I really loved this book when it started! The premise certainly was exciting - could Jake go back in time and save the JFK (and the janitor)? I loved it all through the beginning, through Derry, through Florida, through some of Texas and then.....Jake gets stuck in Jodie, TX.
Then Stephen King turns into a frustrated romance novelist, and I suffered through *many* hours of school dances, school plays, variety shows (for good causes, of course!) and Sadie's non-stop offers of "pound cake." If this were a physical book, I would have jumped ahead; given that this was an audiobook and skipping is harder to do, I sat through it all. When you're able to listen to about half of a (very long) book and the plot hasn't advanced at all, you know you're in trouble. And then there's the amnesia!
The story *finally* gets back on track (though my least favorite character pops up again just when I figured I was well and done with her), and the book ends reasonably well.
A good book, but could have been great (with a lot of editing).
This story is AMAZING! If I were reading it it would be a page turner. I would get nothing done becuase I would be reading. The naration is perfect, the plot is gripping and the characters come alive.
I miss it already! Loved this book, I love historical fiction and I love Stephen King. I never thought I would get both in the same book. Still the master storyteller, King develops characters that we can connect with, love, hate, cheer for - he definitely evokes emotion from the reader. It is rare that I mourn the end of a book- this one I was sad to finish.
I had a hard time indentifying with the narrator. His age and voice really conflicted with the character and story line at times. It might have made a difference for me if he had been younger sounding. The characters in the book seemed right out of the sixties though. Overall I would recommend this audiobook. C rating for me.
Sorry too old
Yes it was for me. A different narrator could have made a difference though.
I've never really been a Stephen King fan. In fact, this is only the third Stephen King book I've read/listened to in my 49 years. However, this is now going to be ranked as one of the best stories I have ever listened to.
I won't give any spoilers, but the way Stephen King approached the many times covered subject of time travel was unique, "believable," and compelling. The characters were well developed and Craig Wasson's voice acting was first rate.
For an author as prolific as King, who has sometimes been accused of "phoning it in" on some of his later books, this one (as he recounts in the self-narrated afterword) was thoroughly researched and accurate to the history it portrays.
Get this book.
I think I will listen again, because my impatience to know how it ends has caused me to skip ahead a couple of times.
I loved the references to The Butterfly Effect. I loved the way King tied aspects of the story together with what he calls harmonies, I would maybe call them echos. But either way the end is the same, different parts of the story tie nicely to previous events and its an artistic tie that we as fans have begun to expect of a Stephen King work.
Wasson's voice is good for a King book. He is smooth in his reading, and portrays the character's thoughts and feelings. You feel the story.
Evil is in the eye of the beholder. Buying it back will extort payment forever more from all the world, and every form of life.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I have to say that Jake was my favorite character. I wanted him to win so badly that, for a moment, I thought about not finishing the book so I didn’t have to know what was to become of his relationship with Sadie. But, this is what makes King the master. Not the scary stuff, but the characters. There are several characters in the story that you feel sorry for, but then feel like they are getting what they deserve at the same time (example – Marina Oswald).
What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?
You can feel the sadness in Craig’s voice. Jake had several watershed decisions to make – Stay in Jody, or go to Dallas. Sadie or Lee? 2011 or 1958? Close the hole? I could feel that struggle. Wasson was an excellent choice to read this novel.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did choke up a little at the conclusion. Very bittersweet.
Any additional comments?
This book is quite the masterpiece. I reacted to the emotion in this novel as I did to the Green Mile, which may be my favorite King novel. I remember how horribly sad that I felt for John Coffey, and for the internal decisions that Paul had to make in the end. I love the fact that King is able to weave these genuine human emotions into all of his stories. Keep writing them, Mr. King. I’ll keep reading (and listening).
Absolutely loved 11-22-63! Not something I would expect from Stephen King but so glad I listened. It is so much more than about JFK. Oh Jake and Sadie. Bravo Stephen King!
Since this is my first Audiobook I have really nothing to compare it to but I can say that the voices Craig Wasson uses are the ones I hear in my head when I read Stephen King. I am an AVID Stephen King fan and his writing has always enveloped me. I smell the smells, hear the sounds and the voices, the whole story builds in my head like a movie unfolding.
My only problem with Stephen King's stories was that I never knew what a Maine Accent sounded like, so in my head I replaced it with what can best be described as Brooklyn Canadian (I'm a native New Yorker).
Craig Wasson filled in the missing piece! I get the movie picture going in my head now with the voices (complete with correct accents and raspy quality).
I'm very happy I choose this book to be my first audiobook. If you are a King fan, you are going to LOVE this story and it's NARRATOR!
Although I read a lot of Stephen Kings growing up as a kid, I haven't read a lot of his books lately. Some fo the past few I wasn't that thrilled about, but this story intrigued me. I think had I read the book I would have been turning page after page anyway but the narration performance by Craig Wasson was OUTSTANDING. I've listened to a dozen audiobooks, and I would have to say that was the best. All of his voices made the characters come to life even more than the excellent writing King put in. I couldn't stop listening. Awesome book and a must read even for the non-King fanatics.
Well, that would be giving it away! Let's just say I wasn't disappointed with the end and I enjoyed the plot thoroughly.
As stated above, the voices he used as he flowed in and out of the dialogue was impressive.
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Listen to it! You won't me sorry.