Since having kids - the luxury of sitting down and reading a book is out of the question. Now I can put on good book for just me, or one for the kids while driving and everyone is at PEACE and no one is YELLING. Life is good.
It's up there in the top 5 books.
I loved the action and reaction aspects. Everything you touch, say, do - every action has a reaction. What if you decided to wait 5 minutes? I think every single person has a point in their life where they think, "If I could only go back and change this one thing in time.."
If you like thinking about the possibilities of time travel, and you have an interest in history, even a small interest, you will love this book. I was never much of a reader before audible came around, but since then I've listened to my fair share of books, and this one is really good. I had to have my headset surgically removed... not really, but you get the point. This book is 30+ hours long and I finished it in about 4 days. That doesn't sound like much until you consider that I work full time, and I'm in the final weeks of finishing a masters degree. This book stole priority from my other tasks, and it was all I could do to not sit on the porch and just listen. I had to limit my listening to when I was driving, or when I should have been sleeping. Awesome... just awesome... A great diversion and totally worth the time investment.
Extremely clever. Worked the idea of time travel to a tee. King obviously is an experienced and gifted story teller. Very, VERY much enjoyed Wasson on this.
First I should preface by saying that I've been a King fan for many years. I think he's one of the best story tellers of our generation. There's a difference in my mind of having a good story and telling it well. Fortunately, this book does both. The story is innovative falling under the Sci-fi spectrum of King's writing. I've felt that much of his writing was in a slump over the last 10 years, but this is King back on his A-game. Craig Wasson narrates the story beautifully, allowing me to lose myself in the story. Highly recommended.
The voice actor on this one is extremely talented; so it's not the same as listening to an audiobook like _The Help_ with multiple voices, but almost as good. The story of a high-school teacher traveling back through a time wormhole to 1958, having been convinced to stop Kennedy's assassination, is gripping. The details of the time period come alive fairly well even if the main character's motivations don't ring true at times.
The only reason I give the story 4 stars rather than 5 is that the middle of the book dragged a bit. Any tale told over 30 or so hours is likely to have a few snoozy portions.
Not the biggest Stephen King fan in the world, but what I have read I have mostly enjoyed. This is no different. The story gets a good start and I'm hooked from the start. I was a little worried that the comparison of the early 60's and modern day would get old, but the the author keeps it fresh. Obviously, the JFK angle is the big plot line, but I was surprised how I became more interested and vested in the sub plots and minor characters that King used to build out his world. It seemed the author pulled a switch-a-roo and the JFK story became the back drop.
My only real criticism was near the end. I'm not sure if the explanations (or the author's reasoning) left me satisfied. However, please don't take that as a bad review. The ending was fine, just not as strong. I sort of felt the book ended earlier for me and the last part was tacked on.
It is long, but thoroughly entertaining.
The story premise shared some aspects of The Dead Zone: If you had a chance to alter history, would you? And what waterfall effects would your actions have if you did? The characters were interesting and I did find myself emotionally invested in them. I appreciated how the story weaved in historical facts with the fiction of the story. I thought the wrap-up happened a little too quickly, a little too rushed. But I do recommend it.
There were several points in the narration where it seemed like a different narrator took over. Just for fleeting seconds, but it was a little disruptive to the storytelling. I am also not personally a fan of the voice immitations...a male narrator immitating southern female voices, for instance. This character immitation reminded me of a comedy variety show from the 60's and took away from the emotion of the story.
He read in so many unique and well-delivered voices that I never would've done had I read it myself.
I recommend this to everyone.
So many times in the story I thought I'd figure out what would happen next and I was always surprised by the plot twists. Incredibly entertaining
Love Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, C.S. Friedman and Sanderson. Also especially like Clive Barker and am trying to get into the Foundation
I did not read the print version so cannot say.
Wasson brought the characters alive and gave them substance in my mind. I had no difficulty envisioning their expressions and physical nuances that some time can escape you when reading. His voices were clearly distinguishable between all the characters and spot on.
I loved this book. In the past I've been disappointed by King's offerings but The Dome and now 11-22-63, I am a reaffirmed King fanatic!