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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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    Josiah 07-28-16
    Josiah 07-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    Loved it! Narrator was great. Story was very good. Draws you in and makes you not want to stop listening.

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    David 07-28-16
    David 07-28-16
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    "great story, great performance"

    sometimes audio books makes me sleepy but this reading was great.

    read this book about 10 years ago and the story still had me yearning for more car rides to listen.

    warning, it's LONG! :)

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    J. Grove 07-28-16
    J. Grove 07-28-16

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    "Always loved the book, Audible makes it better"

    Grover Gardner does a masterful job with a classic story. Much, much more than just a post-apocalyptic tale. Deep, rich characters and a fascinating storyline. If you have no experience with King, this is where you should start.

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    Melissa 07-27-16
    Melissa 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Excellent story. Stephen King spins and intricate web. Grover Gardner's narration gave me the chills. Worth a listen for certain!!

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    Amy L Tricome 07-26-16
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    "Performance was amazing!"

    Best story teller I have heard yet. I can hear small accents in his voice, and he enhances the plot by his inflections. I've listened to about 10 audible books. His is the best.

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    Silvia 07-25-16
    Silvia 07-25-16 Member Since 2010
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    "thought provoking with intense story line"

    strong character development. classic king descriptions that paint vivid imagery. long book that demands your attention and solidly endeavors to expose an alternate reality.

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    Bpfinch 07-19-16
    Bpfinch 07-19-16
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    Perfect. The narrator does a wonderful job of giving each character their own voice. a must-listen

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    discordye 07-18-16
    discordye 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "looooong"

    kept me attentive for the most part, one of his best books imo. happy reading

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    MSR 07-18-16
    MSR 07-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Model narration of King's best work"

    Grover Gardner is one of the very best narrators. Clear, emphatic and neutral ( i.e. he allows the listener to do the interpreting). The novel isn't too bad, either!

    It's 42 hours long and I didn't want it to end.

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    David 07-17-16
    David 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great story "

    loved the story line. It makes you consider how this could happen in today's society.

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