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From all the rave reviews, I thought this would be an all-timer audio book...it wasn't. I'm a die hard Stephen King fan. His writing and story telling held true to his well established reputation. But the book was somewhat slow at times (dare I even say tedious) and the narrator didn't have the dynamics to move it forward through those spots. Yes, there definitely is tension, suspense and an endearing love story -- but no umphhh, no panash, and none of the shoot you straight out of your chair twists that we love with King.
However as the story progresses and the characters grow, the book starts to get a hold on the reader/listener. By the end I was hanging on for dear life and wanting a great ending. King did deliver that.
This book was fantastic! All others will be compared to this, and Im sure most will pale in comparison.
I enjoy time travel stories and this was a good one. It brought back memories of life in the 60s as well.
He did an amazing job of capturing the powerful emotions of the characters.
The main character's decision at the end of the book was very moving.
A very entertaining time was provided by this book and its narrator.
He does an excellent job transforming the reading of the book into acting the parts and making you part of the experience
Make the plot less preposterous.
Even though time travel is theoretically possible, it seemed absurd as presented in this book.
Sure, he is a fine reader.
Boredom, I only listened to about 40 per cent of it and gave up.
Many other King novels are better.
It was a book to listen to that I could not stop listening.
The very end was the most memorable.
The very end.
It made me sit on the edge of my car sit, not knowing what was going to happen.
It kept me intranced to know what was going to happen next.
I was litterally on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. That was up until about 2/3s through the book. In the story the principal character must wait and let time pass before he can act on events he knows will happen. The writer makes us wait with him with boring day to day detail of humdrumness. When the events finally unfold, the story picks up again. When I thought the story should have been over but there were 2-3 hours left on the audio, I knew I was in for another slow ride. The story had about 3 different endings or places where the story could and should have stopped but didn't. I liked the story overall but this could have used a lot of editing. The actor was wonderful and had a way of keeping me in the game. If the reading had not been as good, I would have bailed on the story for sure.
The intricacy mesmerized me on page 1, or since it was an audio from the first paragraph read, The details, the history; just everything. Since I was a Peace Corps Volunteer living in country before during and after the assassination I have always been intrigued by how the world might have been had someone stopped Oswald. The detailed weaving of "strings" made it so real, so believable and incredibly painful. But the end tied all those strings together to make the ending a palatable portrait of "what might have been". Wonderful story telling. I truly believe it should be added to the list of all high school students, it so thought provoking, bringing the "what might be the consequences of my actions today, no matter how infinitesimally small" thought wave across consciousness.
I want to read some of the suggested books at the end.
He made me think, tie interesting pieces together and examine my intellectual processes with information. I also learned a lot about how a good story teller tells a story. I actually can't wait until my daughter, the English teacher reads it so I can hear how she would use it in the classroom. This book is interesting, thought provoking and educational all in one setting. I think I am actually going to read it again in a month or so.
I didn't like the Russian accent. He sounded too much like Arnold Schwartzneger.
I would love to hear him interviewed on one of those Book Shows or actually see him interviewed by scholars and fans.
I have always loved Stephen King's books. I think his character development is top notch and this book is no exception.
Narrating the book is no small feat, especially by a single individual. There are several different accents that need to be done, men and women's voices to do and a few impressions too. Along with that are some exceedingly emotional scenes that can't be delivered deadpan but suffer when over emoted.
While I have to give the narrator credit for range, there were times when I found his delivery distracting. James T Kirk came to mind a few times and, honestly, I almost always find men doing women's voices a little comical. It's hard to imagine a beautiful women when the character sounds like a scene from Kids in the Hall.
I feel bad taking aim at the narrator, though, having to do everything from an austrian accent to an impression of Jackie Kennedy is asking a lot. Occasionally, I was taken out of the moment by the narration but never was it so much so as to ruin the story. I really enjoyed the book, on the whole.
Long, winding, anti-climactic.
Happened too fast. There was so much built up in intricate detail only to get a rapid fast-forward to a rushed ending. It wasn't amateur or just horrible, but I was left wanting for detail in the ending. There were so many good things...so many poignant connections and moving stories, but it felt like the end was just a footnote to those stories. As if JFK were only the background and not the center of the story.
Sounds too old.
The story of Harry Dunning.
Craig Wasson did a good job of bringing this story to life, but I couldn't help thinking that he sounded like he was obviously 15-20 years older than the protagonist in the story. Other than that, the characters were lively and interesting and there was just enough performance to lend some storytelling bravado to what otherwise can sound like well...a guy reading a book into a microphone.