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One Past Midnight: The Langoliers (Penguin audiobooks) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 27 Mar 1997

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (27 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0453007449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0453007443
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,656,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirk on 5 Aug 2005
Format: Audio Cassette
This book starts off very well indeed, the central focus of the disappearance of the flights passengers is creepy and interesting, then it goes to pot with a goofy semi-sci-fi premise and horrendous writing.
Its like someone took over halfway, and seriously underestimates the audience. Simple facts are re-iterated over and over again, plot-points and "surprises" are seen coming a mile away and you grow quite impatient as these stupid characters go on and on about things a child would have worked out. It reads like "Stephen King for Dummies", maybe first timers wouldn't mind the long-winded explanations you worked out ages ago.
Dafoes reading is decent, though his attempt at female voices are the scariest thing about this book. Good first third, goofy second, typical(for King) disappointing final 3rd.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
The Sci-Fi side of Stephen King 3 Nov 1997
By Rebecca L. Prasuhn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
The Langoliers is a good story. I can't put it any other way. This is the nearest I've seen Stephen King come to science-fiction (The tommyknockers was also kind of Sci-Fi'ish). I loved the Idea of the time rip being mistaken for the Aurora Borealis. The Langoliers had a lot of good Ideas and developed them nicely, keeping the more outlandish ones within the realm of possibility. The plot was smooth (not any jerky transitions) and was very fun to read. It was also intelligent. It's one of those books you can't stop reading, it hooks you and doesn't let go. There was also less profanity that most of Stephen Kings books. I would reccomend this heartily to any stephen king fan, fans of Science fiction, and anyone who wants to have a smart, fun read. Happy reading!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Audio version is a great listen... 14 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
If you are a fan of the Twilight Zone this is great stuff and I highly recommend it! Shame on the one review where the person slams the characters. Guess what these characters have faults and the book draws them out! AND yes if you needed to save yourself you too might use a toaster for defense.
I didn't read the book BUT as you listen to the Audio Book tape
you can truly visualize the characters, the scenery and what is taking place. Actually if you pictured yourself in this type of scenario the fear would be much grander than what is displayed in the tale. Willem Dafoe does a great job as a Reader.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
King's Best Work With A SciFi Twist 18 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
This book showed more economy of writing than any other King book I've read, yet neither the prose nor the story suffered from incompleteness. Absolutely a great plot, built upon a great premise, which I'm afraid to describe lest I give too much away. The only reason I'm not giving it five stars is that the characters seemed built upon cliches.
A Natural Phenomenon 2 Mar 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
The Langoliers is my favorite novella so far(I've only read 4 novellas). The plot is great, and the characters were vivid to me. I read this and could not put it down. A shame they disgraced it with the film, but awesome book. I thought this tale was very creative because I could never think of a story like that. This was a great story because it had a lot of action, but there was a little love story in the mix of things. I always have liked stories that have a romance story. This kept me glued to the end, but the ending was kind of rushed. They should have had an epilogue or something. This is King at his best, and I think FOUR PAST MIDNIGHT is his best collection.
Dan 24 Feb 2001
By Sting007@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio Cassette
All in all it is a good book. I love the Mr. Toomy in this book, he is cool. I think that this book would apeal to most people so wh not check it out?
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