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The Stand

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Grover Gardner

47 Hours 50 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

February 2012

Audio Book 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 five hundred 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 The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are reading 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.

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  • m wheeler

    Best book ever. The narrator did an excellent job with the voices and constant voice changes. To do that for a 15 hour project must have taken months!!!!!!! Bravo!! Hope you get to read the book; I'd recommend the first version published rather than the second. The second, is like an additional 600 pages of background, I personally thought, it didn't need.

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  • Adriana A.

    The book itself was amazing, it kept me at the edge of my seat on every chapter. The narrator did an exceptional job with every character, without overdoing it like with other audiobook narrators I've encountered. Highly recommended.

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  • Tammy Gordon

    Stephen King, once again writing characters in such a way that they come alive. You really care about what happens to them. Read by one of the best voices to read audio books, Grover Gardner.

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  • Jenna Lee B

    I suppose I am just not a fan of Stephen King's style of writing. I couldn't even finish this. It just droned on.

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  • Anonymous

    One of the best of his books. I have read it many of times and this is the first time trying audio. Excellent narrative and enjoyed very much.

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  • Desmond

    Phenomenal! just watched the show after reading as well. Although show runners took out one of the best scenes with The Kid, Lucy, and Ralph it still sustained the integrity of the book. Keep em coming Mr. King, keep em coming.

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  • sharon wright

    great book...also narrator was good!!!

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  • Chantel B.

    Awesome!! Couldn’t put it down.

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  • Rich P

    Enjoyed the book. Really makes you think how scary the human race can be.

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  • valerie cain

    Excellent character development brought to life by the perfect narrator. Gripping story that kept me listening.

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