I have always loved Stephen King's movies but when I tried reading a couple of books, I just couldn't get into them. I don't know if it was the stream-of-consciousness thing or what, but I was very reserved about the audio version. Oh my gosh, I am SO glad I gave it a try. I LOVED the narrator!! So talented with the voices, but mostly it was his interpretations and inflections that made me love the book. And the story wasn't exactly what I would have expected from King (no real blood or scary intensity and very few immediate danger scenes) but an incredible story of some great characters. I wondered all the way to the last half hour how he was going to wrap it up.
Every time I got in the car, I was glad I had this to listen to. I loved that it was so long - made the fun last!
This is my first time with an audio book read by Craig Wilson. As do the other reviewers, I think he did a great job as Jake - made me cry, too. His decision to use old movie stars' voices, though, got a little distracting. He does a great Burt Lancaster, but it didn't seem to fit a middle-aged Jewish bookmaker. And James Stewart as a flabby, semi-sinister FBI agent didn't work at all, at least for me. That being said, I still didn't want it to end! Really a great book.
I am a long time fan of King, and enjoy almost all of his books, but I think this is my favorite of all time. Great characters, mind-boggling concepts - the whole nine yards. Also, the narrator did a really great job with different character voices and accents.
Actually hire someone with talent to read it.
I couldn't get thru it.
Please refund my credit.
Not at the very top, but certainly near there.
His performance is superb, but with one qualification: He does voices well without raising the pitch for women (I hate that). Sometimes he does impressions (JFK among others) which were very good. But sometimes the foreign accents were NOT good, and even confusing. Whereas the narrative identified the accent as German or Russian, it was really impossible to tell the difference (the Southern accents were excellent).
My biggest disappointment, however, was toward the end, where the character of the FBI agent was portrayed with a very poor and annoying impression of Jimmy Stewart. Whether it was intentional or not is irrelevant, it sounded a lot like him and I found it difficult to listen to what the character was saying because of the (distracting) vocal interpretation.
Other than that one small complaint, I found Mr. Wasson to be an exceptional reader, and will look to see what other books he has narrated.
I haven't read Stephen King for many years, having grown tired of his stories. I think the last one I tried to read was The Stand, and I abandoned it because of the graphic nature of the violence, etc. As I grow older, I find I am not an appreciator of violent stories, and in fact, have very little tolerance for anything like that. So returning to Stephen King is quite a treat because I honestly like his writing.
I loved the characters in this book. And yes, I did get quite emotional about some of the story lines. Having lived through the JFK assasination, it evoked a lot of painful memories.
I decided to try something different, even though I rarely pick up a Stephen King novel. I was so glad I did, 11/22/63 will keep you on the edge of you seat. The plot is very creative and fast-paced. It has drama, action, sci-fi, history and romance nicely integrated. Craig Wasson deserves a lot of credit, I'm going to start tracking him!
I'd have to strongly disagree with all the other reviews here. While this story is a good one, Craig Wasson's performance is horrible. He (strongly) emphasizes sentences every third or fourth one - ie, far, far too often, to a point where listening to him is quite tiring to listen to. Additionally, he occasionally breaks into trying to act out - badly - random sentences, be they description or spoken. It all adds up to what might best be described as a bad William Shatner impression, distracting from the story rather than enhancing it.
The book had an interesting story and was told well. However I felt the time it took to get to the end was ill spent. Cut 15 hours out of it and sell it for half the cost and it would have been worth it. Much of the book seemed redundant, while adding very little to the overall story.
No. the overly dramatic reading significantly detracted from the book. whatever happened to just reading it out loud?
absolutely not under any circumstances. someone needs to tell him that it is supposed to be about the BOOK---not him.
I do recommend it and I have to friends and family. I like historical thrillers and this one meets all the criteria.