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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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    Keri 12-04-16
    Keri 12-04-16 Member Since 2017
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    "language is bad"

    language is very bad, language is very bad, language is very bad, didn't like that

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    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 12-03-16
    Mel Aclaro ANAHEIM, CA, United States 12-03-16 Member Since 2008

    My wife says she can read me like an open book. Though she regrets not being able to shut me up the same way. :)

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    "Great narrator. Good ride. Chinsy ending."

    The best part of this book? The performer. Great pacing, voice inflection, character differentiation. Mr. Gardner did a great job here.

    The story, however, was... meh. Oh, don't get me wrong. Mr. King is a great story teller, which made for a great ride. But his endings? His endings tend to (my opinion)... They tend to... (y'know).

    I hung with it for the entire 47 hours and 52 minutes. At the end of it all, I ended up where I usually do every time I think of giving Stephen King "another try." That is, I find myself wondering, "what was the point of THAT ending?" and "WHY did I invest in yet ANOTHER Stephen King story?" and "This happens. Every. Time."

    This was no different. Great enough ride. But that ending was... I dunno. Kinda chinsy.

    No spoilers here, but, dude, that "hand of god" thing... Really??

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    Chris H 12-02-16
    Chris H 12-02-16 Member Since 2012

    System and software engineer from the UK now living and working in Silicon Valley.

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    "I know it's a classic, but it needs editing"

    I know this is the expanded version and the original was edited, but it drones on an on and on.

    The sociology... aaaaargh. Endless sociology. It's kind of like explaining the science in scifi, it is bound to be unreal so it breaks the suspension of disbelief. The sociologist wandering around being all wise? Oh please. Sociologists are the people who couldn't think of anything else to do for a degree and decided to take the easy way out.

    Thanks for casting engineers and scientists as the evil of the world Mr King, you deserve to live over in NH on the shaker farm and eke out your life without technology, like all the med tech that kept you alive after that accident.

    It's not as bad as the Kennedy time travel book. 11 something or other. That was dire. This just goes on and on too much. I wonder if the earlier edit is a more readable book.

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    Ryan 12-01-16
    Ryan 12-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Up to the hype!"

    I've often heard fans of King's work say this is his best. This is, of course, entirely subjective; and while I don't know if I'd say it's his best work, it certainly lives up to the hype.

    Particularly with the increased popularity of post-apocalypse novels of recent times (the rise of zombie stories), The Stand is remarkable in its endurance. The book evidently made an impression upon its publication and is still unique in its genre today.

    The only drawback is its length which may not be some readers' cup of tea. But the length did not strike this reader as indulgent. There's a lot going on and several characters, yet each event takes shape as necessary (or at least amusing) and each character is fully formed, sufficiently developed, and memorable.

    If you're willing to brave the length, Stephen King will not disappoint you. If you're a fan of any of his other works, this will impress you.

    Mr. Gardner does a good job of giving each character a unique voice which aids the listener. His voice is not unpleasant to listen to for the many hours this book spans. I hope you find this review helpful and enjoy The Stand.

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    steve 12-01-16
    steve 12-01-16
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    "Had its ups and downs."

    Well... It spreads fast. Almost too fast. Hard to believe this all takes place within a year... The people were colorful. Tom and Nick were great! The whole God and the dark man just kinda ruined the whole story... Real lame. So many ways it could have gone but serious? SERIOUS? ending was great... The way home was epic... Then it just ends. I don't know. For as long as this was I feel like it had stuff that wasn't needed and was missing quite a bit. Great narration!

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    Abdrew Mills Denton 11-29-16
    Abdrew Mills Denton 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical King"

    About what you would expect from King... a good book! Character interconnectivity is neat this time around. Religion takes a central role in the novel but (from an agnostic) it never once preached.

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    D. Hesser La Grange Park, IL 11-29-16
    D. Hesser La Grange Park, IL 11-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, Distracting Narration"

    Steven King's storytelling is absolutely spectacular. The narrator was so hard to ignore. Character voices were very subtle and kind of stereotypical. The extended story was never slow or indulgent. Recommend this despite the average narration. Enjoy!

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    Amazon Customer 11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "definitely a new King favorite"

    hadn't ever been able to tackle the physical book because of the length but always wanted to. I listened to this over the course of a couple weeks at work and loved it. the complaints you've heard from some people are probably true but still a great book and I don't wanna spoil it for anyone. if you've wanted to read it or already have, check it out. totally worth it.

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    11-26-16
    11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The Stand by Stephen King"

    Still as good as it was the first time I read it. Good job!!! Ill probably read it again and again.

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    CMB 11-24-16
    CMB 11-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Emotional yet unexpected surprise!"

    It was a story in the most absolute way. Detailed, with backstory's for days. Loved listening to it. I was shocked, then wowed, then cried, then mad, then laughed, and then cried and laughed again.

    Didn't disappoint and was not overly gory or anything of the sort. Made me think too!

    Only thing is, with such great detail in the book I wished the ending was a little bit more detailed. It seemed to be abrupt or shortened somehow. Still good though!

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