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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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    Brent 08-29-16
    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
    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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    Charli824 08-24-16
    Charli824 08-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Laws, Yes! M-O-O-N, That Spells Masterpiece!"
    Any additional comments?

    "The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet."
    One of the final sentences of Stephen King's magnum ophat the journey is more important than the destination. You'll fall in love with characters, learn about all the little details of their lives, suffer with them as the world falls apart around them, and then follow them as they attempt to rebuild and overcome. The mystic elements of the story do smack of deus ex machina, but within the confines of the story -- one revolving around a nearly-Biblical clash between good and evil -- each revelation is true to the novel's own sense of reality. Slow and plodding without ever dragging or becoming boring, the only fault of "The Stand" is that it occasionally builds anticipation to a moment only to have ius "The Stand" is so beautifully profound and so profoundly beautiful. Everything that came before it was such a full, moving human experience. The book really epitomizes the notion ts fruition feel anticlimactic -- and even then, I'd argue that onus to correct this falls not on King, but on the reader. As in life, just because you are on a particular course doesn't mean you'll end up there. And most importantly, not getting there isn't the measure of your worth, but rather, it's there fact that you tried which truly matters.
    Before the final chapter, I was inclined to rate this book a 90 / 100, on account of my errant fears that the book would not stick its landing. King's final ruminations on the nature of humanity and the larger question of the importance of our acts on this Earth offered a stirringly perfect close to this singular epic.
    No question: if you give your attention to this story, you'd no doubt find that "The Stand" is a masterpiece. 100 / 100.

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    Angela Tripp 08-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Perfect audiobook"

    Great story, great narrator. Definitely worth a listen. You can't go wrong with a Stephen King book.

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    Teri 08-22-16
    Teri 08-22-16
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    "The Voice in My Head"

    I'm so used to reading Stephen King books that it was a bit strange to hear a voice other than my own inside my head. The narration was very good and I appreciated the different inflections for each character. I read The Stand somewhere around 1989 or so, saw the mini series when it ran on TV and now the audio book...I do prefer the written version of any story, but I found the audio book to be quite satisfying, as my own imagination still played a part. Besides, it's an excellent way to get a good story in while crocheting.."hands-free ", so to speak.

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    M. Hon 08-21-16
    M. Hon 08-21-16
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    "HIghly overrated: great characters, defective plot"

    Alert: Spoilers will follow in second paragraph. Stephen King crafts interesting, conflicted characters who face difficult situations in this post-apocalyptic epic. Grover Gardner lends humanity and feeling to each character with a variety of easily distinguished and appropriate voices.

    The first three quarters of the book pits the survivors of plague against each other and sets up a monumental showdown between good and evil. The Stand, as this much anticipated confrontation is known, promises to be the most important chapter in post-apocalypse history that will determine the future of mankind. Unfortunately, the ultimate showdown is rendered completely inconsequential by a deus ex machina which defeats The Great Evil. That is to say, The stand didn't matter at all. To make matters worse, the great evil survives both the puny efforts of the stand and the deus ex machina.

    Be prepared to root for good guys who ultimately don't matter and who are impotent before the bad guy (who is destroyed by an exterior agent, but apparently survives).

    Save your time and read something else.

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    Jay Vucic 08-21-16
    Jay Vucic 08-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    First audible purchase, won't be the last. Audio quality was fantastic, and at 44 hours in length...

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    Daniel Ryals 08-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Kings best work"

    I can't say enough about this epic novel. I read a long time ago before losing my sight and bought the audible version. The narrator was perfect for this book and I will plan to listen to it many times.

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    Kimberly Carmichael 08-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "my favourite Stephen King book."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have listened to it a few times now. Enjoy it more each time

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    Amazon Customer 08-18-16 Member Since 2013
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    "satisfying"

    I've read The Stand 4 times now and hearing it read was a bit of a thrill.

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