I am a data warehouse admin with 2 kids and a long drive to work/drop off schedule. I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute!
I listen to books during my commute, but this was sooo good...I took it to the gym and listened to it before I went to sleep...I couldn't stop listening! This was my first Steven King novel, but it won't be my last!
I really enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the way the this story progressed. I thought it was very well thought out and took me on a very nice adventure.
There is a point, no a couple of times in this book that really have your complete attention, you CAN NOT stop. It was wonderful.
I was less than thrilled with the love interest, it seemed to get in the way sometimes.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
This was my 1st Stephen King download. I am not familiar with too many of his books. but I wanted to give it a try since it is a downloading favorite. I'm so glad I did. I loved this audio. This is the story of Jake Epping and his reluctant mission to change the course of events. And at every turn, there is suspense, mystery, love, heartache, despair, longing, confusion, joy, and violence. But not too much violence. Not being familiar with King's work I thought it would be all violence. I was happily surprised that it didn't overwhelm the listen. The story is interesting and grips you once Jake's journey begins. There are many interesting characters, some admirable, some creepy, and a few that are out of this world.
Craig Wasson was great. He brought the story to life for me.
Yes, great premise, great story.
Bill Turcotte, I enjoyed the little twist when it is revealed who he is. It is just interesing when you see that there is more to the "bad guy" and that what appears in public is not the person in private. I just think that King layers the stories so well.
Craig Wasson brings great acting skills with a fresh voice for each character. I ended up caught up in the story because each character came to life with the accents and gender distinctions clearly played into the story. Wow; truly voiced with great drama and skill!
I was moved with the call to Harry's sister later in her life. It captured the reality that no matter how much you try to fix something, life is still a death sentence. The outcome is always death and survival is always temporary.
I did appreciate the trip down the "colored path". I think we can wear rose-colored glasses regarding the past. It cannot be forgotten how it was for people of color during that time.
In the top five audiobooks... for quality of production and excellent narration.
Great voice, easy to listen to and excellent characters. You know who's speaking regardless of the author's cues.
I haven't read or listened to any Stephen King novels since The Stand. I must say, 11-22-63 was a great listen, the narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
First of all, this narrater is the absolute best. He has a friendly easy-to-listen-to voice, kind of like Owen Wilson's but not nasal or annoying. And he successfully pulls off more accents than I could count. Russian, German, Miami thug, mentally challenged, Maine teenager, southern 300-lb African-American woman, JFK... it's kind of ridiculous how talented he is. It made the story even more enjoyable.
And the story! How is a book with THIS synopsis so good? I was not interested after reading the back of this book, even though I enjoyed The Shining. But the reviews sucked me in and I'm so glad they did. I absolutely loved listening to this book and wanted it to never end. King writes a character that I'm sure he knows so well because he's similar, so it was really easy to get into him. It was well-researched, but seamlessly so that I didn't have to be distracted thinking the whole time about his research.
I won't claim it's the most amazing or perfect literature in the world, but I can't remember enjoying listening to a book as much as I did this one.
I found this story intriguing and my only complaint was that I did not want it to end.
I have only listened to a few Steven King books, so I am not an avid fan.
I liked the concept, the character, the story, the narrator.
I really enjoyed this one.
Some of Stephen King's writing over the last decade has taken a turn for the worse, and I was wondering which way this one would go. Turns out it is mostly (but not quite fully) like his earlier, better writing. It doesn't have the same indefinable edge that King's book are so famous for, but it was well written and definitely a step in the right direction. Not nearly as good as Under the Dome, though. Worth the credit.
Gripping, long, rewarding
Sadie Dunnhill, because she was a good example of a woman of the times. Trying to leave the life of an oppressed woman but uncomfortable with the reality of being her own person.
Between, King's writing and Craig Wasson's performance you really feel transported back to the era of 1960. For a person that is exactly the age that Jake was supposed to be, born in the mid 1970's, I really got to ride along and discover the differences in life with Jake.
It was a gripping story, particularly at the climax. Like many King books, he does have an extensive buildup and backstory to get you to the payoff, but when it comes, it is great and worth the wait.
If you like the JFK story and/or time travel, you will enjoy this book. I did find myself a couple of times thinking how I would have done it better (the character's role, not the writing), but that is the authors prerogative and it wasn't bad enough to truly cry foul...no deus ex machina.