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)
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Narration was great. Story helped you develop a great hold of the characters in the story
Kodak, Stew and Tom Collins returning to Bolder
There are a couple places that made your skin crawl. I did not develop an emotional attachment to the characters.
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.
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.
Enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, and who dun-it books.
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.
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.
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.
I expected more.
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!
Probably not, which is too bad because he is a great story teller....
Reader did a good job....
I couldn't really give a good answer because I couldn't finish it.
Too bad there isn't an audio book rating system, like they rate movies so you can make better choices when picking a book.
Not sure - it's pretty bad
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...
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.
11-22-63 was a well written, thoughtful and enjoyable book. But The Stand has cured me of reading any more of Stephen King.
The reader was excellent. His reading of it kept me listening way longer than I enjoyed what was written.
After reading about 2/3 of this book, I quit listening. It was way too depressing to continue. Ick.
Say something about yourself!
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.
Because it was boring and predicable
He is boring too.
People in mental institutions may like it.
The autor could issue an apology to those who have purchased this book.
I could not care less at this point.
Please spare us the wasted time and money before highlighting any similar publication/
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.
Could barely stand to listen to narrators voice
not anymore of this- can i get my credit back.
Gee- i don't know mybe his voice sucked.
The whole book- it was just stupid
You should be ashamed charging people for this trash.
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