I do think that the audio edition would be better than the print. I almost bought the hard copy but decided to listen to it instead and I am so glad I did. The narration was great.
I am not one to read Stephen King, not a big fan of horror. After reading reviews here I decided I'd take the plunge and give it a listen. It is very thought provoking. What would you do in Jake's situation? What would you do if you could go back in time? I'll be thinking about this book for a while.
Craig Wasson's narration was fabulous! So much emotion. Had me tearing up several times or smiling.
There is a lot of emotion in the book especially in the beginning and, of course, the end. But I was quite moved several times.
Again, I am not a big reader of Stephen King but this book was very enjoyable. I don't know if he will do anything like this again but if he does, I'll read it.
This was a GREAT story. I would rank it in the top two--with Stephen King's
I had 2 favorite characters--
Though this is an obvious choice due to it being the primary protagonist, I couldn't help but love him. Oddly enough, this story was more romantic than about any other S.K. book I've ever read and Jake/George was both tender and tough by turns. He was honorable but showed human weakness.
Of course. The female protagonist. But her strength and willingness to see through Jake/George was a very honest and believable personification of someone who really loves her man.
His ability to mimic voices (Walter Kronkite, JFK, etc.), his well-done foreign accents, and the dramatic edge he brought to the table made this book a joy to listen to. You could FEEL Jake/George's emotions. You could FEEL Sadie's thoughts and feelings. The way that he personified Jake/George's love for Sadie made my heart jump.
Yes, if only. I listened over a few days...all day and half the night! I couldn't wait to get up the next day to hear more. Fantastic!!
I've loved a lot of S.K.'s books. The Stand is such a favorite...but this comes awfully close. I don't think, under normal circumstances, I'd have chosen to listen to this book. But a friend of mine previewed the first chapter and called to tell me how great it was. So, because this friend and I share a great deal in what we like in a book, I decided what the heck. I'm SO not sorry I got it. I'll listen to this again and again, I'm sure.
Yes. But not for a while.
Yes. This book is noted for being a deviation from King's traditional thriller/horror novels and because of that I'd like to read something else of his. While this novel isn't necessarily bad, I found it to be predictable and left me wanting more of a resolution at the end. Throughout the book I kept waiting for something to happen, then when anything did happen it didn't satisfy. The first half of the book was without a doubt the best, before the characters get stagnant, but the second half lagged and honestly got repetitive.
Jake. I found little variation in Wasson's reading for some of the characters (granted there are a lot), and I specifically didn't care for how Sadie was performed.
It was good for one listen but I wouldn't listen again. It was long and I didn't enjoy every minute of it.
Can't walk away
Jake because he bought into the situation and went for it.
He made all the different characters real.
Yes, but couldn't.
The story made you ponder well meaning intentions and the impact they have and how one action or reaction could change everything. Oddly, I miss the characters and the reader.
I enjoy audio books for the gym. I believe I would have enjoyed this book equally in print or audio.
A unique twist on time travel and a different type of
A new type of dark tale for Stephen King that will resonate with any baby boomer who remembers the late 50's & early 60's. I've always enjoyed King's novels and stories and who can resist the fantasy of time travel?
I love Steve's writing. I grew up in Bangor, Maine but now live in Alaska. Steve lives there still. I always enjoy the little snippets of Bangor found in Kings books. One such example was the pawn broker in this story shares the name of a pawn shop located on Main st Bangor, ME. (At least it was there 15 years ago on my last trip to Bangor.) There are others like this both in this title and others. Like the mention of my favorite doughnut shop, or the bakery.
This is a fantastic story of a guy who is magically plopped down in a small town in the pre-digital age. when news was delivered to you door on paper like the bottles of milk. Time travel has always fascinated me. Excellent writing as always, a great performance with excellent character voicing even between different timelines. One character has mental issues and you can hear it in the narrators voice. You really feel like you are there as a silent observer listening to actual people talking as the narrator brings the characters to life.
11-22-63 was not as predictable a book as I anticipated. I suppose I thought, random Joe goes back in time, sees what happens and changes the future. Nothing with Stephen King is simple or predictable. I was a bit simple minded on that assumption! I loved how Stephen King developed the characters, told the story, yet left some to your imagination. He starts the book like a stone thrown in a pond and the reader sees the ripples as the story develops. I suppose most books are like this. However, the major theme of this book is time travel. One can well imagine how Stephen King weaves a magnificent web with this. Let alone the inclusion of the JFK assassination. Great Book!
I haven't read a Stephen King novel in years. Guess I just burnt myself out. When I heard the premise of this novel I was intrigued and had to get it. My husband and I listen to books on our trips south a ten and half hour drive. I thought "perfect, I only need to buy one book." Once the story started we were immediately hooked. The trip flew by and we even listened one day for 4 hours while at the house when it was raining. It was so easy to suspend disbelief of the idea of time travel and everything was so believable. The research must of been exhausting for this book. It took me back to my "growing up" years and reminded me of what it was like. Things I had forgotten about completely were brought vividly back to life. I enjoyed this book more than anything I have read or listened to in years.
The voice performance was fantastic. Craig hit the ball out of the park!
His emotion and tonal changes, make the story come alive.
I am a big fan of Stephen King's but I think sometimes he needs an editor who will stand up to him and tell him a book needs to be shorter, or turned into a short story, or perhaps just not written at all. He is very inconsistent and over time has written some of my favorite and least favorite books. The Stand was always my favorite of his because he did such a great job of telling a story and making you relate to each of the characters who were struggling to survive. No more! 11-22-63 is now my favorite SK book, and this might be one of my top five or ten books ever.
This book was so unexpected and so UN-Stephen King-like, it surprised me. It was not a horror or even a suspense book. The supernatural aspects were somewhat there, but this wasn't about time travel and despite the whole book moving towards the prevention of the assassination of JFK, it is merely a backdrop to a beautiful character-driven story about one man trying to understand the universe and his place in it.
Although we are dealing with time travel if you remove that aspect, his views on the past harmonizing could also serve as Kings own observations on how deja vu happens in our ordinary lives. In fact I thought the beauty of this book was surrounded not by time travel but the author entering in the last quarter of his life and fighting to understand the purpose of life, how do you find happiness in any time, how we view nostalgia and wish for a time when things were simpler and ultimately does the good of mankind weigh greater than the weight of an individual and their own personal happiness.
I thought the time travel aspect would be a device for him to cheat, you could just have made it a book that happened in the past otherwise. But as tempting as it would be for him to cheat, he stayed honest and did not take any short cuts as far as his storytelling went. And actually I thought he went out of his way to say you CAN'T cheat. Not just with the "butterfly effect" but in general, if you went back in time with cheating devices like using sports betting or the stock market or whatever, the biggest problem is not the butterfly effect but that there are ACTUAL consequences to these cheats. If you cheat too often, someone might try and hurt you or worse, past or present!
The reader did an outstanding job of getting all the different accents mostly correct, and he had lots of contrasting and extreme characters, Maine, Texas, Georgia, Boston, German, Russian, Spanish, etc and most were pretty good and not overdone. When the story started, I did not think he had the right sound, but he definitely fit the main characters "average guy" persona and then wove in all the historic characters. The wrong reader would have been distracting, and in a book over 30 hours, you don't need that! By the end, I thought he was the perfect reader to a great story.
My only complaint is his use of Glenn Miller's "In the Mood." It is by itself a cliche for an era and for swing dancing so the fact that he kept going back to it throughout the book was silly and thus turned the scenes into cliches themselves. I liked the individual scenes but had he chosen other music, it wouldn't have seemed cheesy.
I still am surprised this book didn't drag out or get slow, being more a character-driven love story than a thriller. But I thought it was a sweet story about a nice average guy finding his way and trying to fit in somewhere. I have recommended it to several others and they all have enjoyed it. If you are thinking about reading it, I strongly recommend it but don't expect to find a typical King thriller here! Prepare to be surprised and entertained!