The Stand. I will be eternally grateful to my ex-brother-in-law for introducing me to Mr. King. and what a glorious read! I read the original in 1987 and then read the unabridged version in 1991 - it's too long ago, and I can't remember what was in 1991 that was missing in 1987, but if was an awesome read all over again. If I ever get through the tower and anything else I've missed, I might just read it again.