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)
Great story telling. Grover does an amazing job. The whole story is leading up to this war of sorts, but it falls short. I would have wanted more depth at the end with how much time King spends building everything up. Glen the sociologist was my favorite character because he poses tough questions and is the voice of wisdom.
A long a winding performance filled with inflection. I loved the narration, and was not put off by what some say is Stephen Kings habit of "filler." The original pages only helped me grow closer to the characters.
My only negative critique is a recurring theme through many novels, that the female characters seemed whiney, helpless, and insistent on screwing up and ignoring the obvious at every turn. Destined to never learn any lesson or come to any realization. I blame that on the writer.
The narrator is absolutely god-like the way he spins the tale gave me a thorough appreciation for the art of narration.
The story was a classic and all of the characters were memorable (Nik & Larry were both boss).
The only gripe I have is how the deaths of some key characters didn't really impact me the way they should have. The deaths felt insignificant but I felt emotionally attached after 600+ pages
I like long books in particular ( this one was VERY long) so I didn't mind when it shifted to a storyline I found particularly boring.. it COULD have been an interesting twist but I found it a bit weak... No complaints on the narration...
Grover Gardner's voice acting. This is one of the most well narrated audio books I have ever listened to.
The story is more or less par for course as far as Stephen King goes. He opts for a not all too unbelievable magical realist storyline and does a good job of giving his readers what they're looking for, though it takes some time to get there. The story is almost biblical, purposefully so, in its scope, length, and thematic elements, though as a consequence, it can seem awfully stretched in some places. You will find yourself wondering, "Do I really need to know that?" but I suppose such is the nature of Stephen King.
King's story is engrossing, to a degree, but what made this audiobook so easy to listen to (all 47 hours of it) was Grover Gardner's voice acting performance. I cannot say enough about how talented he is, and I wad delighted by how easily the coupling of King's novel with Grover's performance managed to draw me into the world of The Stand. The fact that I finished this behemoth in just under a month is testament to how much I enjoyed it. If you've got a long commute, have a cross-country driving trip planned, listen to audiobooks while you're working out or walking to work, pick this up. It will make time fly.
Even if I wanted to, I couldn't! 47 hours is a long time.
I love Stephen King's work, maybe not all the endings of his work but his writing and character development is fantastic. I have read this book four times and it still gets to me. This story is relatable and fantastically tragic. Epic storytelling and the reader does a perfect performance, creating individual characters to their full potential. Thank you again for a great ride.
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