I loved this story and the narration that brought it to life. I found myseld frustrated because I kept wanting to talk about it with someone and I didn't know anyone who was reading it! I have since recommended it to several people.
I will be listening to this one again for sure... it's long but I couldn't wait to get back to it daily.
it was the first it's amaizing
I wanted more........ I mean that the story was so good that i wonted to last more.
Prize-winning Poet, Composer and Lyricist.
The main character knows, and lives, and tells of his very close encounter with ... well, that would give it away wouldn't it? But here, Stephen King has struck out into an area of writing I have not personally experienced with him before. (Since I have NOT read all his books, I do not know for sure if it's a new genre for him or not.) Time travel. Best left to old sci-fi writers and Connie Willis, don't you think? Well, Stephen King is a Master Storyteller, and seems completely unencumbered having his characters travel around in time. The story is long, and extremely suspenseful, intriguing, humorous, sad (sometimes enough to make me cry anyway) and joyful and celebratory. The entire book hangs together just fine, and frankly I still can't believe how many hours it supposedly is. It rushes by and I'm re-listening yet again. It's a beautiful story, full of the "love letter" to the 50's and 60's so well known in Stephen King's work, with a good strong statement about the fact that it wasn't all "Andy and Opie". The characters are so real, I feel like I could meet them accidentally somewhere and recognize them right off.
The narrator: Craig Wasson astounds me. His voice is gentler than Stephen King's voice, and yet somehow there is a similarity I can't quite put my finger on. However, I would warn, since this is an audio book, that at times the volume of the character's voices as read by Craig Wasson get VERY loud, and one might just make sure the volume button is close at hand. That said, there is good reason for the characters to occasionally get loud. As per most Stephen King books, this is an adult tale, including death, horror, love-making and deep friendship.
I'm doing my best to write a review of the BOOK not the author, but it is hard. I am not and have never been a die-hard Stephen King fan. I'm very picky with what I read that he writes. I'm not a fan of horror stories at all, yet this one somehow still made it to me. Does it contain horror? Well, yes. And, in light of the date 11-22-63, the day President J.F.K. was assassinated, one would think most folks would know there is going to be at least that horror in the story. But here is much more.
A 28 year old school teacher who's getting a divorce but is still virginal? A high school Principal who would scare most people off with her stiffened appearance and sarcasm with a heart of gold, an aging old man who runs a diner and has a very big secret in his pantry, and Jake ... Jake, who somehow falls down the proverbial rabbit hole into 1958...once by accident and again with great purpose.
An intricately woven, many-threaded, fascinating story revolving around the shooting of J.F.K. that all hangs together and delivers on all promises? How can you resist that? I couldn't and I have zero buyer's remorse. This one was definitely worth it.
I don't generally re-read or re-listen because of the time element involved but if I did this would be worth listening to again. It's a story beautifully told and I found King's portrayal of the political climate of Texas at that time fascinating. I hadn't been born yet when Kennedy was shot so I only have my impressions from historical accounts and from the generation who did live through the event. I also haven't read any of the conspiracy theories or any books delving into the Kennedy administration and it's detractors - so I found the opposing poltiical views of the time, as presented by King, quite interesting.
I mostly loved the wild ride - watching Jake face all the obstacles that were thrown in his path and the way these obstacles escalated from puzzling to worrisome to life-threatening. I thought the 'obdurate past' was a great boogie-man and I loved the way Jake percieved omens or signs when he began to recognize the past as 'harmonious'. The past was wonderfully personified and a truly scary antagonist. I also loved the unexpected romance between Jake and Sadie. I kept wondering how it would end - or go on - between them as much as I wondered if Jake would succeed in his mission - if he'd survive and, if 2012 would end up being a better place if Kennedy had lived. I was also fascinated by King's portrayal of the political climate in Texas at the time.
I haven't listened to any of Craig Wasson's other performances but I thought that he greatly enhanced an already fantastic story. I would guess that Craig's narration would've been exactly how King wanted Jake to sound. He got that conspiratorial connection with the reader down just right.
I found the romance between Jake and Sadie moving and I cried at their last scene together. I don't want to create a spoiler so I won't say why. I also found Jake's initial quest to save his student's family from a murderous alcholohic father very touching.
I'm a BIG fan of time travel fiction so I had no trouble suspending reality enough to become completely engaged in the adventure into the past, but for a while I had trouble accepting that Jake Epping would want to sacrifice four years of his still youngish life on the chance that he would be able to save President Kennedy and possibly die or go to prison for trying or die for some other reason. King spends a lot of time though, in the first part of the book, keying Jake up towards this objective through the character of Al (who became terminally ill before he could do what he went into the past to do) who desperately wants to pass the 'try-to-save-Kennedy-and-consequently-save-the-world torch onto Jake. I believed Jake's curiosity about the 'rabbit hole' that Al assures him will send him hurtling into 1958 and I think that it wasnt until after Jake became excited about the reality of this discovery and the idea that he really might save the world if he saves Kennedy that I began to buy it.
This book was compelling right from the start, easy to listen to, and contrary to a lot of Mr. King's other offerings, this one kept the same level of believability from start to finish.
I really liked the premise, and the details were fascinating because of the wonderful intermingling between facts and fiction surrounding the story.
I was very pleased with this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys 'time travel' stories.
Rusty Wooden Robot
As this story neared the end, I felt sad that it must. I am a big fan of King's, but this is the first time I have ever enjoyed his work to the point that I wished I could write him directly to thank him for putting the work into this amazing novel. King has mentioned before that reading is a journey, not a destination, and this book scores huge there. But the ending (the destination) could not have been better crafted, either. Very, very satisfying - not only for those who enjoys time travel stories, but for lovers of history and romance as well. Profound, and unique to any other I have read.
Craig Wasson did such an amazing job. The only other narrator that I have enjoyed listening to more is Humphrey Bower's work on Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts.
This book takes you everywhere.
This brings you back to the classic King stories of his early career. I wasn't surprised to find out that he began writing this story in the early Seventies. All in all, his best book in years!
absolutely I would, in fact, i'm thinking of listening to it again!!
Jake and his alter ego George,he cared enough about his country and his fellow countrymen to give up 5 yrs of his life to change the course of history.
He did a great job of bringing the other characters to life, especially Sadie. He made you feel like you were right there, he did a very good job
the very end when he was dancing with the elderly Sadie,I cried !
I think that anyone who gets this audiobook will be highly entertained. And Stephen King is a master!!
This was a fun listen. I was 11 years old when JFK was assassinated, so there is a enjoyable nostalgic element in this story in the descriptions of life in the early 60's. And, that's what hooked me in the beginning. I'm, also, a science fiction fan, so the time travel element is very compelling. The narrator does an excellent job conveying just the right tone at the right time. I laughed, and yes, I cried a little, too. There are many short stories woven into the larger narrative that are in themselves compelling and enjoyable. And, in the end we are reminded that everything is intertwined, a change in something here can have a major effect on something there. And, the outcome is not always what you might hope for or expect. Recommended!!
Like most of Mr. King's works, this novel is a great story. Mr. King's ability to bring a story and its character's to life is well showcased and I enjoyed it for the most part. Craig Wasson does a good job as narrator, however towards the end of the novel I think he ran out of character voices and lapses into an impression of James Stewart.
However, as much as I liked the book there are a few areas where Mr. King's politics show through and mar the story somewhat. He glosses over the strong feelings against JFK in his time as bigoted while pumping up the late president as the second coming. Also, he passes over the fact that the civil rights act was supported by a much higher percentage of republicans than democrats. If you can get passed that, the novel is a great listen. The alternate future where George Wallace and Hillary Clinton eventually are elected president is truly horrifying.
Mr. King narrates his own afterward, which I enjoyed, however I have to take exception to one comment. Regarding Dallas as a terrible place, being from the area, it's hard to disagree. I work on Greenville avenue and even live off of Highway 77. I commute, because Dallas is a disagreeable place, but probably not for the same reason's as Mr. King seems to believe. The illustration Mr. King uses to point out the bad in modern day Dallas (and by inference all of Texas) is regarding a sign he saw at a local bar banning the carrying of guns inside. Guns in a bar is a bad thing. I'm sure what Mr. King really means is the very fact that guns are allowed to be carried by everyday citizens is a bad thing. However, he has no problem with his own characters carrying and using guns. Apparently, equality only goes so far.