The Stand

The Stand

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012 | Unabridged
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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...
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780307987587
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (37 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover

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emmckee
May 12, 2021

I have been very surprised that in all the reviews I've read of this book, no one has mentioned the two rapes that happen. Those were very upsetting to me and IMHO weren't required to further the story.

That being said, overall I've enjoyed the book. I found the characters entertaining and the idea of those being left over after a plague (very timely) and how they'd progress an engaging story. Of course most Stephen King stories include the supernatural and this does as well, but it doesn't take away from the "reality" of living through a plague or other world-ending event.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 13, 2021

This book did not stand up the all the hype. I have read many Stephen King novels but this one was just too much. Too much character back story, too much racism, too many misogynistic tendencies. It felt self indulgent because a lot of the story could have been edited down and the story would have been just as impact-full. I would love to see a modernized version of this, and in fact I think I basically did in Justin Cronin's Passage trilogy. I am looking forward to the new TV series. Audio was well read. Kojak is the best dog ever.

STPL_Emily Sep 21, 2019

This is a book that has exceptionally well developed characters and an excellent concept! It is well written and highly entertaining. **possible spoiler** My one criticism (and it is a big one) is that I find it highly unbelievable that at the end of the world there would be so little diversity in a place as diverse as the United States of America. The only black major character is Mother Abigail who is the definition of the Magical Negro trope. I also find the way women are written are very much from a white male perspective. This is a book I loved as a youth, but it has not aged well for me.

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shanewhite
Sep 25, 2018

DOWNLOADABLE AUDIOBOOK audio is crunchy-sounding. It's gratingly annoying.

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CarlosCobos1
Jan 31, 2018

I want to say I really enjoyed this book but it was a bit anticlimactic.

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JessicaTB
Jul 08, 2017

I have read this book 3 times over the past 2 decades. It was so fun to have the audio version to experience these characters all over again.

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JosephKelley
May 16, 2017

A masterpiece! The story sucks you in and you become friends with the characters and find yourself rooting for them. This was the second King book I ever read and knew I had to read more. I have since listened to it 2 more times on audiobook. My oldest son decided to check it out and at 14, he found the story fascinating as well. Highly highly recommend it!

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IV27HUjg
Jan 02, 2016

I guess I'm not a SK fan. Gave up after 3rd disc.

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megganw94
May 07, 2014

The Stand is a rather long book by Stephen King. Imagine the world ending by a virus that mocks a severe cold, only to kill you a day or two later. Or, at least, 99% of the population. Now, try being a survivor who has to choose good or evil. All because of a government mix up that released a super bug. How long will the survivors last? How many are there? Dubbing the bug “Captain Tripps”, the survivors on the good side must fight through an apocalyptic world and work to find Grandma Abigail, a 100+ year old woman, who can help them fight against the face of pure evil. Where do I begin? This book is HUGE, but its absolutely amazing. It starts off slow, and jumps around quite a bit, but it all comes together rather nicely. Stephen King really has way of putting you right in the shoes of the characters, and painting such an elaborate picture. This is definitely one of his longer books, but in no way does that take anything away from it! I loved every word of this book. I honestly thought at first, this is so boring, how am I going to finish it? But WOW was I wrong! I think the only thing I didn’t like was the jumping around at first and taking a bit to get exciting. Other than that, though, I don’t think there’s a bad thing I could say about this book! Except maybe how sad I was when it was over.

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emkenny78
Feb 06, 2014

Great book, really draws you in from the first page and keeps you unable to put it down til the end.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 13, 2021

The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Jan 13, 2021

That wasn't any act of God. That was an act of pure human fuckery

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