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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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    Brandon 07-15-16
    Brandon 07-15-16
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    "best book I've listened to yet."

    it's always been the way Stephen King writes that gets me. his ability to perfectly picture something for the reader or listener. his way of creating and molding character with the amount of depth and realism. many times I felt personal connections during the struggles with the characters. Perfectly written, a great story. Love Stephen King.

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    Brandon Carney MOSES LAKE, WA, US 07-15-16
    Brandon Carney MOSES LAKE, WA, US 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "He provides a disclaimer that sometimes he writes to much"

    At the very beginning he provides a disclaimer that this is the full unedited version. And that some people complain that he might write too much.
    I thought it was a great story. Some parts were probably longer than they needed to be, but he likes to paint the full picture.
    I still really enjoyed this listen. The performance was excellent.

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    Chatell Lopez Hanover,MD 07-12-16
    Chatell Lopez Hanover,MD 07-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "😍😍😍😍😍😍"

    OMG I didn't want it to end!!! Is there another one just like this one?

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    Kerryann Kenney Gilbert, Arizona, USA 07-10-16
    Kerryann Kenney Gilbert, Arizona, USA 07-10-16 Member Since 2016

    Listen to most of my audiobooks on Amazon Echo at work...I pick tried and true stories, classics and guilty pleasures

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    "A guilty pleasure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    Suits different purposes, I was looking for a companion in a busy work week of data entry and the monumental The Stand perfectly suited.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The communities of survivors and the bonds they formed.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He was equal to the massive story.


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to know Nick Andros or Mother Abigail. They seemed pure and brave.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes Stephen King is seedy and earthy and vile, which makes him equal opportunity story teller, willing to be base and low. I don't like listening to that out loud but grant that it makes up the character of evil and atmosphere of evil he paints.

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    anna v. 07-08-16
    anna v. 07-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but way too long"

    I am a big fan of King's writing and love the way he builds the character's personality, but honestly this book was unnecessary long. The first part, about the pandemic, is the best. But the section about the development of the Free Zone is just too much, there was no need for all that description and stories. Also, he kills so many characters it kind of loses the emotional impact of the loss - it's just too many losses.
    The narrator did a fantastic job, outstanding really.

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    Ado About Nothing 07-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for King fans and lit fans alike."

    most of the time I meet Stephen King fans who have red The Dark Tower or the stand and then his other works having just not finish the stand I realize why the stand reeds as Epic as The Dark Tower.

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    raygunrunner 07-05-16 Member Since 2014
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    "reread"

    worth read,listening I real like chapter 39

    twenty powered by words in some cases can be done in less

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    D-B 07-02-16
    D-B 07-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Character Study"

    Narrator is excellent and the story is a great read, especially if you like getting into and learning about the characters. Doesnt have the terror of a "Salem's Lot," but for me the suspense was more like the "Cell." I read this book years and years ago in print and while this is a really long book, it still held my interest.

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    Krysta Larson 07-02-16
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    "One of the classics"

    Great book. Loved it when I read it years ago, and love it even more now. Grover Gardner does a wonderful job capturing all the nuances of each character. Very good story, very well read.

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    Jamil 06-30-16
    Jamil 06-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book but too long"

    It's a good book, but it is too long. It would be better with some editing.

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