Books have always been one of my greatest pleasures. I love having the book read to me while I do mindless tasks.
I felt like I escaped to a world that I remember from my childhood. I saw the scenery from that era and smelled the smells. The fantasy seemed real and even the time travel seemed believable. I laughed and cried as I followed Jake's attempts to make the world a better place.
Craig Wasson never sounded like he was reading at all. His narration sounded like words that really came from Jake's heart. Every inflection in that voice built the personality of each character as precisely as the words did.
When I am listening to an especially good read, I look for things I can do that will allow me to just keep listening...walking, working in the garden, long drives to visit relatives in another state...ANYTHING. So I have happily done over 30 hours of mindless work in the last three weeks while feeling like a time traveler. What a journey!
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The narrator was perfect although sometimes he accidentally fell into other characters voices but he quickly corrected himself. I love storytelling and amazing storytellers are rare. This story mixed with historical facts was a history lesson but almost as good as living it.
That it weaved in and out of science fiction, history, a love story and a riveting story. It was a long book but I listened to every word. Sadie, George/Jake, Deek, everyone seemed so real. The butterfly-effect. Everything is connected. You can't change one thing because you change an untold number of other things.
He brought the characters to life. I forgot about the fact he was one man and through him I could envision all of the characters, Sadie, the jump rope girls, Mrs. Kennedy, even Oswald and Marina.
Mrs. Kennedy thanking him for what he did. I can imagine that happening and sad that it never took place.
I've never read or listened to a Steven King novel before. I'm a fan of his because of the movies based on his books. Now I'm just a Steven King fan. 1963 subject interested me and I decided to give it a listen and now I'm very happy that I did. Steven King's storytelling is brilliant. I can't wait for the next book. But I would love an epilogue to Sadie and Jake. The ending was moving and I loved it,
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
I thought the book bogged down in the middle and Craig Wasson read the book so slowly that at times I turned it up to double speed. However, there's no mystery why King sells so many books. I guess in the end, I would have liked a more complex plot and characters, but, I did cry...
The narrator did a wonderful job. The story was unmistakably Stephen King, but he either got in a hurry or has started slipping. There were a few major plot elements that simply needed a good editor. The one that got to me the most was the character who had returned from a trip to the past having aged five years and contracting cancer along the way. From the main character’s point of view less than 12 hours has passed, which helps to convince him that the other guy had really been in the past. This is good stuff, but the problem comes in where the guy who has been back from 1962 for only 12 hours has modern meds and a home nurse who “comes in every Tuesday.” For me, this was like hitting a mental speed-bump, and it was not something that I would expect from Stephen King. There were other glitches, but this was the worst.
Otherwise the story was great, with lots of twists and turns and the stuff that Stephen King does so well. Overall I loved it.
This was a fascinating book, and I enjoyed it immensely!!! The 30+ hours of narration initially seemed excessive, but I was only wishing for more when it came to an end. Stephen King rocks!!!
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Didn't read the print edition.
Yes, many fantastic stories in the past.
A nice job of taking on different voices and accents that add to the enjoyment of listening.
The killing of Sadie
The whole possibility of upsetting not just time, but the planet, galaxy, and universe was quite a teaser that could have evolved into something more my kind of Stephen King. But it didn't. It just ended with a plop, after all that build up. I still enjoyed the book but wished there was more imaginative writing going in the direction of not putting things back and seeing the consequences. After finding out all of the horrific things that had changed from his actions I thought things were really going to take off at that point and the best parts of the book were on the way. But it was over. There was no part 5 :(
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Stephen King wrote a compelling, imaginative story behind a factual and monumental event and did it in such a way that really drew me in. The amount of time and research that had to have gone into this book is just incredible. Craig Wasson actually becomes Jake Epping and made me care about his story, along with the other characters in the book like they were my own friends and family.
It's a a great story and absolutely worth the listen.
The last book I enjoyed this much was The Help. If I could go back on my reviews and just give 5 stars to books I enjoyed this much, there would only be 2- the Help and 11-22-63. I have never been a Stephen King fan. I don't like horror books. I don't care for scare, and blood and gore. I would not even consider myself a sci-fi fan or anyone remotely interested in time travel- though I do enjoy Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. I bought this book because of so many good reviews. I was blown away. I loved listening to it. I enjoyed the chemistry of the characters. I enjoyed how the story moved along. I enjoyed the cultural references to the 50s and 60s and giving that time and place such reality. I've gone to 5 bookstores trying to find a copy for my husband to read as I SO want to talk with someone about this book.
I never liked Woody Allen movies and then along came
I would recommend this as Audible's ultimate adult summer listen.
Jacob ... er, Jake ...well, George!
Every single character -- and there are a good many of 'em - was spot on!
I'm still listening to it! So far, there have been very Stephen King moments detailing exceptionally graphic moments of violence ... and tenderness .... and nature ... and shock ....and an extraordinary sense of the protagonist's immediacy, commitment, presence and personal conflict with
Stephen King pulls no punches, historically, politically, emotionally, physically, psychologically. I like that! A master craftsman and teller of tales, King's 11-22-1963 novel deserves WINNER status on every level.
The Character's! As always Stephen King is a master at developing his character's in a way that even though there are so many of them, and so much going on, you can still keep it all together.
One of the most memorable moments is when Jake meets up with Bev and Ritchie in Derry. I love it when King alligns a new story with an old one. It's a treat for those of us who have read all of his books to see these little tidbits and know they are just for us, his devoted fans.
I have not heard on of Craig Wasson's performances before. I thought he did a good job.
King never makes it easy for you, like in the Dark Tower when he kills off Roland's Ka Tet, but we still love him anyway. Knowing that Sadie still get's hurt no matter what poor Jake does is a little disheartening but it's all necessary to help the story make it's point.
I love Mr. King and I can't wait for the next one.