Yes, great premise, great story.
Bill Turcotte, I enjoyed the little twist when it is revealed who he is. It is just interesing when you see that there is more to the "bad guy" and that what appears in public is not the person in private. I just think that King layers the stories so well.
Craig Wasson brings great acting skills with a fresh voice for each character. I ended up caught up in the story because each character came to life with the accents and gender distinctions clearly played into the story. Wow; truly voiced with great drama and skill!
I was moved with the call to Harry's sister later in her life. It captured the reality that no matter how much you try to fix something, life is still a death sentence. The outcome is always death and survival is always temporary.
I did appreciate the trip down the "colored path". I think we can wear rose-colored glasses regarding the past. It cannot be forgotten how it was for people of color during that time.
In the top five audiobooks... for quality of production and excellent narration.
Great voice, easy to listen to and excellent characters. You know who's speaking regardless of the author's cues.
I haven't read or listened to any Stephen King novels since The Stand. I must say, 11-22-63 was a great listen, the narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
First of all, this narrater is the absolute best. He has a friendly easy-to-listen-to voice, kind of like Owen Wilson's but not nasal or annoying. And he successfully pulls off more accents than I could count. Russian, German, Miami thug, mentally challenged, Maine teenager, southern 300-lb African-American woman, JFK... it's kind of ridiculous how talented he is. It made the story even more enjoyable.
And the story! How is a book with THIS synopsis so good? I was not interested after reading the back of this book, even though I enjoyed The Shining. But the reviews sucked me in and I'm so glad they did. I absolutely loved listening to this book and wanted it to never end. King writes a character that I'm sure he knows so well because he's similar, so it was really easy to get into him. It was well-researched, but seamlessly so that I didn't have to be distracted thinking the whole time about his research.
I won't claim it's the most amazing or perfect literature in the world, but I can't remember enjoying listening to a book as much as I did this one.
I found this story intriguing and my only complaint was that I did not want it to end.
I have only listened to a few Steven King books, so I am not an avid fan.
I liked the concept, the character, the story, the narrator.
I really enjoyed this one.
Some of Stephen King's writing over the last decade has taken a turn for the worse, and I was wondering which way this one would go. Turns out it is mostly (but not quite fully) like his earlier, better writing. It doesn't have the same indefinable edge that King's book are so famous for, but it was well written and definitely a step in the right direction. Not nearly as good as Under the Dome, though. Worth the credit.
Gripping, long, rewarding
Sadie Dunnhill, because she was a good example of a woman of the times. Trying to leave the life of an oppressed woman but uncomfortable with the reality of being her own person.
Between, King's writing and Craig Wasson's performance you really feel transported back to the era of 1960. For a person that is exactly the age that Jake was supposed to be, born in the mid 1970's, I really got to ride along and discover the differences in life with Jake.
It was a gripping story, particularly at the climax. Like many King books, he does have an extensive buildup and backstory to get you to the payoff, but when it comes, it is great and worth the wait.
If you like the JFK story and/or time travel, you will enjoy this book. I did find myself a couple of times thinking how I would have done it better (the character's role, not the writing), but that is the authors prerogative and it wasn't bad enough to truly cry foul...no deus ex machina.
I didn't read the book, just listened to the audio version. So, yes?
There are a lot of good scenes in the book. But, I thought the ending of the book was tremendous, appropriate, and sweet.
"In a world where Kennedy lives, Maine is part of Canada."
I'm not a big fan of Stephen King but this was a great book. One of the reasons I don't really care for King is that the endings of his books tend to not be very fulfilling; things seem incomplete. However, thanks to his son, this book has a wonderful end that caps off the story perfectly.
The final scene will haunt me forever!
His voice is captivating.
Who shot Kennedy?
Uncle Stevie is able to write and make us love anything!
Don't know. Haven't seen the print version.
Les Miserables--the depth of character development and also the interplay between history and fiction.
There were so many. When he met Richie from the Ditchie and Bevvie from the Levee. The scene where Al tried to explain his discovery. The best scene(s) were at the end of the book and I am NOT going to describe them! The story is just too good to spoil.
No! A book this good should be savored. I listened to it mainly while traveling.
Steven King has always been one of my favorite authors, but the audio book format seems to make the story suddenly go from two dimensions to three dimensions (if that makes any sense).