Love kitties, quilting, and cooking
Yes, I would. It was interesting, and the ending did not disappoint. The story is improbable, and I found myself wondering how King would provide an ending that was plausible and satisfactory. He managed it masterfully.
The main character George/Jake. He was appropriately skeptical, ethical, and persistent.
Never listened to him before, but his performance was excellent.
This was my first audio book in a long time. It was my first book from audible.com, and I enjoyed it very much.
A totally different story and a performance that wasn't so dramatically sentimental
tone it down a ton
The characters weren't the problem. The writing is the problem. The writing is needlessly sentimental to the point where I literally cringed at parts.
The early books I have read by Stephen king ,especially the long ones, had the shortcoming of having lackluster, unsatisfying endings. This book unfortunately has just that. King is an amazing writer and can suck you into a story with good character development and an amazing knack for detail. This is a time travel story where the main character is sucked into a plot to save President Kennedy. Everything from the process of time travel to the feel of the 1950's is meticulously rendered. The Plot is solid and believable for a fantastic premise. But the end amounts to the simplistic message: "don't mess with time". I expected something more after the build up. We are forced to believe that if Kennedy has stayed president he basically would have wrecked the country as well as the idea that a mysterious "force" will punish us for even trying to change the time stream by dropping asteroids on our heads. Its a fun read, but King can and has done better than this. On the plus side, Craig Wasson is spot-on for the narrator.
Okay, let me start by saying that this was my first Stephen King book. Although I enjoyed it, at times I found it to be too long. The main character was likable but a bit one dimensional. I think we can expect to see another S. K.'s mini- series based on this book soon.
Intriguing story-line that kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next. Glad I was listening or I would have turned to the end to see what was going to happen. Craig Wasson brought each character to life - enjoyed listening to him. I will have to say that I was sorry to see it end, but it ended beautifully.
Just another guy.
I cannot stop talking about this book and am now listening to it a second time. Apart from the gunslinger series, this is the best Stephen King book that I have read/listened.
I highly recommend it.
Finally, after I finished the story, I went to Texas on a trip and had to check out the book depository. What an overall cool experience.
I have not but am really interested in listening to him some more. He was fantastic and made the character really believable. Great job!
Living in Granbury, TX. Semi-retired. Love to read but it's hard to find the time to sit down!
This book was fantastic - a little on the "other" side of Stephen King. The narrator was so good - the story was great - even though it was very long - I never wanted it to end.
The title of the book is the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas. An English teacher in Lisbon, Maine is pointed by his friend to a portal into a time warp that takes his friend back always to a specific date in 1958. From there he can live time onward for a period of time and then return through the same portal. While time lived might be four or five years, in actual time he would only be out of this time frame for a few minutes. This friend had mourned the death of JFK for 50 years and always thought that had he lived everything would have been different-there wouldn’t have been race riots, we wouldn’t have escalated the Vietnam war, etc. So he came up with the idea of going back in time to change that outcome-to kill Lee Oswald before he could kill Kennedy. But the old man was dying so he enlisted his friend, a highschool English teacher, to take over the project. Jake Epping understood from his friend that every time you went back in time, the time was reset to the exact same date, and you went on from there. So Jake goes into the same time warp starting in 1958. But he has something else he wants to fix-a tragic story from one of his students involving this student’s family murdered by their father in 1958. And he runs into problems right away. He changes the outcome of that event, but the result is not what he expected. Still, he pursues his old friend’s objective, to keep Kennedy from being assassinated. But, if he can accomplish that, will the outcome be a good one? Is it really true that every time you enter that time warp you start over again and there’s no carryover from previous times? And what happens if Jake falls in love with someone from the 1960’s? Can he stay forever in that time period to be with his love, or can he bring her back to the present? In other words, do we really want to screw around with the past to change events? I generally don’t read science fiction or horror classics so haven’t read much Stephen King but I heard good things about this book so I read it. The book is quite long, and I stayed with it all the way. I remember the 1960’s quite well so enjoyed a travel back in time to the music and history of the 1960’s. The narrator wasn’t that great, though. He was overly dramatic in his delivery, and, what was worse, he tried to imitate the voices and accents of actual historic figures and didn’t do it very well-annoying! But I do heartily recommend this book.
I enjoyed the reader's presentation. The character voices were different from each other. it was a natural feel to go from one to another.
I like time travel. The "reset" was an interesting and unique concept. Starting in 1958 each time presented some complications and some solutions.
I enjoyed this book with a couple exceptions: Too much of the "F" word, and more filler than needed. It's a LONG book.
Very thought provoking. I enjoyed the story. I was looking forward to the end, then when it was over, I didn't want it to be.
Didn't read the print version
none that i know of
all the accents, the color of the late 50's...so much in fact; he is just excellent
If you could save JFK
The afterword by the author could have been more interesting. I was waiting for some practical applications on the butterfly effect in the present, for example. I was so eager to get to the end that I found the romance part too long...Overall excellent.