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)
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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.
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.
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.
King's best work.
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.
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.
I wouldn't rename it.
Mountain biking, surfing, skiing, literature, philosophy, psychology, theology and my ipod.
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?
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.
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.
Second only to 11-22-63, I could not recommend any other audible book more emphatically than The Stand. It is an incredible story.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
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
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
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
Epic, Thought-Provoking, Disturbing
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.
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."
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.
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?
This was the first Stephen King book I ever read. Loved it then and love the extended version even more.
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