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.
I used to read every Stephen King book that came out, but I haven't read his stories in years, as I grew away from the horror genre. I loved this book, though. It is not a horror story. While the plot revolves around the idea of time travel (and some very interesting possible implications of what would happen if it were possible), I really liked the character development and the story of their lives the best. In some ways (at least for me and what I liked best about the book), the love story took precedence over the time-travel theme, but the two were woven together beautifully. The book reminded me of Different Seasons, not because the themes are the same, but because it is another example of King's ability to write wonderful fiction that is not in the horror genre. I highly recommend this book!
I don't read Stephen King very often, but whenever I do, I am thoroughly entertained. His attention to detail is unmatched. He has a natural ability to tell the story at the proper pace- not too fast, not too slow. This is a great tale that has something for everyone.
The performance by Craig Wasson was equal to the writing. He brought the characters alive with his flexibility and was able to nail every accent thrown at him. As good as the book was, Craig Wasson made the story better.
Yes. I'm a boomer who grew up in the 60's, worked on JFK's campaign and remember exactly where I was when I learned of the assination. This is a splendid mix of history, fact and fiction. It is also an intense love story, a fact I had no idea would be relevant to this book when I decided to download it.
There are many memorable moments in this book. Among them was the first time George enters the rabbit hole with his cell phone and coins that were minted after 1958. Another was the first time he uses a roatary phone and cautions himself to avoid phrases like "dude", "call 911" "hang loose", ect. Overall, I just injoyed the look back to the 50's and 60's. How far we have come, yet sad some things we have left behind.
Hard to pick just one. Of course, when the first shot was fired from the book depository was an edge of your seat event. JFK survives, Sadie dies. End of story, hardly
That would be impossible due to the length of the recording. However, like King's. The Dome, I listened to them in my car. Miles and miles of entertainment!
I've never been a big fan of King's horror stories, but enjoyed his departures from them, such as this book and The Dome
Intriguing, Capturing, Heartbreaking
The most memorable was the most graphic when he saves Harry's family for the first time.
The last scene when Jake visits Jody, TX.
When he was writing his "memoirs" about his experiences and he realizes that he will go back and "reset" it one last time without returning.
The amount of research that went into this book is an amazing undertaking, I am not a history buff and King pulled me in with the tangible details and possiblities! Thank you!
I had to keep telling myself this was fiction. It felt so real! As always, King sucks you in from the first page. Great characters and wonderful reader!
George. He's just a regular guy swept up in an amazing adventure and he remains humble and keeps his moral compass pointed at 'trying to do what's right'.
No, but will watch for his readings.
Fascinating premise, well delineated characters and superbly performed.
I found myself looking forward to listening every night and getting lost in the story
Yes. So many details and plot directions that I didn't expect. Being able to go back and walk in the steps of Jake Epping would be exhilarating every time. The suspense and raw emotion that jumps out of the story had me pinned. I couldn't stop listening.