Extended Audio Sample

Download The Stand Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Stand, by Stephen King Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.00001426262242 out of 54.00001426262242 out of 54.00001426262242 out of 54.00001426262242 out of 54.00001426262242 out of 5 4.00 (210,340 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780307987570
Regular Price: $45.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $32.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

This is how the world ends: with computer error in a Defense Department lab, and a million casual connections that make up the links in a deadly chain letter.

Here is the desolate landscape the next day: a new world with all its institutions destroyed, and 99 percent of the population dead. A world where a few terrified survivors take sides—or are taken. A world in which hope survives on the fragile shoulders of 108 year old Mother Abigail—and the greatest evil of the darkest nightmares is manifested in Randall Flagg, the dark man with inconceivable power and a deadly smile.

Originally published in 1978, The Stand is widely considered among Stephen King's greatest novels. However, it was incomplete—more than 150,000 words had been edited out of the original epic manuscript.

Now King's post apocalyptic tale of a land ravaged by disease and caught in a fundamental battle between good and evil is available in its entirety for the first time. The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition features more than 500 pages of previously deleted material, plus new material added by King as he reinvented his epic story for a new generation. New characters are introduced, and familiar characters are brought even more vividly to life. The beginning and ending are both new.

This new edition is King's gift to the countless fans who read or listened to the original version and wanted more. Those who are listening to The Stand for the first time will find an imaginative and haunting apocalyptic epic that tackles the issues that will determine the survival of mankind.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty worldwide bestsellers. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.

A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out ninety-nine percent of the world’s population within a few weeks. Those who remain are scared, bewildered, and in need of a leader. Two emerge: Mother Abagail, the benevolent old woman who urges them to build a peaceful community in Boulder, Colorado, and Randall Flagg, the nefarious “Dark Man,” who delights in chaos and violence. As the dark man and the peaceful woman gather power, the survivors will have to choose between them, and ultimately decide the fate of all humanity.

Download and start listening now!

BK_RAND_002909

Quotes & Awards

  • [The Stand] has everything. Adventure. Roman. 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
  • A master storyteller. Los Angeles Times
  • “An undisputed master of suspense and terror.”

    Washington Post

  • “A master storyteller.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “King is one of the most powerful storytellers we have.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Peerless imagination.”

    Observer (London)

  • “The extra 400 or so pages of subplots, character development, conversation, interior dialogue, spiritual soul-searching, blood, bone and gristle make King’s best novel better still.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 1979 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Foy | 2/20/2014

    " It's showing its age by now - but what a grand and sweeping gesture on King's part. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lennie | 2/15/2014

    " This still endures as my favourite Stephen King novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Hergert | 2/12/2014

    " One of the best post-apocalyptic novels there is. Period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/11/2014

    " Stephen king ......one of the greatest writers of characters ever....fact "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Gans-novak | 2/1/2014

    " Best book I have ever read.... Twice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa Kouzmina | 1/28/2014

    " I started the book off with the flu and finished it with a completely different flu. Amazing read! It had a dry spell for maybe 100 pages but overall, unputdownable! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Ballance | 1/22/2014

    " Talk about an epic novel. I liked it but didn't really think it was as awesome as everyone else did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muschicktang | 1/20/2014

    " What a great book!! Very long but was like reading a trilogy in one book. Well worth the read. I'm a bit of a germ freak so I had a hard time reading it at first. Especially since I had a cold. Amazing book!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen | 1/17/2014

    " This still ranks as the scariest book I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa Tyre lopez | 1/14/2014

    " One of my favorite books from this author. Even though it is a large book, it held my interest. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 1/10/2014

    " Probably the book that made me a reader maaaaany years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 1/9/2014

    " In my top ten of all times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jem Wilton | 12/26/2013

    " Cause it was Stephen King I couldn't give it the 5 - but I couldn't put this down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 12/12/2013

    " So the only reason I only gave it three stars instead of 4 is that it SCARED ME. It was a completely engaging read and kept me turning the pages...even though holy crap there are a lot of them. My first Stephen King book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Rogers | 11/24/2013

    " Apocalyptic tale of man kinds near extinction at the hands of Captain Trips - a man made super virus. Survivors are hurled into a classic battle of Good vs Evil. A riveting story that won't let itself be put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vernieda | 11/22/2013

    " I still love this book so, so much. Yes, there is a magical negro (and really, can it be a Stephen King novel without one?) but it's still so, so good after all this time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 11/6/2013

    " Really long "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammie Hunter | 10/2/2013

    " In my humble opinion, Stephen King's best work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Edward | 8/19/2013

    " Go read "The Passage" and "The Twelve." King is a pulp writer, at best. A heretic I might be, but I don't get what people see in him. I look at the time I spent reading this as time wasted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura D. | 4/19/2013

    " First read in 1980 or early 80's and have re-read several times since. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 11/27/2012

    " While incredibly long, this is a clear, exciting foray into the subject of biological horror for Stephen King. I managed to finish this in only a couple weeks. The main characters are kept to a minimum, while the threat of society caving in on itself remains high throughout. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Ivers | 7/22/2012

    " I'm not good with writing reviews. There's not many a Stephen King book I can put back down after picking it up. This was no different. I've read it over and over at different points in life. Very drawing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shaun Beckett | 6/27/2012

    " As usual Stephen King writes a great book overall in his style; slow at first but then a powerhouse ending. I would say by far one of the best endings in a book i've read thus far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Arafel | 6/2/2012

    " I have read this book 7 or 8 times. I love it. It was my summer reader every year until school got too demanding. No more school and I have The Stand fever!!! :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina Lento | 6/2/2012

    " Omigod, this is the best book I ever read...I read this when I was still in High School and it has stuck with me my whole life! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 5/9/2012

    " In it's original version this book made a huge impact on me as a teenager in the '80s. Rereading it now? It's long, Law's knows it's long! M-O-O-N spells disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Hinchley | 2/17/2012

    " My fave all time King novel. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations