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)
Mr. Gardner's narration was fantastic!
I cried when listening to the scene after Stu broke his leg and the others were forced to leave him behind
I cried like a baby and it felt great!
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!
if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!
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.....
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
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.
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
Top twenty in my all time fab books
I can't think of the name I loved it. I will get back too you
My first I think it was a five star job
Yes. Very suspenseful. Very easy to imagine.
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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