Stephen King – The Stand Complete and Uncut Audiobook
1990 Stephen King – The Stand Complete and Uncut Audiobook read by Garrick Hagontext
“The Stand Audiobook” by S. King
“A dark, mysterious, post-apocalyptic and futuristic novel”
“The Stand Audiobook” is a dark, mysterious and post-apocalyptic novel by S. King which combines anguish, terror and a fierce struggle between Good and Evil. We keep asking ourselves who will win: Good or Evil? To find out, you have to read it to the end. But first let’s review the characters and the vision of this work.
Why futuristic, will you ask me? Well, because it was written in 1978, and the action takes place in 1982-1983. It is made up of 3 parts: we follow the characters from June 1982 to January 1983. Let us summarize: June 1982 corresponds to the appearance of the Stand Audiobook which will affect a good number of people, but fortunately some will get away with it. Initially, we believe that it is a banal epidemic but over the pages, we realize that it takes everything in its path. the term “the Stand Audiobook” is used very little in the book, we prefer to speak of epidemic or disease. But many characters escape and decide to unite: some with Good and others with Evil.
There are many who choose the side of Good. It is therefore a fierce struggle between Good and Evil knowing that time is on the side of the protagonists. Who will win ? the Good group sets up camp in Boulder, Colorado, while the Evil camp is in Las Vegas. Let’s see the different references present.
Let’s start with the “group” forming the Good: Stuart Redman decides to escape from a center where he is locked up (Stovington, Vermont), and where, he is told, that the doctors can cure him but they will be. all caught up by the epidemic. So he ends up escaping and will meet several other people who will unite with him. He is a fairly phlegmatic Texan who is in search of truth and maybe even passion, because his name means “red man”, and red is the color of desire, passion and also blood. and life. It is therefore understandable that he refuses to be treated as “a beast of fairs” and that he escapes from the center of Stovington. In his quest, he will befriend an ex-professor of sociology, Glen Bateman (perhaps this is a reference to the super hero Batman), and an electrician, Ralph Brentner.
Frannie Goldsmith is a young pregnant woman (at the beginning of the novel she is three months pregnant), despite herself, in search of love. First, she befriends a young, cultured, handsome but possessive and jealous boy named Harold Lauder, the only survivor. Harold will end up, out of jealousy, to switch to the other camp (that of Evil) and will discover that she is keeping a diary. He will also have one later. In addition to being pregnant, she is courageous, fragile, very worried and sentimental. She will eventually fall in love with Stuart Redman.
Larry Underwood, a rocker who enjoyed early success in The Stand Audiobook. He seeks glory and love. His fate will lead him to three women: the first will perish (Rita, we can imagine that it is R. Haysworth, wife of O. Welles as she is described with blond hair and a mix attracted to Larry and herself). The second meeting is a rather strange one (he will befriend Nadine Cross, but we do not know which camp she is on, at least, at the beginning), and finally with Lucy who will become his wife. He has a conflictual affair with his mother (there is no mention of his father) and has a special love for her.
Nick Andros is a deaf mute wandering from town to town looking for a job. During his stroll, he will become a prison guard in place of the sheriff who will succumb to the Stand Audiobook. We can see a connection between his first name, diminutive of Nicolas meaning “victorious people”, because he will impose himself in the group and will be trapped during the end of the 2nd part. He befriends Tom Cullen, a drunkard with visions. You must be wondering why I am telling you about them. Well, because they have one thing in common (except H. Lauder): they dream of a prophetess named “Mother” Abagail Freemantle who will weld them together.
“Mother” Abagail Freemantle, an elderly African American (108 years old, anyway), having visions of God. She actually claims to know how to defeat the one who created the Stand Audiobook. Now let’s move on to the Evil Camp:
Randall Flagg, the main antagonist and described as a man with short, dark hair. He is a wizard with evil powers who reads people’s minds, and carries a flame in recognition. In English, flagged means “to be marked by” and this is a distortion of the word. This is how he controls the Stand Audiobook and Harold Lauder’s mind. This antagonist is also present in the Eyes of the Dragon (1984) and the Dark Tower cycle (1991) (played by Matthew McConnaughey in the 2017 film).
In the visions of “Mother” Abagail as well as those of Stuart Redman, Nick Andros and Frannie Goldsmith, he appears as “the faceless man” or “the man in black”, a color representing death, mystery or Wrong. It can take on the appearance of a wolf or a crow. His worst torment is the crucifixion, so we see a biblical passage and the death of Christ. There is also a reference to the cartoons of Snow White (the crow is the animal tamed by the stepmother, who will turn into a witch) and Sleeping Beauty (Maleficent’s pet). We can also see a reference to a poem by Edgar Poe (it was inspired by the movie The Chamber of Tortures with Vincent Price) or to Alfred Hitchcock. Generally, the presence of a crow or a wolf marks the presence of his spirit. Let’s make a connection between Maleficent and Randall Flagg because, like him, she watches over the castle with her crow and her scepter. He can also be associated with the god of the Underworld, Hades, as he is feared and still roams among mortals thanks to his helmet of invisibility. Another reference is made at the end of the book, musical, this time it is compared to the “midnight ranger”, “midnight rambler”, song of the Stones of 1969.
Nadine Cross, is a woman with black hair streaked with white, a color representing the ghost, virginity or invisibility. She may have influenced the character of Sindel, appearing in Mortal Kombat, wife of Shao Kahn. Its name evokes the punishment of the sorcerer because cross, in English, means “the cross”.
Lloyd Henreid, Flagg’s second. He is described as being violent and above all must not be reckless. Indeed, he released him while he was imprisoned and decided to make his second.
Another character Flagg reunited with Lloyd was the “Trash”. He is so nicknamed because of his ugliness, and the fact that he committed many fires during his childhood. He is described as being lonely and was rejected by his parents. He will commit an explosion which will trigger the wrath of the sorcerer. Nevertheless, during the last part (the confrontation), we are interested in the antagonist.
The cities are not chosen at random: for the Camp of Evil, Las Vegas is cited because it is known to be the “city of sin”, nicknamed “Sin City” in English. We therefore follow the route of the group of Good against Evil, strewn with pitfalls and traps. At every turn, he can be anywhere. Where they least expect it.
We find a reference to Moses when the protagonists (Mother Abagail, Stuart, Frannie and Nick) cross the desert as he led the people of Egypt for several days until the Red Sea opens. We can compare Mother Abagail to Moses because she claims how to know how to fight Flagg, and moreover, she was 108 years old when she died in the desert, while Moses was 120, according to the Bible. Like him, she is in communication with God sending her visions.
We also find a biblical reference, that of David against Goliath, the struggle between Good and Evil. David, by extension the people of Good, tries to defeat the army of Evil, by extension Goliath, giant. the sorcerer reserves the same punishment for those who disobey or turn away from him: he crucifies them, the same method used by the Romans to kill the Christ who will resuscitate, except that they will not resuscitate. He is therefore feared, like Hades, god of the Underworld and roams around the spirits. Anyone who disobeys or opposes Flagg is given severe punishment.
Another metaphor is made there: that of the 2nd World War. Boulder, City of Good, is considered the Free Zone. Randall Flagg and his accomplices are therefore assimilated to the Nazis, Randall Flagg being A. Hitler, also very feared by his compatriots. But he does not reserve the same fate for them: his opponents will not be gassed.
Images are also remarkable compared to other future novels: for example, when he mentions the town of Hemingford Home, native town of Mother Abagail, will be reused in the novel Ca (1986). The town of Arnette (at the beginning of the novel) will be, in particular, reused in the novel 11/22/63, a novel recounting the assassination of JFK. Note also that the genesis of the novel Ca began in 1978, the date on which this novel was released. As you will have understood, as many anecdotes as there are biblical, literary and cinematographic references are put forward and let us also specify that this one will influence several witchcraft novels including the H. Potter saga or the Lord of the Rings.
Let’s talk about the front cover where we see a man escaping from someone or something. On his face is the anguish, the anxiety, the fear of being probably overtaken by the Stand Audiobook. Note also that a rat is on a shoulder: we can therefore think that the Stand Audiobook is the work of the sorcerer, Randall Flagg. the character on the front cover wanders through a city (perhaps Las Vegas) because it is devastated, cars are overturned, in the third plan. Death has never been so present as in this work. With the novel Ca, he is considered one of the best.
At first we have the impression that it is a science fiction book and as the pages go we find out that it is a novel full of dread, horror, anxiety and l ‘anguish. the novel is broken down into 3 parts: we start with the discovery of the disease, the epidemic, and therefore the Stand Audiobook and we learn that many people are affected, except a few (see above). The second concerns the presentation of the characters of the Good camp with reference to the people of Egypt (the crossing of the desert and the meeting with “Mother” Abagail, reference to Moses). Note also that it is during this part that Harold Lauder will change sides and will gradually be controlled by the wizard. We will also notice that Nadine Cross appears towards the middle. The last part is mainly focused on Flagg and his acolytes.
Throughout Part 2, we have the strong impression that Randall Flagg – or maybe it’s S. King himself? – who knows, hovers above us because “Death always wins, we cannot prevent what is going to happen”. Either way, Flagg and King keep us company. In fact, the Stand Audiobook is taken from a short story by S. King “A dirty flu”, and earlier we were talking about the Lord of the Rings, Las Vegas can also be seen as Mordor, place where the Ring has been created.
What I think is important to emphasize is that we have the impression that this is a fight against Evil during the Cold War. Good is equated with Americans, those who seek the atomic bomb, and Evil with the USSR, those who hold it and threaten to wreak havoc if they find it. On the one hand, we have a camp trying to protect the planet, our universe and on the other, the one that is trying, by all means, to destroy it. I refer to this historical event for two reasons: one because the novel was written in the middle of the Cold War (1978), if you want to know the second reason, read the work. So, a fight between Good and Evil with, in the background, the Cold War.
And finally, a last historical reference, why did you call the novel the Stand Audiobook? He could very well have called it the Epidemic or the Disease, … Well, no, once again, we must refer to the Bible because S. King was inspired by the nickname of Attila, leader of the Huns , barbarian people having reigned during the Roman period so here, R. Flagg is also seen as Attila, who launched an epidemic against the messengers of God. Attila was nicknamed “the Stand Audiobook of God”. the sorcerer’s torment can also refer to that of Vlad the Impaler. We can therefore summarize by saying this: “Good and Evil are in us, it is up to us to know which side to belong to”.
So you will have understood it: an original novel about the fact that Good and Evil is engaged in a Cold War, with plenty of pitfalls and complex.