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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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What a ride!

I thoroughly enjoyed this! Grover Gardner read (acted really) it superbly. In 1978 I purchased & inhaled the truncated original version of this book. In 1990 I was thrilled to purchase the complete & uncut version. My collection is now complete!

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one of my all time top books period. text or audio

love the story. every part. well maybe not the part with the certain weapon and the certain orifice but it has it's place. amazing

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my favorite King book

This is the extended edition and i still wish there was more! Enjoy it every time i listen to it.

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Just. WOW.

The narrator brought to life ine of the most amazing and intricate stories I've ever read. The characters are family, the story is part of you, and you're fully immersed. I recommend this to everyone.

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  • Andrea
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  • 05-05-17

Can't imagine how he cut 400 pages from the original

This was my first Stephen King book and it did not let me down. The narrator was excellent as was the story. The original version was 400 pages shorter to satisfy the accounting folks who were setting the price point of the original book. I can't imagine what he had to leave out after hearing the uncut version first. I would recommend this and would definitely get another Stephen King book.

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Beat voice

Might be the best audio quality I've come across in an audio book. And the story was very entertaining.

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Too Long with good & not so good parts

The story was too long. Well drafted by a good author. Overall it started very well then took a strange twist towards prophecy, which I felt ruined it. The story later join in threads to make it easier to follow.
I liked Glen the socialist very much. From start I enjoyed his analysis and wished the story took the root of how societies pick themselves up from such disasters.
Many other characters were well crafted and enjoyable to follow each with his strength, weakness and uniqueness. On the other hand few characters seem to me a strange choice of dumb characters; flag, Abigail and trash can man.

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Phenomenal

I really don't know what to say other than I'm sad it's over... An amazing story and a fabulous teller! really sucks you in and makes you beg for more. 10 out of 10 for me! now I wonder to myself "Wtf am I supposed to do now?!" of course the simple answer is to continue on to the dark tower series to keep up with "the dark man"

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Nice reader. Ponder if i got a better experience??

Of this version regarding the shorter version. I have not read short so guess i never will know...

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great story!! Great Author!!!!

A story worth listening too. This man can write and kept you thinking. Enjoy Enjoy