I got this book (my second audiobook) as a Stephen King fan and with an interest in the "What if JFK wasn't shot?" question.
Firstly, if you're looking for a book that proposes a detailed alternative reality (AR) sans assasination, then you won't really get it here. An AR is presented, quite briefly, almost at the end of the book, but to me it was a bit of a let down. Whereas the first 29 hours of the book showed an amazing amount of deep and detailed research, I felt the AR was a bit unrealistic and poorly researched and developed.
However, that aside, if you're looking for a story that will suck you in and won't let you put it down, the book overall is excellent. I had some very late nights listening to this one.
While I have to give credit to King's writing, I think that as an audiobook it was made by the excellent narration of Craig Wasson. I really can't fault Wasson's work. His ability to switch voices convincingly in conversational sections in particular really makes the listener feel as though they are witness to the conversation being described and really adds to the ability to immerse yourself in the story. My first audiobook listen was a multi-narrator one, with each character having a unique narrator. When I realised that this (and I assume most) audiobooks have only a single narrator, I thought it would be hard to listen to, but Wasson quickly changed my mind. I think I may have been spolied by having this as my first single narrator listen, as other books I've listened to since don't come near the same standard.
Overall, I think the story itself was interesting and a good reflection on late 50s/early 60s America. While it seemed a bit too detailed in some places and could have been a little shorter, if you're simply after entertainment, it's hard to go past this book.
This may be the best...most mature...and most beautiful novel King has ever written. It's long -- yet it reads like a suspense novel. The characters and story grabbed me, and Craig Wasson's AMAZING reading took my breath away. I didn't want it to end, yet I couldn't stop listening.
There's no good-vs-evil, no black-and-white thinking here. It's much more complex...much more believable. King must have done meticulous historical research and contemplated hundreds of "what if" scenarios. I love history, and have always been fascinated by counterfactual history. This novel is the ultimate example of that.
Most importantly, I really cared about these characters -- and that's what makes a book unforgettable for me. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time.
I use to read Stephen King, then like so many others, I stopped. This book is a return to the page-turning days of The Stand and It. It really is the book he was born to write - and I have to add a high-five for the narrator, who does so many incredible accents and characters well that I couldn't believe it!
I have to admit, when I first heard about this book (before it was released) I was skeptical. Well, I can definitely say that I am skeptical no longer. This is one of the best books I have listened to all year. It hooked me from the start with the brilliant narration by Craig Wasson who brought this story and it's characters to vivid life. I have read/listened to Stephen King's books for years and love the majority of them. But some of his books just stand out and this is one of them.
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Yes. I have found the audio versions better than the print versions in all of the books I have read and listened to. It brings it to life more when you can hear the characters speaking and thinking.
I highly recommend this book and have been talking about it since finishing it about 2 weeks ago. What a thought-provoking story! It includes some history, drama, romance, and action all combined in one well-written book that will cause you to pause and ask some serious questions about life. Loved it!
Did not read it, but would think it would be.
True to Characters are my three words. His voice was great. He was righ on with the different characters. I wanted to grade him as excellent, and felt he as an individual should have been. There were, however, times that I was distracted by changes in voice that the character, or situation did not change. I felt it was a bad job of editing. Maybe I missed something that happened. I was driving at the time, but it seemed so obvious, and a bit distraciting that they had gone back and redone the voice in places.
I found it interesting, not moving.
A friend said it was one of the best books she has ever read. I was glad to hear that, because I was getting bogged down about two thirds of the way through, and it kept me thinking it would be worth the effort, which it was.
My wife is at the same spot. I never said anything, and she is saying,
I liked it well enough. Got me back into Stephen King, but I can't help but feel this book could have been about 30% shorter. And the ending/explanation was a bit of a let down.
Everything! I really hesitated listening to this book as some of Stephen King's writings are a little too weird even for me but I am so glad I did not go with my first thoughts. This book is absolutely superb in every way. I have always been fascinated with the idea of time travel and his approach to it is the best I have
There is nothing to compare it to, it was that good.
At the risk of divulging too much information, the last dance.
Considering it was 29 CDs, I couldn't have but it did get me all the way from Las Vegas to Houston and back as far as Phoenix. I didn't mind the drive listening to this book and wanted to keep driving just to listen.
Thanks, Stephen King, for a wonderful entertaining and educational experience all in one book.