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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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    Amazon Customer Snohomish, WA United States 04-19-12
    Amazon Customer Snohomish, WA United States 04-19-12
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    What did you love best about The Stand?

    Everything!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Gardner's narration was fantastic!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cried when listening to the scene after Stu broke his leg and the others were forced to leave him behind


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried like a baby and it felt great!


    Any additional comments?

    I read the abridged version of this book soon after it was published, watched the made for TV miniseries when it came out and decided to give the unabridged audio book a whirl. I was NOT disappointed! I loaded the book on my Garmin GPS. I hate to drive, but I found myself looking forward to getting into the car for my commute to work. I truly hated for the story to end, I even watched the miniseries again (NEVER as good as the book). This is definitely my favorite Stephen King book and I've read them all!

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    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 04-17-12
    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2010

    if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!

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    What did you love best about The Stand?

    the vast array of characters is great in this book. the story is never boring and nothing is wasted. the fact that a superflu is all to possible (swine flu) helps plenty.....


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    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 04-13-12
    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    Having read this book years ago, I really enjoyed the revisit. With the addition of the new "old" pages, I was happy to listen to something familiar and yet new. Stephen King is a detailed story teller, and I love how rich all the characters are. I feel like I know them. Great story of good vs evil. Once again King has entertained!!!

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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 04-11-12
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 04-11-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I loved this book"

    This book is real long so it is not for a person that is new to audio books. I thought It was great. He can certainly do a lot of character development in 47 or so hours. I am a real Stephen King fan now.

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    Devlin Faust Knoxville 04-09-12
    Devlin Faust Knoxville 04-09-12 Member Since 2008

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    "A Grand Slam"
    Any additional comments?

    Pure and simple; this book is excellent. To be fair, I like most Stephen King novels, but this one is in a class by itself. It has interesting characters that are well-developed, along with an inventive plot, which very quickly wraps you in. In addition, the narration is superb.

    I understand that this edition has some 500 pages of material that the original release didn't have. That's good, because this is done so well, it leaves you with wanting even more.

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    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-09-12
    Hope Broken Arrow, OK, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2010

    Hope

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    "Overall Great"

    I read this book in middle school, it was fun to pick it up again as an audio. I think Grover Gardner did a great job with the narration.

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    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 04-07-12
    Joseph YORK, PA, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Commuting 2 hours a day to and from work allows me the pleasure of listening to many books where I would otherwise not have time to read

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    "A must for any King fan"

    The Stand is an American Classic and thanks to Audible it is the must listen book of 2012. I've been waiting 20 years to re-read this book. The narrator does a great job except for Tom Cullen's voice. Maybe seeing the movie put a visual/audio of the characters in my head.

    Overall audible did a great job with a classic.

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    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12
    Paul Las Vegas, NV, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2011

    I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!

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    "Stands and delivers"

    This is Stephen King's eponymous classic - expanded for your auditory pleasure. Grover Gardner was an interesting choice for this read: at first I wasn't fond of his narration but it grew on me over time. It starts slowly - I've tried listening to this book before but was never able to get through the first part - but if the Constant Reader perserveres, the reward is well worth it. It's a classic tale of good vs. evil set in a post-apocalyptic world somewhere between the 1970s and 1990s. I read somewhere that Mr. King updated various references to bring it to a more modern setting, but quite a few dated ones remain. Still - it's an excellent book and well worth the listen. I highly recommend this classic.

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    travis 04-07-12
    travis 04-07-12 Member Since 2008

    I am hooked on my books. I love to take my camper up north and spend the weekend sitting out doors with a drink , watching my dogs

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    "A must read"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Top twenty in my all time fab books


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I can't think of the name I loved it. I will get back too you


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    My first I think it was a five star job


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Yes


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    JESSIE 03-27-12
    JESSIE 03-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very suspenseful. Very easy to imagine.


    Any additional comments?

    Very long winded but SK warns u of that in the beginning but listen close cuz when he would start rambling on... It usually came back up at the end of the story. I bought the mini series just out of curiosity of who plays what role.

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