The Stand - Stephen King

The Stand

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 1978-10-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
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Description

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.

Soon to be a television series
 
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.

(This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The StandThe Complete And Uncut Edition.)

Reviews

  • Seriously good

    5
    By jennie104
    I guess I’m obsessed with this story as I’ve read it 3 or 5 times already. Sometimes people think that Stephen Kings stories are too long but if you stick with it until the end it all dovetails nicely, and looking back you can’t see where he could have cut things out and still have it be so satisfying and complete. It is also amazing how much this story parallels what is happening with the Covid-19 virus today (mutating virus, no vaccine possible). Anyways, besides his book It, I have never been so fascinated by one of his stories (just so you know, my first and second time reading this was before the corona virus). I also went as far as spending $70.00 to get a copy of the original edition from 1978 so I could compare it to the expanded version and see what was cut out, and was pleasantly surprised to find some completely different stuff in it that’s not in the expansion. Like he says in his authors note, nothing that goes in a different direction, or characters acting differently, but different bits of dialogue that make me satisfied that is was a good investment 😉
  • Best book ever!!!!

    5
    By Jbster62
    I’ve read it several times. Kinda scary now with the Coronovirus!
  • A kind of corona with the burnt match stub at its center.

    5
    By mr. Analyzer
    Thank you coronavirus for making me want to read this. I am 25 percent of the way done with reading it for the first time. It’s enthralling so far. I’ve been reading it for six out of the past eight hours since I started.
  • Best Book I’ve ever read

    5
    By midwestnocoast
    The Stand is the best book that i’ve ever read and one of the few that i’ll read over and over.
  • A Masterpiece

    5
    By TheAmazingCat527
    I will admit, there were many times in this book when I thought I couldn’t finish. 1400 pages is a lot, and it was a challenge. I’m very good I did read this though. The characters are so amazing, and Randall Flagg really made me think about how different our world could be if events like this actually happened. I read It before starting this one, and this definitely measures up to those high expectations. Even though this was such a long book, it feels so good to finish such a masterpiece. I love Stephen King and how writing style, getting you engrossed into the book so easily. Definitely one of the best books I think I’ll ever read. Once you get past the first 200-ish pages, you will get hooked on this book. 10/10, and would recommend to anyone who’s looking for a good scare.
  • The best!

    5
    By Silvrod
    This book is one of the best reads. I could not put it down
  • Top 5 Fave SK Book

    5
    By cottoncandyyy87
    I have an EXTREMELY difficult time picking a favorite SK book, but The Stand is in the top 5 for sure! Read it.
  • Love

    5
    By THE SAVAGE 👺👹
    Love
  • King’s Best!

    5
    By Naussannes
    So timely, gripping, thought-provoking. Wow. Excellent !!
  • M-O-O-N that spells The Stand

    4
    By Timbofromblo
    I bought the updated and re-edited book originally in audio format from Amazon and spent a long time listening to it (it clocks in at almost 48 hours) and later bought the physical paperback and read it through in 6 months. Quite arguably King’s finest stand-alone work (no pun intended) it follows the survivors of an extremely fatal flu outbreak and the realization of choosing the side of either good or evil. The pacing of the novel is hard going at times but worth reading