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.
“Under the Dome” was the first Stephen King book I had read, and it resulted in my acquiring respect for King as a superior writer. “11-23-63: A Novel“ is a work of science fiction, a genre which excited me as a teen-ager, but has held no attraction since, until, that is, “11-23-63: A Novel“ which absorbed me into its make-believe world of time travel, a world enhanced by the book’s historical references to the Kennedy assassination, which are completely accurate, the result of King’s thorough and meticulous research. There is nothing predictable about the plot, which is endlessly creative and, thanks to King’s literary skill, believable. The book was, perhaps, longer than necessary or longer than I would have liked, but it was so exciting and well done that, in the end, I did not begrudge the time it took me to read it. This is a literary work of remarkable creativity, by a popular story teller who really knows now to write.
The reader, Craig Wasson, was perfect for this book, and his excellent performance (and it was a performance worthy of the theatre) was indispensable to my enjoyment of this audio book experience.
11/22/63 is Stephen King at his best in my opinion. The descriptive details are what makes his books so hard to put down or in this case, hard to stop listening too. Craig Wasson did a great job narrating the story. I would recommend this audio book to anyone.
Yes, and have. Very intriguing story, and felt as if I was able to picture the scenes in my mind, and it was very difficult to turn it off.
Yes, wish I had been able to listen to it without any interruption!
Yes, it's a well-written and interesting story. Loved the characters.
The voice of the reader. Wasson does such a great job!
I haven't, but he's my favorite reader so far!! Loved the John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Alfred Hitchcock voices that came out-- entertaining!
I hated all the bad language, but the story was great!
I'm a tech geek who love stories with a twist, especially fantasy and science fiction.
This is definitely the best science fiction I've ever read, and one of my all time favourites of any genre. Stephen King's stories seldom take hold of me like this story did. Pacing, attention to details and an enchanting plot makes it impossible to put the book down.
So many things could have gone wrong with this book. It contains time travel, a love story, thrilling murders and investigation and characters from both the 60s and present. King really makes it hard for himself, but delivers in every category.
The narration is beyond excellent, and fits the mood of the book and the character of Jake Epping perfectly. Warmly recommended.
I loved this book. It's ingenious, brilliantly written, very well performed. The accents used by the narrator were a little off now and then, but they did not distract and usually added to the listening experience.
I thought maybe it was going to go the way of many of King's books and get all "monster-y" at the end, but it didn't. It was great. Very satisfying, very enjoyable.
And there's a nice little tidbit of an afterword by King at the end.
As a book that ponders upon the idea of changing the past and what the cost could be, I would recommend it to any reader. If you do not have an open mind and a sense of wonder at the world, you may not get it, or like it. If your mind is open to the mind blowing possibilities of traveling to another era and changing the world outcome, then this book is for you. From an abusive father to the President, every step is worth the listen.
This is the first book I have had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Wasson's voice. I look forward to the next experience.
I listen to books while driving, and at hourly breaks. If I had the time, this would be one of the best for a listening marathon.
Reviews and opinions are my own.
I understand that King has wanted to write this book for some time and enjoyed his perspective on the pivotal moment of American history. However, the story can't hold up to his earlier works in quality or entertainment. One could say that I'm holding Mr King to a higher standard than other authors.
I'm sure that this book was a great undertaking for Mr King to research the events leading up to President Kennedy's assassination. However, I felt that the book was oddly constructed, even for a time-travel novel. Some time in the 'land of ago' with Jake seemed to drone on for much too long while other times we jumped right past a critical detail with hardly a mention of the events surrounding it. The love story angle was sweet but often stretched on longer than needed.
The entire premise of saving JFK and stopping all of the bad things that happened as a result of his death was a poorly constructed history, especially given the meticulous research conducted on the events leading to his assassination. JFK's position in the civil rights movement as president is widely recognized and his plans for how to handle the Vietnam mess are a topic of strong debate among historians. However, the 2012 view of JFK in the book sees his Vietnam views clearly and ignores his position/actions on civil rights as president.
I thought that the ending was decent but not incredible. It felt predictable though some details were clever. Some of the symbolism that foreshadowed things was too obvious and some details of the portal were not fleshed out in a satisfying manner.
I still recommend this book to anyone but the reviews on here led me to expect something a lot better than what the story can deliver.
The entrigue of time travel and the love story
Results of George's (Jake's) efforts
The final scene with Lee Oswald