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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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    James Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-13-13
    James Phoenix, AZ, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm just an average guy in the naked City!

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    "By far Stephen's Best work!"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    This is not a great listen but a Must listen. Grover Gardner is amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tom Collin is the underdog that saves the day.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought each character to life and kept me on track through the whole story.


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    Jason Conroe, TX, United States 01-13-13
    Jason Conroe, TX, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "AWESOME!!!!"
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    Never did I think I would like this book this much. Awesome book, only down side is there is alot of back story on every person in the book. Too much in most cases. But with that aside the story is amazing and worth the 40 something hours.............P.S. tryed to watch the movie after a week or two of finishing the book and..............NO

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    Amazon Customer 01-11-13
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    "Revising my first review"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    The suspense


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very intricate and the characters were very well developed.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. He was very good.


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    Keith Manich 01-09-13
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    "mind opening and scarry. This is a classic story."
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    great book in Steve Kings offerings. Has the feel of the Dark Tower series in a sinister fashion that only King can weave. I enjoyed the story and It makes one think of actual work being done all over the world that could possibly cause these results!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    When the flu epidemic began and exponentially spread to the world in a matter of days.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He is good with his timing and the voices of the characters were believable. He delivers a solid performance and just the right pace.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Anna 01-07-13
    Anna 01-07-13
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    "My favorite genre"
    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    Yes, already have!


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite books of the apocalyptic genre


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending: good versus bad - with good winning


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Larry Underwood. I identify with his struggle to overcome his bad side.


    Any additional comments?

    If any readers have further suggestions in this genre please let me know.

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    WanderingPhoenix Chicago 12-29-12
    WanderingPhoenix Chicago 12-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of Stephen King's best comes to life"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    No. I'd say it's about equal. But that's only because like a lot of people, I had voices in my head for each of King's characters, and some of them just plain sounded different in my head. I think this is one of those books that takes on the feel of a campfire narrative. And as such everyone has their own interpretation of it. That's part of what makes the book such an epic work.


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    It's similar in literary tone to The Green Mile by Stephen King. Obvious, I know considering they're by the same author. The Road by Cormac McCarthy has a similar feel in that they catalog a harsh journey through a bleak post-apocalyptic environment whose conclusion is uncertain. Another similar book might be Blindness by Jose Saramago because of its unflinching look into the darker sides of the human psyche, not to mention the concept that ordinary people can be capable of both great and terrible things given the right (wrong) situation. And the more hopeful fact that a group of survivors with nothing apparently in common might just come together to help each other through to the other side.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He had good inflection through the sometimes expansive descriptions of scenes and events, allowing you to follow the prose smoothly. He managed to give each character a distinctive enough sound so that you could follow conversation and have awareness of who was central to the narrative at a given time. Overall, it was a very good performance and a pleasure to listen to.


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Choosing one would be hard. But conversation-wise, I'd say maybe Glen Bateman. He had a lot of interesting insights and a comfortable way of talking that would make it easy to have a back-and-forth exchange with him.


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    Free Shipping Maven 12-23-12
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    "I've been waiting for this..."
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    I have read the original release (and it became my favorite Stephen King book), the unabridged print version (on Kindle) and now listened to the Audible version. While I still stumble a bit over the sections that weren't in the original release - which I'd read several times so I kind of got use to the story's flow - I waited forever for an audiobook. Here it is. The only way the narration could have been any better is if the late Frank Mueller had narrated it (bless him). He had a way of bringing a Stephen King novel to life.

    When asked "what is it about?" I'll typically answer in a cliche - "why, it's about good versus evil," but it's so much more than that. What sets this novel apart and escalates it to one of the best books is you are given both sides - both the good and the bad characters - so you can form your own opinion as to why they are "good" or "bad." You might find yourself questioning which side you'd have chosen as the "bad" aren't all a stereotype of what an evil person is. In fact, quite a few of the "good" characters are greatly flawed and go to great lengths to prove to the reader why they are on the good side.

    Take a chance, it's great Stephen King writing and a great story. I end up defending The Walking Dead in the same way - it's not about zombies as much as it is about how people deal with zombies running rough-shod over society.

    p.s. If you've watched the mini-series, forget everything you saw. If you haven't, don't. Read the prose, enjoy the story and visualize your own cast of characters. It's usually the best way with a Stephen King novel anyway.

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    Linda Welborn 12-11-12

    Linda W.

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    "Couldn't turn it off!!"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    Everything! Even though it was long, it held my attention and I did not want to put it down. I could not wait to see where the story was going.


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    Amazon Customer 12-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "M-o-o-n, that spells LONG!"

    I read this one years ago, so I knew what I was in for. The story is HUGE...there's really a lot to process (and honestly, this book only covers a small slice...) - more than 99% of the world's population dead...that's a lot of rotting corpses...but there's so much more...power plants without people to run them...sure there's plenty of food and gas for now...but nobody is making more... Likely everyone a person knew is dead - so what to do...try to live alone - stay in the city - head for a cabin in the woods or a mansion in some gated community? Surviving...”this”...was one thing, but what about a broken leg or strep throat? Who else survived...are they good guys or bad...what are they doing - trying to get by alone? Organizing? Going crazy? What's happening in other cities...states...countries? How does humanity continue...regroup and try to get back to what they had...try to change things...? I'm a sucker for this kind of story...and when you throw in a little supernatural good vs. evil, it makes it all the better. The characters are very human – which I both like and dislike – like because they’re believable, dislike because some humans make decisions that drive me insane!
    This is one of the books I won’t actively recommend to “everyone”. The story is great – don’t get me wrong – it’s just so long. I know several people who didn’t make it half way through – both the print and audio versions. There are a million professional reviews – go read them, and then decide.

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    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 12-09-12
    John Frostburg, Maryland, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2011

    Birder, GIS Specialist, and all-round great guy.

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    "Classic Stephen King"

    This classic Stephen King story pits good vs. evil and takes you on an epic journey that starts with the end of the world as we know it and ends with the ultimate showdown. Do you dream of the old black woman or the man in black ?

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