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 am a huge fan of King. I often feel like we are friends. ...I know we're not! I have to say .at times it was long winded. . but I that's why he is such a good writer. I want the details of everything! he delivered with this novel. ..and you can't go wrong with this book.
Never thought I would make it through this book but audible was great. This was my first Stephen King and I can see what all the hype was about. I retained listen to another
It does take a little while before the book gets going. I remember around hour three, things started getting interesting. But once you get there, you get overwhelmed with awesomeness. I have to admit, I am much better at pointing out what I didn't like about a book than praising the good things. And since there's nothing to criticize, I am rather short on words. I loved Glenn and his sociological talks, the Dark Man and his sinister plans, the Trash Can Man and his journey across the dessert with the crazy maniac who called himself The Kid, I loved Harold and his slow turning to the dark side and his well deserved but still rather tragic death, and Lloyd and his story of loyalty beyond grave, even feeble minded Tom and his adventures in the land of the Dark Man. How everything fit so wonderfully together and no loose end was left untied. What a masterpiece! If you are hesitating because of the length, I assure you, the hours will fly by as if it was nothing, and you will find yourself wanting for more and more, listening for days at end, until you find yourself disappointed that it's over already and left with a void in your heart, longing for even more yet. At least that was the impression I had. The narrator was also great. I loved all of the voices he did, especially the one for the Dark Man, that one was truly magnificent. I find no flaw on him whatsoever. Long story short - the best book of Stephen King I've yet come across and quite possibly the best book I have ever read.
this was the first "real" book I read as a child. it was what got me hooked on reading, and what made me a fan of almost all King work.
excellent narration and fantastic story
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