11/22/63", Stephen King's latest, might just be his greatest. Seriously. At least as far as "mainstream" fiction or "literature" goes. Yes, it is built around a well-used SF trope, time travel, but really, the portal to the past that Jake Epping is shown in the back of an aluminum diner is only the launch mechanism for this fantastic journey. There are no monsters here, at least none that aren't human and little or no horror in the supernatural sense that KIng's constant readers have come to know, love and expect. Even SK's other "straight" fiction, "Misery", "Dolores Claiborne" and "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" come to mind, had elements of the supernatural and/or flat-out horror. Not this time.
But that doesn't mean that 11/22/63 is boring. Quite the contrary. Although it might seem that it would be tough to build suspense around a conclusion that seems to be inevitable, this turns out not to be the case.
Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination were obviously very well-researched, clear even before one gets to the afterword describing some of the sources and methods used, and the lead-up to the day of the assassination is described in great detail, along with Oswald's relationship to his family and associates, all a matter of historical record.
The world of 1958-1963 is described in wonderful detail, through the eyes of Jake as he gradually sheds his early 21st century armored shell and falls in love with a small Texas town and Sadie, its new young librarian. Their love story is a (actually the) centerpiece of the novel and is told with great depth, sensitivity and believability.
The ending is not predictable, read this one. You'll love it!
I would and I have. It's a Stephen King novel so the story is well told and it moves along.
No one character was my favorite. It was all of the characters and their development that made this a great listen.
I will look for other reads by Wasson but I have not herd anything he has done before.
I thought this was an interesting story idea and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I've listened to it twice, and loved it both times. I would recommend this book to anyone whois interested in the Kennedy assassination or time travel.
Finding out what happens when you change the past was very interesting.
I loved the character of Jake.
Big City AZ Native living in small town Iowa. Audible is great for relaxing & healing my mind and body, going places we could never imagine
If you ever wondered: What if, I could go back and do that over agian? Let Stephen King answer that question for you in his ever-twisting, mind-blowing look at what if.
Some many sitting on the edge of your seat parts, I can't put this down till I see what happens.
I found myself tied to my tablet hours on end (6 or more) not able to turn it off. My husband came in with three and a half hours left after midnight and wouldn't let me turn it off until the last word was done. Then Stephen King starts with his epologue and we were chair bound again!!!
Even if you don't like Stephen King you will love this book! Craig Wesson made me love the character made me feel like he someone I would like to know.
Great character development.
Never wanted it to end. Missed the main character for days after finished reading. Not scarry. Good old fashion yarn. Just good storytelling.
The length and the end. He really has lost his way as a writer. He is not the Stephen King of "Christine" and "Carrie." He thinks that mass=substance. In reality mass=a lack of focus on a good, solid, page-burning story line. Instead, King resorts to pages upon pages of political commentary showcasing his liberal viewpoint...I can get that from the mouthpieces on CNN. Stick to a good story and don't think we care about your political viewpoints, Stephen. Your opinion has no more or less weight than mine. You just have a better bully-pulpit. As for his comment "it was like breaking in a new pair of shoes", next time try starting with a pair that actually fits, Stephen!
Craig did a nice job.
Everything about the relationship with Sadie and the town of Jodie. And, the dystopia ending...really?!? C'mon, Stephen, that was like you couldn't figure out how to end the book so you threw it together as an excuse for Jake to go back and do.....nothing! HUH?!?! Talk about a major let-down...
I enjoyed the book and the performer was awesome. But, like Under the Dome, I didn't like the ending. I cannot put my finger on why on both books but each time I was disappointed. Otherwise, I enjoyed the read.
Stephen King's writing was amazing...second only to the absolutely fabulous narrator.
I loved the way King combined real-life events with his master storytelling in a way that kept me listening just about everywhere -- except maybe the shower! Unbelievably wonderful!
His ability to switch from character to character and voice to voice was incredible. He brought the characters to life in a way that the written word simply couldn't.
This book evoked every emotion under the sun!
Loved it and would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Bravo!
Among the best
There is so much to like it is hard to single out one thing. It is master story-telling at its best.
Yes. I think he is a very good narrator and especially good on this one. He drew me into the story and made me forget he was reading something.
A suggestion for anyone who listens and loves this book: At the end, Stephan King adds a postscript. It is interesting and definitely must be listened to. But pause the recording for a minute or two before he starts and just savor the end of the story. Don't get pulled out of it too quickly.