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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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    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 09-11-12
    Elad D.N. Hevel Eilot, Israel 09-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Still listening... Good story - too long"

    Good variation on a classic end-of-the-world scenario, but too long, way too long, notwithstanding the author's intro, where he all but apologizes for making it so long. In fact I haven't yet finished it, so this review is not final. Can say for sure that I enjoyed 11/22/63 better. Better story, better narrator. Not too long.

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    KrAzY D usa 09-10-12
    KrAzY D usa 09-10-12

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    "AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Of course, because the story is great and keeps you enjoying every bit.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    all of them "on the good side that is" because each one has a uniqueness about them that you can almost identify with


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Oh wow Grover Gardner...well you cant say anything bad about him. He brings the book to life! You can already know whos talking without even hearing their names. He does a wonderful job narrating and does a wonderful voice performance on each of the characters. Ty grover for reading this book, your wonderful and i look forward to hearing you read another stephen king books :-)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh at some parts because lets face it..its stephen king writing it, i did not cry but i felt sad on parts...


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read book. Good vs evil, and how good always concors evil in the end...characters are well writen and read....its just a all around great story....

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    Jesse SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada 09-07-12
    Jesse SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada 09-07-12
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    "It's the STAND come on?"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    The whole thing.


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    The Waste Lands. Same epic story telling with equally compelling characters.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Larry Underwood


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Randal Flagg. To try to get some background to his character. The guy is everywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read the book this is a worthy companion. It's nice to lay in bed and visit old friends again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trish Virginia 09-06-12
    Trish Virginia 09-06-12 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "Long, But Very Good--"

    I have not read much written by Stephen King, but I'm told this is classic King.

    The Stand was very good--I felt it was a bit detailed and long, but for the sake of the complete story, it probably needs the detail. This book is totally "good vs. evil"--in this case, populations on each side of the battle. And what a battle it is in the final "stand".

    Grover Gardner is an excellent audiobook narrator, and he does not disappoint with this book. Overall, definitely a credit-worthy listen for King fans and new converts as well--

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    Michael C. Bartmess Colorado Springs. CO 09-04-12
    Michael C. Bartmess Colorado Springs. CO 09-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Full-body King story"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    The Stand is a great story of the psychological affects of a post-apocalyptic event overlayed with an occult good versus evil sub-plot. Loved the character development and the idea of two opposing magnets drawing people to the two sides.


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    BellaJack MI, United States 09-03-12
    BellaJack MI, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Still the Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Everyone should read/listen to Stephen King's "The Stand," especially apocalyptic fiction fans, although King describes it as a religious, good vs. evil novel.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Descriptive novels are the best--it makes you feel like you are one of the characters.


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

    No, but he did an excellent performance.


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

    I wouldn't rename it knowing the content and King's description of the theme.


    Any additional comments?

    I've always had a problem with King's endings, except for "11-22-63,"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-26-12
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    "As good as everyone says..."

    There isn't a lot I can add to the reviews here. They are the main reason I chose this book. I am not a huge King fan and avoid the spooky, scary, thriller, and horror as much as possible. I am still traumatized from reading Misery. However, I loved 11-22-63 and was craving more of King's writing style. He is just an amazing storyteller.

    This did have me checking over my shoulder and popping Tums to ease the queasiness in my stomach. However, it wasn't overkill and was very appropriate. You are just so drawn into the world he creates that it starts to feel like somewhere you have actually visited with people you know personally.

    Highly recommended.

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    08-22-12
    08-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So this is what all the fuss was about?"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hopelessly mediocre.


    Would you recommend The Stand to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The author indulges his sexual fantasies through his fictional characters gratuitously and repetitively. Do descriptions deserve their own accompanying descriptions? Wading through this book is like swimming in molasses. The author seems to assume that his feeble minded reader must have overwrought and explicit descriptions and explanations of everything. The Stand is like fiction for dummies.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Absolutely superb performance by Mr Gardner. Stu actually has a genuine Southern accent. Nothing worse than some New England Yankee ineptly trying to portray a Southerner.


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The college professor, as he seems to be only of two characters in the novel with any emotional or intellectual stability. Mr. King apparently delights in skewing his demographics to the stereotypical "common man" moron.


    Any additional comments?

    I have now read/listened to 4 Stephen King books. The ending is again disappointing. Listening to this book reminded me of being on a boring and tedious blind date. You suffer through it hoping that some spark will be triggered and things will become interesting. In the end, you stuck it out and didn't care if you got a kiss goodnight.

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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 08-21-12
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 08-21-12 Member Since 2014

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    "A Must Read - Active, Fun, Interesting"

    The story starts out with a great twist - 99% of the population dies from an epidemic. Unlike some of King's books, this one is not far off into never never land. Rather it focuses on the forces of good and evil. It wouldn't be King if there wasn't a bit of magic - but it's really not too much over the top and it certainly provides excitement.

    Through the hours the reader becomes very involved in the characters and how they eventually intertwine with other characters. This book is well worth the credit.

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    ocie United States 08-20-12
    ocie United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "great reading of a fantastic story"

    this is a long book, which is a wonderful thing for stephen king. his storytelling style is best when he has the room to flesh out all the little details.

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