I'm a middle of the road Stephen King fan, an occasional science fiction fan, and a big history buff who has always been fascinated by the Kennedy Assassination - this audiobook was an AMAZING combination of these interests. I know it's a cliche, but I honestly could barely drag myself out of the car when I got to work every morning... and I honest to goodness pulled into a parking lot and listened for another 20 minutes on my way home one night. This is one of those books that makes your brain churn when you go to bed at night - thinking through the implications of changing a small step in history and how it would impact the future.
I haven't enjoyed a book so much in YEARS. I loved every second of it.
Just some dude.
Expecting a rich tapestry of sci-fi, history and suspense spun by one of the masters of our day, I found myself shaking my head at points wondering why King cannot get past his love of high school. A very large chunk of the book has little to do with Oswald or JFK.
I have to give credit to King for jogging the readers thoughts to introspection. I found myself shutting off the audio book and just thinking about my life, my kids and what I might do differently if I had a chance. Also King does a pretty good job a re-creating a feel for the early 60's and his passion for the music and culture of the times.
Very few references to world events that led up to the shooting were written about.
I do recommend this audio version as a fine and interesting listen/read.
One criticism of the reader of the audio book would be that some times I found it hard to tell which character was talking since the voices sometimes between some characters sounded too much alike.
Also, I found a distraction in the voices used by the reader toward the end of the book. One sounds like Jimmy Steward, another like John Houseman. This would not bother anyone that was young, but to me it was distracting.
If King would have tightened things up a bit more I would have enjoyed it MUCH more.
addicting, enveloping, entertaining
This narrator was awesome. He brought each and every character to life. His ability to change voice for different characters was genius. His adaptation for age, sex, race, accent - fantastic.
suspend disbelief, you're about to fall in love with the past....
Even though I was born in 1974, this book made me feel as if I lived in 1959 - 1963. Somehow I miss that simpler time?!? He is a masterful author. This book is truly a gem.
This story held my interest from beginning to end. Truly entertaining. Thoroughly researched as well with two minor exceptions: 1954 Ford Sunliners did not have overhead dome lights and police cars in the 1950's did not have flashing blue lights.. The political diatribe in the epilogue was absolutely inappropriate.
I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.
A light book by SK. Time just flew. Merits for the narrator, Craig Wasson, who knew how how to read a book with excellence.
Perfect! I recommend.
A less "I can see it coming around the corner" plot line.
No, just confirms my dislike of stephen King.
Nothing, he did a good job with the material he had.
Disappointed -- it was so hyped.
Sure but I would warn them that it is overly verbose. It could have been half as long and told the same story adequately.
Predictable x 2
JFK, nobody is really trying to figure it out properly but here is a pretty good love story packaged around it.
A good read but a little too fat around the edges but that is Stephen isn't it?
This story ambled painfully forward like a donkey being led out to pasture - no chance of any pleasant surprises here! My only surprise was how many King fans managed to finish this dirge and go on to right positive reviews.
For die-hard Stephen King fans, or baby boomers looking to immerse themselves in a ham-fisted but loving literary ode to the early 60's, 11-22-63 is sure to meet, though likely not exceed, your expectations. For readers who generally eschew King's works but find themselves, as I was, intrigued by the premise of the story, you would be better served skipping this title and instead imagining how great of a story it could have been.
Craig Wassons narration is adequate but unspectacular. Major characters are identifiable by voice, and the accents he gives to the characters adequately convey the differing manners of speech characteristic to both the physical and temporal locations of the various settings of the book. Unfortunately, curious choices in pacing and inflection during much of the dialogue serve to highlight forced and unnatural style of King's dialogue. Likewise, the often over-the-top delivery of lines spoken by the main character highlight Kings propensity for hamfisted narration.
The story itself is an interesting idea, poorly paced, and taken in all the wrong directions. Time and again we see the potential for interesting facets of the story come and go without development, as though King himself wanted to write a truly interesting story but then reigned himself in at the last moment and decided to stick to his all-to-familiar horror-esque tropes. The result is a muddled and untranscendant mishmash of genres that fails to achieve anything but disappointment.
Such a creative and interesting story colored perfectly by an excellent audio performance. The second half becomes a little less interesting, but overall it is definitely worth a listen. A credit well spent!
No this is the 1st narration I have experienced with Craig Wasson - but hopefully not the last, amazing talent.