Like most of Mr. King's works, this novel is a great story. Mr. King's ability to bring a story and its character's to life is well showcased and I enjoyed it for the most part. Craig Wasson does a good job as narrator, however towards the end of the novel I think he ran out of character voices and lapses into an impression of James Stewart.
However, as much as I liked the book there are a few areas where Mr. King's politics show through and mar the story somewhat. He glosses over the strong feelings against JFK in his time as bigoted while pumping up the late president as the second coming. Also, he passes over the fact that the civil rights act was supported by a much higher percentage of republicans than democrats. If you can get passed that, the novel is a great listen. The alternate future where George Wallace and Hillary Clinton eventually are elected president is truly horrifying.
Mr. King narrates his own afterward, which I enjoyed, however I have to take exception to one comment. Regarding Dallas as a terrible place, being from the area, it's hard to disagree. I work on Greenville avenue and even live off of Highway 77. I commute, because Dallas is a disagreeable place, but probably not for the same reason's as Mr. King seems to believe. The illustration Mr. King uses to point out the bad in modern day Dallas (and by inference all of Texas) is regarding a sign he saw at a local bar banning the carrying of guns inside. Guns in a bar is a bad thing. I'm sure what Mr. King really means is the very fact that guns are allowed to be carried by everyday citizens is a bad thing. However, he has no problem with his own characters carrying and using guns. Apparently, equality only goes so far.
I have not read the print version so I cannot accurately answer this question.
I am a huge fan of time travel stories. There are a ton of bad stories, but very few treat the topic with such respect as Stephen King does in this one. The story is engaging and thought provoking from start to finish. I'm just sad there isn't more.
I have not listened to Craig Wasson's performances before, but he has a great voice. This was a great audio book.
YES!!! The only problem with wanting to listen to all of this book in one sitting is that you would loose sleep. There is a lot of great content in this story.
Highly recommend this book to all of those who love audio books!
I used to read a lot of Stephen King, until his storylines started to deviate a little too much from the norm for me. I thought Under the Dome was very good (until the very end, the part about the aliens...) so I decided to give 11-22-63 a shot, pun intended.
This audiobook was excellent. I highly recommend it to seasoned King followers and newbies alike. If you've never read a King novel but liked Time Travelers Wife, listen to this book, you will like it.
Intriguing, engrossing, and memorable. Great narration, I would sit in my car in the driveway just to hear 10 more minutes.
The top 3
The characterizations by the narrator were fantastic, the story was rich and deep.
It was like listening to a movie!
I found myself totally absorbed by this book, so much so that I would listen to it during tv commercials.
I listen to about 80 or so titles a year and have done so for the last 5 years, so I have had a lot of experience listening to different narrators and authors, this was by far the top 3 books I have ever listened to. I am not a big Stephen King fan, but this book was a big departure from his usual horror genre. It was a great idea for a book, well written and the 30 hrs. went by way to quick, one of the few books I did not want to end.
This story is a decent listen and I generally enjoy “Time Travel” tales. Although I thought this particular effort suffered from some pacing issues, I really enjoyed the story. Typical of a Stephen King book, I thought the ending was somewhat rushed and I would have enjoyed a little more exploration of why it wasn’t a complete reset every time he went back in time.
The phone conversations with JFK and Jackie after the foiled assassination.
His mastery of the text was outstanding; he did a great job.
A great story; thrilling and intriguing.
Story line just not credible and no attempt made to get the reader to believe the events could be possible. Story just dragged on and on and characters seemed to come from King's other works.
The show down with Oswald
Very well read
First audio book that I had to skip parts in order to force myself to finish the book.
King is obviously a very successful author, but this must rate as one of his worst.
The reviews got me to buy this book, but they do not reflect the quality.
Avid reader/listener of just about anything.
Do not pass on this simply because it is Stephen King!
For all his brilliance, Stephen King has never seemed able to gain acceptance as one of the truly great authors of our time. A lot of this is mainly due to the genre he has plumbed for the last several decades being considered a niche and people writing off his work never having given it the respect or attention it deserved. This book may finally change a lot of those views.
King has taken a topic that many have tackled over the years and spins it out in a whole new light. Quite frankly, this story is just too darn believable when you consider we're talking about time travel here. The subject alone is enough to believe it would be a complete work of fantasy, but the way it is handled makes it seem not almost plausible.
Jake is one of the most likable and real characters I've ever encountered and the perfect companion for this trip. His exploits via the "rabbit hole" will make you laugh and maybe even cry, and always keep you hanging on his every word. A lot of this can be credited to Craig Wasson's reading which is both passionate and believable and stays fresh through the whole length of this 30 hour production.
This definitely makes my top 3 all-time Stephen King list along with "The Stand" and "Under the Dome" and is probably a firm contender to crack my top five of all-time. The bottom line here is to make sure you have a lot of free time for the next several days because once you start listening to this book, you are going to find it very difficult to stop.
the captivating narration
the perfectly developed and rich characters
the encounter with the yellow card man, which was now the green card man who sometimes, within the conversation, became the swirly card man.
Stephen is the king (corney pun intented) of literary genius. As many books and I've listened to I've never posted a review, but I just couldn't contain my love affair with 11/23/63. Not exactly a history lesson..well yes it is. Not exactly romance...well kinda. Not really macabre..I take that back. Nothing of a fantasy..sorta. Whatever it is, I was not ready for it to end. I wanted more of George and Jake and Sadie and the yellow card man. OH and the narrator......(full mouth open gape) is FANTASTICAL..!!!!