Four Past Midnight

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by James Woods, Tim Sample, Willem Dafoe, Ken Howard
  • 29 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Four chiller novellas set to keep listeners awake long after bedtime.
One Past Midnight: "The Langoliers" takes a red-eye flight from LA to Boston into a most unfriendly sky. Only 11 passengers survive, but landing in an eerily empty world makes them wish they hadn't. Something's waiting for them, you see.
Two Past Midnight: "Secret Window, Secret Garden" enters the suddenly strange life of writer Mort Rainey, recently divorced, depressed, and alone on the shore of Tashmore Lake. Alone, that is, until a figure named John Shooter arrives, pointing an accusing finger.
Three Past Midnight: "The Library Policeman" is set in Junction City, Iowa, an unlikely place for evil to be hiding. But for small businessman Sam Peebles, who thinks he may be losing his mind, another enemy is hiding there as well - the truth. If he can find it in time, he might stand a chance.
Four Past Midnight: "The Sun Dog", a menacing black dog, appears in every Polaroid picture that 15-year-old Kevin Delevan takes with his new birthday gift - with each following photograph beckoning him to the supernatural. Old Pop Merrill, Castle Rock's sharpest trader, wants to crash the party for profit, but the Sun Dog, a creature that shouldn't exist at all, is a very dangerous investment.

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What the Critics Say

"He never seems to use up the magic...these four novellas demonstrate the qualities that have made King by far the world's most popular author." (Chicago Tribune)
"These stories grab and will not let go." (The Washington Post)
"King is a master storyteller, and you will never forget these stories." (Seattle Times)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Exceptionally Entertaining

4 novellas by King. One Past Midnight: The Langoliers narrated by Willem Dafoe. Not my fave, but better than the movie. Two Past Midnight: Secret Window, Secret Garden , narrated by James Woods. Even better than the movie adaption starring Johnnie Depp. Three Past Midnight: The Library Policeman, narrated by the late Ken Howard. Interesting and unpredictable. Four Past Midnight: The Sun Dog, narrated by Tim Sample. Another great, exciting and unpredictable. I enjoyed listening to all four stories. Worth the time , especially for Stephen King fans.
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- nancy

Sound Design

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe, but I would warn him or her about the audio engineering. I love the story. But music and sound effects are distracting to the way I like to listen. I only want story and narration performance. I have had this problem before with the 'tier-2' Steven King books. It's enough to make me turn it off and return the book. Unfortunately, because the story is pretty interesting.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Story plot itself. It is a slow and strange unfolding, which is not the reason I listen to King. I really just want straight entertainment.


Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard Willem Dafoe before. I really enjoy his performance.


Any additional comments?

STOP ADDING SOUND EFFECTS.

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- KatherineHadar

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-01-2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio