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)
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.
Descriptive novels are the best--it makes you feel like you are one of the characters.
No, but he did an excellent performance.
I wouldn't rename it knowing the content and King's description of the theme.
I've always had a problem with King's endings, except for "11-22-63,"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My favorite Audiobook so far. Ah-Mazing.
Lord of the Rings comes to mind, it is an epic journey.
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.
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.
A masterpiece,finally in audio. Beautifuly performed. Amazing value 47 glorious hours for 1 credit.
One of the best audiobooks both performance & story
excellent narrator, makes characters very much alive
much better with characters and different personalities
i like the passage. similar but further in the future
I enjoyed his voice.
i don't know.
i've always enjoyed stephen king. i read the stand when it came out. this is my third time
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.
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