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)
Originally written in 1978ish, and then revised around 1990...has most elements that the newer post apocalyptic novels/movies/tv shows seem to emulate. Great book; and I love how long it is.
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Halfway through and I can't stop listening. There is fantastic character development and the plot so far is rambling and wonderful, typical of a Stephen King novel. King details human nature so accurately it is uncomfortable in the best way. Equal parts disturbing, haunting and humorous. Now every time someone in my life sneezes I cringe.
I won't bother talking about the actual book. I'm sure you're aware of it, the author and the plot.
The 'reader' Grover Gardner did an absolutely amazing job. He is the 2nd best 'reader' I have ever listened to. The 1st is George Guidall (R.I.P.). There were only a few minor annoyances throughout the entirety of this 50 hr. tale (yep, FIFTY HOURS).
I highly recommend you check this out. Amazing story and read by an amazing talent!
Amazing, amazing narration by Grover Gardner. Very highly recommended. "The Stand" is a story of epic scope by an epic author. Not my favorite story ever told but it's hard to say anything negative when it's written in such a masterful way.
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