- Year: 1994
- Page Number: 823
- File Type: Epub
- File Size: 1.26 MB
- Authors/ Editiors: Stphen King
Stephen King’s apocalyptic vision of a world blasted by plague and tangled in an elemental struggle between good and evil remains as riveting and eerily plausible as when it was first published.
Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read
A patient escapes from a biological testing facility, unknowingly carrying a deadly weapon: a mutated strain of super-flu that will wipe out 99 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 108-year-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.
Ive been a Stephen King fan for 40 years. The Stand is and will remain my favorite of his books. I like all of them but I love a select few and The Stand is at the top of the list. If you are already a King fan and you haven’t read The Stand, you’ll love this book. The overall theme is Biblically related and he sticks close to details in well known Biblical stories. But, don’t get me wrong, this is not “Christian Fiction”. This is the best of Sci-Fi/Horror you’ll find in King’s books. The characters are fully developed and totally interesting. The dystopian story is compelling and believable. If you are a fan, since this is one of his earlier works, you’ll see familiar types of characters, ie..Randy Flagg and Tom Collin. If you’re a new King reader, you will get to know the characters and you’ll care about them. This isn’t a read in one sitting book. Rather, it is a day after day reading that you’ll enjoy and hate to put down. Though some may say King is extremely verbose, I think his detailed telling of the story connects the reader to the characters like very few authors are able to do. This is my sixth reading of the book and the first time I listened to the audio book. It was just as good this time as the last. With a hour long ride to work and back, my time in the car seemed shorter because of the quality of the reader and the quality of the story.
I have a long commute to/from the office, so I wanted something nice and long to focus my attention on while riding the bus. The Stand is a classic that has stood the test of time. The audiobook is well read/acted without going over the top.I read the edited version when it first came out, and devoured the unabridged version when it was released a few years later. However, it wasn’t until I was listening to the book that I realized why it is so engaging and captures the imagination. Not only is it one of King’s most well-written works, it is also one of his most poetic. His ability to describe the most disgusting situations is unquestioned in any King book. However, in The Stand, he is able to describe elements of emotion in such a way that one is enraptured and engaged on a completely different level than you’d expect. I think this book stands (pun not intended) as King’s finest work. Even if you’ve read the book, do yourself the favor of ‘listening’ to it as well. You won’t regret it.
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