From the first chapter I was hooked
suspense during tense moments of terror will grip you
Yes. The story is very gripping and interesting. You will want to listen to it as much as you can until you finish it. Craig Wasson is the best narrater I have listened to so far on Audible.
The main character Jake. His emotion and thoughtful decision making throughout the book.
I did not have a favorite scene...."the past harmonizes".
Yes. Unfortunately I could not.
He captures and presents a personality of each as he tells the story
The ending when they are dancing
This is the best work Mr King has done in a long time. I don't generally review, laugh or cry at books. This being said, your reading my review and I did laugh and cry . The ending was sad but i wished they couldve added another 12 hrs or so to it,the history,so ive heard,was right on point. The narrator was so great ive found it hard to get into other books that he didn't do. This is a huge book but it'll be well worth your time. Audible makes it very easy to return(which I doubt you will)so that's no excuse,now download this, go tell your loved ones you'll see them in a couple a days and enjoy.
Overall i enjoyed this book, but i did find it overly long and it did not hold my attention in the same way as other lenghty novels i have listened to in the past. I would recommend it but with the proviso that it is very long, personally because of that, I would not choose it again, and the fact that it did not hold my attention at all times.
Craig Wasson's narration of the book added so much to the experience of "reading" the book. I can't imagine what it would've been like without this major contribution to the book.
As I said above...Craig Wasson's narration of the book added so much to the experience of "reading" the book. I can't imagine what it would've been like without this major contribution to the book. His incredible acting talent and creation of voices for each of the characters only added more depth to the book than if I had been reading it.
If only the length of the book were possible to do in one sitting. There were so many times that I had to just continue listening to it from having it plugged into my car and then plugging headphones in to continue listening to it at home. I was even tempted to try to listen to it at work!
Rating: **** 1/2
It was May 1981. School had been out only a couple of days, but I had already left for the bustling metropolis of Hydro, Oklahoma, population a smidge under 1000 or about the size of the Psychology 1103 class I had just finished in Norman. My roommate that summer was Debra, an old schoolmate who had let me bunk at her house the summer before while we both worked at the local bank presidented by a mutual family friend and who had agreed to the same arrangements this particular summer.
The first summer we were together we shared a teeny-tiny house in Weatherford, but only a few weeks before I moved back to town, Debra had purchased a new mobile home right off the I-40 in Hydro and life was going to be good. We each had our own bedroom, a spacious living room, and a full kitchen. The week that I moved in, however, Debra was on vacation, so she left me a key, instructions about which bedroom was mine, and word that she would be back in a week.
The house was so new that she was still furnishing it and while it had a great couch and a working fridge, there was no TV yet, so I had to find something to entertain myself each evening after work. I decided, of course, to read. And my book of choice that week was The Shining by Stephen King. It was one of the stupidist things I ever decided to do. Each night I would read a few chapters, then lay the book on my chest for 30 minutes while I got up the nerve to turn off the reading lamp, get up off the couch, and make the ten-step beeline in the dark to my bedroom door. I was so petrified that I haven't read Stephen King since.
I decided to give 11/22/63 a shot because it was getting really good press over on Audible.com, and I'm glad I did. 11/22/63 is definitely a page-turner--scratch that--a drive-maker, because I would find myself taking the long way home just so I could listen a little longer. Stephen King writes stories that sound good out loud.
In the novel protaganist Jake Epping is introduced to a wormhole through time by Al Templeton, the owner of a local diner. The wormhole takes anyone who goes through it to Sept 9, 1958 and no matter how long they stay there, when they come back only 2 minutes have passed. Al convinces Jake that he should go through the wormhole and stay until 11/22/63 and prevent the Kennedy assassination. Al tells Jake that he tried to do it himself, but now has cancer and knew he would die before being able to complete the task, and so now he's asking Jake to take over.
Jake reluctantly agrees to do it after realizing that he might be able to change not only Kennedy's fate, but also that of others he knows who suffered tragedy during that same time, and so off he goes for a 5-year stint in the past.
But the past doesn't want to be changed.
This was a long book, and most of the sub-plots could have been novellas of their own, but the story kept my attention throughout and as I said above I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next or how King was going to bring all the time-travelling threads together in the end.
Kudos also to Craig Wasson, the narrator, whose myriad voices kept the audio entertaining and easy to follow. Ironically, I thought he sounded too old to be Jake, but all the other voices were spot on--even the Bill Clinton and Jimmy Stewart sound-alikes.
I'm taking away a half star for the length which I think could have been pared down a bit with no real impact to the story, but this is a rip-roaring yarn that left me in tears at the end. Highly recommended!
“As you know, madness is like gravity...all it takes is a little push.” The Joker
Stephen king is as great as always in creating a detailed colorful world to suck you in , but he used his craft in a bit unsuitable direction. Romance is not really what he masters, whenever the details get dragged for long around Sadie and Jake love story I got bored.
Also, the narration of Sadie's character is not helpful.
This book is a must read for anyone who enjoys time travel, history, and Stephen King. It is jam packed with things that keep you thinking from begining to end.
Jake is an awesome character that is built from so many different layers.
One of my favorite scenes is with the yellow card man. I cant say what he does because it would spoil it for you but it mad me laugh till I cried.
Save the President or Save the Girl
I would listen to it again as I beleive King drew so many themes and details throughout the story, I would discover things I missed the first time around. I enjoyed the book.
Amberson. I was not a fan of his female characters. They were distractingly bad.
This was a good book, maybe a bit long but worth a listen