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)
Probably not. I listened again this time because it was Write with edits return and as intended. Got to read it as SK intended it.
Trash Can Man and Tom Cullin - Can't decide
At the beginning there is a Comment that a critic once said SK had Diarrhea of the mouth. I can see his opinion as understandable but feel it would really only be true to some people. SK, in my opinion has a hard time ending a book or just kind of sucks at it, but I saw all the Extra (once removed) story line to be both Scope and sometimes funny. He wanted the ready to get a WIDE angle view that the old book and certainly the Movie did not give. I would save Thanks for this Rewrite with the missing parts.
If you have a long road trip planned, this is the audiobook for you. I listened to The Stand on a climbing trip to SW Colorado and Southern Utah. Not only did The Stand help eat up the miles, but it was especially riveting to be passing through many of the small towns that get mentioned in Stu's trek (Green River, UT anyone?). You'll never think of Las Vegas the same...
Due to the grand nature of The Stand, with numerous characters and interweaving narratives, I would suggest that it is a better audiobook for when you can listen for longer blocks of time, rather than a short daily commute or similar.
Being my favorite Stephen King novel, I've probably read the Stand a half-dozen times. About the only thing I could knock him for would be that some of the onomatopoeia that Stephen King writes (the gurgles, the anguished cries,...) were probably never intended to be verbalized, so you can occasionally sympathize with the narrator as they work through some of them.
His narration does an excellent job at helping a listener differentiate between the numerous different characters. His voice for Franny did strike me on a occasion as being a bit whinier than I had imagined (rather than a woman struggling to maintain her composure and transition into adulthood), although this is probably more of a directorial decision than a performance flaw. Lloyd's voice does grate after a while, but I'm sure he would in person as well.
TOM CULLEN. Perfect.
Among the fans of Stephen King I know, The Stand is often mentioned the most as their favorite novel. That being said, it isn't necessarily where I would recommend that someone starts if they haven't read much of his work before. It isn't necessarily a bit-sized chunk and isn't what I would consider "stereotypical Stephen King." That being said, if you're been exposed to some of the more canonical works--Carrie, The Shining, Cujo, Misery, etc---and enjoyed them, I cannot recommend The Stand enough. Every post-apocalyptic book and movie you come across pales in comparison.
Listening to this the last few weeks while driving, working & doing things around the house, I even listened to it before bed. I couldn't stop listening!! The story is a great Stephen King classic and I recommend it to anyone who likes apocalyptic type stories or good vs evil.
Can't go wrong with THE STAND
I'm pretty stunned by the complexity of the characters, the way all their stories interwove, the moral dilemmas they encounter and how they struggle and conquer them. Of course my fave characters are Stu, Glen, Nick, Larry, Fran, mother Abigail and best of all Tom Cullen. Even the humanity of the villains taught me more about myself and how easy it is to turn down the wrong road if we let our fears control us
I loved the Stand. The story is terrific and King really gets you to know the characters. I have to say the narrator was incredible. He made the story and people in it come to life. I can safely say that The Stand changed my life and the way certain characters were able to change and grow for the better were an inspiration.
Yes, The Stand is one of my favorite books by Stephen King, it has a little of everything.
Everything, it's The Stand, what's not to like. Adding back in previously unreleased content for me made the story richer.
I would have preferred someone else do the reading. I did not care for him as a performer for this book, maybe not for any book. He just isn't interesting vocally, he seemed to stumble over words now and then, as tho they were separated on the page and he hadn't read ahead to know they were there. He kinda took away some of my pleasure in hearing this book.
I'd like to listen to any King book in one sitting but that's not going to happen is it, lol.
I'd really like a version of this narrated by someone else.
Full Time Business Manager and mom to 5 boys and 1 girl, in every spare minute I have I'm reading or listening. I LOVE AUDIBLE
As other reviewers have said, this book is absolutely worth every minute. Makes you think. Makes you feel. That old story of good vs evil. But who among us is "good" and who among us is "evil"? Enjoy this story. I did. The characters themselves and their journeys alone make the book great and interesting even if there wasn't a second storyline of demonic evil.
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