This one is right up there with Carrie and The Shining, and now one of my favorite time traveling novels.
Harry Dunning:and Al Templeton were among my favorites but there are many memorable characters expertly brought to life by Craig Wasson.
All the different voices he did were very captivating. There are some really good impressions that almost sound like famous people - James Stewart came to mind as he did one character's voice.
Absolutely - I listened to one of the four parts all in one sitting - it took all night, but I stayed awake - luckily I am retired and can sleep all day if I need to haha.
I am 51 and this book made me think back to a more innocent time of life when I was five years old, I had a flood of memories come back as Jake discovered the new world he had been introduced to - really nicely done by Mr.King
I would listen to this book again because the story is thought provoking and wonderfully entertaining.
I can't think of any other book that even resembles this book because the ideas expressed in this book are rarely touched upon in the way Stephen King has written about them. You hear the JimLa chant and know that the past does not want to be changed, it will resist you, and it always makes someone pay for even the smallest of changes.
Where Jake finds his true love Sadie, and they dance yet again.
Joy at having a book so different to listen to. The story catches you up in the make believe of what's going on. If you were alive at the time of the assassination of our president, then you remember the saddness of this country and how we wished time could be turned back. But then you start to realize that the past cannot change without paying a price, and the question becomes what price are you willing to pay.
The narrator did an amazing job with many voices to differentiate the vast cast of characters. Great job Mr. King and Mr. Wasson!
This is difficult to do. This audiobook was very well done. I would put among the top three audio books I have listened to thus far. Harry Potter being number one and War and Remembrance-Winds of War being second.
George Amberson/Jake Epping
He is the center of the story and has real human appeal. If he were real I would like him and want him as a friend.
Craig Wasson was fabulous. He did a supberb job of giving each character a voice that brought them to life. His timing was perfect.
The moment where Sadie died in Jake's arms. I knew it was coming because "the past is obturate" and takes its pound of flesh. This moment set the scene for when Jake sees Sadie again in his future. There is a connection between Jake and Sadie that spans the rift in time that exists between them. It is very sensual and moving without being weird or uncomfortable.
For those people who are not Fans of Stephen King, give this book a try. This is my first King novel. I did not expect to get through the first chapter because I have never been a fan of his books that were made into movies. In fairness to Mr. King I never gave his novels a chance. In this instance, I not only bought the audio version, I also purchased a hard copy to add to my book collection.
I just finished listening to the book and I feel like I'm missing some good friends in the main characters. I'm sad to see them go. The narration was very well done, with the narrator voicing the characters in a believable yet not overly affected manner. I am not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this book tied together this genre with the thriller in excellent form, to create something that fans of both genres would appreciate. I felt like the end of the story was a little strange, but still satisfying--I guess that's Stephen King for you. This book is definitely worth the 30 hours that it takes to listen. You won't feel bad about committing that kind of time.
As Stephen King says in his afterword, the best time travel book was written by Jack Finney (Time and Again). In my opinion this book, 11-22-63: A Novel, is the second best. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, and manner in which King setup the logistics and consequences of traveling into the past. Tangling with a historical event as significant as JFK's assasination would be a tall order for anyone This author handled it with great research, finesse and believability.
My only real gripe came with the narration. On the whole it was fine. Unfortunately, his portrayal of Sadie, the main female protagonist and a young woman from Georgia, sounded like an 80 year old hag. This is did not help when attempting to lose one's self in the book, and points out a potential major weakness with audio books. In general, I think male narrators seem to have an easier time with female roles than women narrators with male roles. Unfortunately, this narrator proves to be the exception. Also, several of his characterizations of male characters sounded to me like impersonations of celebrities like Woody Allen, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, and several others . . . just plain distracting.
On the whole, I would heartily recommend 11-22-63. This is the first Stephen King book I've picked up (virtually) in a long time, and I was very pleasantly surprised!
This book is FANTASTIC. I loved the book as a book and I loved it even more as an audiobook. Narration is really well done. The story is engaging, gripping, filled with romance and nostalgia. It transports you to another place and time. It is the BEST book Mr. King has written since his horrendous accident in the late '90's - hands down. Nothing else comes close... (I am not a Dark Tower fan, obviously). I'd put this book right up there with my other King favs: It, The Stand, Needful Things, Dead Zone. Excellent story, well drawn characters, interesting ideas. LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!
Once again, he writes a great story with dramatic well developed characters and provided an accurate historical picture. I truly appreciated the research and thought that went into depicting a future in which JFK is alive and well. I always appreciate performances that don't make me consider the actual "performance" - to me its a sign of a good storyteller.
Stephen King's writing has evolved to finely honed perfection. I was not terribly excited about the JFK storyline; however, the story made me connect deeply with the president's alleged assassin and time period. It truly brings the late 50's/early 60's to tangible reality. This is a mixture of history, historical fiction, and the realistic fantasy that is King's forté. At its core, though, the book is a love story that touched even my cold little heart. Don't hesitate to indulge in this vivid tale!
I give it an A+ like Jake gave the paper written by Harry because it continually evoked an emotional response from me. I only listen in my car, so I found myself looking forward to getting in my car,especially for longer drives. Excellent character development that made you care about the story and the outcomes to the characters. Only my 3rd Stephen King book; I hated to see this one end. I might just listen to it again, it was that good!
The town of Jodie
Sadie and Jake dancing
I was a little apprehensive about this book because of the whole "time travel" thing, but I read the good reviews and decided to try it. I am very glad i gave it a chance, this book is VERY good!! One of the best i've ever listened to.