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)
Harolds chocolate fingerprint on her journal? Really? And she just KNEW something was wrong before that? Couldn't it just have been allowed to play out as a surprise for all parties involved? This is only the last of many silly rationalizations.
Hey it's Stephen King. Once you allow yourself to dissolve into the premise of his stories, the characters and journey are always amazing. The Stand is no different. The uncut version was wonderful, and the performance was perfect for the characters depicted in it. It may be hard at fist to keep track of all the story lines before they converge, but stick with it. The listener/reader should have something required of them, that makes it all the more rewarding anyway.
I loved this story and was enthralled. I purposefully hadn't watched the movie yet....not that it will be the same anyway. I love Stephen King!
I've enjoyed manage Stephen King books, and this one sits with the best of them. Gripping, well written and read, and thoroughly enjoyable to the end.
I didn't feel like a long book, surprisingly so, it never dragged or laboured a point.
Another excellent book from Mr King
I really enjoyed this book. I couldn't stop listening. At sometimes is dragged a bit at some place. Not often are enough to taint the my score. Plus, I can't tell if it was because it needed a bit of editing or because I wanted to know what was next. Maybe both
Great story. Too bad all of the king's books aren't of this caliber. I bet even those who don't think they'd enjoy a Stephen King book would enjoy this one. Great character development: you really care about the characters - you're kind of sad to see it end.
Great narration, too. Couldn't ask for better.
Originally written in 1978ish, and then revised around 1990...has most elements that the newer post apocalyptic novels/movies/tv shows seem to emulate. Great book; and I love how long it is.
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