Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them
worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are Full Dark, No
Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma
Key; Lisey's Story; Cell; and the last three
novels in the Dark Tower saga: Wolves of the Calla, Song of
Susannah, and The Dark Tower. His acclaimed nonfiction
book On Writing is also a bestseller. In 2003, he was
awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished
Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand
Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine
with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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)
"A master storyteller."--Los Angeles Times
"[The Stand] has everything. Adventure. Roman. Prophecy. Allegory. Satire. Fantasy. Realism. Apocalypse. Great!"--The New York Times Book Review
"As brilliant a dark dream as has ever been dreamed in this century."--Palm Beach Post
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.