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)
Love the story. The narrator was good, but I prefer a little more differentiation in the characters voices. Word word. ( I was missing 2 words)
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
For anyone who likes Stephen King this one is a must read!! This is a timeless story of good and evil, and the possible end of days. King does an amazing job making you think of all the things one would go through if 99 percent of the world died of a plague...Would you be alone? How would you start to rebuild? What do you do with the bodies? All the questions you never wanted to think about are brought to light in this novel.
This is a LONG book, and at times King's character development goes a little long, but honestly that is really just how he writes, and in the end you really feel like you you intimately know his characters and share their triumphs and struggles. Check this one out, even if it takes you a while to read it all.
The beginning was quite a slow ride and it didn't feel like it was really taking off until about 3/4 of the way through, or so it seemed. There were things I liked about the book but it just did not suit my personal taste.
All in all I found it sort of anti climactic for a post apocalyptic struggle for the fate of humanity. Things were slow and drawn out with no real sense of urgency which made my interest wane.
As always characters were good, some had interesting arcs.
This was good, they say on forbes it's king's best work but I liked Mr. Mercedes better, kings story's are always good and I had some tears during this one but it ended how I thought it would end and I had no knowledge of this book till 3 weeks ago..
I don't know. I read a lot of Stephen King when I was young. I actually read THIS book when I was young, and seems like I enjoyed it back then. I didn't enjoy it this time. Maybe younger readers who haven't been reading for so many years that they've graduated up to better writers. Yes, I said that. I realize there are a lot of people who think King is the "King" of horror novels. I don't. I think he has diarrhea of the fingers on the key-pad. He over describes everything to the point I want to scream OKAY! I got it already!
NO. It just reminded me that Stephen King is not one of my favorite authors.
He helped a lot in making the very, very, very long, strung out book be a bit more tolerable.
I wouldn't cut any characters. It's just a really long book that's supposed to be scary... but it's not scary.
King even says, in the Forward, that this is not one of his favorite books he's written. He says it's always been a favorite with the fans, but not his. I agree with him.
So glad I purchased this new, unabridged addition! I've read it before, twice, and watched the TV mini series, but this version is even better (SK added, or re-added, more backstory). I laughed, cried, cringed, and just plain enjoyed every minute. Thanks Stephen King and Grover Gardener for your incredible talents.
As usual Stephen King doesn't disappoint.
The Stand is sooooo good! The narrator does a very good job of bringing the characters to life. This audiobook is a new fave of mine.
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