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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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    Amazon Customer 09-05-16
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    "Very clear even for non-English speakers"

    I'm not going to write about the novel itself, plenty has already been written about it.
    This is just a note for people whose mother tongue is not English: if you - like me before listening to this audio book - are wondering if you are going to be able to understand it, the answer is yes. Of course this depends on how well you speak English, but what I mean is that the narrator's pronunciation is very clear; a lot easier to understand, in fact, than the average English or American speaking person.

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    rebecca hintze Oro Valley, AZ, US 09-03-16
    rebecca hintze Oro Valley, AZ, US 09-03-16
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    "Stephen King best work. absolutely timeless"

    beautifully narrated really top notch reading. If you like Stephen king and have not read this, you are in for a treat. these character and the world he sets them in are so engaging. I can't recommend this enough. I'm working my way through all of kings work, and this one will stay with me a long time.

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    C. Brogna south lake tahoe, ca United States 09-01-16
    C. Brogna south lake tahoe, ca United States 09-01-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Narrator is amazing"

    The story is wonderful- as is usual for Stephen King. And the narration is tremendous and very enjoyable.

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    peter niess 08-31-16
    peter niess 08-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Perfect for a long trip"
    What did you love best about The Stand?

    I downloaded this before going on a 3 day hunting trip and was very happy i did so. This book was very entertaining and had a plot that was exciting and what we expect from Mr. Stephen King. I highly recommend this book if you like what you read in the publishers summary.


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

    The characters and how they develop throughout the journey. I really liked many areas that the characters explore as they ready themselves to make a Stand.


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

    Mr. Gardner allows you to immerse yourself in the story and is seamless with his presentation.


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

    There is a character that is mentally handicapped and he is so loveable! You will see!


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to a whole lot of audio books. I just looked at my stats and I listen to an average of 137 hours a month. The Stand was certainly among my top 10 favorite listens of all time and that is saying a lot.

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    stacye 08-31-16
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    "Great classic King"

    Loved the story and the narrator was awesome the story seemed to be better then the original release. Stephen King needed to add back what had been cut it feels complete.

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    sheila 08-30-16
    sheila 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it"

    Couldn't stop listening till the end. great narration.! This book absolutely one of kings best novels!

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    Mark Lovelace San Antonio, TX. 08-30-16
    Mark Lovelace San Antonio, TX. 08-30-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Fantastic! Best listen yet!"

    Great story. First read it 30 odd years ago, was entranced then, even more so now. It's an elegant tapestry of tales woven into a very compelling story. They don't call him the "King" for nothing!

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    Kindle Customer Pittsfield, Maine 08-29-16
    Kindle Customer Pittsfield, Maine 08-29-16 Member Since 2015

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    "great story"

    such a great story makes me wonder if this is where the Walking Dead came from.

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    Brent 08-29-16
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    "One of Stephen King's Best!!!"

    Best "single booked story." I loved it!!! Narrator was great, too. I strongly recommend it!

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    Lisett 08-25-16
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    "long and tedious"

    It reads like two continuous stories from two different books. sometimes slow and tedious , but it kept me wanting to know where the story would go.

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