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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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    BellaJack MI, United States 09-03-12
    BellaJack MI, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2015
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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,"

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Dave Canada 08-20-12
    Dave Canada 08-20-12
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    "Loved it!"

    reading this was intimidating because it is so long, but I loved to listen to it and looked forward to it every second of the day. It was fantastic!

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    Kirk Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-16-12
    Kirk Toronto, Ontario, Canada 08-16-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Classic- Great Value"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite Audiobook so far. Ah-Mazing.


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

    Lord of the Rings comes to mind, it is an epic journey.


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

    Grover Gardner does voices for each character, which helps differentiate scenes with multiple speakers. Most of the main characters are very well acted; Tom Cullen, Larry Underwood and Randal Flag being my favorite performances. He serves as a wonderful narrator as well, setting the stage and the tone beautifully.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many wonderful moving moments throughout. The entire first act is pure brilliance; it comes across as very realistic and explores the worst of human reaction to crisis.


    Any additional comments?

    A masterpiece,finally in audio. Beautifuly performed. Amazing value 47 glorious hours for 1 credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matti akaa, Finland 08-15-12
    Matti akaa, Finland 08-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent performance & story"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks both performance & story


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

    swan song


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

    excellent narrator, makes characters very much alive


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    Omar 08-14-12
    Omar 08-14-12
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    "great narration and story. very good listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    much better with characters and different personalities


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

    i like the passage. similar but further in the future


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed his voice.


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

    i don't know.


    Any additional comments?

    i've always enjoyed stephen king. i read the stand when it came out. this is my third time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diane AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-12
    Diane AUSTIN, TX, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "As always king is the best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    No I love reading books in print but my job doesn't allow that so i get them in audio versions so I can listen to them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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