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Summary

Number one best-selling author Stephen King's unforgettable novella - first included in his 1990 award-winning collection Four Past Midnight and made into a highly acclaimed miniseries - about a terrifying plane ride into a most unfriendly sky is now available as a stand-alone publication.

The flight attendants were gone; almost all the passengers were gone; Brian Engle was willing to bet the 767's two-man cockpit crew was also gone. He believed Flight 29 was heading east on automatic pilot.

On a red-eye flight from LA to Boston, 10 passengers wake up to discover everyone else has disappeared. Brian Engle, a trained pilot, remembers something about a strange aurora borealis and turbulence reports over the desert. Now he has to try to land the plane.

But the safe haven of Bangor airport is not what it seems. It's eerily empty. The clocks have stopped. The food and drink is tasteless. The fuel doesn't burn. And the sound, like 'radio static', is getting closer. Craig Toomy, an investment banker, believes he knows what's coming. The Langoliers. Which means time is, quite literally, running out....

A spine-tingling, propulsive novella, The Langoliers is a brilliant listen from the masterful Stephen King.

©1990 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster Audio

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First of all, the narration by Willem Dafoe is as good as you would expect, the problem is that a goodly chunk of Chapter 6 is missing. In the middle of a conversation, the recording jumps to the beginning of Chapter 7, Audible have been made aware of the issue. PE

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English accent ruins it

Each time the English character is voiced it ruins the scene and I'm taken out of the story through distraction, not only is the pronunciation too bad to ignore, at times it's almost incomprehensible (flukkie/flukey).

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Dreadful narration

Willem Dafoe sounded like an automaton. His English accent was abysmal. His portrayal of other characters was pretty awful. Decent story ruined.

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King Dafoe

One of King's best and extremely dodgy English character accent aside, Willem Dafoe is a great narrator.

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Ouch!

I am a great fan of Willem Dafoe, a first class actor, but oh dear…his English accent sounds like a truly bad impression of Cary Grant - probably the worst English accent I’ve ever heard. Bethany, a young girl, comes over as a half-drunk, middle-aged chain smoker, which makes the love interest she has in another teenage character a tad disturbing. Perhaps the producers should have rethought the casting and given Dafoe something better suited to his talents? I have to say, I was so distracted by the accents, it really spoilt the book for me. Having said that, it is a good story, and worth a listen, even if the accents do grate on your nerves a bit!

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Good story but the sound isn't great

I really enjoy Stephen King books. I found the audio quality a bit low. I listen on headphones, my amazon echo and speaker on my phone. all devices nearly had to be at full volume for me to hear the narrator. overall was a good performance and story just hard to hear at stages.

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William Dafoe’s British accent is laughable

Half decent story line but I’m a die hard King fan. Anyone who isn’t probably would find it somewhat lack lustre.

When I learned William Dafoe (one of my favourite actors) was the narrator I believed I would be in for a treat. That is until I heard his British accent. Trust me it makes Dick Van Dyke’s sound authentic!

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Old production hurts a good book

The editing on the audio is generally pretty poor. Dafoe is an excellent narrator, but there's a "ghost-echo" of his voice throughout. The music over some sections is incredibly annoying - it gives a feeling of radio theatre, and I half-expected other sound effects like creaky doors or ripping paper.
It's a shame on what is one of my favourite underrated classic King stories.