For die-hard Stephen King fans, or baby boomers looking to immerse themselves in a ham-fisted but loving literary ode to the early 60's, 11-22-63 is sure to meet, though likely not exceed, your expectations. For readers who generally eschew King's works but find themselves, as I was, intrigued by the premise of the story, you would be better served skipping this title and instead imagining how great of a story it could have been.
Craig Wassons narration is adequate but unspectacular. Major characters are identifiable by voice, and the accents he gives to the characters adequately convey the differing manners of speech characteristic to both the physical and temporal locations of the various settings of the book. Unfortunately, curious choices in pacing and inflection during much of the dialogue serve to highlight forced and unnatural style of King's dialogue. Likewise, the often over-the-top delivery of lines spoken by the main character highlight Kings propensity for hamfisted narration.
The story itself is an interesting idea, poorly paced, and taken in all the wrong directions. Time and again we see the potential for interesting facets of the story come and go without development, as though King himself wanted to write a truly interesting story but then reigned himself in at the last moment and decided to stick to his all-to-familiar horror-esque tropes. The result is a muddled and untranscendant mishmash of genres that fails to achieve anything but disappointment.
Such a creative and interesting story colored perfectly by an excellent audio performance. The second half becomes a little less interesting, but overall it is definitely worth a listen. A credit well spent!
No this is the 1st narration I have experienced with Craig Wasson - but hopefully not the last, amazing talent.
First Stephen King for me. Too long -- could easily have been abridged (had to take a break between parts 2 and 3 to recharge). But second half (especially part 4 of 4) very powerful, and the ending was absolutely haunting. Narration and audio quality surprisingly uneven (sounded like there was a substitute narrator in places!). But overall very glad I stuck it out. Will be a great movie!
1/4 the length. SOOO much filler writing that was not needed.
Makes a lot of the characters sound mentality disabled or like a stroke victim.
Craig Wasson was fantastic. He did a number of accents very well, which served the story well since there were many characters to keep straight.
There were times when I forgot that it was one person reading all of the voices. He truely transported me.
I was moved by the love story embedded in this detailed, historical novel. Any more than that and I would give it away...
I like this calmer version of Steven King. I used to read his scary stuff a long time ago but I can't stomach it anymore. This story had such feeling that I had no problem getting through the somewhat disturbing parts. The story had a definite destination and I couldn't wait for King to get there. Now I want to listen to The Dome.
The story just grabs you and keeps you wanting more.
He did the accents perfect and made you think he WAS george/jacob.
Stephen King is a great story teller. This was hard to stop listening too! Craig Wasson did a great job narrating.
intriguing story line, living in the past you remember only from history books and news accounts. For those of us who lived in that era, a fine walk down memory lane. and food for thought, about how fragile our interactions with each other are. one encounter can change the course of history.
the love story and the interruption of a life altered by a horrendous act by a family member.
the lovely ending
His voice changes for different people, hearing the differences instead of your own voice.husky whispering, soft inflections of Sadie, and so many others.
Really change History??
I have recommended this book to all of my friends. I've never read a Stephen King novel before because I'm not a fan of horror books. But this story is completely engrossing. The main character is funny and I can't stop thinking about it when I'm not listening.
The narrator does a terrific job. He handles all of the character voices so well that I can picture in my mind what they might look like. I don't want this book to end!
I listen to Audible books while training for half marathons. This book makes me want to keep running longer so I can find out what happens!
Awesome Awesome Awesome!!!
The history around the assanation, I learn a lot about what happen, during one of the darkest days in American history. And also about the pass not wanting to be change, and what could happen if we could change the past. Made me think, things happen for a reason.
Very good job, Mr Wasson really made the story come to life, I found myself hanging on to every word, I laugh out loud some times and I found myself getting choked up at times. I think his performance is one of the reason, I enjoyed the book so much.
I thinks it would be very hard to make a movie about this book, maybe a mini series. Like they did with the stand!
Love it, Thank you Mr King!!