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The Stand Audiobook

The Stand

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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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    David S. Mathew 05-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    Despite being a fun fan of Steven King, I had always avoided starting this novel due to it's length. However,I'm glad I finally took the plunge.

    The Stand is certainly a time commitment, but the reward is well worth the effort. I won't delve into spoilers, but this is unlike any other post-apocalyptic horror story I've ever known. Also, Grover Gardner is one of the best narrators in the business. Very highly recommended!

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    Gena 05-23-17
    Gena 05-23-17 Listener Since 2008
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    This is my favorite Stephen King book. It is worth listening to more than once because of its complexity; the main story is an end times survivalist yarn, but the commentary on human nature and group dynamics is worth consideration too.

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    Christopher A. Coleman 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "First Stephen King book"

    This was my first Stephen King book. I really enjoyed the narrative and the reader.

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    Louise 05-21-17
    Louise 05-21-17 Member Since 2015
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    "My Desert Island Novel"

    Good and evil, the human condition, and lots of gory details. Stephen King provides all of this and more in his most original story, copied by many, improved on by no one.

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    Amazon Customer 05-19-17
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    "amazing amazing amazing!"

    Most thought-out book I've ever read!

    If you like Stephen King, make sure you read this one.

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    "A Must-Read for Post-Apocalypse fans!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    Yes! At well over 800 pages, the unabridged text version is nothing short of a BEAST. Stephen King uses very descriptive language and goes into extensive detail in his writing, but as a consequence it's a piece that I picked up and failed to finish many times. Listening to the audiobook in my car driving to and from work for about a month was a great experience, and it was easy to stay immersed!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stand?

    Immediately after the virus gets out and spreads across the country, King writes a series of vignettes that illustrate the chaotic and terrifying faces of the collapse of society. There are quite a few memorable moments from this book, but that section is my personal favorite.


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

    Grover Gardner is a professional. He can add slight voice inflections to illustrate characters distinctively from each other, without having to try and do a full-on impression. He slips in an out of these characters so fluidly that immersion never breaks. His pace is excellent, diction is clear, and I'd probably listen to another audiobook that he made, simply because he performed it.


    If you could rename The Stand, what would you call it?

    What a Question. Hmm... well, if it wasn't already the title of a Michael Bay movie, I'd name it "Armageddon". Not just because it's the end of the world, but because the plot hinges greatly on Christian mythology, specifically the myth of Armageddon and the Book of Revelations. It revolves around the gathering of the forces of good and evil, as they prepare for a great conflict that would determine the fate of all mankind. As I was listening to it, the constant references to Christian mythology left me wondering just how blatantly such beliefs were going to come into play- and, as it turns out, the answer was "very". So, yes. "Armageddon". It's an apocalypse story about the final battle between the good and evil of mankind, with overt religious themes.


    Any additional comments?

    There is just... SO MUCH DOWNTIME in this book. It takes forever to get started (justifiably so, this is a character piece with a LOT of characters to establish), and then once it does, the book dedicated a sizeable portion of its length to simply illustrating how people would be forced to deal with living after the end of the world. With no zombies or ongoing cataclysm, King sets about establishing how people would try to rebuild some form of society, and the depth to which he describes that process is remarkable.

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    Mimi-OV Norfolk, VA, US 05-18-17
    Mimi-OV Norfolk, VA, US 05-18-17
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    "Loved it. True escape. "

    Great escape while I walked my dogs. I had read the book 2x and loved it. The reader managed to keep so many voices/characters going. Quite an achievement. Thanks.

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    Airen 05-18-17
    Airen 05-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome!"

    Amazing story! I "couldn't put it down" 😂 Very intense drama, great thriller! loved every minute of it!

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    Chadd 05-17-17
    Chadd 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Stephen King at his best!"

    King transports you to a post apocalyptic landscape sparsely dotted by survivors of the superflu. King's description of this world, and his character development, are superlative. It's a book that I just couldn't put down. I've listened to several of his books and this is my favorite thus far.

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    Jane Evans Alanson, MI 05-17-17
    Jane Evans Alanson, MI 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Still the best"

    I had read this book when I was in high school. I am so glad I was able to listen to it this time. It is such a great book.

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