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The Stand Audiobook

The Stand

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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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    D-B 07-02-16
    D-B 07-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Character Study"

    Narrator is excellent and the story is a great read, especially if you like getting into and learning about the characters. Doesnt have the terror of a "Salem's Lot," but for me the suspense was more like the "Cell." I read this book years and years ago in print and while this is a really long book, it still held my interest.

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    Krysta Larson 07-02-16
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    "One of the classics"

    Great book. Loved it when I read it years ago, and love it even more now. Grover Gardner does a wonderful job capturing all the nuances of each character. Very good story, very well read.

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    Jamil 06-30-16
    Jamil 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book but too long"

    It's a good book, but it is too long. It would be better with some editing.

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    Sleepless in Frisco 06-29-16
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    "Incredible Storytelling"

    I don't typically review books that I've listened to, but 'The Stand' stands alone. Stephen King's storytelling is breathtaking in its scope and extraordinary characters. The story is made even more compelling by Grover Gardner's narration which is among the best I've ever heard. I came to love (or hate) each of the characters as so vividly created by Mr. King's writing and Mr. Gardner's breathing life into them.

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    Shay Warner Nevada 06-26-16
    Shay Warner Nevada 06-26-16 Member Since 2013

    Interested in everything. Listening for something AMAZING...

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    "Stephen King Classic"

    Reputed for being long winded, King even admits the full version of this story is self-indulgent, but I enjoyed ever minute of it. I am a new King fan and started just recently with more realistic works...if you call time travel and mind control more realistic!!! After all the hype, I had to wade through this monstrosity, and I was not disappointed. The characters were well developed and by the end of the novel, you feel you know them and could predict what their lives continued to be like after the writing stopped. I hated for it to end. I love the dark side of human nature and King certainly knows how to explore and exploit it. Every King fan should consume the extended version and enjoy stepping into the shadows for a while. You can always step back out...

    The narration was perfect and certainly added to the drama of the story. I would definitely listen to Grover Gardner again.

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    Amazon Customer 06-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love this book!"

    everything about this book was great! the story, the narration, the characters, and the lessons learned! if you like stephen king, of you like a great long story that will never leave you bored for almost 50 hours... make sure you pick this one up.

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    John F. Denove Los Angeles, CA United States 06-25-16
    John F. Denove Los Angeles, CA United States 06-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "It's a bore."

    I love his books but this was a bore. It seems he never met an adjective or adverb he couldn't use. The narration is good. The story is not. King's more recent books are a joy.

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    M. Shea 06-24-16
    M. Shea 06-24-16
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    "Well-Told Bible Fanfic"

    As a non religious individual I found the transition of the story in the latter third part to be sadly heavy handed. That said, by that point I was absolutely invested in the characters and storyline so of course I continued.

    Stephen King tells great stories, but this would have benefitted more from a true emphasis on the nature of humans and less deus ex machina.

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    Amanda 06-22-16
    Amanda 06-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Its a great story!"

    I really enjoyed this novel. It was very long, but it needed that space to really draw in the whole picture. The narrator did a beautiful job at changing voices to ensure I knew who was talking. I was up and down, there was intensity and calm points. Regardless it was a solid story.

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    Dustin Graham 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great ride of a story. Glitchy playback at times"

    I loved this book. It was long, engaging and the narrator did such a great job voicing the different characters seamlessly.

    There were moments when the playback would skip and buffer but other thank that the experience was great!

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