Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?
It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, likes America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.”
“Murder, the Past, Romance, Friendship, Time Travel"
Let me preface this by saying I am neither the one who seeks out Stephen King books, nor the one who reads much fiction, but this is the best book I have read in years from any genre.
The story is compelling and keeps you mesmerized from the first word and won’t let you go. Stephen King is a great author and knows how to tell story. And he really tells this one very well. The likable main character and his group of “besties” all live in the past. You feel like you know them.
The main character could be the guy from the next door. Jake/George is a lovable all around guy. The reader is taken in as we follow him and his special friend Sadie, who is as clumsy as she is beautiful. The story drew me in and, held me and delivered me right to the front door of WOW. I though it was also interesting to Google Map some of the addresses mentioned in the book just to connect more with Jake/George and his folks.
What would I do if I had given that chance? Would I take the risk? Above all, this is a brilliantly well written, carefully crafted, and well researched novel.
I would recommend and have recommended this book to friends and family. Probably the best King novel since It!.
The author evokes a real sense of longing for the past. Good pacing, typical King storytelling with great attention to detail. Makes late 50s and early 60s America come to life.
Excellent narrator - adds to the great story.
Jake of course.
Fantastic voices without overdoing it.
Well deserving of all the praise. 5 stars.
11/22/63", Stephen King's latest, might just be his greatest. Seriously. At least as far as "mainstream" fiction or "literature" goes. Yes, it is built around a well-used SF trope, time travel, but really, the portal to the past that Jake Epping is shown in the back of an aluminum diner is only the launch mechanism for this fantastic journey. There are no monsters here, at least none that aren't human and little or no horror in the supernatural sense that KIng's constant readers have come to know, love and expect. Even SK's other "straight" fiction, "Misery", "Dolores Claiborne" and "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" come to mind, had elements of the supernatural and/or flat-out horror. Not this time.
But that doesn't mean that 11/22/63 is boring. Quite the contrary. Although it might seem that it would be tough to build suspense around a conclusion that seems to be inevitable, this turns out not to be the case.
Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination were obviously very well-researched, clear even before one gets to the afterword describing some of the sources and methods used, and the lead-up to the day of the assassination is described in great detail, along with Oswald's relationship to his family and associates, all a matter of historical record.
The world of 1958-1963 is described in wonderful detail, through the eyes of Jake as he gradually sheds his early 21st century armored shell and falls in love with a small Texas town and Sadie, its new young librarian. Their love story is a (actually the) centerpiece of the novel and is told with great depth, sensitivity and believability.
The ending is not predictable, read this one. You'll love it!
I thought this was an interesting story idea and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I've listened to it twice, and loved it both times. I would recommend this book to anyone whois interested in the Kennedy assassination or time travel.
Finding out what happens when you change the past was very interesting.
I loved the character of Jake.
Great character development.
Never wanted it to end. Missed the main character for days after finished reading. Not scarry. Good old fashion yarn. Just good storytelling.
The length and the end. He really has lost his way as a writer. He is not the Stephen King of "Christine" and "Carrie." He thinks that mass=substance. In reality mass=a lack of focus on a good, solid, page-burning story line. Instead, King resorts to pages upon pages of political commentary showcasing his liberal viewpoint...I can get that from the mouthpieces on CNN. Stick to a good story and don't think we care about your political viewpoints, Stephen. Your opinion has no more or less weight than mine. You just have a better bully-pulpit. As for his comment "it was like breaking in a new pair of shoes", next time try starting with a pair that actually fits, Stephen!
Craig did a nice job.
Everything about the relationship with Sadie and the town of Jodie. And, the dystopia ending...really?!? C'mon, Stephen, that was like you couldn't figure out how to end the book so you threw it together as an excuse for Jake to go back and do.....nothing! HUH?!?! Talk about a major let-down...
I enjoyed the book and the performer was awesome. But, like Under the Dome, I didn't like the ending. I cannot put my finger on why on both books but each time I was disappointed. Otherwise, I enjoyed the read.
Stephen King's writing was amazing...second only to the absolutely fabulous narrator.
I loved the way King combined real-life events with his master storytelling in a way that kept me listening just about everywhere -- except maybe the shower! Unbelievably wonderful!
His ability to switch from character to character and voice to voice was incredible. He brought the characters to life in a way that the written word simply couldn't.
This book evoked every emotion under the sun!
Loved it and would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Bravo!