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)
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The characterization by Mr. Gardner is very good, and you get to hear the entire story, not the edited version.
Mr. King's story telling is always great, but this story never seems to be lacking or boring, it kept my attention throughout (and given the length of the story that is amazing).
The Trash Can Man seems to be a minor character in the beginning, but I enjoyed Mr. Gardner's ability to portray the mental anguish this character endured and endures throughout the story.
The Stand is the best name for it, wouldn't change it.
...but you already knew that. This book for me was so engrossing, I was honestly surprised that I had sat through a 47 hour book so quickly.
King for me created a terrifying picture of the accident that ends the world. Can people nowadays really survive without Google, electricity and their cell phones? I think what really hits home with this book is how plausible it is. If something were to wipe out 99% of the world's population, how easy would it be to give up?
I never read the abriged version, but I cannot imagine what could have been left out of this book, but I loved every word of it. I think this may be my favorite novel of his yet.
I enjoy high fantasy, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary fiction, dystopia, & nonfiction (usually revolving around science or history)
Absolutely. Especially if you had a hard time reading the book and getting past all the characters. The narrator is fantastic and the audiobook really takes you there.
There are so many characters, it's really hard to decide. I loved Stu Redman so much, just because the story really started with him at the beginning and he was such a solid character. I also loved Nick Andros and Tom Cullen. Tom Cullen may actually be my favorite.
I loved the early Nick Andros scenes in the jail.
Either the Dark Man, because he's and iconic King character with much overlap in other stories, or Harold Lauder. I remember how much I hated Harold Lauder when I think of the book.
If you're considering this book - just get it already. You will not regret it!
Yes. It's a great mix of what I like about this genre even though it doesn't quite fit in completely. It gets a bit "fantastical" with the twist but it makes it unique and keeps you interested. The story is great, characters are developed in an entertaining way and it moves at a changing pace so it's doesn't get monotonous (shoot, run, repeat).
He did a great job differentiating the characters. With so many characters he made it easier to keep them straight. I'm terrible with remembering names and who did what so having an actual difference in tone and timbre was great.
Grover narrates a little slow so turn the speed up to x1.5 and it makes the story easier to stick with. If you're like me and love "Post-apocalyptic" books it's a good read/listen. I like the survival aspect of these books, this one doesn't focus solely on it but the story is good enough that you don't miss it. I listen on my commute and I had a tough time turning it off to head into the office or found myself driving the speed limit home so I could get a few more minutes in.
I am a "constant reader" of Stephen King. Once I was hooked on reading now I can take it anywhere with audiobooks.
Most likely not, only because it was VERY long.
Larry he grows up in this novel. By that he figures out what is really important.
He did the characters fairly well with how many there where (and there were a lot). However he seemed to read slowly.
LOL I cried the last hour of listening to it.
The premise of the story scares the hell out of me, because I truly think it can happen. However I think S.K. could have made the survival a little more scary. I mean think about it, EVERYONE IS DEAD the whole city gone, put yourself there for me S.K. just went on too soon.
Enjoyable, in-depth, well-written
Reminded me at times of another King novel - Under the Dome.
Grover is the reason it's worth the time. The book is obviously well-written being from King, but the vast array of voices and perfectly animated characters makes the story come alive and makes it seem more like a movie or play. You can see it in your mind. And while that may be true in other audiobooks, it's done to such a high degree in this one that it seems unique in that sense.
I'm sure this is a popular answer, but it's hard not to like Stu Redmond. You just want to pull for him the entire time.
It's long, and parts will be more entertaining than others - especially the beginning...I'd suggest getting through the first few sections before you form an opinion - but overall it is a fantastic story with a few remarkable moments. I'm usually not too invested in stories I listen to, however this one really grasps you at times and it had me shed a few tears at random intervals. The large number of characters is at times a chore, but it provides more positives than negatives in the grand scheme.
SyFy, Zombies, Dystopia, Survival, Science non-fiction... anything to keep my mind entertained while doing the dishes.
Grover Gardener is an excellent narrator. I have to admit at first was a little bit difficult for me to get used to listening, not sure why, the accents, the speed, not sure. However, after the first chapter, my hearing adjusted I could not imagine anyone else reading this book. It is perfection.
I think all the main characters are memorable, I felt like they were my friends, my neighbors, people I knew or could know. Nick, Tom and "East Texas" were the most endearing to me.
After almost non-stop listening, I finished the book and I don't know what am I supposed to do with my life now, :) The characters became my day to day companions, I actually miss them and I miss the narrators voice. I hope they would re-appear on another book. Already looking for my next audio book but I know I will be comparing any other book to the standards of The Stand.
I am a True Book Fiend.....Any suggestions?
It was too darn long to read in print version and I just don't have that kind of time. Listening to it was the only way, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
The town meeting when the "Old Woman" returned.
Nick Andros and Tom Cullen was my Dynamic Duo.
Beautifully complex and insightful
I haven't listened to any others.
This book gives you all the thrills of a post-apocalyptic story, but it is also so much more. A true fight between good and evil from the very beginning. What a cool journey to be on with an amazing writer. My first Stephen King novel and what a great place to start!
It gave me a more depth view of each character since I had previously seen the movie several times. The books helps you develop a deeper understanding of each character and their struggles of dealing with the end of the world as they knew it. It also adds an interesting twist to the battle of souls between God and the devil.
It makes you think, I mean really think, the setting of the story with the super flu wiping out 80 percent of the population and how the government handles it is very realistic, you can see it happening the way King describes it.
He is a excellent narrator, to be able to imitate so many different voices and personalities, accents and gender differences, it does not take long before you know who is speaking by simply listening to his imitation of their voices.
I would take the sociologist out to dinner and of course I have forgotten his name. But how he views society and his theories in the book was very interesting, plus he is very intelligent, I would love to discuss current events with him.
You will not regret this purchase!
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