Kept me interested. Good story, great narrator. another great Steven King book. interesting story line. it makes you wonder what if
Being born in 1975 I have no fascination with JFK or any misguided belief that somehow the world would be better today had he lived. No one really knows what would have happened, my guess is that life would be the same. Unfortunately, many baby-boomers seem to think JFK was the greatest man to ever live and I was afraid that King would use this book to push that idea. He definitely reflects that point of view in Al Templeton, but being a King fan I picked up the book anyway because he is most likely the greatest author of our time.
He definitely did not disappoint. This book really isn't about JFK though and its not a horror story at all. Its a story about a great adventure that we all dream of having. It's a story about finding the greatest love of your life, which we all hope to do. In some cases it's a story of sacrifice and sorrow. Whether you have listened to a King book before or not, this is one everyone can enjoy.
The Narrator Craig Wasson does a good job with one major exception. Sadie's voice was just horrible, He didn't capture a good Georgian accent at all and she sounded like a dying horse through most of the book. Other than that, the narration was excellent and captivating.
.....I cried big alligator tears when it ended. I had let myself become so engrossed in this book over the week and a half that I read it.....that I simply felt like I was part of the Jody, Texas family. Stephen King has a habit of writing a story that makes you become endeared to the characters only to kill one or two of them off. That ALWAYS tugs at my heartstrings but I am used to it since I am an avid fan of his books. However, since time travel is the main point to this story....good things can happen ALTHOUGH not always how you want them too but in a better way after you take the time to think about it a bit.
I was amazed by the concept of this book and the effort Stephen King took to make 1958 thru 1963 as realistic as possible. I could envision every little detail and felt as though I was there with Jake Epping/George Amberson......feeling, smelling, tasting, hearing & touching all that he did. The characters were well fleshed out and it made you feel part of the community by reading about their daily interactions. The 'monsters' in this book were not the usual paranormal monstrosities that King comes up with but rather the dark people who have demons possessing their minds and the confusion they deal with by trying to live a 'normal' everyday life while struggling with their demons.
As for comparing this book to Stephen King's other novels......I felt he has finally reached perfection with this story. The details of life and the characters and the nuances of a time gone by......all were so realistic and imperative to making a very dark time in our history come alive again. Jake and Sadie were a true example of the perfectly imperfect romance and it was so much fun to be a part of their ups and downs, hence my broken heart when the story ended.....I am truly going to miss spending time with them in all their sweet imperfections....
Basically.......this was a great way to spend 26 hours of my time and I thank Stephen King for taking years of his time to make this incredible novel accessible for the masses to embrace and enjoy.
...Then I'm simply jealous. I wish I had "my first time" listening to this FABULOUS story all over again! Grant it, I'm a long-time King fan, but this isn't typical King either. If you like a good tale, this is a book to embrace. King's ability to introduce you to his characters in a way that you feel as if you have known them for years is part of the success of all his books, including this one. But the power of his storytelling and the sheer curiosity so many of us have about Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald and the questions about the assassination, combine to make the foundation for one helluva a ride! Add King's magical touch and you've got literary gold! Great storytelling at IT'S BEST.
There are far too many to tell...
I thought he did an outstanding job. I believed him in the role, he had great inflection and I found him easy to listen to.
Laughed, cried...it is just one of those perfect stories.
I read a lot, oftentimes professionally, oftentimes not.
At one point, I forgot this was a Stephen King novel and began to get worried that I would have to skip over some gory parts. There is a bit of supernatural hocus-pocus time travel that the reader must accept with an open mind, and most of the novel deals with the conundrums posed by the possibility of changing the past. Occasionally the voice of the 30-something year old narrator slips into King's 65 year old voice, displaying a degree of familiarity with 1960s era music and cars that seems out of place. As for gore, there were a few gruesome moments that I skipped over with no apparent harm. It's entertaining for the most part (the first part was too slow for my partner's taste), but not something that dazzled me with insight or occupied my thoughts for any time afterward. But not bad.
Yes, it is a really good book!
This book was so good I didn't want to rush through. I wanted to sip it like a fine wine.
I have not read the print version but I can't imagine it could be a better experience than listening to this audiobook.
I can't say the most memorable moment because it will give away the story to anone who has not read it to the end.
The reader had extremely expressive tone when the story called for it. Some of his accents were a little comical (I heard Burt Lancaster and maybe Bill Clinton) in some of the secondary characters, but it in no way took away from the story. In fact, I got a chuckle out of it.
There were many very moving moments in the story. I got choked up several times and even teared up once or twice. The ending is particularly moving, especially if you are at all romantic.
I have to say that I experienced every emotion while listening to this book. It was extremely well written and grabbed me in from the very beginning and held my interest throughout the entire story. It was never boring as many long books are, and in fact, I hated when it ended. I have read lots of Stephen King and enjoyed him through the years but this is far and away the best think I have ever read by him. Absolutely five stars. I will recommend it to anyone who loves a good book!!
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?
It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, likes America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.”
“Murder, the Past, Romance, Friendship, Time Travel"
Let me preface this by saying I am neither the one who seeks out Stephen King books, nor the one who reads much fiction, but this is the best book I have read in years from any genre.
The story is compelling and keeps you mesmerized from the first word and won’t let you go. Stephen King is a great author and knows how to tell story. And he really tells this one very well. The likable main character and his group of “besties” all live in the past. You feel like you know them.
The main character could be the guy from the next door. Jake/George is a lovable all around guy. The reader is taken in as we follow him and his special friend Sadie, who is as clumsy as she is beautiful. The story drew me in and, held me and delivered me right to the front door of WOW. I though it was also interesting to Google Map some of the addresses mentioned in the book just to connect more with Jake/George and his folks.
What would I do if I had given that chance? Would I take the risk? Above all, this is a brilliantly well written, carefully crafted, and well researched novel.
I would recommend and have recommended this book to friends and family. Probably the best King novel since It!.
The author evokes a real sense of longing for the past. Good pacing, typical King storytelling with great attention to detail. Makes late 50s and early 60s America come to life.
Excellent narrator - adds to the great story.
Jake of course.
Fantastic voices without overdoing it.
Well deserving of all the praise. 5 stars.