First I should preface by saying that I've been a King fan for many years. I think he's one of the best story tellers of our generation. There's a difference in my mind of having a good story and telling it well. Fortunately, this book does both. The story is innovative falling under the Sci-fi spectrum of King's writing. I've felt that much of his writing was in a slump over the last 10 years, but this is King back on his A-game. Craig Wasson narrates the story beautifully, allowing me to lose myself in the story. Highly recommended.
The voice actor on this one is extremely talented; so it's not the same as listening to an audiobook like _The Help_ with multiple voices, but almost as good. The story of a high-school teacher traveling back through a time wormhole to 1958, having been convinced to stop Kennedy's assassination, is gripping. The details of the time period come alive fairly well even if the main character's motivations don't ring true at times.
The only reason I give the story 4 stars rather than 5 is that the middle of the book dragged a bit. Any tale told over 30 or so hours is likely to have a few snoozy portions.
Not the biggest Stephen King fan in the world, but what I have read I have mostly enjoyed. This is no different. The story gets a good start and I'm hooked from the start. I was a little worried that the comparison of the early 60's and modern day would get old, but the the author keeps it fresh. Obviously, the JFK angle is the big plot line, but I was surprised how I became more interested and vested in the sub plots and minor characters that King used to build out his world. It seemed the author pulled a switch-a-roo and the JFK story became the back drop.
My only real criticism was near the end. I'm not sure if the explanations (or the author's reasoning) left me satisfied. However, please don't take that as a bad review. The ending was fine, just not as strong. I sort of felt the book ended earlier for me and the last part was tacked on.
It is long, but thoroughly entertaining.
The story premise shared some aspects of The Dead Zone: If you had a chance to alter history, would you? And what waterfall effects would your actions have if you did? The characters were interesting and I did find myself emotionally invested in them. I appreciated how the story weaved in historical facts with the fiction of the story. I thought the wrap-up happened a little too quickly, a little too rushed. But I do recommend it.
There were several points in the narration where it seemed like a different narrator took over. Just for fleeting seconds, but it was a little disruptive to the storytelling. I am also not personally a fan of the voice immitations...a male narrator immitating southern female voices, for instance. This character immitation reminded me of a comedy variety show from the 60's and took away from the emotion of the story.
He read in so many unique and well-delivered voices that I never would've done had I read it myself.
I recommend this to everyone.
So many times in the story I thought I'd figure out what would happen next and I was always surprised by the plot twists. Incredibly entertaining
Love Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, C.S. Friedman and Sanderson. Also especially like Clive Barker and am trying to get into the Foundation
I did not read the print version so cannot say.
Wasson brought the characters alive and gave them substance in my mind. I had no difficulty envisioning their expressions and physical nuances that some time can escape you when reading. His voices were clearly distinguishable between all the characters and spot on.
I loved this book. In the past I've been disappointed by King's offerings but The Dome and now 11-22-63, I am a reaffirmed King fanatic!
I would strongly recommend this book to anyone, even those who might at first not be keen on the idea of reading a King book.
It's hard to pinpoint a favorite character as all of them are great and well developed, but I'd say I liked Al the best and its a pity he isn't featured in more of the book.
Again I'd have to say Al, though Wasson does a great job capturing the different accents and manners of speaking. Really quite amazing how he can switch between Russian, German, Massachusetts, Texas and several other accents. Each character really has a distinct voice.
Well considering its length that wouldn't be possible, but it was well worth the investment of my time.
This is just an overall great book and I was really impressed. I haven't read a Steven King book since I was 16 or 17 and was at first skeptical, though intrigued by the books premise. Once I started reading, however, I was hooked and remained that way until the end. The narrator does an excellent job and I'll be sure to look for other books read by him.
I've been a King fan for years. This is by far my favorite audiobook from him. It held my attention from the time I popped it in my car cd player until the end. Even though it was in 4 parts I listened to the WHOLE thing in what seems like no time. It really gripped my imagination. After it was over I found myself wishing for another hour of audiobook because it was such a great story. I've been with Audible for quite sometime and can't say that about too many books.
The narrator is excellent! A great storyteller. I'm on part four of the book now and don't want it to end. I am not normally a King fan, so this book was a pleasant surprise.