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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Haunting and Life Changing

This Book is a fantastic and amazing novel full of masterful storytelling and suspense that will keep you hooked beginning to end.

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unabridged at it's best

The environments seem to come to life in the detail given. The characters are made real, and make you feel for them.

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Well worth the time!!

Read this book 25 years ago when I was in the military. I loved it then and I loved it this time as well. I thought the narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. King tells such a great story here. I only listen when I'm on the road so it was really difficult to shut off the truck when I had reached my destination. This book made me look forward to the longer drives!!

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Still my favorite

Wrote my senior Thesis in this book in 1997. I still love it now just as much.

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Great epic.

Well, I never did read the original version of The Stand, so I can't compare it. I just know that I'd sorely miss every single cut out part if I ever was to do so.

I was a bit reluctant to narrator's voice, when I listened to the sample. But laws yes was I happy I gave him a chance.

This is a great listen. A great book. A great story.

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One the best reads this year. Great story.

The beginning was hard to listen too. Got better as the story went on. I really liked the reader.

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Great.

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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First Stephen King book

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

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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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amazing amazing amazing!

Most thought-out book I've ever read!

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