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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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    Richard Hatboro, PA, United States 03-09-12
    Richard Hatboro, PA, United States 03-09-12 Member Since 2015
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    "This story never grows old."

    A post apocolyptic world through the eyes of Stephen King is fascinating and a bit frightening.
    This is one story that I wish had been put in audio form years earlier. The performance was satisfactory, but the story cries out for the poignant reading of the dearly missed Frank Muller.
    You won't be disappointed with your purchase of this audiobook if you are a Stephen King fan.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 03-18-12
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Waste of time made longer"

    There are a number of popular writers out there that I have not had much contact with but for whom I have felt the need to become more acquainted. Stephen King is one of those writers. Given how much he has written, I wanted to find something that represented what many readers felt was his best work. There seemed little sense in reading something that was anything less, draw a false conclusion about an author’s appeal to me personally and read nothing more by him. That doesn’t seem fair.

    I started with my exploration of King with The Gunslinger of the Dark Tower Series. I wasn’t impressed. It was only a 7 hour investment in listening but I was particularly frustrated by the ending. The first installment was obviously a tickler, a tease, only an introduction into a much larger investment in time and money that is the Dark Tower Series. I felt somewhat manipulated but I did not give up on King. I wasn’t going further down the path of the Dark Tower but The Stand sounded interesting.

    Apparently there is more than one version of The Stand. Recently released is a rather tome-ultuous [sic] version that is 41 hours longer than Gunslinger. Now we’re talking a serious investment in time that had better be worthwhile. I hate wasting my time on a less than worthwhile book. But alas, that was the conclusion I came to with my second Stephen King novel. If you have read the contradictory, original rather abbreviated but not abridged version of The Stand, this, iteration, I am told, is not that.

    I felt that The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut was
    bloated, trite and fraught with hackneyed cliches. For me, it lacked any kind of originality, suspense or intrigue. I read The Passage by Justin Cronin about a year ago that many folks have compared to The Stand. For me, there is no comparison. Cronin’s writing is head and shoulders above that of King. There were parts in The Passage I almost wanted to skip they were so scary and I was so heavily invested in its characters I feared something terrible was going to happen to them. Not in the Stand. There are books that I read or listen to slowly for the purpose of savoring the story and its writing. Sometimes it’s clear the writer is drawing out the story and that’s okay if it’s well written and a good story. Not in The Stand. This was pure, unobfuscated, drivel that I couldn’t wait to end.

    At the risk of protracting this review more than King did the original work, I will only conclude with a word about the narrator, Grover Gardner. I am a firm believer that a narrator can make or break a book. I did not care for Mr. Gardner at all. He at times lapses into an actual “performance” of the the book and that’s when it really gets bad. Some narrators “interpret” a book so wonderfully, that it becomes the best part of the listening-reading experience. Maybe Mr. Gardner just didn’t have enough to work with but for me, it was like nails on a blackboard.

    22 of 56 people found this review helpful
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    Assegai 03-08-12
    Assegai 03-08-12
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    "Horrible!"

    Terrible! Horrific, bloody, aimless, - never got past book two - What a shame after 11-22-63!

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    charleswilters 02-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Stephen King's finest work."
    Any additional comments?

    This book is Stephen King's finest work. It is right there next to the greatest books ever written. It is honestly a one of a kind read, one would be doing a disservice to humanity by not reading it.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Claire 09-27-14
    Claire 09-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "They call it his best?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The book was overly long for a really bland and completely ridiculous story. It's indulgent and offensive to anyone who believes the complete Bible. I was bored after the first half of the book and being a Christian I was offended about how he wrote God and would even entertain the idea of him using (or even needing for that matter) a group of people who denied His existence and were not repentant of sin and blasphemous all the way to the moment they died. The antagonist was a joke and in no way was I made to fear him. The characters - especially for how long this book was - were in no way relatable or even worthy of being attached to (okay, maybe Stu and the dog). This is heralded as one of his best works? No way, he has far better. King was trying to hard to give a religious view (a false one at that). Stupid. I was begging for it to end on the last 20 chapters. I found that it took forever to end when it should have.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would not have assumed to know the Bible without studying it. He's pretentious and assumes because he knows of a few key points that he can write this type of story. Lame.


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

    Grover Gardner makes the story tolerable. If not for his voice talent and acting this book would be a hard and boring read.


    Could you see The Stand being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It has been and was just as dumb.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes. Don't expect much. Read his better works like the Dark Tower Saga, Bag of Bones, Duma Key, or even - I can't believe I am writing this *gasp* - Cell.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna 04-30-14
    Breanna 04-30-14
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    "Sweet."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Long book! I love Stephen King, so no brainer for me


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

    Mm, just glad i got to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter and Katherine 12-09-13 Member Since 2012

    Adventure and suspense please!

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    "Not Impressed"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Grover Gardner?

    I was really not impressed with this story. I thought it would be amazing given it's reputation. The characters were well drawn but that was about it. They were also kind of annoying people with a serious lack of imagination that I regret spending so much time with. The story was hollow and tedious without much point at all. I think it was meant to be profound in some way. It wasn't. The narrator did a good job though. It was because of his reading that I kept listening to the end.


    Would you recommend The Stand to your friends? Why or why not?

    No - I wasn't impressed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stood out.


    Was The Stand worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Why is this book so popular? No idea. Forgettable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 08-08-12
    Jeffrey Petaluma, CA, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story great Narrater"

    I really like stories that have everything the writer wanted in it. This is the long version and I am glad I took the time to hear the whole thing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 06-01-12
    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2006

    Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.

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    "What can I say it???s a modern classic of the horror"

    Well read and the story still holds up after all the years. So spend your money you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marni Emack Anchorage, Alaska 04-29-12
    Marni Emack Anchorage, Alaska 04-29-12 Member Since 2014

    Canookie

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    "The Stand - classic good against evil"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Stand ranks #1 in my top 10 novels. I've read it 2 or 3 times but have grown a new appreciation of it in listening to the audio book. There was so much that I missed or forgot after a reading. It helped bring the characters to life all over again.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the book that brought me to appreciate all things Stephen King. A truly prolific writer with skills that surpass so many, so effortlessly.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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