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The Stand

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2012

Duration: 47 hours 50 minutes


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.


  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Rich P

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brian P.

    love anything King, wasn't sure how listening to it would be but narrator was good. would it be that hard to have a woman read the women parts.

  • sharon wright

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

  • Chantel B.

    Awesome!! Couldn’t put it down.

  • Eddy912

    This book is one of King’s highest achievements as a writer. Actually, I frowned on most contemporary fiction as a waste of time. This is a a saga and quite the paper weight for any book, but for readers to love or hate this cast of characters one must know each of their strengths and weaknesses. And all that, takes time. Read this and then King’s Dark Tower series. You won’t be disappointed unless you really don’t want to delve into the psychology of drives humans to either destruction or sets them free.

  • Marcus Johnson

    The book is LONG but worth the read. The amount of time you spend with each character adds to the impact of every decision and event they go through. However, I felt there were too many characters to follow at times. By the half way point, you are still being introduced to new characters and the core character group is finally becoming visible. But other than the length and amount of characters, the book was highly enjoyable. It's a story of good vs. evil and the continuous struggle between them even in the face of an mass extension epidemic. I could go on and on with this book as there is a lot to unload when you're done with it but for sure worth a read. 1st act = Great; 2nd act = Meh; 3rd act = Worth the wait


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