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