In the early chapters of this book, I had to overcome a mental and emotional negative reaction to the concept of someone trying to go back in time to change an event so monumental as the assassination of JFK. Sure, I wish it had not happened, but anybody knows that if that event had not happened, many, many, many lives would have gone differently, and as a result, people would have married differently and many of those under the age of 48 may well have never been born.
But this book did not go there, and once a friend reminded me that it was "just a story", I was able to overcome my negative reaction, and push on through the book. And I was rewarded by an engaging, though at times a bit too fanciful, story.
I think that one of Stephen King's motives in writing this book was to meet some kind of benchmark standard for the use of the term "obdurate." I do not remember using that word myself on any occasion, but I suspect that he has succeeded in injecting into my consciousness to such an extent that it will be used the next time I encounter a stubborn boss or colleague. In the book, the past is what is considered "obdurate", and I found this theme unifying to the book, but somewhat annoying as well.
In summary, this book takes the public fascination with Kennedy and his assassination, and blends a fictionalized story about that with time travel and romance into a very enjoyable read. Although little of King's other work has interested me, this book shares the same magical quality that I found in The Green Mile, where he takes familiar concepts and things from our culture, and injects a bit of the supernatural, and writes a hell of a story. 11-22-63 is a good read, if you can overcome whatever mental or emotional reactions you might have to the premises of the book.
Here's one of those books you must read/listen to. Stephen King takes an idea an runs with it all the way to the end. I liked it so much that I tell everyone about this book.
Imagine finding a portal which takes you back in time to the same exact date and time...every time you go through it! Then stay in the past for as long as you want and return back through the portal only 3 minutes later in your own time. Would you try stopping Oswald? How much did a pound of ground beef cost in 1958? You'll find out in the book because that's where the restaurant owner buys the meat for his burgers. Can you imagine buying the exact same ground beef, bringing it to the future, and selling it many times over?
This book kept me glued to my seat. So why did I give it only 4 stars? For a very brief part of the book, King adds his Kingly touch of wierdness which I thought was unnecessary. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoy his many books. I just didn't think it was needed.
With that said, here's a book I promise you will enjoy! I'm betting this one will make the big screen in the not so distant future. Enjoy!
This book is AWESOME! I highly recommend it to anyone! I am not a fan of horror, so some of King's books are not my cup of tea. One of my favorite King books to date was "Hearts in Atlantis". This book has surpassed that one as my favorite. It is everything I had hoped it would be, and more. It keeps you captivated, intrigued, on the edge of your seat, and the ending does not disappoint.
I love "time travel" stories. This is one with a very interesting twist.
He was EXCELLENT! He brought the characters to life. His pacing was excellent.
I can't tell you because it would give away too much of the story.
LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!
This book was amazing, great concept, great execution! I was enthralled with this book all the way through. I found myself pushing to listen even a few minutes at a time all day!
A Sci-Fi influence was more pronounced in this story than most King books and this worked well. The story revolves around a known King theme of movement between "worlds". Unlike many SF novels the movement seems fluid and easily approachable even for those who may not be attracted to this genre.
The characters are classic King, well developed and all with their own motivations. The interactions and descriptions give the reader the feeling of sitting at a table in the conversation instead of a 3rd person voyeur.
There is a lot of plot and story but the payoff is amazing. The research on this tale is amazing. Even if you are not familiar with the setting you feel as thought you can walk the streets without asking for directions.
If you have ever dabbled in the politics of the early 60's you should read this book.
It's by far the best Audibook I've listened too. It's the only one I've wanted to listen to again, which I will after I finish my current book.
The interactions with Ozwald stand out to me as some of the more memorable moments. I felt like I was getting to know one of the most infamous people in American history.
George Amberson was a great character for me. He was so believable and it was a joy seeing his journey from the guy teaching GED classes for extra money to the guy trying to save one of the most loved presidents in our nation's history.
This book will you make you feel many emotions. The whole "what if" scenario this book creates keeps your mind wondering the whole time where King is going to take this. I really didn't want this book to end.
Hands down a great book. Even if your aren't a fan of King's past work this book is worth a try. This isn't your typical King book filled with horror. This book almost fills like a stroll though history than a typical King book. You get to know the characters so well that you are saddened when anything negative happens to them.
I spend three hours in the car each day. I would have died of boredom months ago if not for audiobooks. I especially love a good series!
Yes! I really loved this book. The story was wonderful, and the characters had great depth. I found myself missing the characters after I finished the book. I will listen to this again in the future, I have no doubt!
I am a Stephen King fan, but I know there are many who don't care for his writing. I understand their criticisms, but I feel even those who are not normally King fans would find they enjoy this book. The characters are fully developed and the story line is not a simple good vs. evil plot. It is easy to develop an emotional attachment to these characters and their situation, which I normally do not find in King stories. I highly recommend this book.
YES! It was hard to stop listening to this book during the day.
This story kept me on the edge of my seat. And yet, I wanted to listen to it a second time because it was a wonderful story.
This story had love, imagination, suspense, and great study of personality.
Craig Wasson delivered this book like he felt every word. It is easily to become absorbed in the story and feel like you are "there."
I wanted to listen to the book all in one sitting, over and over!
This was a fantastic audiobook! I'm buying the hard cover for a friend who is having a birthday this week and is a huge King fan too. This story is different than many of his others but it is NOT lacking. You fall in love with the characters, you get swept away by the story - it is one I will never, ever forget and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen. If you don't take a chance with this one, you're really missing out.
My favorite character was the main character of the book. He was real and down to Earth and you could very much relate to him. I was SO wrapped up in his life, his issues, etc.that would think about them and couldn't wait to get back to the story to see what was going to happen next.
I have never listened to any of the narrator's work before but this was quite good. At first I wasn't sure, but as I listened, I fell right into it. Being from New England myself, the NE accents weren't the BEST, but they're weren't bad either. Not at all. It did NOT take away from the story for me, which it can EASILY do. A bad narrator ruins the the audiobook for me every time.
I LOVED this story.
The history and the message to me was "It is not always wise or better to relive the past. Leave it where it is. No matter how painful that may be."
He was great except I did not like Sadie's "voice"
I dont read Stephen King or care a thing about JFK but I bought this on a whim and enjoyed every second of it..thanks reader and thanks Stephen King. I may have to try more of your work in the future.
Reader and character became one