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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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The whole post-apocalypse genre have been grinded, milked, and run down to nothingness imho, so the "during apocalypse" that this book's going with was a nice and refreshing approach for me

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Awesome

With all the new material it makes the story better. every time i hear a caracters name i picture the movie. Fran is always molly ringwald ant stu is always gary sinise

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Bloated and bloviating

Having read the original book many years ago, a couple of times, I was curious when I learned that S. King had cut 400 hundred pages from his original manuscript. That's an entire book, practically. So I selected the complete and uncut version and what a disappointment. The 400 pages he cut, apparently needed to be cut. Nothing in this version enhanced the story. He wrote every word or phrase that ever popped into his head. I felt so bad for the reader, Grover Gardner. He must have been so glad when it finally was over. Stephen King has managed to ruin an otherwise good story by making it unbearably bloated and near unlistenable. Should you decide to listen anyway, be warned, when you get to the part where the reader literally reads minutes from a meeting you may want to throw your phone, tablet, Kindle, whatever out the window. Just horrid.

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Solid

I was not happy that fifteen hours into this book that is seemingly about science and humanity, it suddenly and completely out of left field becomes a Christian epic about God and his followers against the Devil and his. By that point I was committed and begrudgingly continued on. Honestly though, it's about people more than religion, and the story and characters are compelling. It was also a relief that those in the Christian camp still talk and act like real people, frequently using God's name in vain and succumbing to many of the common little day-to-day "sins" that make us human

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My absolutely favorite book 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

I've read a a few times but it had been a while, so I was ready to visit with Larry, Tom, Stu, Nick, Mother Abigail...and Randall Flagg. It was nice to be able to enjoy my favorite story during my commutes! Highly recommend and can't wait until enough time has passed so that I can do it all over again. M-O-O-N that spells best story ever! Laws, yes!

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Extremely lenghty, well narrated, average book.

Book is overblown in lenght. Considering simplicity of the main story arc I would enjoy it more as a short novel.

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Great book and production. Add to your library

Not one of King's scary books. A wonderful read/listen. Well worth the listen for all.

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great story and great performance

This was one of the best King novels I have ever come across and the narrator can be matched only by the legendary Frank Muller. If you have a long commute like me I can't recommend this high enough. now I have a surplus of audible credits!

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Perfect story, far better than cut version.

Always looked forward to getting back to it every time I could. Great story!

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One word: Memorable

When I started this audiobook, I had no expectations. I purchased it to get my money's worth out of my first Audible credit, and I thought 47 hours ought to do it. I'd never read any psychological horror, honestly, I didn't know anything about the sheer genius that is Stephen King. I was a lamb led to slaughter, and no one knows slaughter like King.

The book itself is split into 3 parts. In the first part, we're introduced to our main characters and hear their backstories while a deadly flu epidemic sweeps across the US. We learn with excruciating detail exactly how the world ends as 99.4% of it dies from a terrible strain of manmade flu. In the second part, the survivors begin to have strange dreams and gather together in Boulder CO or Las Vegas NV. And in the third part, the final "stand" takes place, a battle for the souls of the people left on Earth.

The Stand is just incredible. If you're a fan of detail, this book has it. Each character is fully developed and all their wants and hopes and motivations are explained. Secondary characters are fleshed out, sometimes TOO fleshed out, as they're introduced and quickly die, but that adds to the richness of the novel and raises the stakes. We watch from the sidelines as civilization goes through its agonizing death throes and nothing and nobody is spared.

I can't say much about the cut vs. uncut versions of the book, but on my rereads I always skip Trashcan Man and The Kid's journey. There are limits!

Grover Gardner as a narrator has no equal. I would find myself frozen in one place during particularly dramatic moments. I don't think I breathed during the 30 minutes Larry was in the tunnel. I can still hear Gardner's drawl as he says "Baby Can You Dig Your Man".