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)
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!!
Arguably, Stephen King's greatest novel read by the great Grover Gardner who brought Salem's 'Lot to life. This is a well-mixed version of the King classic (in the longer, unabridged, uncut edition form) free from strange music selections and oddly placed sound effects with unfortunately plague many audiobook versions of The Master's works.
I am fairly new to audiobooks, so this rates among the top of the books I have listened to. That being said, I am not new to books, and Stephen King has always been a favorite author of mine. I recently read 11/22/63: A Novel. That book is better than this one, but this one is still a great read, and it has stood the test of time--sorta.
I enjoyed the post-apocalyptic aspect. I always say that I wish the zombie apocalypse would come (jokingly of course), and this book has that sort of feel from time to time. The disappearance of electricity and the conveniences we are used to living with is an interesting thought to ponder.
I have never heard Grover Gardner before this, but I thought he did a splendid job. I will be looking for more of his work.
Umm....No? Under no circumstances would I want to sit for over 40 hours for anything. I do audible to help pass the time while at work. I am an automotive restoration specialist, and the stories take me to another place. Let's face it; who wants to be at work? So no, I did not want to listen to this book all in one sitting.
For all those people hating of the slow start:
In order to enjoy the beauty of a rose, you must wait for it to bloom; This story is about the end of the world. Yes. But it is also about the people. I would say MORE so about the people. Whether it be a good book or a great movie, the one thing that makes you love or hate any particular character is how they were developed--something any author worth his/her weight in salt understands, and King excels at. My advice? Take a deep breath and deal with it. The slow periods have a point--character development--and that is what makes this a great story.
I have read this book several times, and now that I "listen" to books, I had to listen to it and it's amazing, I find more things I missed and really enjoyed this audio book immensely.
I thought the performance was above average, but, not stellar. The narrator wasn't quite what I imagined should be, but good all the same. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of King's books.
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