Living in Granbury, TX. Semi-retired. Love to read but it's hard to find the time to sit down!
This book was fantastic - a little on the "other" side of Stephen King. The narrator was so good - the story was great - even though it was very long - I never wanted it to end.
The title of the book is the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas, Texas. An English teacher in Lisbon, Maine is pointed by his friend to a portal into a time warp that takes his friend back always to a specific date in 1958. From there he can live time onward for a period of time and then return through the same portal. While time lived might be four or five years, in actual time he would only be out of this time frame for a few minutes. This friend had mourned the death of JFK for 50 years and always thought that had he lived everything would have been different-there wouldn’t have been race riots, we wouldn’t have escalated the Vietnam war, etc. So he came up with the idea of going back in time to change that outcome-to kill Lee Oswald before he could kill Kennedy. But the old man was dying so he enlisted his friend, a highschool English teacher, to take over the project. Jake Epping understood from his friend that every time you went back in time, the time was reset to the exact same date, and you went on from there. So Jake goes into the same time warp starting in 1958. But he has something else he wants to fix-a tragic story from one of his students involving this student’s family murdered by their father in 1958. And he runs into problems right away. He changes the outcome of that event, but the result is not what he expected. Still, he pursues his old friend’s objective, to keep Kennedy from being assassinated. But, if he can accomplish that, will the outcome be a good one? Is it really true that every time you enter that time warp you start over again and there’s no carryover from previous times? And what happens if Jake falls in love with someone from the 1960’s? Can he stay forever in that time period to be with his love, or can he bring her back to the present? In other words, do we really want to screw around with the past to change events? I generally don’t read science fiction or horror classics so haven’t read much Stephen King but I heard good things about this book so I read it. The book is quite long, and I stayed with it all the way. I remember the 1960’s quite well so enjoyed a travel back in time to the music and history of the 1960’s. The narrator wasn’t that great, though. He was overly dramatic in his delivery, and, what was worse, he tried to imitate the voices and accents of actual historic figures and didn’t do it very well-annoying! But I do heartily recommend this book.
I enjoyed the reader's presentation. The character voices were different from each other. it was a natural feel to go from one to another.
I like time travel. The "reset" was an interesting and unique concept. Starting in 1958 each time presented some complications and some solutions.
I enjoyed this book with a couple exceptions: Too much of the "F" word, and more filler than needed. It's a LONG book.
Very thought provoking. I enjoyed the story. I was looking forward to the end, then when it was over, I didn't want it to be.
Didn't read the print version
none that i know of
all the accents, the color of the late 50's...so much in fact; he is just excellent
If you could save JFK
The afterword by the author could have been more interesting. I was waiting for some practical applications on the butterfly effect in the present, for example. I was so eager to get to the end that I found the romance part too long...Overall excellent.
After reading "popular" titles lately, It did not take long to remember why I loved Stephen King novels when I was young. He is a truly fantastic storyteller and his writing far exceeds many novels I have read or listened to lately. This work is interesting, captivating and reminiscent of King's books that also became Oscar-worthy movies.
he did it again and again.It so easy for me to pick a book,incase of doupt pick S.king
this book gets a solid 10
I really enjoyed his take on time travel. It was not the typical or one of the three main thoughts used in TV & movies. I also enjoy how it's near impossible for any person not to get involved with the people with whom he comes in contact with whatever the time period might be. Lastly, I did like the end result of Jake's ( aka: George) time travel and 5 years in the past from 1958 through 1963. I'd elaborate, but I don't wish to leave any spoilers for any who wish to check this book out.
I may not agree with his piles of research that gave him his conclusion, but everyone is entitles to an opinion and it does not diminish the quality of the story. After all it IS just a story and one of his better ones since his horrible incident with a van several years ago.
I hope "Under The Dome" and a few others I've got on my reading/listening list willbe be just as well done and as interesting - whatever the topic of those books.
Just my opinion,
Nothing I can think of and the JFK movie is nothing like this book.
No - but really enjoyed his performance.
Yes - the reality of the love between Jake (George) and Sadie and just to what extent his love of her meant to him and what he'd consider be willing to do to change things for HER and his personal happiness although it would be the WRONG choice. Very real and a bit gut-wrenching if you're a bit overly sensitive about works of fiction.
I recommend this book. If you're a fan of good audiobooks - this is a winner in all aspects.
Very interesting, true to the history
Sadie, she was real and had a number of facets
Oswald was brought to like as a real monster in history
The story when they did the benifit to help the young girl.
NO. It's WAY too long, and Stephen King goes off on too many tangents. I fast forwarded through half of part 4 just to get it OVER with and hear how it ended.
Take out all the "fluff". I don't enjoy abridged versions, but in this case, I think it would be beneficial,
I reallllly enjoyed Craig Wasson's voices and how you could tell the different characters apart. It's unfortunate that he seems to mostly read for Stephen King, because I won't be listening to another of his (Stephen King's) books.
I attempted to read this book, and only got 1/4 of the way before I lost interest. But I thought if I LISTENED to it, it'd make a difference. It did, a little bit. But I still lost interest. The "twists and turns" of the plot weren't interesting enough to keep me engaged.
The book was a good suspense yarn that kept me guessing.
I enjoyed the historical accuacy and the emotions evoked by the main characters decisions regarding the woman he loved.
I enjoyed the scene where the hero had to make a "Lady or the Tiger," type decision