I only review my more favorites here.
Great time travel and a look at that period. I thought I would not like it at that length - but jeez it was gripping the whole way. A big 'yes' on this one.
King has the abilityto draw marvelous pictures evoking a nostalgic age in transition. He asks probing questions about the nature of time and our place in it.
the plot and characters
Do you wish you lived in another time
Yes. It was both factual and entertaining.
It was moving and believable.
No, but I would again.
It did make me cry.
I am a mother and a SW engineer. English is my second language.
The performance added real value: Accents and an interpretation of the characters diction
The author didn't leave ane loose end.
Relation to historical information, time travel, and narrator's performance.
No, I have not, but enjoyed his performance.
No extreme reaction.
Suspenseful; Interesting; Emotional.
The best narration that I have yet heard. Craig Wasson's performance truly made the story come alive. He gave the characters a personality and a depth that was nearly three dimensional. The story was brilliantly written and held my captive attention throughout.
I listen to audio books while training for marathon races. I need the story to take me away since miles 2 through 25 become long. But I don't want a technical self help book - too much to think about. Stephen King's books have become a main stay in taking me away while training - I don't even turn him off while cooling down. This book as with "Cell" kept me wanting to train longer - it was that good. You begin wishing you too could find the stairs to the past.
Confession: I have never read a Stephen King novel. That said, I am now just into the 2nd part of 11-22-63 and thoroughly engrossed in this story! So much so that I find myself not wanting to work or sleep so I can hear more (sadly, that's not possible). The narration is awesome, the story is fascinating and makes me wish I were Jake. :)
Part 1 would stand alone as a great book - I can't wait to see what the next 24 hours or so of listening have in store!
Harmonizing Obdurate Past.
The amazing amount of tension that build though out the story. What a great ride!
The first time Jake goes into the past. I love the descriptions of an earlier time.
It made me shudder a few times and gave me a yearning for the past. A truly well written book that provokes one to consider the nature of fate.
Get this book, one of King's best.
Now, before I get started I just wanted to point out that there's a reason Stephen King is the world's bestselling novelist. I've loved his books since picking up The Dead Zone when I was in high school.
However, I've come to realize that his longer works are in dire need of some serious edit trimming. There are many points in his longer works that seem to wander off the trail and go on and on about something that has no real purpose and doesn't move the story forward. One of the many things I've learned about writing is that if it doesn't move the story ahead then it should be deleted. During these side stories I find my mind wondering about other things going on around me. The grip of the story simply loses me many times throughout the book.
Don't get me wrong, it is a good story, but you could have an even better story by cutting this novel in half and doing away with extra stuff thrown in to bulk up the novel.
The Stand, It, Under the Dome, the Dark Tower series and several others would have been stronger stories by cutting sentences, paragraphs and even entire chapters.
And by saying in my headline "Going full circle with no gain" can be understood when you listen to or read the book to the final page.