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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (210,337 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Grover Gardne Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An undisputed master of suspense and terror.”

    Washington Post

  • A master storyteller. Los Angeles Times
  • [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

  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Sandra | 2/11/2014

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

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