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)
I've read The Stand, many times since 1984! I loved it each time, the characters, old friends! But listening to the story told was amazing! Thank you, Stephen King and Grover Gardner for bringing it to life!!!
I am a public speaker and entertainer that lives in The Beautiful Lake of The Ozarks in Missouri.
This is one of those books that you fall into and fall in love with. I redid my kitchen cabinets while listening to this, and it made the daunting task go by so quickly. This is one of those that will always be in your top ten favorite books of all time.
the masterpiece from one of the greatest writers of the macabre. excellently written with a fantastic narration. kept me grossly entertained, I'm slightly white-knuckled during my weekly commutes between the Central Valley and San Francisco.
This is a Stephen King classic I have always loved. Gardners narration was superb he even sings the short song blurbs in the book. Fantastic way to enjoy refamiliarizing myself with one of my favorite sk stories.
it takes a little while for this book to get moving along, but once it does it is so engrossing that it's length is never noticed. the ending is satisfying but it leaves enough open for discussion with friends.
From the beginning of the book, Stephen King mentions that there were some four hundred extra pages in the uncut version. Because it had been 15 years since I had read the original release of The Stand it was interesting to try to remember what these differences might have been. I think he alluded to the fact that he went deeper into some of the characters to elucidate some of the things that motivated them and drove their lives and I have an inkling that I know what some of these are but it would be impossible to remember all of them. Ironically I'm glad that I don't remember specifics because I was able to listen to this book without comparison. I loved every minute of it. I think Stephen King did all of us a great service by sharing with us this extended version and it now has invited me to go back and read the older version. I attended school in Boulder Colorado ( I love that he quoted from my poetry professor Ed Dorn) and as and aside it felt so perfect that he chose Boulder as the locale for the re population of the United States post flu. Clearly he felt the magic of the town, the the big sky, the backdrop of the Rockies, the foothills, the plains and it was like taking a walk down memory lane to hear his descriptions of landmarks. This was 47 + hours of some of the best audio book reading I have ever heard. Now to go find my old version and reread again! Thank You Audible for this release.
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