There's a lot of dancing in this novel, but none so facile and fanciful as that famous couple Stephen King and Craig Wasson. The novel is as good as they get, raised up further by the narration.
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I just have to say it , this book convinced me that stephen king is a god. This book is unbelieveble :) It is by far the best book i have EVER read. BUY BUY BUY!
I have been reading Stephen King since I was eleven years old. I have read almost of his novels and have enjoyed most of his work. My only complaint with this book as well as much of his recent work is that Mr. King is in desperate need of an editor.
This novel is wonderfully written with colorful characters the reader will truly grow to care about (my favorites being Deac (sp?) and Sadie). The story is rich, (mostly) well paced and multifaceted.
My only issue is that Mr. King gets a bit carried away in the repetitive themes of the story he is writing. He kinds of beats the dead horse a bit. Ok, Steve...we get it. "Things harmonize", "the past is obdurate". You don't need to beat us over the head with this key point. The coincidences and repetitions just are too much at time. If only there had been someone around to trim a bit of the fat of this lengthy novel. Now I'm not talking about a hack job. Just a little trim would have made the listening much more of a pleasure.
The whole story just gets stalled for awhile, especially at the end of the middle.
Craig Wasson has done a remarkable job with the narration. He had me on the edge of my seat in some places, laughing in others and sobbing when we finally arrived at the bittersweet ending.
I highly recommend this novel but must warn there are times when the story dragged and I just wanted to say "Good Grief get on with it!". With that said, it was a mostly pleasurable, thought provoking experience... a trip I am glad I took.
The story is a page-turner - no doubt! Kept my attention the entire way through!
The development of Jake's character was superb.
The narration was one of the best I've ever heard. The voices were done well without being overdone.
I'm not a Stephen King fan, but I loved this book. I originally downloaded it based on positive reviews and I wasn't disappointed.
This book was hard for me to get through. The plot was decent, but I didn't feel the character development was there. I was interested in the beginning, but it was really drawn out and being that I was born in 1979 and don't know much about the JFK assassination it wasn't as personal as I think it might be for others. Sometimes I felt like King assumed the reader/listener would know what he was talking about without going into more detail. I also dreaded listening to any parts having to do with Sadie and George/Jake. I am not sure if it was the Sadie voice used or just that I thought this romance was way too predictable, over the top and sappy. I did enjoy listening to King's idea of how the world would have been different if JFK had lived, but this was only a tiny part of this book. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it, but I am not interested enough to try.
I am halfway done with this book and it is amazing. Not as creepy as normal Stephen King books, but I am not done yet. The narrator is great.
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Don't buy this book if you're a Stephen King fan. In addition to not being scary, spooky, or twisted in the least it is unbelievably long and drawn out. And redundant. I knew it was over thirty hours when I bought it of course, but there are some books that can run that entire time, hold a listeners interest, and feel like they finished the book in not nearly the length of the running time. 11-22-63 is not this novel. It is basically a story of a guy's life in a small town. Yes there is the time travel thing and Lee Harvey Oswald thing but it doesn't really add too much to the story. The story would have been no different if there was absolutely no time travel involved. I didn't finish it.
Narrator, story, concept, especially the narrator. I am so out of sync with the rest of the listeners, I hated the narrator. I wanted to love this book. I did two hours before I threw in the hat, the ear buds, and deleted it from iTunes. Sad day.
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What a journey! I loved every minute of the book and Mr King kept me on my toes and exceeded my expectations. I was particularly happy with the ending.
The only reason I got this book was because the NY Times named it one of the best books of 2011. What were they thinking? I've never been a big Stephen King fan, but thought I'd give it a try. Bad use of a credit.
The premise is great, and the book starts off well, but slips into a dreary listen when he has those two years to kill before Oswald shows up. And he does kill them and takes us along for the ride. I actually felt sorry for the Mr. Wasson and his narration. I'm not sure how he kept from falling asleep. With so little to work with his performance becomes sub-par as well. Somehow I made it through the second 8 hours, but had to give up shortly into the third download. I suppose I'll fast forward to the end and see if anything interesting happens, but I know the ending anyway.
Save your money on this clinker.