Its historical setting. It was fast-moving and exciting
How real the characters were. I wanted to go and find Jody, TX
Craig Wasson's perfomance was excellent and I would definately listen to him again!
SO enjoyed this book, even though I have ignored Stephen King for many years. The plot summary of this book drew me in, as I'm a huge fan of time travel fiction.
I truly loved the book until nearly the end, when some events were so far-fetched they shocked me out of my suspension-of-disblieve attitude and took me right into
The format in which the story is told made this book a 5 star for me.
I like the
The last part of the book when George and Sadie danced their last dance togethter. Very touching.
This is my first Stephen King audio book. I don't like horror and was a bit hesitant to purchase the book. I wish Stephen King would write more books like this rather than all the bizare horror stories. I really enjoyed the narrator, he was great! I will be looking for books in the future to listen to with Craig Wasson narrating.
Lately, Stephen King has lost his edge. The days of The Stand, It, and the Gunslinger are gone. The premise was interesting but the story was far too long. I had a hard time finishing it. He could have told this story in less than 8 hours.
Compelling. Engrossing. Empathic.
It allowed me to re-visit an earlier period in my life via a masterful tale built on the exploitation of a credible doorway through time.
Jake and Sadie re-uniting at the end.
Too long for that -- but I know I didn't want it to end.
I'm a fan of Stephen King and this has to be, far and away, his very best. Plus the reader is also the best I've heard on Audible.
Although I loved every minute of this book, I probably wouldn't listen again due to the sheer length of the performance. Definitely worth a first listen though!
I found that the reader's voice when doing women's parts was a little disturbing, though I enjoyed the regional accents.
a great adventure
I love King's epic tales like The Talisman and The Dark Tower. This novel has all the richness of those adventures, but entirely set in the world we know- more or less. The exploration of the past is almost as fascinating as the Territories or the Wastelands.
My favorite character performance was of Jake/George. All of the male characters were well done. Unfortunately, the women all sounded a bit sappy as a result of using a falsetto voice.
Would you sacrifice the world for love?
Although I am a BIG Stephen King fan I put off reading this book because I thought it was about the assassination of JFK. It wasn't. Stopping that event may be part of the motive for the journey, but the journey is the real story. Always a great storyteller, I think King just keeps getting better, and his work rarely disappoints me. I am so glad he keeps writing.
Craig Wasson's reading was fantastic. But I can't just leave it at that. Reading outloud is an art. Not everyone can do it. You have to know so many things and training can help, that's a fact. Experience makes it better yet. However, for truly awesome reading, it takes talent. And this...this is something Mr. Wasson has boat loads of. Believe me.
Oh course his diction was good. That along with speed is so important. Nothing worse than trying to hear what another is saying if their words are not enunciated well or if somebody is talking so fast the words whiz by in a blur. Plus, the way he did his regional accents...from Maine to Texas, his voice inflections, the ability to switch from male to female, old to young with ease made it seem like more than one reader was present.
I don't want to write a novel about this. Yet, to skip over Mr. Wasson's hard work which made this book so enjoyable to me would be a shame. I want all the readers who are considering buying this story to know that you can have complete faith that the reader of this audiobook is going to be good. I have passed up purchasing other audiobooks on this site just because the reader was given negative reviews. That's how much it means to me.
For author's: Take note. If you are going to turn your book into an audiobook, make sure who your reader is going to be. Hand pick them. Listen to their work first. It can make all the difference in the world.
Listening to a book on tape or in this case an audiobook on my iPod is something I haven't done much of. At least not recently. So it was a rather new experience. One I wasn't sure I'd really like. It turned out to be really good. I'm going to do it much more often now.
Next time I might just pick up the book and read it myself for a different kind of experience. Both seem to be valuable in thier own right.
If you aren't sure you will like this book then ask yourself some questions. Do you like sci-fi types of stories about time travel? Do you like books about history? Do you like stuff about JFK? Do you like romance novels and love stories? Do you like long books...books that take a long time to end? If you think you do - then I bet you'll like this one.
I'm a 58 yr. old woman. I can remember the day JFK got murdered. I was in the 4th grade. So I can remember that period in time and it was nice to go back there for a bit. I have wondered what would the world be like if our President didn't die then - if he had lived and continued on. Would our life be better now? Would this country be better?
I liked the fact that so many time periods were described. I liked that there were so many characters. So much detail. It would be easier for me to talk about what I didn't like because those things were few.
The scene's that were the most riveting for me were the ones right before and during the assassination. I won't elaborate because I think it's a shame to take away somebody else's listening excitement by telling too much.
My other favorites were the romantic parts with the characters of Sadie and George of course.
I did cry at the end of this. Normally I don't do this. I don't really know why I did. The only other book I've cried about was
To be honest I have not been a Stephen King
I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?
This novel contains obvious research and attention to detail about times past. Besides the information that is highly documented, there were also subtler details about things like cars, fashion and social attitudes. The leisurely descriptions of vehicles, textures, tastes and sounds brought the time of
I don't know whether I've read too many Stephen King novels, or whether I am just growing more astute in my old age, but I had a feeling about where the novel was heading from fairly early on.
Craig Wasson has the ability to portray different accents convincingly enough for my midwestern ears. He uses different speech patterns to portray different characters. This helped greatly in keeping a fairly large cast of characters from becoming muddled together.
Although I liked the story line, the characters and the reader, I feel that this book was overly long for the story arc that was presented. I have listened to audio books of similar length, but I actually took a break from this book after the first three parts in to listen to another book before returning for the final audio part.