I loved this book. It answers those age-old questions of "would you change history if you could go back in time?" And of course, nothing is as easy as it looks, and prices must be paid.
The length of the book is both a blessing and a curse. King is no stranger to long stories, and that allows him to let the situations breathe, and gives him room to fully explore characters, plot possibilities and environments. (It is especially interesting to see Dallas of the early 60s come to life). But King also fills a lot of the pages of 11-22-63 with hefty doses of overly sweet nostalgia; there are malt shops straight out of Happy Days, and the main character's love story is straight out of a Lifetime movie. Sooooo much time is spent on the romance, and there were plenty of times where I felt like rolling my eyes at the sheer silliness of his statements, most of which were variations of "Oh how I loved her." Given this character's history-changing mission, I was a little puzzled by why he let himself get entangled with this person.
There were a few other instances where characters acted in unbelievable ways. The main character had a method of making money in the past (you can guess what that might be if you've ever watched a time travel movie), but despite having an iron-clad system, he consistently overplays his hand, and that gets him in trouble. Why in the world would he expose himself in this way? Also, King's knowledge of NFL history is sketchy; he mentions the "NFC" in the early 60s, and that entity didn't exist until the NFL-AFL merger of 1970. I also think he mentions the Houston Oilers before they existed. Apparently, King's editors don't know their football, either.
Wasson does a very good job as narrator. Good accents, excellent energy.
There is also a very good section after the story concludes where King speaks and discusses his JFK theories, his sources and the writing of the book. Stick around for that.
I've been a King fan for awhile, and this is one of the most enjoyable King stories I've ever read.
I have not read the book but loved the audio book.
The main character's decision about whether to "reset" things or not.
Leading up to when Jake/George comes in contact with Lee Harvey Oswald on the infamous date.
If you could change history, would you do it?
I couldnt wait to listen - great story!
This is a great Stephen King book on many levels; he fully captures the flavor of the 50's and 60's, the region -- NE & South, along with complex characters and weaves multiple stories together into one dynamic tapestry of light and color. I highly recommend this book.
The complext characters, the rich texture of the time, and the unpredictable-tense-couldn't put it down story.
No. Performance was excellent.
Definitely... found myself up late at night, listening at work during lunch, and even on short trips to the grocery store.
As much as I disliked Under the Dome I thoroughly loved 11/22/63. This is not only one of my favorite Stephen Kings but one of my favorite all time books. It stayed with me long after I finished it. Nice job to a master story teller.
A well-crafted story with excellent narration.
The whole idea of time travel as developed in this novel was fun to think about, also that all actions have far-reaching and seemingly unrelated consequences.
No I haven't but would love to hear them.
It was a long listen and I liked looking forward to my next chance to get back into it.
I will definitely listen to this book again. The story was possibly Stephen King's best - full of suspense, twists, and turns. Memorable characters and a depth of plot that is seldom found. Craig Wasson is magnificent as narrator - he brings the story and characters alive as if he wrote the book himself. Perfection.
This book is unique and stand on its own, it really has no comparison. A complete detour for Stephen King, actually, a departure - but it is perfection. Stephen King proves he is simply an exceptional author, regardless of the genre.
Everything - Craig Wasson is tremendous. This is the first time I have listened to him narrate, but I will most certainly seek out other books done by him.
Not sure of a tag line - but I truly hope this book makes it to film. As complex as the book is, it lends itself to "pruning" that will undoubtedly adapt easily to a screen play. I would say that Stephen King's films are batting less than 50% for good screen adaptation - I hope the right director/producer/cast works on this project as the film could be magnificent.
All in all, one of the best audio books I have listened to to date, and I am an avid listener.
I felt immersed in the period and very involved with the chararcters.
The ending is wonderful
The small details that King brings to life is great but this book is overall great
the whole book
He brings a passion that is wonderful
I love thrillers, mysteries and historical novels. I do most of m listening whilst driving - the car, the ride-on mower, the tractor ...
I ambivalent about Stephen King - I have read many of his books and have enjoyed about half - didn't finish some of the others, so it was with some trepidation I started this one, especially with this subject. How can you change history?
The story was gripping from the outset and I enjoed every minute, all the while wondering how it could possibly end - I already knew the ending, right?
King weaves his magic so well that you really believe history is about to be re-written.
Don't miss this one - Craig Wasson does it great justice - his narration is excellent.
I enjoyed the book, but I got it just because it's Stephen King and kept hoping it would get scary. It never did, but still a very good story.
A combination of historical fiction and mystery. Very suspenseful and engaging. A detailed description of the late 1950's and early 1960's incorporating a detailed biography of Lee Harvey Oswald into the story. Find out if you can change the future according to Stephen King.