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The Stand

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  456,174 Ratings  ·  13,370 Reviews
When a man escapes from a biological testing facility, he sets in motion a deadly domino effect, spreading a mutated strain of the flu that will wipe out 99 percent of humanity within a few weeks. The survivors 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 community in Bou ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Complete & Uncut; Television mini-series Tie-in, 1168 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by New Amer Library (first published 1978)
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You know what’s really scary? Getting sick while you’re reading the first part of The Stand. Just try running a fever, going through a box of tissues and guzzling the better part of a bottle of NyQuil while Stephen King describes the grisly deaths of almost every one on Earth from a superflu. On top of feeling like crap, you'll be terrified. Bonus!

After a bio-engineered virus that acts like a revved up cold escapes from a U.S. government lab, it takes only weeks for almost all of humanity to suc
Jul 24, 2009 Evan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Are 1100 pages enough to stop a bullet? This was the question that came to mind when my roommate asked if I had anything to use as target practice for when we would go shooting. Well, that was not the exact question. More of a theoretical situation, really. Suppose you are being shot at, and you have a paperback copy of the stand in your pocket, and that's where the bullet hit, would Stephen King's really thick novel be enough to stop the bullet and save your life? I was determined to find out. ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Carol. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: King fans; apocalypse fans
Shelves: apocalypse

Dear Stephen,

I'm sorry. I just don't like you in that way. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I just never developed those kind of feelings for you, even after eleven hundred pages. I feel like we only moved forward in fits and stops, and we were just never able to sustain a kind of even-handed development of the kind of chills and thrills a person really likes. Shock someone enough times with snot running out of their nose, and it just becomes a little meaningless. And there are onl
M-O-O-N spells spectacular!

I first read THE STAND in the early 80's. It was during the Christmas break- I lived out in the boonies with my family, and after the holiday hoopla was over -I planted myself in my favorite chair and sat there for 4 days devouring every page-(only leaving for bathroom breaks, meals and sleep).

30+ years later my reading experience was a little different. I read it with my Goodreads friend Lisa- who had the uncut version, while I had the original- I stopped and started
Alex is The Romance Fox
I never get tired of reading this book. It's my absolute all time favorite reads. Every once in a while I have to go back and read it again and again....and it's just as good as the first time I read it those many years ago.

1st Review

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I am a Stephen King fan and whilst I have read most of his books, The Stand has remained my all-time favorite. I read it when it was first published in 1978 and I was really happy when a longer
Dec 23, 2016 Evgeny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Humanity in general loves to play god trying to meddle in some very dangerous things. Military is not an exception as they are obsessed with creating more effective and devastating weapons. Considering the progress from a simple stone to an atomic bomb we became quite efficient at killing others en masse. Suppose we create a new virus which would make HIV look like a common flu. Great, now we can let it loose, wait and have all the enemy infrastructure intact with all the people gone. The proble ...more
Oct 10, 2015 Lyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M-O-O-N. That spells “Damn, what a great book!”

I knew King had it in him, I am a fan of his brilliant 1977 haunted house thriller The Shining, but I did not expect this.

The best post apocalyptic novel ever?

Maybe, that is a broad category teaming with great work from talented writers, but King’s The Stand is an epic, genre defining work.

My friend Michael has a profile statement, something to the effect of finding our next 5 star rating. I like that sentiment, and am excited by the opportunity th
Mohammed Arabey
Mar 01, 2017 Mohammed Arabey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لماذا تقرأ رواية 1440 صفحة؟

لأنها رواية ستيفين كينج الأطول، لم يلجأ هنا لديستوبيا معلبة مجهزة مسبقا، وحده قادر ببناء واحدة من البداية

!لكنها 1440 صفحة

لأنها ملحمة ليست خيالية بل معاصرة عن عالمنا..ماذا لو أصابه وباء بيولوجي قضي علي 99% من سكانه

!في 1440 صفحة؟

لأنها تصور لآخر الأيام، القيامة، عن المواجهة، الخير ضد الشر .. قل لي هل أنت مستعد لمواجهة المسيخ الدجال حقا؟

!لكنها رواية..وفي 1440 صفحة

لأنها 3 روايات بواحدة، تبدأ بمواجهة النفس البشرية نفسها بصراعات نفسية لشخصيات مختلفة تواجه أصعب أيام حياتها
Will M.
The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there...and still on your feet.

So I finally finished this gigantic brick. This freakin' gigantic heavy brick, and all I can say is, this is probably the best freakin' brick ever made. With a heaping 1439 pages, this book managed to hurt both my wrists, and probably injured some of my fingers. That's the price I had to pay to read this amazing novel. I never thought that I wouldn't finish this, fuck it I never even though
Oct 21, 2007 Jessica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hypochondriacal jersey commuters
Shelves: happyendings
I read this book ages ago, but it's fresh in my mind every time I wind up stuck in traffic underneath the Hudson.

It's about almost everyone in the world basically catching a bad case of the Plague and dropping dead. This premise doesn't seem very far-fetched, which could make it either more or less entertaining, depending on your temperment.

Here's my opinion about good old Stevie King: he's got a real problem with endings. He'll spin these long, terrific stories, but way too often they're all ba
One of the reasons why I would never club Stephen King together with any of the other best-selling writers of his generation (Grisham, Archer, Patterson, Sheldon and so on) is this :-
None of them match King's calibre as a story-teller. They don't even come close.

If somebody spins an intriguing tale, his characters get in the way of my enjoyment of it.
If somebody excels at characterization, his plotting is rather unconvincing.
If somebody plots a story well, then his writing turns out to be flat.
I’ve said before that romance fiction taps into a primal desire for comfort. It’s a fantasy, a snuggie to wrap up in curled up with hot chocolate and toasty roadhouse cookies. The Stand falls squarely into that category, and adds hot rum to the mix as well.

The subtitle of The Stand really should be A Very Norman Rockwell Apocalypse. It’s a political fantasy set in the aftermath of a GM plague: a mutating flu virus with 99.4% transmissibility. Needless to say, 75% of the world’s population dies.
The Stand Abridged: 5 Stars
The Stand Unabridged: 3.5 to 4 Stars

I hope that Goodreads lets both of my star ratings of this book go through as I already rated The Stand Abridged years ago, but in case it doesn’t, I am combining my review of the two into one.

The original Stand is one of my top three favorite books of all time (the other two being Brave New World and 1984 – I am a sucker for post-apocalyptic/dystopian). I don’t think The Stand is the best introduction a person could have to Stephen
Jan 31, 2008 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And so the Apocalypse Trifecta is complete, with my one, true favorite End of the World book. I have no idea how many times I've read it now - I know the first time was in junior high school, though, and a lot of time's gone by since then. I also think I have about three different copies floating around....

It's hard to know where to begin when writing about this book, probably because I work under the assumption that everyone has read it. But I guess that's what everyone thinks about their favor
Ɗắɳ  2.✽
Jul 05, 2016 Ɗắɳ 2.✽ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ɗắɳ 2.✽ by: Delee
Sorry, but I can't, in good conscience, hand out anything less than 5 stars. Even though there were a few parts that aggravated me (mostly in book 3), the good far exceeded the bad. It took me nearly three weeks to read this 1153 page monster, and amazingly I was never bored with it. Such an epic tale, biblical in scope, with some truly remarkable character development. I'll be remembering this one for a long, long time to come.
Hasham Rasool
I haven't read any horror book for 5 years.

I have heard of Stephen King a many times. He is one of most popular authors. I never thought I would have read his book one day. This is the first book I have read by Stephen King.

Stephen King has used very powerful vocabulary and it is very unusual style of vocabulary.

Stephen King is a good writer. He has a very good imagination and the way he has created horror atmosphere is wonderful. King has created horror atmosphere and feel brilliant also he kno
The first time I read The Stand I was home sick from school with some illness, the German measles I think. Maybe not a good time to be reading a book about a super flu, but I was young and not so bright.

This had to have been in 1981 or so, because that’s the year MTV debuted, back then they played music videos on Music Television and probably had about ten or so they kept playing over and over. Well, I’m on the pull out couch in the family room with MTV playing (it made me feel better to see the
Paul O'Neill
May 15, 2015 Paul O'Neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
M-O-O-N, that spells one of the best books ever! This is King at his very best.
Phils Osophie
Apr 22, 2017 Phils Osophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ach du heilige Kacke. 1700 Seiten. Und ich habe sie tatsächlich ENDLICH durch!

O man, was für eine Achterbahnfahrt dieses Buch doch war. So überragend stark es auch gestartet ist, so zäh waren einige Stellen im Mittelteil... Ehe das Buch mit einem lodernden Inferno ausgegangen ist!

'The Stand' ist episch, actionreich, gruselig, skurril, übertrieben, wahnsinnig, tiefgründig - kurzgefasst, King nutzt alle 1700 Seiten bis zur letzten Sekunde aus, um seinen Charakteren Tiefe zu geben und sein allumfa
Mike (the Paladin)
Apr 03, 2009 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I am not a Stephen King fan. That being said this is one of a handful of works by him I enjoy. Mr. King seems to have a congenital inability to write an actual “hero figure”. The fatal-flaw motif is very evident in his protagonists. This will appeal to some readers, and they find it “a touch of realism”. There are times I wonder. At any rate that isn’t quite so evident here as in his other books. The main characters while definitely within the “feet of clay” school aren’t in general carrying aro ...more
The Stand Abridged: 5 Stars
The Stand Unabridged: 3.5 to 4 Stars

I hope that Goodreads lets both of my star ratings of this book go through as I already rated The Stand Abridged years ago, but in case it doesn’t, I am combining my review of the two into one.

The original Stand is one of my top three favorite books of all time (the other two being Brave New World and 1984 – I am a sucker for post-apocalyptic/dystopian). I don’t think The Stand is the best introduction a person could have to Stephen
Franco  Santos
No fue un acto divino sino de pura canallada humana .

Mi libro favorito de Stephen King.

Apocalipsis es un libro descomunal, ya sea por las páginas como por la historia. Empieza a toda potencia; si abren el libro sólo para leer la primera carilla, prepárense para llegar al menos a la página 100.


Nadie puede decir lo que ocurre entre la persona que fuiste y la persona en que te has convertido. Nadie puede navegar por ese sector azul y solitario del Infierno. No existen mapas para el cambio. Uno, se
Aug 07, 2009 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2013, stephen-king
I know, I just listened to Stephen King's Carrie and now The Stand. I've found that reading one King book begets more just about every time. There's something to these tragic characters that you need more and more of.

Now, I have to tell a quick story on this one and I promise this will (probably not) be the last time I tell it to intro a review for a Stephen King novel. This is THE novel I hated so I figure it has to be told here if anywhere.

A number of years ago, I was in Borders and that tells
Alrighty. The Stand has always been one of my favorite books. But, for all the times that I've read it in my life, which is quite a lot, I'd never read the "original" abridged/edited version. I just prefer, usually, to read the author's preferred text - the one they wrote before an editor took a hacksaw to it and started cutting pieces away.

This book is no exception. Maybe the overall story didn't change, but in my opinion, it's not as cohesive and brilliant and nuanced a story as the one that
Tim Pendry
Apr 25, 2008 Tim Pendry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Originally written in the late 1970s with a lot of pessimism in the air, the revised and rather massive 'original' version published in 1990 might meet the mood of the late naughties just as well.

This book is why King will never be 'great' but will always be read - like Conan Doyle. This has all the King themes except for the clowns, though the theme of the rictus grin on the face of the bad guy and the trickster element suggests that this archetype is central to the King world view.

It is peculi

Okay, I'll stop now. But seriously. THIS BOOK, THIS @(*$%* BOOK.

I have been meaning to read The Stand for yearrrrs now, but I kept putting it off. Ever since I discovered about four to five years ago that Stephen King's storytelling was my jam (after years of being convinced I would
Jan Philipzig
Meh. I get the impression that Stephen King was trying to create nothing less than an updated, all-American version of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings epic here, but the results feel shallow, overlong, self-important, cheesy, and a little smug in places. The sentences of The Stand appear to be quite pleased with themselves, which can get a bit annoying considering they don’t really have all that much to say.

Then again, The Stand by now has more than 200,000 five-star reviews here at GR (many by good
Mar 25, 2012 Kent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is good. M-O-O-N, that spells good.

It's too damn long. It meanders from scene to scene. I'm glad that I'm finally done with it.

But I can't, in good conscience, give this book 3 stars, because these characters are simply masterful. The Stand features more than ten complete character arcs, and I'm confident that Stu Redman, Franny Goldsmith, Harold Lauder, Glen Bateman, Kojak, Larry Underwood, Nadine Cross, Judge Farris, Nick Andros, Tom Cullen, The Trashcan Man, and Randall Flagg will a
Aug 11, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars Whew! 1,200 pages in this complete and uncut edition of THE STAND, but a great story that had me hooked from the beginning to the point of feeling like I was catching the Super Flu myself. :)

A must-read for all Stephen King fans!

Sep 07, 2009 Jason rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
Laws yes, laws yes, M-O-O-N, that spells 2 stars. Stephen King wrote in his ‘Preface Part 2: To Be Read After Purchase’ that he added 400 pages to this unedited 1990 copyright of The Stand. I believe it was 500 pages too much. He says he added the extra pages at the behest of a majority of fans that considered The Stand one of his best books—though, personally, he doesn’t regard it as his best fiction. I’ve given King several other chances to capture my imagination, with only one success, The Lo ...more
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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