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Three Past Midnight: The Library Policeman

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This is the third gripping tale in the four-part audio series from Stephen King's best-selling book Four Past Midnight. Set in Junction City, Iowa, "The Library Policeman" is the story of Sam Peebles, a middle-aged businessman who happens to have some overdue books. It seems a minor offense -- but not to Junction City's malevolent monster of a librarian. What follows is sp ...more
Audio Cassette, 540 pages
Published May 1st 1991 by Highbridge Audio (first published 1990)
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أَحْمَد
قيمتها بثلاثة نجوم لأنها مرعبة فعلا ...بس مش عارف حاسس أن فيها حاجة غلط ...لا يعجبنى هذا العنف الهائل الموجه للأطفال
تعذيب الأطفال وقتل بعضهم بهذا الشكل أنا شايف أنه غلط يكون فى شكل رواية وقصة المفروض أنها موجهة للصغار لقراءتها ....يعنى أنا متخيل انى لو قرأت القصة دى وأنا طفل صغير يمكن كنت كرهت المكتبة والكتب أصلا ....

الرواية فيها فجوات ...يعنى مين ' ادريا ' دى ؟
جت منين ؟ ..
طيب ...شرطى المكتبة...سام كانت عنده عقدة من حادثة قديمة ..
كان بيشوف أحلام عن شرطى المكتبة
وادريا كانت بتستخدم برضه شرطى مكت
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Sasa
Nov 30, 2014 Sasa rated it it was amazing
"Ako ne vratite knjige na vreme, po Vas ce doci Knjiški policajac.''

Posle duzeg vremena, opet sam osetio ono uzbudjenje i jezu, koje sam osecao citajuci stare Kingove romane/price.
Ovo doduse i jeste stara prica, ali nakon desetak prethodnih romana, to se izgubilo i nisam ga nasao sve do sad.

Nije ovde rec o knjiškom policajcu.Ovde je rec o vampirima, duhovima, vesticama, demonima.
Ovde cete naci i Crvenkapu, i Zlatokosu i Ivicu i Maricu.
Ovde cete naci tragicne ljudske price.
Cak ce biti i mesta za
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Ivan Lutz
Jun 10, 2015 Ivan Lutz rated it it was ok
Početak maestralan, sredina zbunjujuće dosadna, rasplet loš.
Merci Pol
Aug 05, 2015 Merci Pol rated it really liked it
The story is simply awesome and the idea is very original. However, I thought I would give the book 5 stars, until it released us the real meaning of The Library Man. Something in my enthusiasm was interrupted. I started to look at the story from a different angle. It is still perfect, but the fact of the main character's childhood hit me like a bus. I just couldn't read on with the same feelings anymore. I don't wish the story was different. No way. It's okay the way it is. It's just..... the b ...more
Rebecca McNutt
May 03, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, death
Eerie and disturbing, Stephen King's ability to turn the ordinary into extraordinary shines through as a library becomes a living hell and if you don't hand in your overdue books... well, god help you. This little horror story is definitely a classic.
Amir Lewiz
Jul 04, 2014 Amir Lewiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصة جيدة أعجبتني أحداثها و غموضها و
أعجبني الجانب السيكولوجي بها

وشرحه كيف تؤثر أحداث وخبرات الطفولة في حياة الشخص بعد ذلك
و هو يذكرك بـ فرويد


وأعجبني ذكره لجمعية المدمنين المجهلين
Alcoholic Anonymous
فأول مرة قرأت عنها كان في كتاب متخصص ..
فكنت سعيدا عندما قرأت الاسم في في رواية جيب

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كنت ألاحظ الجوانب السيكولوجية طوال القصة .. و أعجب بها لأجدني في النهاية أتذكر و أستوعب ما كتبه د. أحمد خالد توفيق في المقدمة :

من الأشياء المهمة لدي (كينج )عمق ثقافته
و ولعه بتشريح الشخصيات و لهذا نعتبره أدي
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علياء
Sep 05, 2015 علياء rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات
العنوان مشوق جداً، خصوصاً لمن هم على صلة وطيدة ودائمة بالقراءة. يا ترى ماذا سيحصل لو تأخر أحدهم في إعادة الكتاب إلى مكتبة، يرى فيها ما لا يراه الآخرون؟ يمتلك ستيفن كينغ أدوات جذب القارئ، قد تكون هذه الأحداث حصلت بالفعل وبغرابة شديدة، ولكنها تسكن تصورات بطل الرواية ونابعة من جزئيات حياته وحياة الآخرين التي تترابط مع كل شيء بمخيلة خصبة للغاية.
Chris_P
Oct 12, 2015 Chris_P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Well, I guess what this book is really about are the deepest-fears-that-lurk-deep-in-the-shadows-of-our-souls. And you know what happens when King gets his hands on the deepest-fears-that-lurk-deep-in-the-shadows-of-our-souls.
I think that deep inside I had figured out what the policeman was all about halfway through the book, but I wanted to deny it. So it actually came as a surprise. Well more as a rock that fell on top of my head.
Shocking, simple, brilliant!
Alan Torres
Jun 09, 2015 Alan Torres rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
polizia
Rose
Oct 04, 2008 Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-king
I had two thoughts while reading this book:

One was that I had just finished an article by John Mark Eberhart, who wrote, "... all I can say is bravo to Mr. King. You keep finding new ways to entertain us, and yes, to make us think about how the world continues to abide such cruelties, for some horrible, inane reason, and about the truly frightening aspects of aging, of losing friends and loved ones to death and, inevitably, contemplating the undeniable truth of our own eventual demise."

For all t
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Gamal Hassan
هذه اول مره اقرا فيها لستيفين كينج ؟وانطباعى لم يكن انبهاريا تماما ,الروايه عموما جميله فيها غموض فى البدايه ثم شرح كل القصه وانتقل الى المسوخ
وحاجات الرعب اللطيفه دى ,تفصيل الشخصيات كان جيدا والحقيقه انه كل الروايه دى فى جمله واحده فيها وهى :
(لم اكن اعلم ان عكس الخوف هو الايمان والحب
Amira Mahmoud
Aug 04, 2015 Amira Mahmoud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الأبداع هو أن تصنع فكرة عبقرية من اللاشيء
فكرة القصة التى تدور حول "شرطي المكتبة " ذلك الرجل الذي يمتد طوله إلى مترين وهناك ندبة على حاجز الأنف تمتد لما تحت العينين , وهو مستعد للفتك بك لأنك تأخرت عن رد الكتاب في موعده
تبدو فكرة مضحكة وساذجة , حتى بالنسبة للأطفال
لكن ستيفن كينج استطاع أن يجعل من الفكرة الساذجة قصة مرعبة , غامضة , مثيرة , وممتعة
وان يغوص في أفكار سيكولوجية
كيف أن طفولتنا تؤثر بشيء أو بآخر على ما نحن عليه الآن
وكيف أن كُل شيء يؤثر فينا مهما ظننا نسيانه يبقى قابع في منطقة اللاوعي
جعلني
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Anyla
Mar 27, 2014 Anyla rated it it was amazing
Stephen King's books usually give me nightmares, whether it's because I prefer to read them before sleep or because they're truly terrifying, doesn't really matter. It's what makes me love reading those books even more. The Library Policeman was one of them. I love the way King portrays the repression of the memories and the way they slowly come back, similar to what happens in "It". The scariest part for me, though, wasn't Ardelia Lortz and her monstrosity - even though I did hate her with a bu ...more
Mohamed Shady
Aug 29, 2014 Mohamed Shady rated it really liked it
إحنا محتاجين شرطى زى ده لمكتبة الاستعارة بتاعتنا :D
جار كتابة ريفيو ..
Chrissa Vasileiou
Aug 16, 2015 Chrissa Vasileiou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stephen-king
Με εξέπληξε ευχάριστα!Είχα ψιλοαπογοητευτεί από την τελευταία σειρά διηγημάτων του King και το ξεκίνησα με επιφύλαξη και για να βγει από τη λίστα,μιας και δεν ήταν πολλές οι σελίδες του.

Παρόλα αυτά μου θύμισε τον κλασικό Βασιλιά και τις ιστορίες του που δε σε αφήνουν να πάρεις ανάσα και να αφήσεις το βιβλίο από τα χέρια σου,μέχρι να τελειώσει.Συναρπαστική αφήγηση,ζωντανές περιγραφές,ήρωες που τους συμπαθείς και σε κερδίζουν και το αιώνιο Κακό,η αγαπημένη έμπνευση του King,δοσμένη μοναδικά από τη
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Πάνος Τουρλής
Αχ ο αγαπημένος μου Στήβεν Κινγκ!!!Ούτε υπερβολές, ούτε βλακείες, ούτε αηδιαστικές περιγραφές, ούτε τίποτα ακραίο. Γνήσιος, αυθεντικός Κινγκ. Η σατανική βιβλιοθηκάριος γύρισε για να πάρει εκδίκηση από τον κακόμοιρο πρώην εραστή της. Ένα "βαμπίρ" που ζει από τους παιδικούς φόβους και τις φοβίες και εκμεταλλεύεται ανθρώπους και καταστάσεις. Εξαιρετική πλοκή, καλογραμμένοι διάλογοι, τρόμος και αγωνία, ανατροπές, περιγραφές συναισθημάτων και ο πρωταγωνιστής να έχει να αντιμετωπίσει τον δικό του δαίμ ...more
Gabe
Feb 10, 2015 Gabe rated it liked it
Well, maybe I should start by saying that I am no stranger to Steven King, in fact I have more than few of his books under my belt, and I am a fan of his, so I may be a bit bias with my review.

I've decided to this book in particular because of the title that said something about a library policeman - now far from being bookworm myself, I am a regular at the local library and I even visit a library when I travel as well, in what ever city I happens to stop for the night or as my destination. So t
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Johnny Notte
Jun 18, 2015 Johnny Notte rated it really liked it
Ενα βιβλιο που το θεωρουσα "outsider" απο την βιβλιογραφια του μαστερ του τρομου Κινγκ, μου κεντρισε την προσοχη, διαβαζοντας την περιληψη του οπισθοφυλλου. Η αγαπημενη συνηθεια του συγγραφεα, να περιγραφει αριστοτεχνικα την φαινομενικά φυσιολογική ζωή στην αμερικανικη ημιαστική επαρχία, δινεται απλόχερα και εδω, οπου σε μια δημοτική βιβλιοθήκη μιας κωμοπολης διαδραματιζεται ένα πολύ περιεργο σκηνικό. Η διαβολική βιβλιοθηκάριος Αρντιλια Λορτζ, απο την πρωτη εμφανιση της στις σελιδες του βιβλιου, ...more
Cher
Aug 17, 2008 Cher rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
This is a story about a boy who gets raped at a public library. King does such a good job of describing the feelings of the boy during and afterward, I must give him credit for thorough research or bravery in facing one's own demons. Is this horrible? Yes. Is it well written? Yes. But the depressing ickyness of this novella is too overwhelming to actually "enjoy" reading it. I read horror for escapism!
Dian Cronan
May 18, 2016 Dian Cronan rated it really liked it
This is a great Stephen King mini-read (when you consider the length of most of his other work). It starts out kinda humorous and quirky and then all the sudden it isn't. As usual, King builds his story around well-developed characters. Here, Sam Peebles, a small town insurance salesman, crosses paths with a stern librarian as he prepares for a speech. He later learns he has stumbled onto a dark secret in this small Iowa town. And it's a secret the librarian and her henchman, the Library Policem ...more
Nancy Townsend
Feb 08, 2015 Nancy Townsend rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, audiobook
Early on in the story the main character, Sam Peebles, comments that he feels as if he is in an episode of The Twilight Zone. But he's wrong, no episode of The Twilight Zone was ever this nasty. Stephen King was never afraid to cover unpleasant issues. It's probably safest to avoid the library!
Paul
Sep 04, 2013 Paul rated it liked it
Typically gripping as are all the Stephen Kings I've read. An interesting blend of sci-fi and horror but disappointing to me because of the gratuitous adult content. As King knows, our own imaginations are more colourful than even he can put words to.
Faten
القصه تحكي عن سام

سام اللذي يستعير كتابان من المكتبه
وعندما يتأخر في اعادتهما يبدأ شرطي المكتبه في مطاردته

القصه خفيفه و اسلوبها سلس جدا
Lostaccount Darkpool
I've read a lot of Stephen King over the years but missed this one until recently. This one strikes me as the kind of thing that probably would have had a hard time being published if King wasn't who he became before it was published. It started off interesting in a quaint kind of way (feels dated though since most libraries have been shut down or turned into something else where I'm from, sadly), if a bit childish, but it's being forced to swallow whole chunks of Drunk Dave's boring story (dump ...more
Anastasia Kampouridou
I have to say, I'm still a little bit freaked out.
It starts as a normal supernatural story and ends up the in the most horrifying way.
Dave Fellows
Jan 18, 2016 Dave Fellows rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars. I read this in just five sittings, and one of them was a one-hour plane ride from Jersey back to England to see the family. The other four sessions began at roughly 11:45pm, and lasted until approximately 1:30am! I enjoyed it, and marvel once again at what Stephen King deems to be a 1Cshort story 1D 13 this 250 page tale is probably equal in length to James Patterson 19s last 3 publications! Story-wise, it 19s simply another story with the Stephen King stamp all over it 13 dark, scary ...more
Nor Ahmed
Jan 24, 2016 Nor Ahmed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية بسيطة ممتعة ..ربما لم ترعبني شخصيا قط لكن أحداثها متتابعة ومتواترة بشكل جيد دفعني لإنهائها سريعا.
الرواية باختصار تحكي عن ذلك الشرطي المخيف الذي يقتل أو يضرب كل من يخالف ميعاد إعادة الكتب المستعارة ولا يكفيه أن تدفع الغرامة القانونية..يحكي أيضا عن أمينة المكتبة التي تحقق رغبتها في إشباع حاجتها من مشاعر الرهبة والخوف ومن دموع الفزع لدى الأطفال من خلال استغلالها لعملها..
لكن من وجهة نظري المتواضعة فإن كل ما ذكرته سلفا ليس إلا مجرد أحداث ظاهرية أراد بها الكاتب أن يوضح هدفه الذي هو أن الخوف ناب
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Camilla Severns
Mar 26, 2016 Camilla Severns rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stephen-king-3
I really liked this story. It has stuck with me for years after reading it.
Katie Scarlett
Jan 11, 2016 Katie Scarlett rated it it was amazing
So many positive things to say about this short story. Everyone has a library policeman. Something. A situation. A memory, that haunts them. Some so bad you completely work for years to block out. Sam finds his after his trip to the library in Iowa. This story has it's ups and downs. Left and rights. It basically shocks you at every turn. At one point. .... When we figured out his deep horrendous memory.... I had to stop, as it was very painful to read. Definitely read this one. Four Past Midnig ...more
dennis046
Jun 13, 2014 dennis046 rated it it was ok
Read in Dutch.

I read this novel of King in the softcover book "Schemerwereld" consisting of two stories, "De Man Met Het Litteken" and "Spookfoto's". This review is about the first one.



This is the third story I read by Stephen King, the other ones being Misery and The Dark Tower I. I have seen a number of movie adaptations, but on paper I'm relatively new to the guy. Maybe I chose the wrong second book, or maybe my standards were to high thanks to the great Misery, but this story didn't interes
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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