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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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    SHEILA United States 03-01-12
    SHEILA United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Hendersonville, North Carolina

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    "Grief, politics, religion, violence-boogie man"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Narration was great. Story helped you develop a great hold of the characters in the story


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Kodak, Stew and Tom Collins returning to Bolder


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

    There are a couple places that made your skin crawl. I did not develop an emotional attachment to the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was unable to figure out the purpose of some of the deaths that occurred. Left me feeling the book was unfinished in this section.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    WOLFGANG frankfurt, Germany 03-02-12
    WOLFGANG frankfurt, Germany 03-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "WHAT A BORE!"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed THE GREEN MILE by this author and therefore bought THE STAND,also because of the glowing reviews from other customers.Well,this was a disppointment.After a few hours,I gave up on this one out of sheer boredom.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn JACKSON, MS, United States 06-18-13
    Gwendolyn JACKSON, MS, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, and who dun-it books.

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    "Just Pure Boring"
    What would have made The Stand better?

    The book would have been better without all of the valgarness and the extensive directives of each and every minute detail of characters, bugs, flies, etc. I really believed that the book would be a slight deviation from the movie, which it is. But, the author goes on and on and on and on and on for days about nothing. Some of the story lines are just unnecessary.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    It will definitely not be a Stephen King book. I will just wait for the movie. At least the fluff will be removed. I must say, if I had read/listened to the book prior to the movie. I would not have watched the movie.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

    Possibly


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Stand?

    The scene with the Trash Can Man and the stupid young person. I would have also cut out the scene with the four men and the rapes of eight women. Just aweful. Also, I hate the use of the word "Nigger". Even at the time of original publication, that word was obsolete and really distasteful.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected more.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Mesa, AZ, United States 02-15-12
    Holly Mesa, AZ, United States 02-15-12
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    "Hard to get past all of the foul language."
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Grover Gardner?

    I'm sure that the story line is great, but I couldn't get past the *F* bombs in pretty much every other sentence...I can get past one or two that may pop up out of the blue once or twice in an entire book, but it becomes more of an assault on the senses when it is one or two in a sentence. I made it through about 3 hours and finally gave up! Really wish I could get my money back!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Probably not, which is too bad because he is a great story teller....


    How could the performance have been better?

    Reader did a good job....


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't really give a good answer because I couldn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    Too bad there isn't an audio book rating system, like they rate movies so you can make better choices when picking a book.

    22 of 96 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy San Carlos, CA, United States 03-22-12
    Sandy San Carlos, CA, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Ugh....."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Not sure - it's pretty bad


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Not likely


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a SNORE! It had no continuity and the content was so weak. I could not follow it for long. I would not recommend this book to anyone - don't waste your money! If I could give negative stars, 'think I would...

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Clarkesville, GA, United States 07-14-12
    Patricia Clarkesville, GA, United States 07-14-12 Member Since 2007

    PWms

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    "A dystopia to despise."
    What disappointed you about The Stand?

    It was mostly about mean, petty, hateful, stupid, and dysfunctional people. What is ENTERTAINING about killing, maiming, torturing, and mental cruelty of one person to another? If King wrote these things, he must believe that humanity is just a pile of crap. Well, I don't. After witnessing the generosity, kindness, and compassion that occurs time after time during natural disasters, I simply can't believe King's projection that most humans are basically the above characteristics. Which means that the book's premise is incorrect and makes it, to me, just a series of gratuitous violence and mayhem.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    11-22-63 was a well written, thoughtful and enjoyable book. But The Stand has cured me of reading any more of Stephen King.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The reader was excellent. His reading of it kept me listening way longer than I enjoyed what was written.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading about 2/3 of this book, I quit listening. It was way too depressing to continue. Ick.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 06-03-12
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 06-03-12 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Booooooring"
    What disappointed you about The Stand?

    The story began well, but it in middle of it you already know what is going to happen. It is so predictable. The good guy is a woman, black of course. The bad guy is somebody very strange, very evil and not really alive. In the middle of it, I quit. I could not stand it anymore. Listen to Mr. King, do not spend your credit on it.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    Because it was boring and predicable


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He is boring too.


    What character would you cut from The Stand?

    All


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Eliot New York, NY, United States 04-29-12
    Eliot New York, NY, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Good beginning, then trash. My last Stephen King."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People in mental institutions may like it.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The autor could issue an apology to those who have purchased this book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grover Gardner?

    N/A


    What character would you cut from The Stand?

    I could not care less at this point.


    Any additional comments?

    Please spare us the wasted time and money before highlighting any similar publication/

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Clayton WEST PALM BEACH, FL, United States 02-17-12
    Clayton WEST PALM BEACH, FL, United States 02-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "so many mistakes"
    What did you like best about The Stand? What did you like least?

    great premise, agonizingly slow. The earlier version of this book was much, much better than this new one, with all of the extras. It slows a terrific story down to a crawl.... Also, if you know anything about firearms, this book will make you roll your eyes. To wit: in 1990, the US Army was not using the .45 automatic or the Thompson sub-machine gun. The M-16 is a rifle, not a carbine. There was never a rifle call the M-3 in 1990. Etc...etc... The Devil is in the details.


    6 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    WHYNDELL DONALDSONVILLE, LA, United States 03-10-12
    WHYNDELL DONALDSONVILLE, LA, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awful"
    What disappointed you about The Stand?

    Could barely stand to listen to narrators voice


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not anymore of this- can i get my credit back.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Gee- i don't know mybe his voice sucked.


    What character would you cut from The Stand?

    The whole book- it was just stupid


    Any additional comments?

    You should be ashamed charging people for this trash.

    0 of 10 people found this review helpful
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