Review: The Stand by Stephen Kin

June 26, 2013 Uncategorized 0

Review: The Stand by Stephen Kin

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 500 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 or listened to The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift. And those who are hearing 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.

Title: The Stand
Author: Stephen King
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Shining, Doctor Sleep
Published by Random House
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: October 3, 1978
Genres: Apocalypse, Horror
Pages: 1141
See the title at Goodreads
Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars

I’m sure there is nothing I can say about The Stand that has not already been said. If I found the original first publication of the first published (cut) version date correctly this book is as old as I am, not that the Diva is old. I’ve seen the movie numerous times over the years, but never read the book. I LOVE Stephen King’s books. The book is always better than the movie. When I started my read, listen, watch mission my friend Felicia of the Geeky Bloggers Book Blog was also beginning her annual re-read. That in addition to the two different road trips planned that would keep me driving for thirty plus hours I figured it was time to tackle this monster and what better way than the audio book.

Grover Gardner did a phenomenal narration of The Stand. He kept the narration smooth and constantly flowing. The changes in his tone of voice worked perfectly with the numerous characters. I never once had to try and figure out who’s point of view I was listening to when there was a change and there are many changes. I highly recommend the audio version of this book, all 47 hrs and 52 mins of it!

There were times I was not driving and I still wanted to read this book. It’s just one of those books that you can’t put down. I purchased the hardback several years ago and never bothered picking it up. Purchasing The Stand online taught me a valuable lesson. Some hardbacks are mass market paperback size. The edition of The Stand that I own is one of them. It is horrible! The print is tiny and the size of the book, both dimensions and page count makes it a difficult read. If you are going to read this book the full size hardback is the only way to go.

I went ahead and watched the movie again after listening/reading The Stand. Why not, I had something to compare it to now. I was surprised. There were not too many things that were changed. I suppose due to the length of the book things were of course going to be left out, but what was left out worked for the movies purposes. Molly Ringwald deserved numerous awards for how well she portrayed the annoyingly whinny ditz that was Fran.

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