This book is FANTASTIC. I loved the book as a book and I loved it even more as an audiobook. Narration is really well done. The story is engaging, gripping, filled with romance and nostalgia. It transports you to another place and time. It is the BEST book Mr. King has written since his horrendous accident in the late '90's - hands down. Nothing else comes close... (I am not a Dark Tower fan, obviously). I'd put this book right up there with my other King favs: It, The Stand, Needful Things, Dead Zone. Excellent story, well drawn characters, interesting ideas. LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!
Once again, he writes a great story with dramatic well developed characters and provided an accurate historical picture. I truly appreciated the research and thought that went into depicting a future in which JFK is alive and well. I always appreciate performances that don't make me consider the actual "performance" - to me its a sign of a good storyteller.
Stephen King's writing has evolved to finely honed perfection. I was not terribly excited about the JFK storyline; however, the story made me connect deeply with the president's alleged assassin and time period. It truly brings the late 50's/early 60's to tangible reality. This is a mixture of history, historical fiction, and the realistic fantasy that is King's forté. At its core, though, the book is a love story that touched even my cold little heart. Don't hesitate to indulge in this vivid tale!
I give it an A+ like Jake gave the paper written by Harry because it continually evoked an emotional response from me. I only listen in my car, so I found myself looking forward to getting in my car,especially for longer drives. Excellent character development that made you care about the story and the outcomes to the characters. Only my 3rd Stephen King book; I hated to see this one end. I might just listen to it again, it was that good!
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Sadie and Jake dancing
I was a little apprehensive about this book because of the whole "time travel" thing, but I read the good reviews and decided to try it. I am very glad i gave it a chance, this book is VERY good!! One of the best i've ever listened to.
I would try another Stephen King novel but will avoid Craig Wasson.
There's a great deal of repetition/padding, and the main characters are altogether too good to be true. Other problems are simply jarring: an English teacher, apparently a reasonably well-educated one, confuses lay and lie, sit and set, nominatives and accusatives; Killeen is not what I would call "south central Texas"; I can't imagine any 1963 Texas woman, let alone lady, let alone small town female, telling anyone what Miss Mimi (if that was her name) told Jake/George about Saturday nights. The characterization of Oswald is the best part of the book.
Mr. Wasson has trouble keeping his accents and his timbres sorted; better he should concentrate on pronouncing his words correctly and reading the book with style and expression but without trying to act it. I have lived in Texas all my life and never heard anyone sound even vaguely like the jump-rope girls. His Walter Cronkite is fairly good but too harsh.
I enjoy listening to audio books because they entertain me while doing other mundane life's chores!!! I am taken to other places and have an eclectic taste!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!! It was not what I was expecting which is good!! I am going on a Stephen King road for my next reads.....
The story was just 'OK' for me. Not good, not bad. I found it intriguing at first, then a bit ponderous, and lastly too schmaltzy. The outcome was predictable given the "red flags" planted early on in the storyline. As a side note, I pretty much hated the word 'obdurate' by the end of the book because it was used so repetitively.
I liked the character development in this story, and I appreciate the historic research that was obviously undertaken to anchor this story in historic facts.
I didn't care for Mr. Wasson's performance. His voice was not suited for the characters portrayed. I especially disliked his characterization of the female lead. He made a young 28 year-old sound like an old lady.
NO! King put certain "time travel rules" in place that preclude a follow up. (Spoiler alert) One of these rules being that changes made to an historic event will balance out. So, if you change history and save thousands of people from the Vietnam war, for example, then natural disasters (or some other horror) will take out as many in the new chronology. Given this, why have a follow up time travel story when the lesson learned in this first book is: Stay away lest you purposely (or inadvertently) make things worse?
The narrator put emphasis on words in awkward places. It was distracting from the story and annoying at its worst.
Despite King's obvious liberal bias, I still found the story entertaining. I could have done without the political pontificating that was unnecessary to the underlying story.
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This book ranks in the top 5 books I have read.
Of course, George/Jake
Life to the characters
No way too long but I could not wait to continue my listening each time I stopped.