Everything!! Enjoyed the narrator, the storyline-EVERYTHING!! Was sheer genius. When I first read that it was about the Kennedy assasination I started to move on. Didn't see HOW he was going to make it interesting and NEW but he DID. JUST GREAT!!!
Can't think of any that does
When Sadie died (opps sorry people). But then did she come back again??? It is about time travel
I couldnt resist listening to this story everywhere i could until it was done! It kept my interest the entire time and like other Steven King stories he has some twisted events.That is what makes them so interesting. You never know what is really going to happen next. A must read for Steven King fans and new listeners alike. Cant wait for the next!
I have to join with all the other 5-star voters on this one. It has all the ingredeients of an all-time-best for King. The JFK assination scenario (and the surrounding controversies) provide a great combination of fiction with underlying factual base, with plot and storyline. The competing "conspiracy theories" are intertwined, with everyone pointing the finger at the others (the Russians, CIA, FBI, Mafia, Cubans, democrats, communists, republicans, racists, John Birchers), but with no "answer" one way or the other (King's own belief is that Oswald acted alone, vs his wife's view of "conspiracy" w/ a "second shooter"). Then immagination and dilemma constantly pull on your emotional and intellectual strings in oposite directions. Kept me on the edge of my seat, could not put this one down. Those from the era of the 50s and 60s will enjoy reliving those times (complete with "sock hops", swing dance, "sparking" at the drive-in, poodle skirts, Annette Funichello and the Mouseketeers, '61 Galaxy Fords and Chevy Impalas). King is a master at this kind of background development. At the same time, this classic King also challanges the imagination: We've all had thoughts of "if only I could do it over again?" Monday morning quarterbacking makes for interesting conversation, but if you really had to do it over again, would you do it any differently? Can you truthfully say that the outcome would be different? Would there be an "offsetting penalty" to pay? Good time-travel book, better King immagination; outstanding storytelling. This one's headed for Hollywood. Watch.
As a fan of Stephen King, I've read many of his stories that have been very bloody & gory. Not all his stories are that way. For this story, he has toned it down a lot and is still able to get his point across just fine. No need for excess. As usual, he delivers smooth writing and keeps the story moving along like a well oiled and well tuned favorite car! Thank you Mr. King for another wonderful story and for your bright imagination.
The story was very interesting and imaginative.
All his performances are very good. I'm a professional listener aka truck driver, so that makes me very picky about the readers of audio books. Craig delivers a very quality piece of work.
I didn't have time to listen in one sitting. It's over 30 hours long! But being a trucker, I did get through it all in about 4 days.
Ditto all said in the above boxes. Stephen King is a wonderful story teller.
It’s been a while since I read a King novel, but I thought I would try it again when I saw the good reviews, I have to tell you that I really enjoyed this book, it’s really one of his best I think. It’s not the typical King Novel, and is not only entertaining, but very insightful. I really loved the historical side.
I was completely enthralled and intrigued; King weaves the story line so well, that I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
I hope his future books are this good.
I loved this story and the narration that brought it to life. I found myseld frustrated because I kept wanting to talk about it with someone and I didn't know anyone who was reading it! I have since recommended it to several people.
I will be listening to this one again for sure... it's long but I couldn't wait to get back to it daily.
it was the first it's amaizing
I wanted more........ I mean that the story was so good that i wonted to last more.
Prize-winning Poet, Composer and Lyricist.
The main character knows, and lives, and tells of his very close encounter with ... well, that would give it away wouldn't it? But here, Stephen King has struck out into an area of writing I have not personally experienced with him before. (Since I have NOT read all his books, I do not know for sure if it's a new genre for him or not.) Time travel. Best left to old sci-fi writers and Connie Willis, don't you think? Well, Stephen King is a Master Storyteller, and seems completely unencumbered having his characters travel around in time. The story is long, and extremely suspenseful, intriguing, humorous, sad (sometimes enough to make me cry anyway) and joyful and celebratory. The entire book hangs together just fine, and frankly I still can't believe how many hours it supposedly is. It rushes by and I'm re-listening yet again. It's a beautiful story, full of the "love letter" to the 50's and 60's so well known in Stephen King's work, with a good strong statement about the fact that it wasn't all "Andy and Opie". The characters are so real, I feel like I could meet them accidentally somewhere and recognize them right off.
The narrator: Craig Wasson astounds me. His voice is gentler than Stephen King's voice, and yet somehow there is a similarity I can't quite put my finger on. However, I would warn, since this is an audio book, that at times the volume of the character's voices as read by Craig Wasson get VERY loud, and one might just make sure the volume button is close at hand. That said, there is good reason for the characters to occasionally get loud. As per most Stephen King books, this is an adult tale, including death, horror, love-making and deep friendship.
I'm doing my best to write a review of the BOOK not the author, but it is hard. I am not and have never been a die-hard Stephen King fan. I'm very picky with what I read that he writes. I'm not a fan of horror stories at all, yet this one somehow still made it to me. Does it contain horror? Well, yes. And, in light of the date 11-22-63, the day President J.F.K. was assassinated, one would think most folks would know there is going to be at least that horror in the story. But here is much more.
A 28 year old school teacher who's getting a divorce but is still virginal? A high school Principal who would scare most people off with her stiffened appearance and sarcasm with a heart of gold, an aging old man who runs a diner and has a very big secret in his pantry, and Jake ... Jake, who somehow falls down the proverbial rabbit hole into 1958...once by accident and again with great purpose.
An intricately woven, many-threaded, fascinating story revolving around the shooting of J.F.K. that all hangs together and delivers on all promises? How can you resist that? I couldn't and I have zero buyer's remorse. This one was definitely worth it.
I don't generally re-read or re-listen because of the time element involved but if I did this would be worth listening to again. It's a story beautifully told and I found King's portrayal of the political climate of Texas at that time fascinating. I hadn't been born yet when Kennedy was shot so I only have my impressions from historical accounts and from the generation who did live through the event. I also haven't read any of the conspiracy theories or any books delving into the Kennedy administration and it's detractors - so I found the opposing poltiical views of the time, as presented by King, quite interesting.
I mostly loved the wild ride - watching Jake face all the obstacles that were thrown in his path and the way these obstacles escalated from puzzling to worrisome to life-threatening. I thought the 'obdurate past' was a great boogie-man and I loved the way Jake percieved omens or signs when he began to recognize the past as 'harmonious'. The past was wonderfully personified and a truly scary antagonist. I also loved the unexpected romance between Jake and Sadie. I kept wondering how it would end - or go on - between them as much as I wondered if Jake would succeed in his mission - if he'd survive and, if 2012 would end up being a better place if Kennedy had lived. I was also fascinated by King's portrayal of the political climate in Texas at the time.
I haven't listened to any of Craig Wasson's other performances but I thought that he greatly enhanced an already fantastic story. I would guess that Craig's narration would've been exactly how King wanted Jake to sound. He got that conspiratorial connection with the reader down just right.
I found the romance between Jake and Sadie moving and I cried at their last scene together. I don't want to create a spoiler so I won't say why. I also found Jake's initial quest to save his student's family from a murderous alcholohic father very touching.
I'm a BIG fan of time travel fiction so I had no trouble suspending reality enough to become completely engaged in the adventure into the past, but for a while I had trouble accepting that Jake Epping would want to sacrifice four years of his still youngish life on the chance that he would be able to save President Kennedy and possibly die or go to prison for trying or die for some other reason. King spends a lot of time though, in the first part of the book, keying Jake up towards this objective through the character of Al (who became terminally ill before he could do what he went into the past to do) who desperately wants to pass the 'try-to-save-Kennedy-and-consequently-save-the-world torch onto Jake. I believed Jake's curiosity about the 'rabbit hole' that Al assures him will send him hurtling into 1958 and I think that it wasnt until after Jake became excited about the reality of this discovery and the idea that he really might save the world if he saves Kennedy that I began to buy it.
This book was compelling right from the start, easy to listen to, and contrary to a lot of Mr. King's other offerings, this one kept the same level of believability from start to finish.
I really liked the premise, and the details were fascinating because of the wonderful intermingling between facts and fiction surrounding the story.
I was very pleased with this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys 'time travel' stories.