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The stand
2011
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Awards
1979 - World Fantasy Award for Best Novel nominee
1979 - Gandalf Award for Best Book-Length Fantasy nominee
1979 - Balrog Award for Best Novel nominee
1980 - Balrog Award for Best Novel nominee
1979 - Locus Poll Award for Best SF Novel (15th place)
1987 - Locus Poll Award for Best All-Time Fantasy Novel (23rd place)
1991 - Locus Poll Award for Best Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel (2nd place)
1998 - Locus Poll Award for Best All-Time Fantasy Novel Before 1990 (20th place)
Characters
Randall Flagg, aka the Walkin' Dude, aka the Dark Man (Male), Evil,
Mother Abigail (Female),
Tom Cullen (Male), Mentally challenged,
Stu Redman (Male), Texan
Nick Andros (Male), Mute,
Nadine Cross (Female),
Fran Goldsmith (Female), Pregnant,
Glen Bateman (Male),
Trashcan Man (Male), Insane, Pyromaniac
Genre
Apocalyptic
Psychological
Suspense
Horror
Fiction
Topics
Viruses
Plagues
Immunity to disease
Good vs. evil
Final confrontation
Power of faith
Survival
Setting
- United States
Boulder, Colorado - West (U.S.)
Las Vegas, Nevada - West (U.S.)
Time Period
1980s -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

Released in 1978, King's apocalyptic novel, even at a whopping 1200-plus pages, had been trimmed by 150,000 words. A restored version followed in 1990, and that unexpurgated text here makes its audiobook debut-and it's well worth the wait. The story offers the author's signature scenes of horror, but King devotes much time to describing a world gone mad and the people left to populate it after a virus wipes out most of the planet's population. Even though there are hundreds of characters, only a handful are primary, and King shows his skill at making them real, as the uncanny talent of narrator Grover Gardner brings them to life. His reading is flawless, his timing is spot-on, and his slightly Southern accent makes even curse words sound amusing. VERDICT Despite the price and the daunting listening time, this audiobook belongs in every library.-Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

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 . '' (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
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. <br> <br> Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read <br> <br> 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.<br> <br> (This edition includes all of the new and restored material first published in The Stand : The Complete And Uncut Edition .)
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