The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand

By Stephen King

  • Publication Date: 1978-10-03
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 1,644 Ratings)

Book Overview

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.
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.)

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Recent Reviews

  • M-O-O-N that spells The Stand

    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
  • Excellent book! Well worth the long read

    By Benjamin K.E.
    I personally liked it even more than "It" or "The Shining." Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good epic story.
  • Could not put this down

    By Brinianin
    Definitely one of his best.
  • Excellent

    By msharma0812
    Incredible book from start to finish. This book is eloquent, complex, and frightening. It leaves me wanting to know more about Randall Flagg and is next adventure.
  • One of King's Masterpieces

    By Mandydirtythirty
    M-O-O-N, that spells tremendous. Laws' yes, this novel is tremendous.
  • My favorite book...

    By Lalalalalalalapineapple
    This book was life changing for me. It was only the second Stephen King novel I'd read, and although the start was a little bit slow, as the beginnings of books always are, by the time I got to the action I knew that this was going to be one of my favorite books, and Stephen King is now one of my favorite authors. This book is great as long as you don't get too attached to any characters and don't mind overall creepy things. 10/10 would read again
  • Length

    By bmxer121
    To long
  • Slow!

    By Dwardeng
    My review is based on the original version published in 1978. That book was already too drawn out and dull for my tastes. There are many better appocolyptic novels out there. Looking at all the positive reviews on this book makes me wonder about the quality of books a lot of people read.
  • Awesome!!!

    By Missjgoins22
    This book is, how do the kids say it everything! It's an amazing book that takes a whole outlook on the worlds ending. I was excited to read the book and it took me a little longer than normal because of...well life, but this again scared me, made me laugh and finally made me think.
  • Bang for your buck

    By Amboisedrive
    Great book, very thought provoking, great character development. It ran me through every emotion. It only cost a few dollars but is a very long novel with a great story. I'll probably read it again someday.