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The Stand [Kindle Edition]

Stephen King
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (808 customer reviews)

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In 1978, science fiction writer Spider Robinson wrote a scathing review of The Stand in which he exhorted his readers to grab strangers in bookstores and beg them not to buy it.

The Stand is like that. You either love it or hate it, but you can't ignore it. Stephen King's most popular book, according to polls of his fans, is an end-of-the-world scenario: a rapidly mutating flu virus is accidentally released from a U.S. military facility and wipes out 99 and 44/100 percent of the world's population, thus setting the stage for an apocalyptic confrontation between Good and Evil.

"I love to burn things up," King says. "It's the werewolf in me, I guess.... The Stand was particularly fulfilling, because there I got a chance to scrub the whole human race, and man, it was fun! ... Much of the compulsive, driven feeling I had while I worked on The Stand came from the vicarious thrill of imagining an entire entrenched social order destroyed in one stroke."

There is much to admire in The Stand: the vivid thumbnail sketches with which King populates a whole landscape with dozens of believable characters; the deep sense of nostalgia for things left behind; the way it subverts our sense of reality by showing us a world we find familiar, then flipping it over to reveal the darkness underneath. Anyone who wants to know, or claims to know, the heart of the American experience needs to read this book. --Fiona Webster

From Publishers Weekly

Survivors of a chemical weapon called superflu confront pure evil in this updated and even more massive version of King's 1978 saga. "The extra 400 or so pages . . . make King's best novel better still," said PW. " A new beginning adds verisimilitude to an already frighteningly believable story, while a new ending opens up possibilities for a sequel . "
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Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5645 KB
  • Print Length: 1213 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385199570
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1st edition (June 24 2008)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001C4NXKM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (808 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating is all I can say! May 4 2007
Format:Hardcover
I have always been a bit wary of Stephen King's books so I thought why not plunge into one of his most revered/loathed books by reviewers and fans alike? I wasn't disappointed at all. King, pulls you into a World through the eyes of a few survivors of a devestating plague and how as the lone survivors have to live, work, and survive together without killing each other. As in any post-apocalyptic story we have individuals who now have no fear of authority go on a rampage killing and pillaging and the survivors who just want to live are holed away cowering behind their walls. However, King doesn't go along this route (when does he ever!?), instead he pits those who survived due to Good and Evil. Throw in a bit of religious intrigue and not only do you have a book where questions arise through the characters on whether or not they believe in a God or whether they survived through pure chance just to end up fighting the Evil that lurks just over the mountains.

The characters are complex, evolving, and so life like that they could be easily recognized and easily relatable to in real life. The scenarios really helps the readers to empathize, sympathize, hate, or understand why the characters are acting as they did/are. I actually ended up supporting characters at one point and then questioning how they could have done what they did to the others...only to realize later on that from their point of view they did that to survive...something I found so refreshing. I was absolutely astounded by the evolving characters since I expected to read a book with cliched archetypes, now I know better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my favourite Stephen King book Jan. 24 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I read The Stand when it first came out many years ago. I loved it then, but I was very much "into" all of King's books at the time, so I wasn't surprised. I read it a second time probably 10 years later (the extended version, I think) and enjoyed it just as much. So, it's been probably 30 years since I first read the book and I still think it's his best. This time, I read it on my Kindle (no carrying around a 1,000 page book!!) and wanted to take an entire weekend to just sit and read, but, alas, it was not to be . . . . I had to read it in fits and starts.

Stephen King is a writer who gets into your head. You just "know" what his characters look like; you feel like they're your neighbors, friends or someone you've met before, whether you like them or not. That's one reason why I don't really like the movies that have been made from some of his novels -- they never live up to his books.

If you've never read The Stand, or if you've read it when it first came out -- read it again!! You won't regret it. It will stay with you for a long, long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stand Jan. 23 2012
By J. Vu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I bought the book because of the price and because it is considered Stephen King's magnum opus. A great read if you are into King's writing or the post-apocalyptic genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Immersive apocalypse fiction June 13 2014
By M. Adil-smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Few can doubt the sheer scope and scale of The Stand. If nothing else, it is a book of terrifying vision.

In short, the army creates a weaponized version of the flu, which then escapes and decimates humanity. The survivors polarise into two camps as some demonstrate arcane abilities.

Despite the length of the book, my only criticism is that I would have liked a bit more character development. But that is a minor quibble, because this book has buckets of tension, pace and some great twists and turns.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this book is its legacy - it has influenced so many other works, from the bestselling A Gathering of Twine (The Spirals of Danu) (my fave book of the last 12 months) to the underwhelming The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) (seriously, why does everyone rave about that book?) and onto such landmark films like 28 Days Later.

The Stand is more than a book of its time, and speaks to countless generations of Man's hubris.

A great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why I llked it. Nov. 29 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My copy of The Stand was lost and my grandchildren wanted to read it. I wanted a hard cover copy because my eyes are not what they were and it is easier to read.It was not perfect but it was in good readable condition.the price was right and it got here in good time. The Stand particularly this edition(long one) is one of the best of Stephen King's works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read the second time around! Nov. 10 2013
By Stew
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Just finished this on my Kindle and loved it! I had read the paperback version way back (way way back!) and quite frankly had forgotten that I had read it. Once I started reading it I realized that it was the same book, but the new uncut version has enough new content that I relished reading it again. Fantastic author, I don't read nearly as much as I would like to, but I have to say Stephen King is my favorite! He makes me see things so clearly that it's almost as if I'm actually there, he's truly gifted. The Stand, an awesome book, it was very hard to put it down once I started reading it :).
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2.0 out of 5 stars You may be disappointed Oct. 26 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one hell of a long read. 1400+ pages in all. The characters are so well developed, however, the abrupt ending cuts off any of their involvement in the plot. The bad ass bad guy who is supposed to be the antagonist, the guy who is supposed to get you shaking in your boots, barely comes into the foreground more than 20% of the time. A disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what a book
Absolutely brilliant. I think this is Kings best book. Character and plot development are incredible, and despite the length of the book I had a hard time putting it down.
Published 9 months ago by William Schonbrun
5.0 out of 5 stars Pausible horror story
That is what made this story so scary for me was that it is not so far fetched. It captured the human condition of good v/s evil in a pretty realistic way.
Published 9 months ago by B. Knutson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stand
Probably one of my favourite books of all time. It is very long, however, and there is an extended edition which I would avoid if you haven't already read and enjoyed the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Stephen King's Best, a classic great
Seriously, King's always an incredible crafstman, his characters to die for, but of all of his novels (I've read most) this STANDS out as his classic great. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Derek Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing of the Two
This Stephen King epic is about the end of the world and just after. Its characters goes through three parts, each with its own dangers and discoveries. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John M. Ford
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs an ending
Like many of Stephen King's work, the story is absolutely amazing (five-star worthy) until it gets to the ending, where if fails entirely. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. Fournier
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
This is one of my favorite books. I have recommended it to many of my friends. The characters are memorable as is the story
Published 18 months ago by gert
5.0 out of 5 stars Like good wine!
The stand has aged well. The first time I read it was over 20 years ago (as a teenager), and the book had captivated me. I remember reading it in less than 3 days. Read more
Published on May 8 2012 by Steve Grant
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