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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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    Donovan Salina, KS, United States 07-31-12
    Donovan Salina, KS, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "THERE IS NOTHING BETTER!!!!!!!"

    This Book is by far my most favorite of all time. I read the original many years ago. Now to hear it as Stephen originally wanted it is amazing. The characters are deep and even the ones you call enemy still feel like friends. I can not say enough good about this novel. Listen to it, Read it, whatever you do not pass it by.

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    Crystal Wilson north carolina 07-25-12
    Crystal Wilson north carolina 07-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow hearing it is better than reading it"
    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    I have. You can never truly put a book to film. But with the audio book you get what you wanted from the movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail. You get such a deep look inside each character. And in the end there is hope.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they rescue the women from the men who have been abusing them.


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Nick because though he himself is suffering. He tries so hard to look out for others.


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    william 07-21-12
    william 07-21-12
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    "Just as good as I remembered"

    Hadn't read this book since high school. Still a bit long, and the ending still disappoints but an amazing read none the less. King creates characters and a story here to rival Tolkien. The narrator was SUPERB...always a joy to listen to a great book with a reader who "gets it".

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    Brad Middle River, MD, United States 07-19-12
    Brad Middle River, MD, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2011

    I like science, sci-fi, history, and biographies. Audible has made my long commutes so much less boring!

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    "Better than I remember"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Grover Gardner really made the characters come alive. This performance was even better than the mini-series.


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    Zombie Fallout is similar to it in a small way.


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

    The voices of the characters really seemed to come out much better.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Tom Cullen rescued Stu and took care of him.


    Any additional comments?

    Epic book. A horror/fantasy masterpiece.

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    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-18-12
    Noah Toronto, Ontario, Canada 07-18-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Stephen King classic stands the test of time"
    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    While this book is one of his older ones, i'd heard it was a good one and the reviews didn't lie. It's great story telling!


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    David DENVER, CO, United States 07-16-12
    David DENVER, CO, United States 07-16-12 Member Since 2014

    Listening on the go!

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    "Great reading, great story"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This the first audio book I have ever listened too, but I will listen to many more because of this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stu, he is the driving force in the story.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Trash Can Man.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to the audio in the course of a week while driving back and forth to work and laying in bed in the evenings.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this audio book to anyone. I had wanted to read the book since I was in college, but the book was just too big for my little eyes, so I had to listen to it when Audible gave me the one month free trial.

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    Jennifer WINTER PARK, FL, United States 07-13-12
    Jennifer WINTER PARK, FL, United States 07-13-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a graphic designer by trade and a Film student by choice! I am always looking for a good story!

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    "King is the MASTER! Better than the Mini Series!"
    Where does The Stand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The stand is one of my top five books, King is in my top 2 of authors!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stu is my favorite! His strength is inspiring!


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

    Grover really brought the story to life!


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

    I found myself not being able to put the book down!


    Any additional comments?

    This book fills in a lot of holes that the mini0series left out. I got such a better understanding of the characters and story.

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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 07-11-12
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 07-11-12 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Great piece of King"

    I have read or listened to many a King books, but missed this one. I debated about reading it because it was based on something that could have happened in the future, 20 years ago. Luckily for me - that did not matter. This by far was the longest book I ever listened to - but worth every minute. You will not be disappointed.

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    Robert Streb Long Island NY 07-10-12
    Robert Streb Long Island NY 07-10-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Could this really happen?"

    One of my favorite books. I've read it and now listened to it. It's great both ways. I found myself frequently debating the moral choices and wondering how I would actually act. To spy or not to spy, what to do with those who pose a threat, how to govern, etc... The long book seemed to end so soon...well worth the time and money.

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    J.C. 07-09-12
    J.C. 07-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "At last, The Stand on audio"

    There is little I can say about this book. It is, by far, the best Of Stephen King's huge body of work and, I would argue, one of the great American novels. Despite the length, I have read it many times. Grover Gardner's performance was excellent and did the book justice.

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