Hands down the best audio book I've ever listened to and my favorite Stephen King book and I have read ALL of his books. This book journeys away from his typical horror novel, but in the very best way possible. I was afraid I wasn't going to like it. I have been spellbound from the very beginning.
The narrator quickly makes you forget that he is not the main character of the book and you immediately lose yourself in the story. The narrator is just amazing. It's a rather long book, but SO worth it!!!!
I read, knit and read and knit at the same time thanks to audible!
I can't say that I loved this book nor can I say I hated it. I am in the middle. In my opinion it was not our typical King and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It was long like a lot of his books are and I love that. It had multiple stories which I also loved.
What I didn't love was that it took a long time to get to the 'real' story which was stopping Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating Kennedy. There was a ton of stuff leading up to it, some of it added to the story, gave it background but other stuff could have been another book. I found it to be more of a love story between Jake/George and Sadie who he meets when he goes back to the 50's and 60's.
I am going to go against the majority as usual. I loved Jake/George, I cared about him and felt like he could be a great friend. I loved Al who got the ball rolling with the time travel stuff. BUT, I just did not like Sadie! I found her to be just a little more than annoying and whiny.
The narrator was awesome and made those long chapters of background so much more enjoyable. The book held my attention but just was not what I thought it would be. Again I say, not a bad book, but not my favorite either.
If you are a King fan give it a read. It was a nice step back in time.
I would recommend this to a friend because it is a wonderful story, full of interesting people and unusual events. I held my interest throughout.
You couldn't help but love Sadie, she was a real pistol.
The initial journey back.
Yes, but I would be dead from lack of sleep :-)
Stephen King shows once again that he can cover a huge story base and keep the reader on the edge of his seat.
I despair on behalf of all audiobook listeners who just want to have a book read aloud instead of needing, as most of the reviewers of this book apparently do, some sort of stage play performance. Acknowledging that I am in the minority and am going against the grain of the theatrically deprived (and invite un-helpful critiques of this review, thank you folks), I suggest that this very washed up actor is channeling some of his pent up acting frustrations. He pretty much ruins a fair book. With respect to the novel, there are pages and pages and pages of nothing happening but what's new with King, who has always considered reader boredom an essential piece of his brand of "suspense".
Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...
Great book, I always love everything by Stephen King, no one has ever been able to surpass his character development. The reader did a fine job except for one glaring mistake the producer should have caught. It bugs me to no end when there are mispronunciations in a reading. I still don't know how they were able to mangle Xavier Cugat's name so soundly, but they managed it. But that is a very small thing for such a fantastic book.
I am a middle aged man and this hit so many memories both good and bad. Some parts I would be laughing out loud and the next I would find myself with damp eyes! Any book that can touch me on so many emotional levels and bring back so many vivid memories is what I buy fiction for.
Somehow Wassons voice was never a factor in listening to this title he was a natural in my mind I don't recall ever hearing him before but I will now search for him in my future audio selections
I found myself looking foward to listening to the audio
I have now placed this book into my top 10 of all time a true classic that will go down is history!
The story was great from the beginning to the end. The narrator did a great job with the various characters.
Jake Epping/George Amberson and Sadie spent so much time helping each other and other people before making the ultimate save.
This was a book that I was sad to see end.
The story seemed predictable, and could have been told much faster.
Pretty much. I kinda got sick of all the cutesy laughing that he did.
Just not the King I am familiar with. Under the Dome was 10 times better.
I am rarely seen without my headphones on and my iPod clipped on my waist. I love my books.
Although this book is lengthy, I found it ended too quickly... I was engrossed from the very beginning to the very last word.
I don't normally like Stephen King's books they seem to lean too much toward macabre. Books like this kept me wanting more and more. I started listening to it first thing in the morning and stopped it the last thing at night. I was drawn in and felt I was traveling back in time with him.
Well worth the credit...get it and you won't regret it.
I find audio is normally better then the print because I agree with Stephen King previous interviews when he state that when you read a book you tend to pass over words or sections of the story, you still understand it but you lose the meaning. when listening to a story you are force to follow the speed of the narrator and from that you would understand the substance and the spirit of the story and the writer.
I read most of King books and I love how he can subtly mention a name of a pass characters or story from his other books in a way that dose not interfere with his present story if you are a new king reader.
Craig Wasson did a really good job of bring out the full spectrum of emotions that King storys tend to do to readers but some of Wasson choices of accents for some of the characters need to be changed. his different american accents where good, but his attempt toward any europen accents tend to sound very stereotype of bad 80's moves.
I miss alot of sleep time listening to this book, I could'nt find many slow parts in the story where I could easly stop it for any long period of time.
I think this was the perfect time for this book to be release, most readers now are at the age like myself that are not old enought to remmber the assassination of jfk or the impact it had in the world, we can now relate our feeling we had after 911 to those felt in November of 63, we can feel comfort in that they could heal so can we.